The smartphone market in India is a competitive ground, especially when it comes to the sub-Rs 10000 segment. There are a number of global players who have already established themselves, and then there are the new ones that are working hard to capture a significant market share. Lava mobiles were launched in 2009, and since its inception, it has made a reputation for offering excellent hardware specifications at affordable prices. The latest in the series is the Lava X50+, launched as a successor to the X50. Launched on the last day of November 2016, the X50+ is almost similar to its predecessor, ranging from its dimensions to the screen size. The only difference lies in the amount of internal storage offered – while the X50 only offers 8GB of internal memory, the Lava X50+ comes with 32 gigs of ROM. Needless to say, the phone is aimed at users who look for more storage space, given the fact the device also allows you to add another 32GB in the external memory card slot.
The Lava X50+ is stylish and stands sleek at a thickness of 8.9mm (or 0.35 inches). It comes with a metallic body (quite a feat considering the price range of the phone), and the curved back looks elegant, thanks to the NCVM coating that ensures your phone is protected from corrosion and regular wear. The display blends smoothly with the body and gives you an ideal 75% screen to body ratio. The metallic body, nonetheless, looks attractive, and although we wouldn’t label it as an eye-turner, the phone does feel premium in hand. However, given the metallic coating, it does feel slippery, but a case for it completely solves the issue.
The display is the same as the X50, 5.5 inches IPS LCD capacitive screen with a 16M color gamut. The X50+ can support a maximum resolution of 1280x720 pixels, with a calculated pixel density of approximately 267ppi. The big screen, however, does not cause a hindrance when one tries to use the device single-handed. The screen shrink feature (which allows open applications to fit an area of the screen) empowers users to manage everything with one hand.
The phone still comes with 2GB RAM (similar to its predecessor), and coupled with the quad-core chip (Spreadtrum SC7731), it seems sufficiently equipped to handle everyday tasks. Multi-tasking is, again, no problem at all, and there were no delays when switching through applications. However, it might not give you the same seamless experience when playing games that require a lot of computational power. The GPU employed is Mali 400, used in the lower priced models of HTC, Intex, and Karbonn, only to name a few. The phone comes with Android version 6.0 i.e., the Marshmallow.
The upgrade from 8GB to 32GB is the major point of difference between the two discussed models. While both of them allow an external storage space of 32GB, the Lava X50+ clearly makes for a better choice between the two, keeping in mind that the price difference isn’t much anyways.
The 8MP primary camera is good, but could certainly have been better. It does include features such as autofocus and LED flash, but these have become standard nowadays. Face detection, geo tagging and touch focus also bring it at par with the average priced handsets in the same price category. It is, however, the swipe to capture feature that adds some substance to the app. Swipe down with three fingers, and the phone allows you to quickly capture a screenshot!
The rear camera supports HD video capture at 30fps. The secondary camera too does a good job, and the inclusion of LED flash in the 5MP front camera makes it a good choice for users looking for a phone with 4G video calling and selfies, at an affordable price.
The Lava X50+ comes with a 2300mAh Lithium Polymer power cell. The unit is removable, and can easily take the device through a day of normal usage. The quad core CPU and the operating system itself do play a significant part in the battery usage, so upgrading it to the latest OS can prove to be significantly helpful if you are looking to conserve battery.
Connectivity features include v4.0 Bluetooth and support for all standard wireless channels. One can also convert the phone to a hotspot using the Wi-Fi hotspot technology. The device, however, lacks infrared and NFC, but it is no surprise at all. For connecting to PCs and laptops, one can make use of microUSB2.0. Additionally, the device is 4G enabled, and hence is ready for the future too.