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Lava is a company that has seen many ups and downs over the past years. Generally, the phones they manufacture aren’t that impressive both in terms of specs and looks. Some of the top tier phones were hyped for only for a little while. The company is, however, looking to make a comeback by targeting the entry-level segment. Initially, during the dawn of the smartphone revolution, the entry-level devices by Lava were anything but impressive. But this time around, the new Lava Z60 seems to tell a different story. Compared to the price, the specs it is offering is quite impressive. Being the first of the series, the Z60 is a value for money for those who are looking to try out the smartphone experience. It’s a decent and well-balanced device and the features are also borderline impressive.
The Lava Z60 has a 5-inch IPS LCD display with an effective screen to body ratio of ~66.4%. It’s true that the bezels on this device are outrageous, but considering the price, one cannot expect much from it. With a resolution of 480 x 854 pixels, the screen is limited to HD visuals and the 196 ppi pixel density isn’t impressive at all. Someone with a keen eye may cringe at the visuals, but for a budget device, it’s not bad.
The bezels at the top and bottom significantly downgrade the beauty of the device, and using it will often feel clunky and uncomfortable. The Z60 however, doesn’t feel that cheap and at a glance appears to be quite decent. It is also easy to hold and due to the small screens size fits nicely within your palm.
The one good thing about the Z60 is that it will have Android 7.0 out of the box, which ensures that the device remains updated for some time in the near future. Under the hood, it is powered by a 1.1GHz quad-core MediaTek MT6737M processor and a Mali-T720MP2 GPU for the visual rendering. It will also have 16GB of internal storage and an external memory slot that is upgradable up to 64 GB. The 1GB is a bit of a downside but an entry level device can’t afford much more. The performance according to the AnTuTu benchmark scores rates this device at 29545 which, is above average in terms of super entry-level devices. There may be occasional frame drops and lags when you switch from one heavy app to other, but thanks to the 1GB RAM. However, the device performs fairly well once you have got the hang of those lags. The Z60 also doesn’t have a fingerprint sensor which is obviously too much to ask at this range. But if Lava had added one, the device would get a huge boost in terms of its popularity, since almost every device nowadays now has a fingerprint sensor.
The Lava Z60 has a 5 megapixel rear and a 5-megapixel front shooter. The rear camera has an LED flash along with autofocus geo-tagging and 1080p@30fps video recording. The front camera, however, is the selling point of this device. People are calling it the selfie device, due to its bokeh effect in the front camera. A third party app can be installed for a similar effect, but the phone’s inbuilt ability has won the hearts of the users. Picture quality is not good, but decent enough for casual photos.
It also supports the basic video and audio codec packs. MP3, WAV, eAAC+, MP4, H.264, M4A, and FLV are some of the basic formats it supports automatically. You can also download a third party app to enhance the codec library.
The Lava Z60 is powered by a 2500mAh Li-Po battery which, doesn’t seem much, but the low specs of the device itself, it more than enough to support it for a whole day on moderate usage. The device also has dual-sim capabilities and supports LTE as well. There is no hybrid sim slot so you can simultaneously use both SIMs along with the microSD card.
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