Lava 4G Connect M1 

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launchMar, 2017

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Design

  • Decent build quality for the price (although it looks pretty average and is a bit bulky)
  • India’s first 4G VoLTE feature phone - while there are a lot of 4G VoLTE smartphones with full touch screen, this one is unique with a keyboard and maybe useful for elders who don’t want to go for a touch screen phone
  • Lava could have provided a rubberized keyboard since the plastic keyboard doesn’t give enough tactile feedback when pressed - sometimes you need to press the keys hard to register input - overall its not the most comfortable keyboard to use

Display

  • Decent display quality, with good sunlight legibility
  • The display is of course too small to offer anything more than a very basic browsing, or video watching experience - far off from what even a basic touchscreen smartphone can offer

Software

  • The phone runs on MocorDroid 6.0, which is the stripped down version of Android 6.0 (Marshmallow), and has support for OTA updates
  • Comes preloaded with apps such as Calendar, Clock, Calculator, File Explorer and Tools that has SOS, CallFireWall, and Note along with Facebook Lite, YouTube and a web browser
  • Supports side-loading some Android apps - apps like WhatsApp can be side-loaded and work fine without any issue
  • Even though the base is a stripped down version of Android, the lack of touch screen is an obvious disadvantage, and the experience is no match for a smartphone
  • Doesn’t come pre-loaded with app store, so any apps will need to be side-loaded

Performance

  • The phone is powered by a Quad-core Spreadtrum SP9820A Processor with ARM Cortex A7 cores, along with 512MB RAM is more than enough for this phone - performance is smooth without any lags

Camera

  • You can’t expect anything from the 1.3-megapixel fixed-focus camera - most shots end up blurry
  • Video recording quality is poor too

Audio

  • Thanks to the Box speaker and K class amplifier, audio is loud and clear
  • Good call quality

Battery

  • Good battery life - lasts for more than a day - and without much internet use, it will last easily for over 2 days

More

  • There is a set of shortcut keys crammed into a small space, which might be hard to press for people who have large fingers
  • The browser is very basic
  • Doesn’t have WiFi, so you have to rely on 4G for downloading something from the internet
  • The Lava Connect M1 is mainly targeted at entry-level mobile phone users like elders who want to try out Reliance Jio’s service and VoLTE - for any other users it makes no sense today to not go for a proper entry level smartphone instead

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Lava 4G Connect M1 Specifications

Display
Screen Size2.4 inches
Screen Resolution240x320 pixels (~ 167 pixels per inch)
Display TypeTFT LCD
Processor/RAM
Processor1.2 GHz, Quad Core
RAM512 MB
Memory
Internal Memory4 GB
Expandable Memory Slotup to 32 GB
Battery
Battery Capacity1750 mAh
Dimensions
WeightN/A
Thickness14.5 mmThick
WidthN/A
Camera
Primary Camera1.3MP
Connectivity
BluetoothYes
Connecting PortUSB
4GYes
VoLTEYes
2G Internet (GPRS/EDGE)Yes
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Dual SIMGSM+GSM
Torch/FlashlightYes
FM RadioYes (Wireless)
FM RecordingYes
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  • Box Speaker
  • K-Class Amplifier
  • Facebook Lite

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