Back in February, Nokia was the brand to announce the first smartphone running on Android Go. However, the Nokia 1 is yet to be officially be released. Beating Nokia in the race, Lava has released the first Android Go smartphone in India.
Also, read: Top things to know about the Nokia 1
The Z50 is now available in the online market. The device has been priced at Rs 4.2K, but if you avail this smartphone with Airtel, you get this device at Rs 2.2K, which is a great deal indeed. So if you are interested in buying this device, then is everything you need to know about the Lava Z50 before.
Before we move to further details, here is how you can avail the Lava Z50 at 2200. Lava and Airtel have collaborated on a project called ‘Mera Phela Smartphone’. First thing first, you need to buy the device from any online retailer like Amazon, Flipkart or Snapdeal at 4200, next you’ll need to need to visit an Airtel to get the 2000 cashback, but for getting it you need to recharge the device with Airtel’s 169 pack for the next 36 months.
So, here is everything you need to know about the Lava Z50:-
When Google announced the Android Go OS for low-end smartphone, most of the people expected that smartphone will get even cheaper and will be available in the price range of 2-3K, however, that’s hasn’t been the case, Lava has launched the device at Rs 4.2K, whereas, HMD Global is planning to launch the Nokia 1 at around 4.5-6K rupees.
Now if you increase your budget to 5K, then you can get smartphones like 10.or D, Redmi 5A, etc. which packs the Snapdragon 425 chipset coupled with 2 Gigs of RAM, alongside an HD display, 3000+ mAh battery, and full version Nougat OS.
#6. Battery Life
The Android Go is an optimized and lighter version of the full-fledged OS, which means it won’t be a resource hungry like the full versions, the display quality is also been reduced to 480p, background processes will not consume a large chunk of RAM as it does with normal Android OS. Therefore, with the 2000 mAh battery, you can expect to get full a day of backup with ease.
#7. Display quality
One of the cons of the Android Go is that the smartphone isn’t going to get an HD or full-HD display, disappointing right? Well, that’s how it is, the highest display quality that you can expect to have on Android GO smartphone is 480p, even with watching videos, with the YouTube, Go app, you get 480p as the highest streaming quality.
Both at the rear and the front, you get 5 MP camera, along with LED flash. Lava touted that rear camera has the bokeh feature which allows you take photos in portrait mode, in reality, the bokeh doesn’t look at realistic at all, but again in this price range, you can’t expect to get a good camera.
#4. Preinstalled Go Apps
The Android Go edition comes with a lot of liter apps, so with the Lava Z50 running on the latest Android 8.1 (Go Edition), you get apps like YouTube Go, Maps Go, Files Go, and other few liter apps but here is one thing you should know, you also skip out some features which you find in the normal version. Overall, if you are getting the device at Rs. 2,200 then you can’t complain but given the number features that have been cut, many would not prefer using those apps.
#3. Hardware and Storage
The Z50 runs on a low-end chipset, the MediaTek MT6737M, which is quad-core processor clocked at 1.1 GHz coupled with 1 Gigs of RAM and 8 Gigs of ROM, out of 8 Gigs you get around 5.5 GB of free storage. You can expand the storage up to 64 GB with the dedicated microSD card slot. When it comes to the GPU, you get the Mali-T720, which is one of the most used GPUs in smartphones of this price range.
Lava is offering 2 years of warranty on this smartphone and along with it if you buy the device by 31st March, then you’ll also get the free screen replacement offer for 1 year.
Other than that, Airtel is also offering the 2000 rupees cashback on this device, and the details of it have already been mentioned above.
Also, read: Top thing to know about the Swipe Elite X
#1. Android Go(Oreo 8.1) edition
Lava deserves an appreciation for bringing the first Android Go edition smartphone in India, but there are some key things which you should know before planning to buy Android Go smartphones.
The first being is the lack of features from the liter apps, second of all, the device comes with no added benefits like security patches and upgrades. Google told that Android Go smartphones will come with more liter apps but the thing is when you open up the Play Store, you just get a section called ‘Recommended apps’, where all the recommended liter apps are being shown, that’s it.
Overall, the Android Go smartphones aren’t that great, first of all, the prices need to be cut down because in this price range there are several other smartphones which offer great value for money products.
So, let’s hope that Google improves the Android Go OS in the coming days.
|Pros and Cons|
✘ 5 MP front camera
✘ No HD display
✔Dedicated MicroSD slot
|Release Date||March 2018|
|Colors available in||Gold, Black|
|Screen Size||4.5 inch|
|Protection||Corning Gorilla Glass|
|O.S & Hardware|
|O.S||Android v8.1 (Go Edition))|
|Processor||1.1 GHz Quad-core|
|Internal memory||8 GB|
|Expandable memory||up to 64 GB|
|Primary Camera||5 MP|
|Secondary Camera||5 MP|
|Features||LED flash,touch-focus,face detection
HDR, front LED flash
|Audio Jack||Yes,3.5 mm stereo audio jack|
|Capacity||2000 mAh (Li-Po)|
|Talk Time||up to 8+ hrs(3G)|
|Store & Price|
|Rs 4,299 Click here to buy|