Lava is a well-known name in the Indian mobile phone market. It is a home-grown brand known for their affordable, feature-rich smartphones. Starting out with making feature phones, Lava is now a name to be reckoned with in the smartphone market. The Lava X28 Plus smartphone is a mid-range device with some surprising inclusions like the front selfie flash.
There is no Gorilla Glass protection and no fingerprint scanner security. But it supports 4G networks and carries with it a 5 megapixels selfie camera with a flash. The Lava X28 Plus price Rs. 6,299/- in online stores. Let us take a detailed look at this phone.
The Lava X28 Plus smartphone features an all-plastic build. The removable back panel is painted Gold and gives access to the battery, the dual SIMs, and the memory card slot. It carries the Lava branding in the center. At the bottom is the speaker grill which is made up of drilled holes arranged in the shape of a pill.
At the top sits the round camera cut-out along with the LED flash. A golden band runs across all the edges of the phone, framing it and giving it a more premium look.
The front of the device is dominated by the 5.5 inch IPS LCD HD touch screen display. The three capacitive Android navigation buttons sit below the display. The selfie camera and the selfie flash are located on the right side of the earpiece. The volume rocker and the power button sit on the right edge of the phone. Overall this is a good looking phone which looks more premium than it actually costs.
The Lava X28 Plus sports a large 5.5 inch IPS LCD HD display which carries a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels giving it a pixel density of 267 PPI. The display appears evenly lit with colors popping out. The viewing angles are decent and brightness is sufficient. The display shows a slightly cooler tone. Overall this is a good display at this price-point.
The primary camera on the Lava X28 Plus is an 8.0 megapixels autofocus camera with a LED flash. Pictures clicked in daylight under ideal lighting conditions capture a good amount of details. The colours are nicely saturated. Photos clicked in low-light conditions show some graininess but are still usable.
The colours appear a little washed out. The front camera has a resolution of 5.0 megapixels accompanied by a flash. This results in brighter selfies in all lighting conditions. The same camera is used for video calls.
The Lava X28 Plus features a quad-core Spreadtrum processor running at 1.3 GHz. It is supplemented with 1GB RAM and 8GB of inbuilt storage which can be increased up to 32 GB via the microSD card slot. The phone runs Android 6.0 Marshmallow straight out of the box. The phone breezes through daily usage. There are minor UI lags at times. This can be attributed to the meager 1GB RAM. The big 2600 mAh battery powers it for a talk-time of 15 hours and gives it a standby time of 271 hours.
The phone’s connectivity options include Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, A-GPS and FM radio. This is a dual SIM device and both the SIMs work on the 4G network. Sensors on the phone include proximity sensor and accelerometer.
INSIDE THE BOX:
· Lava X28 Plus Handset
· USB Cable
· User Manual and Warranty Card
ü 5.5 inch IPS LCD multi-touch display.
ü Big 2600 mAh removable battery.
ü Dedicated memory expansion slot.
ü Selfie Flash.
ü Built-in FM radio.
ü Bluetooth V4.0 and Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n with A-GPS support.
ü Runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow.
û 8GB built-in storage.
û 1GB RAM.
The Lava X28 Plus is a mid-range offering. Its main selling points are the two high-resolution cameras and its price. The entire setup is powered by a big, long-lasting rechargeable battery. For the price at which it is available, it is an excellent value for money.
· Performance: 3 Stars.
· Value for Money: 4 Stars.