Lava Z50 (Go Edition) could well be your ‘mera pehla smartphone’ for all the goodies it is offering for a low price. It is a great initiative to attract buyers with very low budget. If you are looking for to make an upgrade from your feature phone to your first smartphone then Z50 (Go Edition) is one of the best phones for you. Also, given its OS performance Z50 (Go Edition) might as well supplement a high-end phone just for back up if you are really into using smartphones and there is a lot of multi-tasking. The software is smooth and seamless and is a winner in terms of experience and affordability. This again reminds us how affordable and snappy smartphones have become.
The buzz has been around for quite some time and finally India’s first Google supported Android Go Edition phone is here, thanks to Lava. Though Micromax too is in the line with its Bharat Go phone and both were unleashed in World Mobile Congress last month, in March this year. To begin with, Go Edition phones come loaded with Android Oreo out of the box and yet they are ridiculously cheap, and Lava Z50 (Go Edition) costs just Rs 4,399 and if you go for the Airtel package the cost will come down to Rs 2,400. So, you get this latest Android phone in dirt cheap price and that is just the tip of the iceberg. Google has been on it for a while, developing a complete new version of Android software that can run on low spec devices with all the juice and excitement of Android Oreo. The Android Oreo (Go Edition) can run on phones with RAM as low as 1GB and lesser. Which means entry-level phones will become cheaper with the advantage of using latest OS. Phones running on Go Edition need lesser memory and processing power which results in low manufacturing cost, hence the low price.
Lava Z50 (Go Edition) is launched with Airtel’s ‘Mera pehla smartphone’ program which gives a Rs 2,000 cashback with a recharge of Rs 3,500 for first 18 months. The phone comes with a warranty of 2-year. Lava is also giving a one-time free screen replacement offer within one-year of purchasing Z50 (Go Edition).
Design & Display:
Lava Z50 (Go Edition) runs on MediaTek MT6737 chip clocked at 1.1 GHz and has 1GB RAM. Perhaps, here we have a phone where the low specs are working in its favor coupled by the low price. It come in black and gold color. The design is clean and square with traditional look, no curved edges and bevel. The phone measures 135x66.6x9.7mm and weighs 140 grams. It sits light on your hand and is easily operable with one finger. The plastic body has a near glossy finish and feels good. The volume rocker is on the left edge and the lock button is on the right with the 3.5 mm headphone jack on the top. The back of the camera has a feel that is between glossy and matte finish. It has the camera lens with flash with the speaker grille at the bottom. The front camera comes with screen flash and sits at the top. The phone has an internal memory space of 8GB and has dual SIM option and supports WiFi connectivity on the 2.4 GHz band and Bluetooth 4.10. It is compatible with any GSM network provider and supports 4G/LTE and 4GVoLTE. The phone comes with a headphone and charging plug. Z50 (Go Edition) has solid and sturdy design which is a winner considering its price and what it brings on the table.
Lava Z50 (GO Editions) has a 4.5-inch display with a FWVGA screen that has a resolution of 480x854 pixels and 2.5D curved Gorilla Glass. The display is not very pleasing on a closer look and it is pixelated, after all it is a VGA screen. But when consider the price this feature does not matter at all. The screen has enough pop and clarity for basic tasks. The color saturations are good and has brightness even in dark with good viewing angles. The home and navigation button in the bottom of the screen does not have backlit. The TFT capacitive touchscreen is to some extent seamless and has some lag time. But if I stop nit-picking, the Lava Z50 (GO Editions) is impressive in its display, though colors might not be okay all the time, given the price tag it has.
The phone packs a 2,000 mAH battery with Super Power Saver mode. The phone is good in performing basic actions day to day. Video watching is good with loud volume and clarity and sharpness of sound. One can multi-task with basic applications like Gmail, Chrome, Maps, messages and You Tube in this handset.
The phone has 5MP camera lens on both rear and front with LED flash. Both the cameras have bokeh effects to add after taking shots. There are various shooting modes like Auto Flash, Face Detection and Touch to Focus, Panorama and etc. The front camera has beauty mode which one can add for some enhancements, though I will refrain from using it because it has a mediocre feel. Though both the cameras produce a little over saturated pictures, they are vivid and natural. But pictures lose clarity and gets mushy in poor light, even the flashlight does not help. Shooting video is not very enticing and is grainy and muddy. Videos are shot at 30fps with resolution of 640x480 pixels. The camera does a good job of taking pictures without the wow factors and it is not disappointing. On the contrary it is surprising to see how cheap gadgets have become and especially smartphones which come bundled with so many features at such paltry sum. The video format is MP4 which is a good point. The video quality is okay with sound clarity.
Software & Ui:
The Android Oreo Go Edition experience is the biggest takeaway from Lava Z50. The software provides these phones a high-quality experience, with the latest version of Android, Google Play Protect, and dedicated areas in Google Play highlighting apps optimized for Go edition. The software comes preloaded with optimized apps, the ones which almost everyone uses. Take for examples, Google Go, which is built specifically to help new smartphone users find the information they want. YouTube Go is optimized for limited connectivity, and the Google Assistant for Android (Go edition) lets people quickly send messages, make calls, set alarms, and more with their voice and a single touch of the screen. There is Files Go App which helps users organize their internal storage, this is important to take the full advantage of this phone as it optimizes its storage capacity and helps you leverage more out of this phone. The OS with its suite of Go Edition apps takes less than 3GB of space and the user has 5GB of space for herself. The OS has a data manager setting which lets users control data usage. The Oreo Go Edition comes with Google Play protect which ensures security and the promise of software updates in future. Is this edition different from Android One? Yes! Android One is strictly parented by Google and it will have the last word in terms of what goes in. Phone manufacturer’s will have little to no say about what comes with the OS. Let go alone custom skin on top. Moreover, Oreo Go Edition to my opinion is more desired because it gives you Android Oreo! Which is the latest OS in the market and has a wonderful user experience and you get that at low cost.
The phone has a lag time of few seconds but otherwise it runs perfectly smooth and sound. While using it one gets no feel of this phone being an entry-level one. And that is its sweet point. Certainly, your expectations cannot go through the roof for this phone. This is a basic operation phone at an incredibly affordable price which is already giving you more. The hardware has the ability to ensure a seamless software performance with a handful of apps installed. The phone also supports search in 10 Indian languages.