Lava Z81 Price In India: Buy Lava Z81 Mobile worth Rs. 9500 at Rs. 6999. Lava Z81 Price In India is Rs.5999 for 2 GB RAM 16 GB ROM variant. The Lava Z81 comes with 13MP primary camera with photo studio feature, (5.7-inch) IPS Incell HD+, Android v8.1 Oreo operating system with 2GHz Mediatek MTK6761 quad core processor, 3000mAH lithium-polymer battery and much more.
Lava which is relatively familiar smartphone brand in India in the recent time's is taking a severe beating thanks to the humongous rise of Chinese brands. The company is slowing losing its user base in the offline market and the company’s latest attempt in surviving the race is the Lava Z81 which from the looks of it is a good phone but how it fares in real time is what we are going to check in our full in-depth review. Let’s get started.
The Lava Z81 sports a 5.7-inches HD+ (1440 × 720 pixels) 18:9 2.5D curved glass display and is powered by the MediaTek Helio A22 12nm SoC clocked at 2GHz Quad-Core 64-bit processor with IMG PowerVR GE-class GPU. There is 2GB/3GB RAM and 16GB/32GB storage that is expandable up to 256GB with microSD. It runs on Android 8.1 (Oreo) with Star OS 5.0. In terms of camera, there is a 13MP rear camera with LED Flash and a 13MP front-facing camera with LED flash. Connectivity features include 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.1, and GPS + GLONASS. A 3000mAh battery.
The 18:9 aspect ratio breathes fresh air into the Lava budget segment smartphones. While the phone is still a regular block design with rounded corners, it still is a step in the right direction. The slim bezel-less design gives a pleasant experience while playing games and watching videos. It still packs a plastic body, but we are surprised to see how light-weight it is. It fits perfectly in hands and the curved edges on the rear is a bliss if you use the smartphone for an extended time. The side frame too is plastic which is a good choice as it offers good grip and also doesn’t hurt your hands. The antenna lines are placed within the frame, so it doesn’t affect the rear design.
Moving to placements, up front, you find the 13-megapixel selfie camera, proximity sensor, main earpiece, and down below the 5.7-inches screen are the three touch type capacitive buttons that are placed within the display. You have the hybrid SIM slot on the left. While the power on/off switch and Volume rockers are present on the right side. Top houses the 3.5mm audio jack, while the microUSB port with primary microphone is situated at the bottom. Flipping the phone to the rear is where you find the 13-megapixel rear camera with LED flash, Fingerprint sensor, speaker grills, and Lava branding. The battery is not removable. Overall, the design and build of the Lava Z81 are decent enough.
The Lava Z81 comes with a 5.7- inches HD+ (1440 × 720 pixels) 18:9 2.5D curved glass display with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection. Despite being a 720p display, the panel produces decent colors though which are not accurate. The viewing angles are also good; we didn’t notice any color shit or distortion even when viewing from extreme angles. The brightness levels are also good enough for viewing outdoors or under direct sunlight. Thanks to the ultra-slim bezels, we had a good time watching videos and playing games. Now to the bad part, since it is an HD display, we noticed pixelation in texts and images even when zooming in. As mentioned above, it comes with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 on top which to some extent can prevent scratches and withhold drops to some levels. Though it is a 720p Panel, the company offering Gorilla Glass and good quality panel add up. On the whole, the display of the Lava Z81 is good enough for the price tag.
The Lava Z81 is powered by the MediaTek Helio A22 12nm SoC clocked at 2GHz Quad-Core 64-bit processor with IMG PowerVR GE-class GPU with 3GB RAM. Helio P22 is a very capable chipset to pull off tasks with ease. It was able to handle tasks like calling, texting, social media, browsing very well. We didn’t notice any lag or stutters in the UI and everything was smooth. As mentioned, it was able to handle multitasking to an extent quite smoothly as well, it could handle 3-4 apps at best and anything beyond would result in slight jitters. We didn’t notice any heating or lagging issues with casual use.
Moving to the gaming department, we played a wide range of games including Asphalt Nitro, Subway Surfers, Temple Run 2, Leo’s Fortune, and more. As these are basic games, they all ran just fine without any lag or stutters. We didn’t notice any frame drops as well and it is a good thing. There is a fingerprint sensor and Face-unlock as well. Fingerprint sensor works very accurately and the face unlock is also secure enough to just unlock to your face. Overall, the performance of the Lava Z81 is decent but certainly not in-line with other phones in the same price segment.
In terms of camera, the Lava Z81 features a 13MP rear camera with LED Flash and a 13MP front-facing camera with LED flash. The lack of dual lenses is a let-down, but that’s something you’re going to make peace with. Coming to performance, it was able to click decent pictures with an acceptable amount of details and colors. While the images on whole look dull with pale colors, considering the price, they are just fine. You are giving up on features like portrait mode, thanks to the lack of dual camera lens. It was able to click macro shots perfectly good with good bokeh effect. In low-light situations, the photos were completely washed out with blurry details and noisy overall. It was able to record 1080p videos and the quality is relatively decent.
There is a 13MP front camera with LED flash and the selfies clicked are good enough. Thanks to the presence of LED flash, we were to able to achieve satisfactory results even in low-light. Overall, the cameras of the Lava Z81 is just average, and offer nothing exceptional.
The company is bundling a set of in-ear style earphones within the box, and they are of good quality. The speaker grill is present on the rear, so if you place the phone flat on a surface, it starts to muffle which is annoying. With maximum volume, we didn’t hear any distortion in audio even with maximum volume. The default audio player can play wide-range for formats without any issues.
Moving to video, the Lava Z81 can play 1080p videos without any issues. We didn’t notice any freezing or heating issues even playing with 4G turned on. MX Player is suggested since you can set up the aspect ratio. Overall, the audio and video department does a good job.
The phone comes with a generous 3000mAh battery with no support for fast charging. Talking about performance, with moderate to casual usage that includes taking phone calls, sending text messages, GPS navigation, listening to music and social media browsing, the phone lasted a little over the evening. We didn’t notice any battery drain or drop drastically on heavy use as well. However, if you are a heavy user, the phone lasted until the afternoon leaving you with nothing but charge once or twice before you end the day.
Heavy usage usually includes playing games non-stop, stream movies, and browsing, and what battery achieves is not exceptional. There are no additional battery settings except for the default battery saver which will come handy when you are running out of charge. With the bundled charger, the phone took close to 2 hours 30 minutes to charge from 1 to 100%. Overall, the battery of the Lava Z81 is not as good as the Zenfones or Redmis.
The Lava Z81 runs on Android 8.1 Oreo with Star OS 5.0 on top. StarOS is entirely different from stock UI. There is no app drawer as all the icons are present on the main home screen itself. Like with most custom skins, the Star OS is also heavily themed and it consumes too much RAM to keep it lag free. You can rely on PlayStore for any sorts of customizations. It comes with all Google apps pre-installed and there are other applications like UC browser, Amazon, TrueCaller and more that can’t be removed without rooting. There are not many customization options despite coming with a custom skin.
The Lava Z81 comes with 2GB and 3GB of RAM, but if you were to pick one, go with the 3GB. Of the 3GB RAM which is the variant we tested, there is around 1.81GB free on first boot. The available RAM is enough to handle most of your daily tasks and run essential apps without any issues. The phone was able to handle multitasking as well with around 4-5 apps at a time, but anything beyond that will result in lag and stutters. Since the phone is heavily themed, the interface becomes laggy if you try to put more pressure then it can handle. Overall, the software experience of the Lava Z81 is decent enough, but it would have been more fun had it came with stock Android.
The Lava Z81 at Rs. 9,499 is directly competing with phones like the Asus Zenfone Max M1, Redmi Note 5, Redmi 6 Pro, but fails to withstand. The build is still plastic, the display is an HD panel, and the performance is just average. The battery department does just average, and the cameras are mediocre. There is not one department where the Lava Z81 shines. If not for the decent 18:9 design and display, the Z81 is an outright a poor outing from Lava. So, if you are in the market looking for a phone, you are better of selecting the Zenfone Max M1, Redmi Note 5, Redmi 6 Pro which cost more or less the same.
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