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Lyf F1S

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Features:
  • Supports Indian bands
  • VoLTE
  • 32 GB + 128 GB Expandable
  • Dual SIM: Nano + Nano (Hybr...
  • No Fingerprint sensor
  • Gorilla Glass 3
  • USB OTG Support
  • FM Radio

Highlights from Expert Review

Pros
  • 4G VoLTE + Dual-SIM
  • 3 GB RAM + 32 GB ROM
Cons
  • No Fingerprint Scanner
  • Average Battery Backup

Specifications

General
Launch DateDecember 26, 2016 (Official)
BrandLyf
ModelF1S
Operating SystemAndroid v6.0 (Marshmallow)
SIM Slot(s)Dual SIM, GSM+GSM
SIM SizeSIM1: Nano
Network4G: Available (supports Indian bands)
Fingerprint Sensor
Design
Height148 mm
Width73.1 mm
Thickness7.7 mm
Weight146 grams
ColoursBlack, Gold, Silver
Display
Screen Size5.2 inches (13.21 cm)
Screen ResolutionFull HD (1080 x 1920 pixels)
Pixel Density424 ppi
Display TypeIPS LCD
Screen ProtectionCorning Gorilla Glass v3
Touch Screenyes
Screen to Body Ratio (calculated)68.74 %
Performance
ChipsetQualcomm Snapdragon 652 MSM8976
ProcessorOcta core (1.8 GHz, Quad core, Cortex A72 + 1.4 GHz, Quad core, Cortex A53)
GraphicsAdreno 510
RAM3 GB
Storage
Internal Memory32 GB
Expandable Memoryyes
USB OTG Supportyes
Camera
Resolution5 MP Front Camera
Autofocusyes
Physical ApertureF2.4
Flashyes
Image Resolution4616 x 3464 Pixels
SettingsExposure compensation, ISO control
Shooting ModesContinuos Shooting, High Dynamic Range mode (HDR)
Camera FeaturesFixed Focus
Video Recording3840x2160 @ 30 fps
Battery
Capacity3000 mAh
TypeLi-Polymer
User Replaceable
TalkTimeUp to 11.5 Hours(4G)
Standby timeUp to 320 Hours(2G)
Network & Connectivity
SIM SizeSIM1: Nano, SIM2: Nano (Hybrid)
Network Support4G (supports Indian bands), 3G, 2G
VoLTEyes
SIM 1
SIM 2
Wi-Fiyes
Wi-Fi FeaturesMobile Hotspot
Bluetoothyes
GPSyes
NFC
USB Type-Cyes
Multimedia
FM Radioyes
Loudspeakeryes
Audio Jack3.5 mm
Special Features
Fingerprint Sensor
Other SensorsLight sensor, Proximity sensor, Accelerometer, Compass, Gyroscope
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Expert Review

Conclusion:

The LYF F1S is a good dual-SIM 4G VoLTE enabled smartphone. It is a compact and average sized device that comes with a 5.2-inch Full HD display. The cameras are decent having a 16 MP and 5 MP lens for the rear and the front camera respectively. There is LED flash for both the cameras which will allow you to capture bright images even in darker surroundings. The performance is excellent, thanks to the octa-core Snapdragon processor and 3 GB RAM + 32 GB ROM. The LYF F1S runs on a 3000 mAh battery, and it also supports USB TYPE-C. You can record amazing 4k videos on the LYF F1S. You get all these features for around Rs 8500.

Among alternatives, you have the LYF Water F1 which has similar features but with an upgraded battery and a selfie camera. You can also consider the Lenovo K6 Power which comes with a better battery backup.

Introduction:

We are witnessing a steady flow of LYF smartphones providing nearly every entry-level and mid-range price category. The smartphones are bundled with Jio SIM cards as an incentive to buy them. Use of Jio SIM undoubtedly gives buyers free access to LTE data and Jio’s suite of streaming services. Today we will be reviewing a recently launched mainstream smartphone called LYF F1S by Reliance.

The LYF F1S smartphone was launched in December 2016. The LYF F1S is loaded with good features, and you can purchase it for less than Rs 9500. Some online retailers are selling it for around Rs 8500, and you could get more discounts on sales.

Are you planning to buy the LYF F1S? Here is a quick summary of what the LYF F1S has to offer. To begin with, the LYF F1S is a dual-SIM smartphone which supports 4G VoLTE. The LYF F1S has a 5.2-inch display, and it is protected by Corning Concore Glass 3. It comes with 3 GB RAM and 32 GB internal storage. The camera is of a higher megapixel value, the primary camera is 16 MP, and the secondary camera is 5 MP. There is LED flash for both the cameras and you can record 4k videos too. The LYF F1S sports an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 652 processor which clocks at 1.4 GHz. The LYF F1S packs a 3000 mAh non-removable battery. Let us now take a look at the detailed review of the LYF F1S.

Design & Display:

At first glance, the LYF F1S looks very stylish and elegant. The LYF F1S is a compact smartphone which has a 5.2-inch touchscreen display. The body of the LYF F1S is metallic with a matte finish. Two silver bands run along the side of the device and add an element of design. Besides being compact, the LYF F1S is also lightweight. It only weighs 146 grams, and the thickness is 7.7 mm. You can hold the device comfortably in one hand. It is an advantage of small devices otherwise a bigger device is comparatively tricky to operate with one hand.

The LYF F1S has a full HD display which comes with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels and a pixel density of 423 PPI. It is a useful feature in the below 10K price range compared to other smartphones which settle for an HD display. You can watch movies and videos with stunning clarity on the full HD display of the LYF F1S. Playing games is a treat because of the fantastic color reproduction. You can enjoy viewing detailed images and reading eBooks on the LYF F1S. The IPS HD displays are known for their excellent viewing angles. The screen is protected using Corning Concore Glass 3, so it won’t retain scratches easily. One important thing to notice is that there are no capacitive buttons outside of the display. The LYF F1S has three on-screen navigation buttons at the bottom. Below the screen is the LYF logo. What we feel is that this space could have been used to accommodate the fingerprint sensor. The fingerprint sensor is available even on budget phones so this is a drawback for the LYF F1S.

The LYF F1S is a dual-SIM smartphone which supports 4G VoLTE. You can use two Nano SIMs, and at a time only one SIM can be used for 4G. The SIM slot is hybrid so you can either use two SIMs or one SIM and a memory card. The usability of this feature is subjective; if you need to use two SIMs, then you only get 32 GB internal memory. The internal memory can be expanded up to 128 GB which is very generous as opposed to 32 GB or 64 GB.

The LYF F1S sports a USB TYPE-C port. There is a 3.5 mm audio jack so you can use earphones as well. There is a dual mic which is designed for noise cancellation. The LYF F1S is available in three colors, namely: Grey, Gold, and Black.

Performance:

The LYF F1S comes with a good configuration that is designed to impress. The device has 3 GB RAM and 32 GB internal memory along with the flexibility of expanding it up to 128 GB via MicroSD card. Remember that the LYF F1S has a hybrid SIM slot which accepts Nano + Nano SIM. The LYF F1S also packs the powerful octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor. It is a combination of 4 + 4 cortex and the corresponding clocking frequency of 1.8GHz + 1.4GHz. The unique configuration of the LYF F1S is designed to give excellent performance.

You can play many of the high-end games with ease on the LYF F1S. The device supports 10-point multi-touch functionality. The full HD screen displays lovely graphics, and the efficient processor helps you have an enjoyable gaming experience. We did not experience any lag while playing games, although the device did heat up a bit.

The LYF F1S also supports the RCS (Rich Communication Service) feature. This feature allows you to communicate in real time with others having a compatible device and the software. You can share a map of your present location and doodle on it in real time to guide the other person to get to the desired destination. You can also just doodle on a blank canvas or play X and 0 with your friend. Some similar types of features are seen on communication apps that are used on the desktop, so it is pretty neat.

The UI is similar to stock Android UI except for some small changes, like the bigger size of specific icons on the screen. The LYF F1S supports gesture control. The call quality of the LYF F1S is good, and even the sound output is satisfactory. The noise canceling mic helps improve voice quality. The LYF F1S packs many useful sensors like the Accelerometer, Proximity Sensor, and Gyroscope to name a few. These sensors come handy if you play certain games or use certain apps that depend on these sensors. However, there is no fingerprint sensor. The addition of a fingerprint sensor would have moved the LYF F1S way ahead of its competitors. The LYF F1S supports GPS which allows you to use all the navigation based apps. Do you like listening to the radio? You can listen to your favorite music on the LYF F1S because it supports FM.

Cameras:

The LYF F1S comes with decent cameras. You get a 16 MP primary camera and a 5 MP secondary camera. You will be glad to know that both the cameras come with LED flash. The 16 MP camera captures satisfactory images; they are not always of a brilliant quality. Sometimes the colors appear faded depending on the lighting conditions. The selfie camera of the LYF F1S captures good selfies. The LED flash will help capture good images in dimly lit surroundings. The cameras are well suited for everyday photography. You can also make and receive video calls on the LYF F1S. You can shoot in HDR mode, and you can also adjust the size of the area that needs to be focused. One of the best features of the LYF F1S is its ability to record 4K videos. You can capture incredible videos in 4k and later share them. If you go to a scenic location and capture the beautiful surroundings in the ultra HD resolution, you can then play it on your 4K TV or laptop for a better view.

Battery:

The LYF F1S packs a non-removable 3000 mAh battery. The USB TYPE-C port can charge the battery faster which is a plus point. You get standby time of 320 hours and a talk time of more than 11 hours on the 4G network. The LYF F1S can easily last for an entire day on a single charge if your usage is light to moderate. Some people will miss the presence of a removable battery on the LYF F1S. Removable batteries come handy in the event of your smartphone becoming unresponsive.

The Full HD screen will draw more power so if you are on the 4G network and if you play games or watch videos for long hours then the battery will drain faster. You get a video playback of 8 hours on the LYF F1S.

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