Lava Z25 Review
The Indian based handset manufacturer has tapped the tablet segment and even launched Windows-based smartphones in the past, however, the company now seems to up its game towards the mid-range segment with the launch of its new smartphone – Lava Z25. Priced at Rs 16,990, the Lava Z25 looks to rely heavily on the camera as other specifications on this smartphone are nothing to be amazed about at this price range.
Lava Z25 Design and Display:
The metal back, rounded edges and a curved glass display design traits that most companies now follow. The rear camera has a slight bump, which we believe could have been avoided since the phone is already 8.5mm thick. The left and right edges have the volume and power keys. The hybrid SIM tray is also on the right side and the headphone jack and micro USB port are located at the top and bottom, respectively. The fingerprint sensor sits below the rear camera and is always on.
You get a bright 5.5-inch display, the phone has a 2.5D curved glass on top and it’s resistant to smudges, making the touch experience quite smooth. The display is smooth (too smooth, actually) to touch and the responsiveness is also great. Plus, it works wonderfully in low light if the screen brightness is set to medium.
Lava Z25 Performance and Software:
The Z25 is powered by a 1.5GHz octa-core MediaTek MT6750 SoC, paired with 4GB of RAM. Lava Z25 runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow. There is no word as to when exactly the smartphone will receive Android 7.0 Nougat update. Accessing different features is easy, but the lack of an app drawer might bother some users.
The device comes with 4GB of RAM and 32GB (24GB is user accessible) of internal storage which can be further expanded up to 256GB via microSD card. The 4GB RAM will comfortably manage your multi task sessions and the device also retains most of the background apps.
Lava Z25 Camera and Battery Life:
the Z25 comes with a 13-megapixel rear camera with aperture, PDAF and LED flash. Lava has deployed Sony’s IMX 258 Exmor sensor which performs pretty good in daylight conditions. Shooting in low-light conditions naturally brought in a large amount of noise and grain. The company has also given in a dedicated Night Pro Mode which can even bump up the exposure in extremely dim lighting conditions. Apart from this, we get regular sets of modes to fiddle around such as GIF mode, HDR, Extreme Beauty, Panorama, Sound Picture and Intelligent mode which helps you take selfies with the rear camera with the help of some nifty voice over. Moving to the front camera, the Lava Z25 features an 8-megapixel selfie camera with aperture and front LED flash.
While the performance is slow, battery life is decent. The 3020 mAh non-removable battery is would work for light and moderate users.
Lava Z25 Pros and Cons:
Sturdy Build Quality
Good Battery Life
Solid Rear Camera
1) Mediocre camera quality
2) Clunky software
3) Price is not competitive
Competitors of Lava Z25:
Gionee A1, Samsung Galaxy A5 2016, HTC One X9, Oppo F1S, Moto M and Vivo V5.
Lava Z25 will cost you Rs. 14,990/-. It has a sluggish performance on offer, has an average display and an intrusive UI. The design is rather uninspiring, but the rear camera is above average. It also offers decent battery life.
It has a sluggish performance on offer, has an average display and an intrusive UI. The design is rather uninspiring, but the rear camera is above average. It also offers decent battery life.