Lava Z25: First Impressions

NEW DELHI: After quite a few months, Lava has launched a new flagship smartphone . Dubbed Z25, the smartphone is part of the company’s new Z-series. Bearing a price tag of Rs 18,000, the Z25 is Lava’s costliest smartphone till date. The company says that it has worked hard on the design and camera aspects of the smartphone, and that it’s nowhere similar to Lava’s previous devices.We used the Lava Z25 for a short while at the launch event, and found it to be convincing in a few departments.

Design and display
Lava seems to have played it safe when it comes to the design. The Z25 has a smooth body made of Series 5 metal and looks decent from the front. However, the back panel is nothing interesting and looks exactly that of the Redmi Note 4 , Lenovo K6 Note or Coolpad Note 5 Lite . That said, it’s not bad overall.
During our limited testing, the fingerprint sensor was quite fast and recognized fingerprints every time. Lava claims that it can unlock the smartphone in 0.1 second.
The smartphone weighs 163g and has an 88.6% screen-to-body ratio. What we found to be baffling is Lava’s decision to go with on-screen buttons, even with the big bezel below the 5.5-inch display. Another issue is the inclusion of a low-resolution HD (720×1280 pixel) display in a Rs 18,000 smartphone. Budget smartphones from other brands such as Micromax and Honor, which are priced well below the Lava Z25, come with Full HD resolution displays.

Performance and camera
Coming to the OS, the Lava Z25 runs Android 6.0 Marshmallow with the company’s Star OS 3.3 UI layer running on top. The interface is easy to use, but doesn’t come with an app drawer. Also, app icons look outdated and similar to those seen in Android UIs by Chinese smartphone makers.
Lava Z25 features a 13MP rear camera with Sony Exmor IMX258 sensor, f/2.0 aperture and dual-LED flash. In our limited time usage, the camera performed well in artificial light conditions. However, we are yet to test it extensively. On the other hand, the 8MP front-facing camera with f/2.0 aperture and LED flash was quite impressive. We think it could even be one of the best in this price segment. The camera comes with a front-facing LED flash, which helps in taking detailed images without any problems.

As far as specifications go, the Z25 is backed by a 3,020mAh battery and supports a Super Power Saver Mode. It is powered by a 1.5GHz octa-core processor with 4GB of RAM. It also has 32GB of internal storage, with support for microSD cards of up to 128GB in size.