After laying low for a while, domestic manufacturer Lava has launched a new smartphone, Lava Z25, which shall retail alongside some tough competitors like the Moto G5 Plus, Oppo F1s, and Vivo V5. The Z25 is the most expensive Lava phone till date and marks camera performance and design as its primary highlights. Let’s examine these Lava claims in our Lava Z25 quick review.
Lava Z25 Specifications
- 5.5-inch HD 720p display; 2.5D curved Corning Gorilla Glass
- 1.5GHz octa-core MT6750T, Mali T860 GPU
- 4GB RAM
- 32GB Internal storage; expandable up to 128GB
- 13MP rear camera with f/2.0aperture, PDAF, dual-tone LED flash
- 8MP front-facing camera with LED flash
- Android Marshmallow based Star OS
- Fingerprint sensor on the rear
- 3020 mAh battery
- Hybrid dual SIM slot, VoLTE support
Lava Z25 Design and Build
The Lava Z25 is a 5.5-inch display phone with a body made 88.6 percent of metal. There is a curved glass on the front but due to the plastic rim bordering the display, you won’t feel those curves with your edge swipes.
The phone looks pretty decent and the company also bundles a screen protector and back cover in the box to help you preserve it in pristine condition.
Ergonomically, it feels reasonably light and is comfortable to wield. It feels pretty solid too and there are no flexes or creaks in the body.
The navigation bar has been placed on-screen. The USB port is present on the bottom, flanked by dual Speaker grills. The fingerprint sensor and camera module are symmetrically placed on the rear.
The 5.5-inch display has 720p HD resolution, which falls short of online alternatives but is right on par with offline options in the same budget, like the Vivo V5 and Oppo F1s. The display reproduces vivid and well-balanced colors and is legible under direct sunlight.
Camera and Imaging
The Lava Z25 includes a 13MP Sony IMX258 sensor with PDAF and F/2.0 aperture. Like most other affordable phone cameras, this one too performs well in good natural lighting and struggles slightly to find the perfect balance in the imperfect light. But still, low light images are better than some other smartphones available in the same price segment.
We managed to take some great shots with the rear camera but it is not the best camera in this price segment. The 8MP selfie camera performance is just about average as well. You can shoot some crisp selfies when the lighting is good. In low light, the selfie flash fires up, which helps in capturing better selfies in low light conditions.
The camera app comes with some interesting modes like the Picture mode and the Audio Picture mode where the camera saves short Audio clipping alongside still images.
Hardware, Software and Performance
The Z25 employs MediaTek MT6750T octa-core chip with 8 X Cortex-A53 cores ticking at max 1.5GHz. The CPU cores are also assisted by Mali T860GPU, 4GB RAM and 32GB of native storage. There is no UI lag and all everyday tasks run fine.
The device can handle entry level and mid range games without any issues but we did face frame drops and lag while running high-end games like Modern combat 5 and Nova 3.
The software on the phone is Android Marshmallow based Star OS. There are numerous pre-installed apps but the good thing is that you can uninstall third party Apps. The UI supports customization options and gestures. We hope that the company will soon release Android 7.0 update for the smartphone.
Battery, Price and Verdict
The 3020mAh battery inside the Lava Z25 can deliver about 5.5 hours of screen on time, and should comfortably stretch over one-day usage for most users. The phone doesn’t support fast charging.
Priced at 18,000 INR, the Lava Z25 strikes as a good looking and well-balanced alternative meant for offline buyers. If you compare it with devices available online, undoubtedly those smartphones offer better specs but since Z25 will competing with offline devices, it is a decent alternative.