"A first look at the Lava Iris 504Q+"
The Lava Iris 504Q+ is the successor to last year’s Iris 504Q, and brings with it a few specification bumps, most noticeably its 10MP primary camera with a Sony sensor. Like its predecessor, the dual-SIM 504Q+ offers some nifty gesture control features that are an attractive addition for a phone priced at Rs 13,990. We’ve got the handset with us for review, and we’re going to start with an unboxing and first impressions.
The Iris 504Q+ comes in the standard Lava packaging, with all the specs conveniently listed on the back. There’s a slide-out tray that pulls out to reveal the handset right on top.
Below this, you’ll find a foam insert containing a free flip cover with a sticky attachment, along with a screen guard. There are two neatly divided flaps underneath. In one, you’ll find a slim two-pin wall charger. In the other, you’ll find a USB cable, a pair of headphones with a mic, a 2,000mAh removable battery, and the user manual/warranty booklet.
The 504Q+ sports an attractive build quality, with a slim profile that measures just 7.9mm, but is heavier than most, weighing 149g.
The large 5-inch display is flanked by wide bezels, making it difficult to operate one-handed. The fascia contains a row of Android buttons, with the home button in the centre doubling up as an LED notification light. The primary microphone is present below, on the bottom right.
On top, you’ll find the 2MP front-camera. The proximity and ambient light sensors are invisible, but are presumably hidden somewhere in the vicinity. The earpiece is a uniform metal grill that runs the length of the top bezel. Metallic banding runs around the edges, with the top holding a 3.5mm audio jack, and the bottom a micro-USB port. You’ll find the volume rocker on the left spine and a power button on the right.
At the back, you’ll find the 10MP primary camera and flash, a secondary microphone and a loudspeaker.
The two-tone back panel is made of metal, adding a nice premium touch and more importantly, offering valuable protection. Inside, you’ll find a pair of SIM slots – a full sized one and another that accepts a micro-SIM, with the former supporting WCDMA SIM cards and the latter GSM. There’s also a microSD card slot to expand storage by an additional 32GB.
The smartphone’s display sports 720p resolution, resulting in a pixel density of 294ppi. A layer of Asahi Dragon Trail glass protects against scratches. At first glance, the display appears vibrant and is responsive too. The phone runs Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean, and Lava hasn’t done much to tweak the UI. There are a few themes available, as seen on the Iris 406Q (review), which change the appearance and app icons. Among the pre-loaded apps are BBM, WhatsApp, OfficeSuite 7, Battery Saver, Sketch and MyNotes.
The main attraction of the phone are the gesture controls it offers. A technology called Air Shuffle utilises the proximity sensor, letting you swipe your hand above the display to navigate certain apps. You can use it to capture images, browse the gallery and app drawer, and change tracks and FM stations. A word of warning – this feature is enabled by default, so if you want to disable it, you'll need to go into Settings > Accessibility to turn it off. Other features include flipping the device to mute calls, or shaking it to answer/end calls. At the time of writing, we only tried the Air Shuffle feature, which worked like a charm.
The Iris 504Q+ is powered by a 1.3GHz quad-core MediaTek MT6582 processor, paired with a Mali 400-MP2 GPU and 1GB of RAM. There’s 8GB of internal storage, out of which about 5.48GB is user-available. The phone seemed smooth and zippy to start with, and we’ll give you more details once we install a few apps and games.
The Iris 504Q+ looks like an exciting device in the mid-range segment, and we're looking forward to putting it to the test. Stay tuned for more, coming up soon.
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