Lava revealed Fire today – a phone under ₹10,000 that is not cheap. It has a glass back, a first in this segment according to the company. And “free service at home” is downright premium.
The Lava Blaze runs Android 12 on the Helio A22 chipset. While this 12nm chip isn’t particularly powerful, it has 8x Cortex-A53 CPUs and a PowerVR GE8300 GPU, which is enough to run full Android (some phones in this segment resort to using Go Edition).
MediaTek Helio A22 chipset, 3 GB RAM and 64 GB storage (+ microSD card slot)
The chipset is paired with 3GB of RAM (plus 3GB of virtual RAM) and 64GB of inbuilt storage that can be expanded via a microSD card. Lava promises 2 years of security patches but makes no mention of OS updates.
Blaze has a 6.5” display with a resolution of 720 x 1600 pixels. On the plus side, Lava chose an IPS LCD rather than the cheapest panel it could find. An 8MP selfie camera is embedded in the display. It can unlock with your face, albeit slowly (1.08s to launch). The fingerprint reader on the back is much faster (0.35s).
On the back is a 13MP main camera with LED flash. Well, there are three cameras, but since the functions of the other two aren’t listed, we assume they’re the macro and depth sensor modules.
The phone is powered by a rather large 5000mAh battery that promises over 8 hours of YouTube streaming or 40 hours of talk time. Charging takes place via USB-C with a power of 10W. Another wired connection is a 3.5mm headphone jack and there’s even an FM radio receiver (we don’t see many of those).
It’s a dual-SIM phone with 4G connectivity and a triple card slot (meaning you don’t have to choose between SIM2 and microSD). Anyway, local connectivity also includes Wi-Fi 5 (ac) and Bluetooth 5.0.
If you happen to crack the screen on your Blaze within the first 100 days of ownership, Lava will replace it for free. Also, if the phone needs repair, Lava will send a technician to your home at no additional cost – you only pay for the repair. That’s the “free home service” we mentioned at the beginning, saving you a trip to the service center.
The Lava Blaze has a glass back and comes in three colors: red, green, black and blue
P.S. the first 500 customers to pre-order the Lava Blaze will be eligible for a free pair of Lava Probuds 21 (T&C apply).