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The Indian brand Lava announced its new Lava Blaze 2 5G smartphone model yesterday on 2nd November but the phone should be available for purchase from 9th November 2023 in India. The pricing of the phone is where the shoppers got intrigued. the 4/64 GB base variant is priced at INR 9,999 which is about 13,400 Bangladeshi Taka ($120/€113), and the 6/128 GB version will cost you INR 10,999 and that is approximately BDT 14,700 ($132/€125).
We don’t see 5G phones around this price very often or we haven’t seen so far. Lava is introducing a new tradition. Although, there were a few low-cost 5G phones before, scattered here and there from other brands. But as 5G is becoming a more common norm, Lava is one of the first brands to take a bold step to let its reach to the hands of common people.
The phone features a MediaTek Dimensity 6020 chipset which is commonly known as “The” entry-level 5G chipset. If you compare it with the MediaTek Helio G99 you’ll see the difference is very limited. But don’t forget that we are getting 5G here which is of great value and Helio G99 supports maximum 4G network. Android 13 version is pre-installed but Lava confirms an Android 14 update and 2 years of security update which is sort of very minimal and not from its advantages.
But it doesn’t end there. There is a Ring-Light feature on the back. The light color is blue (not changeable) and is used as a notification light for calls, battery charging status, various app usage and so on. The design altogether looks special, profound and inviting, especially as a low-total phone. The colors also look pretty and exquisite.
You may wonder where the bottom line is? How could Lava afford this at such an economical price? Well, the screen is HD+, no FHD resolution is the first compromise. The charger is 18W and you could think of a 33W charger but we’d say 18W is very reasonable at this cost. Then the 8 MP front camera is very average. The 50 MP back camera looks proper, but there is just one added 0.08 MP lens, which is perhaps a depth sensor. So, no ultrawide, macro or any other interesting camera features. There is a 3.5mm jack though and also Hi-Res audio, which is on the positive side.