The recently launched Lava 4G Connect M1 has turned out to be the first 4G VoLTE Feature Phone with a keyboard rather being the usual touchscreen smartphones. The device is really worth useful to consider as a 4G Hotspot using USB debugging, for Rs. 3333. It would be a great choice for elders who aren’t familiar with touchscreen smartphones.
Key Specs of Lava 4G Connect M1
- 2.4 Inch QVGA TFT Display
- 320 x 240 pixels resolutions
- 1.2 GHz Quad Core Processor
- 512 MB RAM, 4GB internal storage, expandable memory up to 32GB with microSD
- Torch Light
- Speed Dial And Mobile Tracker
- Box Speaker And K Class Amplifier
- VGA Camera
- Dual SIM 4G VoLTE and Bluetooth/Wireless FM
- 1750mAh Battery
Lava 4G Connect M1 Quick Review
Lava launched their 4G Connect M1 as a smart feature phone to choose a budget device with VoLTE supportability aiming to conduct easy digital transactions and even more.
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Design, Hardware, and Display
The plastic-made device has given the usual feature phone design with a T9 keyboard with quick shortcut keys, small 2.4-inch display, torch light on top and on the bottom microphone, 3.5mm audio jack and a micro USB port for charging and data transfer.
It also features a 1.3-megapixel fixed-focus camera, Lava specifies to be VGA Camera near the loudspeaker grill. It has 1750mAh battery revealing the back cover, removing which there is a microSD card slot up to 32GB and two SIM Card slots. The first SIM Card for usual 2G/3G sim cards, while the secondary nano SIM slot accepts 4G SIM cards. Though both SIM cards support 4G, but only one supports 4G at a time and other goes to 2G
The K9 keyboard is also plastic made with backlit support which requires some struggle to press, Lava could provide a rubberized keyboard over plastic. The quick shortcut keys include keys for camera, browser, FM Radio and Music player. Below that they’ve fixed OK key and Dial key on the of the D-Pad, and Right / Torch key along with End / Power Key on the right.
The small 2.4-inch display has 320 x 240 pixels resolution with huge bezel provides good display even legibility is decent in sunlight.
Lava 4G Connect M1 runs on MocorDroid 6.0 which is adapted from Android 6.0 (Marshmallow) can even receive OTA updates. Fortunately, Lava provided an immediate 11MB over-the-air (OTA) update while receiving the device that got downloaded in seconds over 4G.
There is a Quick toggle menu in this Android based feature phone that has toggles for Bluetooth, Data, Airplane mode, Audio profile, flashlight and option to adjust display brightness. The device lacks a home screen, and recent apps key. The user can clear background apps with Cleaner app.
The device comes out of the box with some pre-installed apps including Calendar, Clock, Calculator, File Explorer and Tools that has SOS, CallFireWall, and Note along with Facebook Lite, YouTube, and a web browser.
Google Play didn’t work properly, but it supports some side-loading apps. You can get side-load apps with APKs, including WhatsApp that can work fine without any issue.
Performance and Connectivity
The Quad-core Spreadtrum SP9820A Processor coupled with ARM Cortex A7 provides much smooth performance without any lag. The cores are running at 1.25GHz per core along with 512MB RAM also gives good feedback to the user and is more than enough for this phone.
The user can get 421MB of RAM as usable, out of which there is 237MB of RAM when the default apps are running in the background on its 512MB RAM and 2.47GB of storage is available out of 4GB of internal storage.
The device supports 4G LTE with VoLTE on the primary SIM while the secondary SIM goes to 2G. The user can go for USB tethering to use the 4G on PC and it has Bluetooth support also. But still, the device lacks WiFi and WiFi tethering/hotspot option.
Lava Connect M1 will be a better choice for who want to try out Reliance Jio’s service and VoLTE. The android based device doesn’t look good and is a bit bulky, but still has good the build quality.
The device isn’t available through online retailers and has MRP of Rs. 3599, but it is available for as low as Rs. 3000 from stores in select cities.