JIO Launches New LYF F1 4G VOLTE
LYF brand of smartphones from JIO has today launched a new smartphone, LYF F1 where F1 stands for “Future One”. The new LYF F1 by Reliance Jio is aimed to promote the 4G LTE eco-system in India that is still at a nascent stage.
Update – 30 Oct -2016 – The smartphone is now listed as LYF F1 Plus on Snapdeal priced at Rs 13,098. There is no change in design or specs between the LYF F1 or the F1 Plus.
So far the LYF brand phones are more of a commodity product launch, essential to get the JIO 4G preview bundle. With the new LYF, F1 JIO is attempting to change this. They have added tons of new features to the LYF F1 and a more closer integration to the JIO Apps ecosystem.
Key Features LYF F1 Smartphone
There is a host of new features like Smart Tray which ensures quick access to every JIO App so you don’t need to search for it.
There is a Smart Ring feature which allows you to locate the smartphone even if it is on silent mode, if you call the smartphone from same number 3 times in 3 minutes, it disables the silent mode.
Smart Video Play which ensures that videos are played only when you are watching it, a good way to save data.
It’s a good step by LYF as they are also focussing on the overall customer experience.
The smartphone also comes with support for gestures, you can draw a letter like C on the screen to open the camera.
Further, the LYF F1 has a 5.5-inch display with Full HD 1080p resolution offering 401 PPI (pixels per inch). It offers a good experience for high-quality videos that you can stream for free with Reliance JIO sim at least until December end.
LYF F1 has an IPS LCD display along with Corning Gorilla Glass 4 to protect it from minor scratches.
It runs on Octa-core Snapdragon 617 processor and Adreno 405 GPU with 3 GB RAM just like the Moto G4 Plus.
LYF F1 4G PHONE
The dual sim smartphone has only 1 slot as 4G, on the other slot you can use a 2G sim card.
The internal memory is 32 GB which should be good enough for most of the users. But If you want more storage there is a microSD card slot that can support up to 128 GB memory cards.
The LYF F1 comes with 3200 mAh battery capacity that provides a 4.2 Hours talk time (4G) at full charge and a 350 hours standby time. The battery capacity is decent considering the screen size and processor.
There is a 16 MP phase detection autofocus camera at the back which gives a better low light photography experience according to JIO.
However, there is no OIS (Optical Image Stabilization). Moreover, LYF F1’s camera will still be less blurry and shaky for videos due to its Electronic Image Stabilization support.
At the front, there is an 8 MP camera for clicking selfies and making video calls. There is also a feature of Multiple Focus in the F1 smartphone.
The rear camera is capable of shooting 1080p videos at 30 fps. Even the front camera can shoot 720p videos at 30 fps.
The phone weighs 153 gm and its dimensions are 155.5mmx77.6mmx7.9 mm. Apart from that, the phone has all the basic connectivity options like WiFi, Radio FM, Bluetooth and a 3.5 mm headphone jack.
Price and Availability
The phone is available for Rs. 13,390 and compete against the Xiaomi Redmi Note 3, Moto G4 Plus, Huawei Honor 5X and Lenovo K5 Note in this price range.
The company is also offering a free Bluetooth speaker and a 10% cash back offer on Citibank cards. It is available for purchase from the Reliance Digital stores.
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