Reliance JIO is getting serious about its smartphone business in India with the launch of more smartphones for its Lyf brand it plans to penetrate the smartphone market.
Reliance has been steadily making progress in the telecom domain, ahead of the commercial launch for which no date is yet finalized but we expect it to happen in October or November 2016.
RJIO is already selling smartphones with free unlimited internet and voice bundle. The 4G LTE unlimited data bundle is a great option for people looking for a big data plan. The network expansion is also happening rapidly.
I tested some days back the RJIO 4G LTE Sim, and the max speed was close to 28 MB/s which is incredibly fast.
Reliance’s smartphone brand LYF released two new smartphones yesterday one is known as the Lyf Flame 5 which is an entry-level device and the second smartphone is called the Life Earth 2 which is a mid-range smartphone.
The phone is having a steep price tag of 19999 INR.
LYF Earth 2
The Lyf Earth 2 comes with a retina scanner, and it is one of the first Android smartphones in India to have a retina scanner. Meanwhile, big phone makers like Samsung and LG are yet to release smartphones with this feature. Samsung Galaxy Note 7 is expected to launch with a Retina scanner in August ’16.
The Lyf Earth 2 is powered by a Snapdragon 615 processor with Eight cores and a clock cycle of 1.5 GHz; the smartphone includes 3 GB RAM and Adreno 405 GPU. The smartphone is available in 4 colors, including the bright green color.
It features a Full HD 5-inch screen with a pixel density of 443 pixels per inch. On top of the screen, there is a 2.5 D curved Gorilla Glass to give a smooth edge to edge swiping experience.
The company also claims the viewing angle of the display is decent with 178 degrees and a screen to body ratio of 72 percent
The smartphone runs on dated Android lollipop 5.1.1 with the UI loaded with heavy customization including gesture features, shake controls and also includes double tap to wake feature.
The camera section includes a 13 MP rear camera with both laser and PDAF autofocus, and for the front, there is a generous 13 MP selfie camera to delight the shutterbugs. The camera app comes with pre-built filters and allows voice command for taking photos.
The smartphone includes a mediocre 2500 mAH battery, and for connectivity, both the SIM slots are 4G enabled, which also support VoLTE. (However only one slot will stay connected on 4G at a time.)
Key specs of Reliance LYF Earth 2
- Screen – 5 Inch Full HD with Gorilla glass protection
- Processor – Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 octa-core
- RAM – 3 GB
- Storage – 32 GB
- Camera – 13 MP rear with laser autofocus, 13MP front
- OS – Android lollipop 5.1
- Battery – 2500 mAh
- Connectivity – Dual sim 4G with VoLTE
LYF Flame 5
The Lyf Flame 5, on the other hand, is an entry-level smartphone with pricing of Rs 3999. Though the smartphone’s features are outdated, the presence of 4G connectivity adds little value to it.
The Lyf flame 5 comes with a 4-inch screen with a resolution of 480*800 pixels. The smartphone is protected with Dragontrail glass which is a good addition for a low budget smartphone.
The processor is Quad-core processor clocked at 1.5 GHz and comes with just 512 MB of RAM, which is low considering a lot of smartphones in this range also are coming with 1 GB of ram.
The camera section includes a 5 MP rear with Autofocus and LED flash, for the front, there is a 2 MP camera given.
Smartphone has 4 GB of internal storage space and runs on Android Lollipop 5.1 the battery is 1650 mAh which is also a bit low.
While the Life Earth 2 looks overpriced the Lyf flame 5 misses on essential 1 GB ram, but the other hand reliance is offering unlimited 4G LTE data for first three months, which makes it a great deal to buy at least the cheaper LYF Flame 5.
Both the smartphones are open for registration now and will be available from Reliance’ s retail points and online store as well.
Key Specs of Reliance Lyf Flame 5
- Screen Size -4 inches (800*480 pixels) with Dragontrail glass protection
- Processor – 1.5 GHz Quad core
- RAM – 512 MB
- Storage – 4 GB
- Camera – 5 MP rear, 2 MP front
- OS – Android lollipop 5.1
- Battery – 1650 mAh
- Connectivity – 4G with VoLTE
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