Lava is back and is now planning to start 2019 with its budget smartphone, the Z92. It’s a modern looking smartphone with decent specs like Octa-core processor, big screen, Android Oreo etc. Another this is that the Z92 does look and feel good in hands. If you feel like it’s the one for you, check out the complete Lava Z92 review below.
Lava with its Z92 is trying to adopt the latest smartphone design trend and it feels like they succeeded mostly. The new Z92 comes with a glossy plastic back which is made of plastic. It does look good when it reflects light but it’s also a fingerprint magnet. However, Lava has included a transparent silicon case in the box which surely comes handy and keeps the smudges away.
The Z92 is quite thin and lightweight, in fact, it is very comfortable to hold and use thanks to its curved and smooth corners and good weight distribution. It’s simply 8mm thick which is quite comparable to other smartphones in this price range. However, it is only available in a single color option which is Ocean Blue which does look nice but may not be everyone’s cup of tea.
On the front, there is a big display with a notch cut out. Also, the comprises of the front camera, earpiece, and the proximity sensor. The Volume Rocker and the Power Key are located on the right while the SIM tray with a dedicated MicroSD card slot is located on the left. At the bottom, you will find the Micro USB charging port along with 3.5mm audio jack and a speaker. Coming to the back, there is a single rear camera with a flash positioned in the top left and there is also a Fingerprint scanner as well. Overall, the design and build feel pretty good for the price.
Moving on, the display on the Lava Z92 is an IPS LCD panel which has a resolution of 1520x720 pixels and a pixel density of 270 pixels-per-inch. It’s a 6.22-inch display which is quite good for the pice and also comes with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 for protection.
In terms of quality, the screen is not the sharpest because of the low resolution. If you take a close look, you can see the staircase effect on the icons but from a normal distance, the pixelation visibility is quite minimal. The colors are quite accurate and the bezels around the display are not the smallest but quite small. There is a significant chin at the bottom which is OKAY for the price you pay. The viewing angles of the screen are quite good but the sunlight visibility is simply average. Although, the big screen size makes it a great screen for viewing movies or videos but the HD+ resolution stops it from becoming the best screen in the segment.
Performance is not the best point of the budget device and the same goes for the Lava Z92. Under the hood, it comes with a MediaTek Helio P22 processor. It’s an Octa-core chipset which is fabricated on 12nm process clocked at 2.0 GHz. It comes with PowerVR GE8320 GPU and is only available in a single configuration of 3GB RAM and 32GB onboard storage.
In terms of performance, the Z92 does really well as a daily driver. It worked smoothly with tasks like messaging, web browsing etc. The apps take a little longer to load, however, the overall performance with basic tasks is quite good. Even with games like Subway Surfer, Shadow Fight etc, the Z92 does really well providing smooth gaming performance. However, Triple-A games like PUBG mobile works only in medium graphics settings. For more smoother gameplay, we will recommend you to switch to the lowest graphics settings while playing any heavy game.
Coming to the software, the Lava Z92 comes loaded with Android 8.1 Oreo hidden under a layer of Start OS 5.1. The first thing that you will immediately notice is that there are plenty of pre-installed apps like UC Browser, FaceBook, Gaana, NewsPoint etc. However, you can remove them or at least most of them. There are some useful features as well like Gesture support, Face recognition etc. The Start OS doesn’t have an app drawer and in terms of performance, it does feel responsive but it’s quite slow compared to the Stock Android. With 3GB RAM, multitasking feels OKAY and the good thing is there is a dedicated MicroSD card slot for memory expansion up to 256GB.
On the camera front, the Lava Z92 feels like missing the latest Dual Camera trend. It comes only with a single rear and a single front camera. The camera on the rear is a 13 Megapixel sensor with f/2.0 aperture and on the front, there is an 8 Megapixel Camera with f/2.0 aperture. There is no PDAF but the camera app comes with features like Studio mode, AR sticker, Time-lapse, Panorama, Intelligent selfie etc.
In terms of Quality, the primary camera captures respectable images. The colors are saturated and it somehow manages to keep the exposure right in even the hardest conditions. Images captured have plenty of details. Even in low light, the camera captured some decent looking images which are good for social media. The portrait mode images are also quite good but the edge detection is simply average. Talking about the front camera, the images are quite good but there is an Intelligent selfie feature which allows you to capture selfie using the rear camera and a voice prompt will guide you to properly adjust your face in the frame. No doubt, the images looked much better compared to the front camera.
The Lava Z92 comes with a 3260 mAh battery which is non-removable. It’s simply enough for a single day usage but nothing more than that. With moderate to heavy usage, you will have around 15%-20% juice left at the end of the day. It ships with a 10W charger which can completely top-up the battery from 0%-100% in around 2 hours.
The Lava Z92 supports Dual SIM and Dual Standby. It also comes with a dedicated slot for memory card and has a memory expansion limit of up to 256GB. Other connectivity options on the device include WIFI, Bluetooth, and AGPS. There are a few sensors on the device including the Fingerprint scanner, Proximity sensor, accelerometer etc.
There is no NFC and IR Blaster on the device which seems acceptable for the price. The rear-mounted fingerprint scanner is positioned in the top center making it easy to reach, however, some people still prefer front-mounted fingerprint scanners. Nonetheless, the scanner is decently quick and unlock the device almost instantly. There is a Face Unlock option as well which is reasonably quick but not super secure.
There is a single speaker on the device which is located at the bottom. It is decent loud but lacks the bass and the punch. Also, there is a headphone jack at the bottom too which is very useful for connecting wired headphone or speakers.
The Lava Z92 is a good device for the price. It comes with a decently powered processor handles simple tasks like a champ and also manages to run heavy games at lowest settings. Also, it comes with a big screen which is great for media consumption, a good camera which falls weak at night, and a decent sized battery which provides a day of battery life. However, there are a few devices in the segment which are more powerful like Redmi Note 6 Pro, Nokia 5.1 etc which makes it hard to recommend. Anyways, if you do like the looks of it, you can definitely go for Lava Z92
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