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Lava Pixel V1 Hands On – Has superb memory, still feels something lacking

This is the first Android One smartphone from Lava and it offers plenty at Rs 11,350.

Lava has joined the Android One programme as well which has till now few participants in India including Micromax, Spice, and Xolo. The Android One smartphone of Lava, called Pixel V1, was launched at Rs 11,350 today.


The Pixel V1 of Lava offers the latest Android 5.1 Lollipop operating system and ofcourse the pure Android operating system and is expected to get the future Android versions as well.

The Lava Pixel V1 has a 5.5 inch IPS display with high definition resolution (1280×720 pixels) and Asahi Dragon Trail Glass for protection against scratches. The smartphone runs on the 1.3 GHz quad core processor, Mali 400 MP2 graphics processor and 2 GB RAM – the combination should give a lag-free performance and it shows in its benchmarking – it scored 19400 on Antutu benchmark.
Lava Pixel V1
The Lava Pixel V1 has an 8 megapixel camera which can capture images of 13 megapixel resolution through software enhancement. The rear camera has a 1.4 um BSI sensor, F2.0 aperture and 5P lens. There is an LED flash in the rear panel as well. In the front of Lava Pixel V1 there is a 5 megapixel camera which, as per the company, can capture images in 8 megapixel resolution through software enhancements. It has a 1.4um BSI sensor, F2.4 aperture and 4P lens.

The Pixel V1 has dual SIM offering 3G, Bluetooth 4.0, micro USB 2.0 port, WiFi (b/g/n) and GPG with A-GPS support. It has a decent 2650 mAh Li-Po battery. The phone has 32 GB internal memory and has a 32 GB expandable memory slot as well.

First Impression

There is nothing newness in the design of Lava Pixel V1 but it is attractive nonetheless. The Pixel V1 has a full plastic body but the metallic colour does give an impression of aluminium. The back panel is removable, but only the middle portion while the upper and bottom panels of the back panel are fixed. Removing the back panel isn’t a big task and under this lies the two SIM slots and the removable battery along with a micro SD card slot.
Lava Pixel V1
On its right hand side lies the volume rocker and the power key while at the top lies the 3.5 mm audio jack along with a micro USB port. Details of dimension and weight are not known right now but the phone certainly feels a lot light than many devices with a 5.5 inch display; also it has a 2650 mAh Li-Po battery.

Overall, the Lava Pixel V1 looks decent.

The Lava Pixel V1’s 5.5 inch touchscreen has HD resolution – just enough for a pleasant viewing. It has just enough brightness but most importantly responds well to touches.

The phone seems to have a decent camera. Actually, the rear camera is an 8 megapixel unit which with the help of software can take 13 megapixel pictures. Similarly there is a 5 megapixel sensor based front camera in the Pixel V1 that can capture 8 megapixel pictures. We have already posted few samples clicked through the cameras which will help you decide their quality. To see those images, click here.
Lava Pixel V1
The Lava Pixel V1 has the Mediatek MT6582 quad core processor and has 2 GB RAM that doesn’t stutter in normal tasks. We haven’t though test heavy games and its performance while multitasking yet.
Lava Pixel V1
The most impressive aspect of Pixel V1 is undoubtedly its memory. The phone offers superb 32 GB internal storage – a first for a phone at this price. It has a micro SD card slot as well with 32 GB capacity. Furthermore, it comes with USB host feature and thus with the help of an OTG cable you can use further extend its memory.

For connectivity, the Lava Pixel V1 has dual SIM but offers 3G and not 4G. It has Bluetooth, WiFi and GPS though.


At Rs 11,350, the Lava Pixel V1 looks great in terms of memory. The phone also looks decent in other areas as well but I feel it still lacks something. But ofcourse this is our initial opinion and if there are any devil in the detail we will certainly unearth it in our final review.

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