Lava had announced its plans to launch Android phones under 10K as part of its Iris series last year. After the company came out with the Iris N350, it has now launched the Iris N501 in the series priced at Rs. 9,999.
Running on Android 4.0.4, the Iris N501 comes with a 5-inch (480x800 pixels) capacitive touch display. It features a 5-megapixel autofocus rear camera with LED flash and a VGA front camera as well.
On the inside, the dual-SIM device is powered by a 1 GHz dual-core MediaTek processor with 512MB RAM and has 4GB of internal storage with external expansion support upto 32GB via microSD. it comes with a 2,300mAh battery with up to 7.8 hours talk time and up to 620 hours standby.
The smartphone also comes with many pre-installed apps like Saavn, Fusion Music Organizer and games including Asphalt HD, Saving Private Sheep, Cricket Fever, Little Big City and Shark Dash. Connectivity options on the Iris N501 include 3G (HSDPA 7.2Mbps; HSUPA 5.76Mbps), WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth and GPS.
This will be the first smartphone in the Iris series to sport a 5-inch display. That's not surprising other homegrown companies already have 5-inch screen offerings. The Lava Iris N501 will be competing in the same league as the recently launched Zync Z5 Cloud Dual Core, Micromax A110, Spice Stellar Horizon, iBall Andi 5c and the Intex Aqua 5.0.
Lava's previous Iris N350 sports a 3.5-inch touchscreen and packs in a 1GHz processor. It runs on Android 2.3.6 and comes with a 1300 mAh battery. For connectivity it supports EDGE/ GPRS/ Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. There is a 2-megapixel rear camera and VGA front camera.
Lava has not yet announced the price or availability of the Iris N350 but it is already available through online retailer Snapdeal for Rs. 4,499. The company was also expected to launch the Iris N320, but there is no word on its availability yet.
Furthermore, company plans to add five more smartphones to this portfolio between January to March 2013. All the smartphones launched by Lava under this series will have a processor that's at least 1GHz or faster and will be priced between Rs. 5,000 to Rs. 10,000.
Lava Iris N501 key specifications