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Lava Blaze’s glass back, pure Android 12, and aggressive pricing

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The Blaze was revealed today by Lava, a low-cost smartphone that doesn’t seem like a bargain. According to the manufacturer, this is the first time a glass back has been used in this category. Furthermore, the “free service at home” has a luxurious air to it.

The Lava Blaze is powered by a Helio A22 processor and runs Android 12 stock. This 12nm device contains 8x Cortex-A53 CPU cores and a PowerVR GE8300 GPU, which is adequate to run full-blooded Android despite its lack of power (some phones in this segment resort to using Go Edition).

It has 3GB of RAM (with an additional 3GB of virtual RAM) and 64GB of internal storage that can be upgraded using a microSD card to go along with the chipset. No mention is made of OS upgrades in Lava’s 2-year security patch guarantee.

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Blaze features a 6-inch screen with 720×1,600 pixels of resolution. With that said, Lava went with the most expensive panel it could find instead of going cheap. An 8MP front-facing camera is built into the display bezel. It’s capable of facial unlock, however it’s sluggish (1.08s to trigger). On the other hand, a rear-mounted fingerprint reader is a lot quicker (0.35s).

13MP primary camera with LED flash can be found on the back. We know there are three cameras, but we can only guess the other two are macro and depth sensor modules since their functions aren’t specified.

Over 8 hours of YouTube watching or 40 hours of conversation time may be expected from the phone’s 5,000mAh battery. At 10W, USB-C is used for charging. It has a 3.5mm headphone connector as well as an FM radio receiver, something we don’t see on many devices these days.

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You don’t have to decide between using SIM2 and a microSD on this dual-SIM phone since it has 4G connection and three card slots. Wi-Fi 5 (ac) and Bluetooth 5.0 are also available for local communication.

Lava will replace your Blaze’s screen for free if it cracks during the first 100 days of ownership. You only pay for repairs if the phone has to be serviced, and Lava will send a technician to your house free of charge. In the beginning, we said that “free service at home” would save you the trip to the service center.

The Lava Blaze is available for pre-order on both Flipkart and the company’s website today. The retail price is 8,700, and the first open sales will take place on July 14, the 14th.

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Lava Probuds 21 will be given to the first 500 customers who pre-order the Lava Blaze (T&C apply).

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