Earth, Water, Wind, and Flame. These words would make a lot of people either think of environmental awareness campaigns or reminisce about how they used to watch Captain Planet during their childhood. However, these are in fact names of Reliance Jio’s Lyf series of smartphones.
According to IDC, Reliance Jio is the fifth-largest smartphone vendor in India. The company has been building a solid reputation in manufacturing phones with support for 4G and VoLTE. The latest addition to its portfolio of smartphones is the Lyf Water 8, which was launched in July. Now, let’s find out what this new phone has to offer.
Specifications – Lyf Water 8
As for the form factor, the dimensions of the Lyf Water 8 are 142 x 70.5 x 7 mm. It has a sleek metallic frame with a unibody design. The phone has a 5-inch HD AMOLED display with a screen resolution of 720 x 1280 pixels, which translates to a pixel density of 294 ppi. The display offers screen mirroring and 5 point multi-touch features. It is a dual SIM (micro-SIM and nano-SIM) phone and weighs 122 grams.
The Lyf Water 8 has a 13-megapixel primary camera and a 5-megapixel secondary camera, both equipped with LED flash. The camera features include face detection, geotagging, touch to focus, HDR mode, etc. The cameras also boast of ChromaFlash and OptiZoom features that apparently enhance image quality.
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The Lyf Water 8 packs 3 GB RAM and 16 GB internal memory, which is expandable up to 128 GB through a microSD card. The device has a 1.5 GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 processor and an Adreno 405 GPU. As for the platform, it runs on Android v5.1 (Lollipop). The phone has a decent 2,600 mAh lithium-ion polymer battery, which apparently allows for up to 10 hours of talk time and about 320 hours of standby time. The video and audio playback times are around 5 hours and 23 hours, respectively.
The sensors incorporated in the Lyf Water 8 are gyroscope, light sensor, E-Compass, proximity sensor, and accelerometer. The SAR values are marked at 1.158 W/kg (head) and 0.973 W/kg (body). With regard to multimedia, the device has FM radio apart from music and video players that support several formats. In terms of connectivity, it has support for VoLTE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, USB OTG, and A-GPS.
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The Lyf Water 8 will face some fierce competition mainly from phones by Chinese vendors like LeEco, Xiaomi, Oppo, and Vivo. LeEco has now become the largest shareholder of Coolpad, which is another Chinese player in the Indian smartphone market. The former’s CEO Jia Yueting has taken over as the chairman of Coolpad. According to reports, the two brands will pool their resources and implement joint R&D strategies to develop a new range of phones in China (to start with).
The Lyf Water 8 has virtually identical features when compared with the Lyf Water 7, except the latter has a bigger 5.5-inch IPS display, offering a much higher pixel density of 401 ppi. Also, the Lyf Water 7 incorporates 2 GB RAM, weighs 160 grams, and has a 3,000 mAh battery. It is priced at about Rs. 10,000 and is available only in silver and gold.
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The Lyf Water 8, which is priced at about Rs. 11,000, is available in two colours – black and white. Other box contents include a SIM card removal pin, micro-USB cable, earphones, charger adaptor, and warranty card. As for the warranty, users can opt for the LYFCare Extended Warranty through the LYFCare mobile app, which is available for download on Google Play.
With so many vendors releasing new smartphone models every other month, the tussle to gain a higher market share in the Indian smartphone market is intensifying. And with the recent LeEco-Coolpad alliance, competition in the market will only increase further. With that said, it will be interesting to see how Indian players like Reliance Jio and Micromax hold up in that scenario.