The Fuel series in the Lava eco-system is all about phones with long-lasting batteries. We had seen the Lava Iris Fuel 50 come out in November, with a 3000 mAh battery. A month later we have the Lava Iris Fuel 60, which keeps most of the internals but houses an even larger 4000 mAh battery, comes at price range of INR 8000-9000.
Features and specifications
Videos come alive with HD IPS technology on a 12.7 cm (5.0) screen. On top of it, a Corning Gorilla Glass 3 packs a punch by making Fuel60 virtually shatter-proof! Double tap to wake up the phone, draw a letter with your hand on the screen or just wave over it & Fuel60 responds with its gesture recognition feature like opening music playlist, WhatsApp, camera etc. The Lava Fuel 60 is fitted with a quad-core processor and is supported by 1 GB of RAM to give you high performance wherever you go. It also has an internal memory of 8 GB, allowing you to store your favourite games, music and videos on this phone. You can now use all 5 fingers while playing games as this phone has a 5 point user touch feature which gives you more control over your device.
In addition to gesture control, there are some ‘smart wake’ lock screen gestures – you can draw a ‘V’ to launch the video player or ‘M’ to play music or even ‘W’ to initiate Whatsapp while the phone is locked. It also supports slide down and double tap gestures to unlock the phones. The options are hidden under the Accessibility settings. When you purchase the Lava Fuel 60, you get 500 MB 3G data for 2 months with Airtel free, allowing you to browse the internet on the move. This offer is valid until June 30, 2015. The Lava Iris Fuel 60 supports the HotKnot feature. It’s a MediaTek feature which basically lets you transfer content by just connecting the displays of your mobile phones. Under the quick settings menu, a MemClear soft button clears the unused memory.
With respect to the cellular connectivity, only one of the SIM cards can connect to a 3G network. The other connectivity options include Wi-Fi a/b/g/n and Bluetooth. Thankfully, the Lava Iris Fuel 60 doesn’t come with bloatware and third-party apps like Twitter and Whatsapp that come preinstalled can be uninstalled.
Design and quality
The phone comes with a 5-inch 1280 x 720-pixel display which gives it a 294 ppi pixel density. The Lava Iris Fuel 60 is thick on the sides measuring 10.2mm. The back cover is removable and has a mild curvature around the edge which helps with the grip. The left-hand edge is clean whereas you have the volume rocker and the power/standby button on the right-hand side. The microUSB port and audio jack are located up top. The slightly rubberised finish on the rear cover helps with the grip.
The back cover is easily removable. On opening the cover, you will come across a non-removable battery with a dual-SIM and a microSD card slot above it. Besides the SIM card slot, you have the camera section with an LED flash unit beneath it. The display comes with IPS panel and a Corning Gorilla Glass covering.
OS and tech
This phone comes with Android KitKat 4.4 which can be upgraded to Android 5.0 Lollipop. Lava Iris Fuel 60 houses a MediaTek MT6582 system on chip which has a quad-core processor clocked at 1.3GHz which comes with a Mali 400 GPU.
Camera and Multimedia
Equipped with a 10MP camera with BSI II image processor & LED Flash, Fuel60 captures moments the way they are etched in our hearts, every single time – bright and clear. It has zoom functionality and 2 MP front-facing camera for taking fun selfies.
Battery and Memory
Lose yourself into conversations lasting up to 32 hours on 2G or 13.5 hours on 3G with a massive 4000 mAh Li Pol battery of Iris Fuel60. When you plug in your earphones to enjoy your favourite music, it doesn’t give up before 2 days. What’s even more fascinating is that the huge battery in Iris Fuel60 takes just 3 hours 15 minutes to hit full charge from scratch. It is paired with 1GB of RAM and there is 8GB of internal storage of which 6.12GB is available to the user.