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Homegrown electronics brand Lava recently launched its second smartphone in the Blaze series, the Lava Blaze Pro. Powered by the MediaTek Helio G37 processor, the smartphone is priced at Rs 9,999 – comparable to rival smartphones powered by the same chip, such as the Motorola Moto G22 and Techno Spark 9. The smartphone brings several improvements that justify the ‘Pro’ moniker. but are they good enough? Let’s find out
The Lava Blaze Pro looks just like its predecessor, the Lava Blaze, except it has a frosted glass back design. The frame of the phone is made of plastic with a smooth surface that smudges fingerprints easily. On the right side of the frame is the power button, which also serves as a fingerprint reader, and just above it is the volume button. The location of the buttons is convenient, so one-handed operation is convenient.
Display and sound
The Lava Blaze Pro has a 6.5-inch IPS HD+ display with a 90Hz refresh rate. The screen is bright, vivid and responsive. Considering the price of the phone, the quality and performance of the display is acceptable. By default, it is set to the standard color profile, but can be tweaked for vivid and cool colors from the display settings.
As for audio, the phone has a mono speaker on the bottom of the frame. It’s loud and clear, but lacks clarity. The speaker provides a modest experience while watching videos, listening to music and playing games. In addition to the mono speaker, the Lava Blaze Pro has a 3.5mm audio output port for wired connection.
Imaging is covered by a triple-camera system on the back that includes a 50-megapixel primary sensor, a 2MP ultra-wide sensor, and a 2MP mono lens. In the price/performance ratio, the rear camera system is good. But don’t expect quality output. Camera struggles with zoom. Zoomed images show a lack of detail and there is visible noise in the frame. In addition, the camera tends to artificially smooth the image in post-processing, resulting in loss of detail. On the front, the phone has an 8MP camera sensor. It’s good for selfies and video calls, but struggles in low-light conditions.
Performance and battery
The Lava Blaze Pro is powered by a MediaTek Helio G37 SoC, paired with up to 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage. The phone has a microSD card slot for storage expansion (up to 256 GB). It runs Android 12 with a bloatware and ad-free user interface. In terms of price and performance, the Lava Blaze Pro performs well. It handles normal operation with ease and does not slow down even with 15 open applications in the background.
In terms of battery life, the smartphone survives a day of moderate use with the screen set to a 90Hz refresh rate. To save battery, the refresh rate can be reduced to 60 Hz in the settings. The Lava Blaze Pro drains quickly and heats up when used for power-intensive tasks. The phone comes with a 10W charger, which takes about an hour to recharge a fully discharged battery.
Lava Blaze Pro isn’t perfect, but it can do everything to some extent. The smartphone has a good display and clean user interface. Other than that, there’s hardly anything to eclipse its peers in its Rs 9,999 price segment.