Mukesh Ambani backed Reliance Jio will soon launch the LYF Earth1, Water 1, Water 2 and Water 3 smartphones in India. Today we have with us the LYF Earth 1 smartphone.
The phone promises to deliver high performance computing, multi-tasking and longer battery life. It also has dual camera setup on the back that is claimed to deliver quality images and videos.
The mobile is expected to be priced at Rs. 23,990 ($ 353 approx.) and was already listed online for a brief moment. If the listed price is true, can it really compete with its competition? What are the features, Benchmarks, Camera etc? We are here to answer all of your queries, in our LYF Earth 1 Review, so keep reading.
LYF Earth 1 (LS-5501) Key Specs
- Hybrid Dual SIM slots ( Micro SIM + Nano SIM / MicroSD Card that supports up to 64GB)
- 5.5-Inch AMOLED Display with 1080p resolution at 401ppi pixel density and 5 finger multi-touch support
- 1.5GHz x 4 + 1GHz x 4 (cortex-A53) Octa Core 64-Bit Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 MSM8939 Processor with Adreno 405 GPU
- 3GB RAM, 32GB Storage ROM, expandable
- 5MP Front Camera, 13MP + 2MP dual Camera ont he back with LED Flash, Auto Focus, HDR, Panorama, 1080p
- 3500 mAh Li-Po battery
- 4G-LTE, VoLTE, 3G HSPA+, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi Hotspot, Bluetooth V4.0, MicroUSB V2.0, GSP, 3.5mm Audio jack, FM Radio
- Proximity, Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Orientation, Gravity, Light
LYF Earth 1 Un-boxing
At a glance, the packaging does look attractive, a black colored textured box with scaled design and golden brown LYF branding at the front. The phone will will greet you when opening the box. It comes with Flip Cover, that is pre-attached.
The mobile comes in White colors and is accompanied by White flip cover. No complaints on the quality of the cover but sadly, both the phone and cover are prone to strains, dust marks. We took extra care, not to make the phone look dirty.
If you are a rough user. You might have to consider some other accessory for the protection (at least a different colored cover).
Inside the box includes the handset, 1 USB / MicroUSB cable, 1 in-ear earphones (nothing extra ordinary here), 1 travel adapter, Sim removal pin, Guide and warranty card.
For starters, the phone, to an extent resembles to recent iPhones. The LYF Earth 1 has plastic build with metallic looking sides. The side bezels are plastic and have golden color, to give a metallic feel. It has rounder corners on all the four sides.
The phone has height of 154 mm, Width of 76.6 mm, thickness of 7.25 mm and weighs 162.5 grams. It has a flat front and back side (corning gorilla glass 3 on the back). The rear panel has Dual Camera setup 2MP + 13MP, an LED Flash and LYF branding just above center mid area.
The screen size is of 5.5-Inch and easily fits in hands and sports gorilla glass 3on the front for scratch resistance. The usual center top has a receive. On the left is a selfie flash while the top right area is occupied by sensors and 5MP camera. It is worth mentioning that the mobile lacks capacitive buttons at the bottom.
On the left side are the Sim Slots (1 opening). The Earth 1 has Dual Hybrid SIM Slots, a Micro SIM slot and a Nano SIM which can also be used for Micro SD Cards (up to 64GB only). 4G-LTE with VoLTE, VoWiFi is also supported, at least for Indian bands (850 / 1800 / 2300 MHz).
Volume rockers and buttons are are placed on the right. On the top side is 3.5mm Audio Jack and secondary microphone. The bottom bezels has MicroUSB V2.0 port on both right, followed by speaker vents and primary microphone.
Display, Processor, Memory,
The LYF Earth 1 features a 5.5-Inch AMOLED Display. It gives 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution. The screen has pixel density of 401ppi and 16.7M color depth. The display is sharper, brighter and supports multi-touch (5 point).
The screen is also very reflective which is annoying. In broad sunlight, the display was bright and visible. It also has wide viewing angle and touch sensitivity is smooth as well.
The processor inside is Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 Octa Core 64-Bit Processor (1.5GHz x 4 + 1.2GHz x 4 Cortex-A53) coupled with Adreno 405 GPU @ 550 MHz. Reliance Jio could have opted for better processor, that’s my personal opinion thou.
We did not see much of lag in terms of day to day usage. Yes, the phone gets warm, some might say hot as well (around 50-degrees) when benchmarking or playing games, but is hardly noticeable with the cover. Maybe, Jio is offering free cover just to overshadow the infamous heating issues, lately seen in Qualcomm chipsets. My verdict!!, LYF Earth 1 does heat up.
The chipset is backed by 3GB RAM (precisely 2.81GB of which around 1.8-1.9GB is usual available). It has 32GB of built-in storage of which about 24.94GB is user available.
Operating System, Apps, Audio
The phone comes pre-installed with Android 5.1.1 Lollipop OS. This is a vanilla OS, plane or you can say, gives a default android OS experience.
This cell phone comes with all the default Google Applications including Gmail, Maps, Drive, Google+, Hangouts, Play books, Play news, Play store etc. LYF being a Reliance Jio’s brand, the phone comes bundled with Jio Chat, the only additional pre-installed app.
Moreover, LYF Earth 1 has on-screen touch buttons (home, back, task manager) which is a let-down as it uses few pixels on the screen. Users can also change the button position from settings menu (Accessibility / Navigation Bar). The interface is fluent and lag free. Double tap to wake function is missing.
A long press on the screen will fetch you shortcut menu for wallpapers, widgets, settings and Apps. The settings menu is also basic. Double tap to wake function is also missing.
The mobile phone also allows casting the screen to nearby devices and has adaptive brightness as well. Users can set blur effects to lockscreens, Global action dialog and inside volume controls. On-screen keyboard and dialer ares default as well.
Audio output is also loud, easily noticeable even in noisy environments. Music hearing will be pleasurable in this one, but it can’t be the deciding factor.
On the front is 5MP selfie camera with flash support. It has a dedicated flash on the front as well and takes good pictures, during the day. On the back is a set of two cameras, 2MP + LED Flash + 13MP. The two snappers combine to bring sharper images with natural color depth. The flash is equally powerful and helps click pictures even in low light conditions. However, the rear camera can take only up to 10MP picture size.
The Jio’s LYF Earth 1 camera features are enormous. Users can store locations, set picture size, picture quality, select ISO, set exposure, white balance, Sharpness, saturation, ZSL, Red eye reduction etc. HDR and Panorama is also support. Main snapper records 1080p videos at 30 Fps.
Moreover, camera app also has different modes like Automatic, IQ Camera, Portrait, landscape, flowers, backlight, candlelight, sunset, night, beach, snow etc. It also allows pre-configured image outputs like Mono, Sepia, negative, solarize etc. In terms of actual image output, not the best camera but not the worst as well. Check out some of the sample images (they are resized) and let me know your opinion.
Time for some Landscape pictures.
LYF Earth 1 Benchmarks
Apart from Branding and Style statement, one of the most important factors when selecting / buying smartphones is the synthetic benchmarks.
It is one of the main factors considered by specs enthusiasts, when buying a phone. For normal use, you wont notice a thing but if you want to know the optimum level of performance of a mobile phone, than these benchmarks could give you a brief idea.
We ran all the popular benchmark tools on Earth 1. They include Quadrant, AnTuTu 6.0.1, GFX bench, GeekBench, , Vellamo (Browser, Metal, Multi-core), Basemark OS2, BasermarkX, 3D Mark and Nenamark2.
|Quadrant||17866 (CPU: 70236 / Mem: 8578 / I/O: 7827 / 2D: 330 / 3D: 2360)|
|Nenamark2 V2.4||58.8 Fps|
|BaseX Mark (Medium)||10626|
|BaseMark OS||934 (System: 1482 / Memory: 981 / Graphics: 780 / Web: 671)|
|Geekbench 3||Single Core: 709 / Multi-Core: 2903|
|GFX Bench||Manhattan: 381.2 Frames (6.1 Fps) / 1080p Manhattan Offscrean: 363.6 Frames (5.9 Fps) / T-Rex: 848.8 Frams (15Fps) / 1080p T-Rex Offscreen: 825.7 Frames (15Fps)|
|3D Mark||219 (Sling Shot using ES 3.0)|
Gaming, Battery life
We did play Asphalt 8 for some time. The mobile heats up but is not much noticeable with the cover on. The game did run smoothly however, I did notice bits and pieces of lag here and there. Untrained eye might not even notice it thou.
Battery life is decent enough as the phone is powered by 3500 mAh Li-Po battery inside. It is said to give 12 hours of 3G talk time and will easily last you for a day on moderate usage. The battery can give a maximum of 38 hours of audio playback and around 8 hours of HD Video.
Battery does drain when gaming or benchmarking but that’s obvious. We cant complain on that, but its worth mentioning that 10 minutes of Asphalt 8 gaming drained about 6% battery life.
Finally, we have reached an end to our review. So, whats the verdict?
Is it really worth it, well!, Its up to you. I can only give my opinion. If Reliance Jio want to survive in this tough market, they should reconsider pricing the phone in Rs. 9000 to Rs. 14000 range. Yes, 4G Data bundle could do the trick but than, the 4G networks are not fully operational yet.
This mobile phone will surely face tough competition from several Indian and Chinese phone makers. Their phones have attractive price tag and few have better hardware as well. At the end of the day, price-tag for this mobile will be the key driver. Best of luck for Reliance Jio.
Let us see quickly the Pro’s and Con’s of LYF Earth 1.
- 5.5-Inch AMOLED Display is sharp, bright and responsive.
- 3GB RAM allows smooth multi-tasking
- Loud Sound output.
- 3500 mAh Li-Po battery will last you a day, excellent standby
- Supports 4G-LTE along with VoLTE
- Could launch with Free SIM and 4G Data bundle
- Totally Over priced if the phone launches at Rs. 24,000
- Snapdragon 615 Chipset (Better options are available)
- Heating Issues
- Plastic build
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