We don’t really see LAVA phones these days in the market. But they were once one of the popular brands in Nepal. But it seems after a long time, we are getting a new LAVA phone in Nepal – the Lava R3 Prime. The LAVA R3 Prime is an addition to the R-series lineup and is a budget phone that costs below Rs. 20000 here. And what does it have to offer in the almost saturated smartphone market of ours?
LAVA R3 Prime Overview
The LAVA R3 Prime seems to be focusing on the selfie camera aspect of things. This phone features a 13 MP selfie camera up front with a front flash module as well. It also features a software-based bokeh mode for those enhanced portrait images we tend to go after. The company claims that the front camera is fine-tuned for capturing good details in selfies even at night time. Will it live to its promises or not, that remains to be seen.
Other than the selfie camera, the rear camera is also a 13 MP setup with Phase Detection AutoFocus. The inclusion of a single camera only at the back may seem strange to us these days, but this is what the phone packs. It also has a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner just below the camera. All these are packed into a plastic body.
Under the hood, the LAVA R3 Prime is powered by a 2.0 GHz Quad-core MT6761 chipset. Also known as the Helio A22, this is a low-end chipset. It also packs about 3 GB of RAM, making it very similar to the Xiaomi Redmi 6A. Besides that, there is a 32 GB of internal storage, and a 3300 mAh battery.
Also, it features a 5.7″ IPS LCD display with HD+ resolution with a Full-view 18:9 aspect ratio. There are no notches on this device, so, for those who absolutely hate notches, this might be another option for them. The phone also has the Facial recognition feature, which is software based. It runs on StarOS 5.1 on top of Android 8.1 Oreo. For all of this, the phone is priced at Rs.18,999.
This is still a budget phone, but if you ask me, I think that is a bit too much. Especially, when you get the Xiaomi Redmi 6 with a slightly more powerful chipset for a lesser price. And there’s also the OPPO A3s and Lenovo K5 Play as well. What other features it has to compel us to get the phone, that remains to be seen.
LAVA R3 Prime Specifications
- Design: Plastic body, rear-mounted fingerprint sensor
- Display: 5.7″ IPS LCD HD+ display with 18:9 aspect ratio
- Rear Camera: 13 MP lens with PDAF
- Front Camera: 13 MP with front flash
- CPU: Quad-core 2.0 GHz MediaTek MT6761 (Helio A22)
- GPU: IMG GE8300
- RAM: 3 GB
- Storage: 32 GB (internal)
- Battery: 3300 mAh
- OS: StarOS 5.1 on top of Oreo 8.1
- Price in Nepal: Rs.18,999
Also Read: Lava Mobiles Price in Nepal
What do you think of LAVA’s latest addition to the R-series? Is it a “Yay” or “Nay”? Do let us know.