Lava International is an Indian company that offers mobiles and tablets. It was incorporated in 2009 and since then offering affordable handsets, smartphones and tablets. Apart from India, the company also has operations in Africa. The company has launched a separate brand called Xolo, which has also launched Android smartphones.
Once a popular Indian smartphone brand, Lava faded into the background over the past couple of years as industry heavyweights such as Samsung and cash-loaded Chinese brands such as Realme and Redmi pretty took over the mainstream smartphone landscape. However, Lava marked its resurgence in 2021 with the Lava Z series. Last year, the company also launched its first 5G smartphone in India called the Lava Agni 5G (Review). Now that the 5G rollout is in place, Lava wants to attract buyers who want the 5G experience by spending the least amount of money. For such customers, the company has launched the Lava Blaze 5G.
Lava Mobiles is back in the news with its first 5G smartphone in India, the Lava Agni 5G. This new model has been launched in the sub-Rs. 20,000 segment, which is now bustling with 5G smartphones. From the looks of it, the Lava Agni 5G does seem well spec'd. It is powered by the MediaTek Dimensity 810 SoC and sports a quad camera setup. It also packs in a 5,000mAh battery and supports 30W fast charging. With such powerful hardware, can the Agni 5G set the market on fire? I put the Lava Agni 5G to the test to find out.
Lava Mobiles was slower than its competitors in 2018, launching very few smartphones in the market. While some manufacturers were launching new models every few weeks or months, Lava only launched a handful throughout the year. The company wants to start 2019 with the Z92, a budget smartphone priced at the affordable Rs. 10,000 mark. Sticking with current trends, the Lava Z92 has a notched display and is powered by the MediaTek Helio P22 SoC. Is this enough to help Lava make a mark in this segment? We put it to the test to find out.
Indian brand Lava made news when it teamed up with Google for a low-cost Android One smartphone, the Lava Pixel V1 (Review). That effort seems to have ended, and the company was quiet for a long time after that. Now, it's back with a new strategy for the budget segment. Lava recently announced that it will concentrate on a smaller portfolio of devices, starting with the new metal-bodied Z series. The first two models in this series, the Lava Z10 and Lava Z25 (Review), claim to offer premium build quality. The Z10 is the more affordable of the pair, and has some decent specs on paper. It is currently priced at Rs 9,900.