May 22, 2024
Lava Blaze Curve 5G

Lava releases its smartphones in a more understated manner than many of its rivals. The local manufacturer of smartphones releases a small range of models, many of which—especially those in the Blaze series—prove to be highly alluring. The Lava Blaze Curve 5G, a more recent addition to this series, is less expensive than Rs 18,000. It faces competition from well-known smartphones like the Realme 12 and Redmi Note 13 (review).

For information on the Lava Blaze Curve 5G’s real-world performance, camera capabilities, battery life, and other features, see our review.

Rating: 7.5 / 10

Verdict

For those searching for a reasonably priced smartphone for multimedia needs, the Lava Blaze Curve 5G is an attractive purchase. In addition to its bright display and dual speakers, the phone has a stylish appearance, solid performance, and a long-lasting battery. Even though the phone’s cameras aren’t the best, people whose primary focus isn’t photography shouldn’t be discouraged.

Design and display

Its curved screen design, which makes it stand out from the sea of flat-screen smartphones in the market, is probably how the Lava Blaze Curve 5G got its moniker. This characteristic makes it slightly slippery to grasp, but it also makes it more aesthetically pleasing and has a slimmer profile than its competitors. A case could be made in opposition to the latter. The smartphone’s back panel is composed of a plastic chassis with a layer of glass on top. Because of its matte texture, which successfully deters fingerprints and smudges, the glass offers a quality appearance and feel.

The phone’s right spine contains the power button and volume rockers, which are easily accessible without requiring finger acrobatics. In terms of input/output, the phone has a speaker grille and a USB Type-C port on the bottom for data transfer and charging. The top-edge speaker contributes to the stereo output. Even at maximum level, the music loses some of its sharpness, but it still gets rather loud. The device has an in-display fingerprint scanner for further security. Except for the position, which seems a little too low, I had no further problems with the scanner, which unlocks the device in a split second.

A 6.72-inch AMOLED display with a center punch-hole, 120Hz refresh rate, 800 nits of peak brightness, and FHD+ resolution is featured on the Lava Blaze Curve 5G. Even while the bezels are not very tiny, they don’t affect the viewing experience in any way, which is quite good considering the price. With their rich black tones, the colors appear vivid and striking. Because the phone has Widevine L1 certification, it can stream Full HD video from streaming services.

Although they are present, the unintentional touch annoyances that are typically connected with curved screens don’t substantially impair your experience. The rather poor visibility in direct sunshine could make your trip less enjoyable. It could be difficult for you to read text on the screen in direct sunlight.

Cameras

An 8MP ultrawide lens, a 2MP macro unit, and a 64MP primary sensor make up the Lava Blaze Curve 5G camera configuration. Although the photos are not spectacular, they should be enough for casual users, especially the ones that were taken in well-lit areas. The color calibration appears good, even though the dynamic range may not seem impressive. Furthermore, the device frequently overexposes images, blurring details.

Although the ultrawide images have a large 120-degree field of vision, they are less crisp and include color distortion. Moreover, the 2MP macro sensor’s performance is unimpressive. The camera is not the best option for shooting in dim situations because of its poor performance. The phone’s 32MP front camera is designed for taking selfies and making video calls.

Both software and performance

Thanks to its MediaTek Dimensity 7050 SoC, 8GB of RAM, and either 128GB or 256GB of internal storage, the Lava Blaze Curve 5G operates very well. The gadget does not include a microSD card slot, therefore storage needs to be planned. On AnTuTu, the device scored 5,75,509 points. Furthermore, it yielded a single-core test score of 1,103 points and a multi-core test score of 2,628 points on Geekbench.

Out of the box, the Lava Blaze Curve 5G is running Android 13. Although the platform is a little outdated, it offers a nearly stock Android experience in the absence of pre-installed third-party apps. Restricted even are the Lava apps that are proprietary. The smartphone is very simple to use and navigate because it doesn’t have any advertisements or push alerts. At least two significant software updates for the phone are anticipated, with the Android 14 version coming later in the year.

Recharging and battery

A 33W rapid charging capable 5,000mAh battery powers the lights. The package includes a suitable charger that can fully charge a virtually dead battery to 100% in just over an hour. The phone can run for an entire day on a full charge. After 30 minutes of running our 4K YouTube test at 50% brightness and volume, the battery barely dropped by 5%. In the PC Mark battery test, the phone scored a respectable 16 hours and 39 minutes.

Final verdict

The Lava Blaze Curve 5G is impressive for casual gamers and multimedia users because to its good performance and reasonable price. Out of the options, the Redmi Note 13 might provide you a superior camera, while the Realme 12 has faster charging speeds according to paper. But because of its curved screen and elegant appearance, the Lava Blaze Curve 5G presents a compelling argument for itself. It even offers dependable battery life and, above all, clean software that is free of advertisements and bloatware.

For its pricing, the Lava Blaze Curve 5G is a good choice because of all these features. In India, the 8GB RAM + 128GB storage edition of the phone costs Rs 17,999, while the 8GB RAM + 256GB variant costs Rs 18,999.

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