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Lava Iris X1 vs Asus Zenphone 4 – Pricing and Specifications Compared

The availability of Android’s open source operating system, coupled with several advantages, like an app ecosystem has enabled several companies to take advantage and come out with different iterations in the last few years.
The growth has especially been pronounced in the mid-range smartphone segment where companies offer features similar to that of a high-end phone at this price. This has been made largely possible because of the Android OS.
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The Lava Iris X1 is a phone that offers the stock Android experience with impressive results, but it is set to compete in the midrange segment, just like the Asus Zenphone 4. It is surprising to note that both these phones offer the latest Android 4.4 versions. They have no inhibitions about providing this latest version of the OS from Google, despite having less than spectacular processors at their hearts. The Lava Iris X1 is with a quad core 1.2 GHz processor, but it is not a processor that comes from the stable of snapdragon. Instead, it is a Broadcom BCM23550 processor.
The Asus Zenphone 4 uses the Intel processor, but from the Atom range that is known to provide cheap yet efficient power to mid-range devices. The surprising aspect of this phone is that this processor is not quad core. Instead, it is a dual core 1.2 GHz unit, but still the lower requirements of the new KitKat versions of the android is one of the reasons for Asus Zenphone 4 being able to run without any glitches. Of course, it will certainly not dominate the benchmark results, but this phone is more than capable of running smoothly under normal usage.
The design of the phones is fairly standard for a midrange segment device. Unlike the higher end counterparts, these phones come with thicker bezels at bottom. This often results in the bulkiness, but the Asus Zenphone 4 and Lava Iris X1 perform very well in this regard. The former weighs just 115 g while the latter is slightly heavier at 138 g. These are specifications that are not too different from the higher end phones like the Galaxy S5 and Xperia Z2.
Memory is an area where the Asus Zenphone 4 and Lava Iris X1 cut the costs. Despite running the latest android version, they offer only a maximum of 8 GB of internal storage. The Zenphone 4, in particular, offers a 4 GB variant that is even cheaper. However, recognizing the need for more memory on the device, they provide support to external memory cards. The Zenphone 4 is better in this regard since it supports up to 64 GB of microSD cards whereas the Lava Iris X1 will support only up to 32 GB.
The battery on the Lava Iris X1 is significantly better (2100 mAh), compared to the Zenphone 4 battery (1600 mAh for the 8 GB version). Prices of the Zenphone 4 start at just $145 while the Lava Iris X1 is incredibly cheap at around $120.

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