Lava Pixel V2 vs Lava Pixel V1: Comparison of the Budget Android One Offerings
Google introduced its Android One smartphone initiative in September 2014 with the launch of three devices from Micromax, Karbonn and Spice. Soon after, the company’s one of the newest Android One partner in the country, Lava, released its first Android One offering called the Pixel V1. The company recently launched the Pixel V2, as its second offering in the same segment, though the phone wasn’t officially affiliated to the Android One program. The Pixel V1 was a budget 4G LTE-enabled offering with excellent features. Its successor also offers amazing specifications for the asking price.
The Pixel V1 from Lava is one of the best budget Android offerings in the market at the moment. However, if you are looking for an upgrade, and trying to find a new device in the same range from Lava, then the Pixel V2 serves its purpose. If you are confused over buying either of them, let’s compare specs of the Pixel V1 and Pixel V2 so you can decide better.
Lava Pixel V2 vs Lava Pixel V1: comparing budget Android One devices
Talking about the design first, the Lava Pixel V1 sports a combination of metallic-looking ring around the sides that is actually made of plastic, but gives you a premium feel. The phone offers a plastic rear panel that on the first glance look like metal. The device measures 8.5mm around the waist and weighs 135 grams. The Pixel V2, on the other hand comes with a plastic body that looks like glass at the back. It has a metallic colour rim that gives an impression of aluminium. It is slightly slimmer than the Pixel V1 at 7.6mm, and is lighter at 128 grams.
Display and OS
The Lava Pixel V1 is a phablet-grade offering that comes with a large 5.5-inch HD IPS LCD panel that offers a pixel density of 267 pixels per inch. Its successor on the other hand offers a compact 5-inch HD IPS LCD display that delivers better media viewing experience with a pixel density of 294 pixels per inch. As far as the software is concerned, the Lava Pixel V1 and Pixel V2, both the smartphones run Android 5.1 Lollipop, and will be getting assured Android updates for the span of two years directly for two years.
Talking about the performance, the Lava Pixel V1 is backed by a 1.3GHz MediaTek MT6582 processor, coupled with 2GB of RAM and a Mali 400 MP2 graphics processor. Its successor on the other hand comes with a 1GHz MediaTek MT6735 CPU, aided by a Mali T720 MP1 GPU and 2GB of RAM. On the performance front, the pixel V1 is a better offering than its successor. The Pixel V1 comes with a generous 32GB of expandable memory, while the Pixel V2 gets 16GB of internal storage.
As far as the camera features are concerned, the Lava Pixel V1 and Pixel V2 offer almost similar specifications. They both get 13-megapixel primary snappers and 8-megapixel secondary shooters for selfies and video-calling. However, when it comes to the low-light photography, the Lava Pixel V2 comes with a dual-LED flash that delivers better pictures when it’s dark.
Connectivity and battery
In terms of connectivity, the Lava Pixel V1 offers dual-SIM slots, 3G, dual-band Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, micro-USB 2.0 and A-GPS. Its successor on the other hand is a future ready device that supports 4G LTE networks, and comes with the regular array of connectivity options. The Pixel V1 gets a 2,650mAh battery that delivers up to 20 hours of talk time, while the Pixel V2 gets a 2,500mAh unit that delivers up to 25 hours of talk time.
Coming to the verdict, the Lava Pixel V1 is a budget phablet-grade offering that comes with a large display, decent configuration, impressive camera specifications, and a large battery. The Pixel V2 on the other hand offers a compact display, decent configuration and the same camera specs as the Pixel V1. Overall, the Pixel V1 will impress those who like large devices, while the Pixel V2 is for those who like smaller phones. Since they are Android One offerings, both the phones will be getting the latest Android OS upgrades directly from Google. While the Pixel V1 is only a 3G offering, the Pixel V2 gets 4G LTE support. So, which one is your pick? Or do you have any other device on your mind? Share in the comments with all.