With the launch of Jio 4G LTE network by Reliance, Company also introduced the Lyf series smartphone with Jio network compatible. With bunch of smartphone launched , Lyf F1 was one of them. The device was launched in October last year. I bought the device in February for Rs. 9,600 with free Jio SIM offer. I have used the device as my primary phone for more than 4 months and this is what we think about the device.
Lyf F1 Review
Key features :
Display : 5.5-inch FHD IPS Display
Camera : 16MP rear/ 8MP front
CPU : 1.2GHz Snapdragon 617 octa-core processor
Memory : 3GB RAM/16GB ROM(expandable upto 128GB )
Battery : 3200 mAh
In the Box
The Lyf F1 comes with the standard packaging which includes Handset, power adapter, USB cable and Warranty card. Reliance has also included the earphone in the box. For SIM tray removal the SIM pin is also provided.
Design and Display
Lyf F1 device comes with a 5.5 inch FHD (1080*1920 pixel) IPS display with 400PPI pixel density. The device is very light weight weighing just 153gms which makes it easy and comfortable to carry in the pocket. It is very thin device with the thickness of 7.9mm.
Talking about the design, at the rear there is a primary camera along with the flash. On the left side there is a SIM card tray while on the right we have volume button and power button. The plastic rear panel gives firm holding so that the device should not fall off from the hand. Overall the device is Slim and comfortable to carry.
The Lyf F1 is powered by 1.2GHz Snapdragon 617 octa-core processor coupled with Adreno 405 GPU. The device is equipped with 3GB RAM and 32GB internal-storage which is expandable upto 128GB via MicroSD card. Till now I didn’t find any lagging issues. The performance was smooth and the games like Asphalt 8 and NFS didn’t lag at all.
Though the phone does heat up little but that can be ignored since most of the devices heat up while running heavy applications. The performance of the device is above the level than we expected. Lyf F1 runs on 6.0.1 (Marshmallow) with no upgrade possibility. The device scored 43832 in AnTuTu benchmark test.
Lyf F1 sports 16MP PDAF rear camera with dual-LED flash. The rear camera is capable of recording FHD videos at 30fps. The 8MP AF front shooter can reacord HD videos. The camera comes with the features such as Multi focus, Refocus, Low light Photo, Opti Zoom, Chroma Flash and Image stabilization feature for stable video recording. Also, there is an inbuilt “BeautyPlus Me” app which helps us take amazing photos, selfies and apply desired filters instantly.
The camera performs really great in both outdoor and indoor conditions. The low light photos were also quite detailed.
Battery and Connectivity
Lyf F1 is backed by 3200 mAH battery. The phone easily runs 2 days with the normal usage. For connectivity, options includes Bluetooth 4.1, GPS, WIFI 802.11 b/g/n also wifi hotspot, micro USB 2.0 port. The Dual-Hybrid SIM slot supports 4G-VoLTE connectivity. The other sensors include accelerometer, gyroscope and compass. Unfortunately, there is no fingerprint sensor on the device.
This device has gesture feature which is cool. You can just start any application using gesture. You can define your own gesture for the applications. Just go to settings -> manage gesture. There is another amazing feature in this device called “Smart video”, wherein the video automatically pauses when you move your head. The front camera tracks your head movements and works accordingly.
This phone is packed with lots of features as compared to the price. Currently the device is available for Rs.9,499 on Jio and For Rs.8,099 on Flipkart. The absence of fingerprint sensor is the only thing that will held you back from buying it. With the competition of Xiaomi Redmi smartphones and Coolpad devices, Lyf F1 is another option for the budget 4G device. So, if you are looking for budget device and want to use Jio 4G network then you should go for the F1.