Lava Iris 406Q promises a lot with its Snapdragon 200 quad-core processor, Adreno 302 innards with 1 GB RAM all in a compact chassis with a 4-inch WVGA display costing a fraction of what it is actually worth, atleast in terms of performance. We therefore wanted to check how it would perform at gaming, since it can be one of the better options available for about Rs. 7000 and a budget gamer's delight. Here's the gaming review of the Lava Iris 406Q.
Let's start with the good news first, the Iris 406Q can play almost any game at high-settings without any issues. There was no lag when we tried Asphalt 8 at high-settings, FIFA 14, Dad Trigger 2, GT Racing 2, Frontline Commando: D-day among others. You might have noticed we missed the big guns like NOVA 3 and MC4, that because app-data is not movable to the SD card, so you have about 1.5 GB in which you can install games.
That's the downer, and although this phone is more than capable of running the best and most resource hungry games out there due to that 1 GB RAM, Adreno 302 and WVGA resolution, it just take advantage of all that power. Then there's the display which has very poor viewing angles and the speakerphone which is also the earpiece just isn't that loud although it is quite clear.
The Iris 406Q does get a little warm while playing games but didn't cross the threshold of being called hot, we are still investigating the heating issues of the Iris 406Q as many have reported it to us.
The Lava Iris 406Q could have been a budget gamer's delight but with app-data not movable to the SD card, you would have to install one high-end game at a time and that's about it. It performed great in all the games that we played with excellent touch response from the display, but its poor color reproduction and narrow viewing angles leave a lot to be desired.