The Lava Blaze Pro The latest and most premium smartphone in the company’s Blaze series lineup. Just like its smaller sibling, the handset comes with a premium glass back along with a few other upgrades to justify the ‘Pro’ tag. Lava Blaze Pro specifications include MediaTek Helio G37 chipset, 50MP triple AI camera, 5,000mAh battery and HD+ screen. Apart from that, the handset comes in four colors namely Glass Blue, Glass Green, Glass Orange and Glass Gold. Lava sent us the Glass Blue color variant of the smartphone and after using it for about a week I made the phone:
The Lava Blaze Pro is a good device for the price in terms of design, display, camera and software. The handset’s battery life is unmatched by other smartphones in the segment and its performance leaves you wanting more.
- The Lava Blaze Pro is a good-looking device and the unit ships with frosted glass on the back, which not only keeps fingerprints and scratches at bay, but also feels very velvety to the touch. However, the same cannot be said for the phone’s frame, which uses plastic and has a glossy finish. So much so that, despite the frame’s flat edges, I found the handset quite slippery to hold. On top of that, buyers who pick up the set get a stunning transparent TPU case in the box, which works great for in-hand grip. Moving on, the handset is relatively lightweight and the unit tips the scales at just 187 grams, which means you won’t have any trouble holding the phone for long periods of time to watch movies, TV shows and more.
- The handset has a fingerprint scanner embedded in the power button on the right spine, while the USB Type-C port, 3.5mm headphone jack and speaker grill can be found on the bottom edge. At the back, the smartphone packs a rectangular camera module that houses triple sensors and an LED flash. There is also a 50MP Megapixel AI camera text, a shutter icon next to the camera module and company branding at the bottom.
- Display-wise, the smartphone gets a 6.5-inch display with chunky bezels and a wide chin. The display is of the IPS LCD type, with HD+ (720p) resolution and a 90Hz refresh rate. The panel offers good picture quality with bright and punchy colors. Outdoor visibility could be better, I found the viewing angles on par with other budget smartphones. However, the 90Hz refresh rate is a nice addition and works well with the interface and supported apps. The phone is Widevine L3 certified, which means it can only stream SD content from streaming platforms like Netflix and Prime Video.
- The Lava Blaze Pro is powered by a MediaTek Helio G37 SoC, paired with 4GB of RAM (with support for up to 3GB of virtual RAM) and 64GB of onboard storage. The phone also has a dedicated microSD card slot through which the storage can be expanded up to 256GB. So, how does the device work? Starting with the benchmark results, the handset scored 946 points in the Geekbench multi-core test, while its AnTuTu score stood at 1,19,127 points. In the CPU Throttle test the phone managed to deliver only 73 percent of its maximum performance under constant load. This suggests that the handset can handle medium to low-level tasks, and that’s true. In fact, I found the performance of the device to be suitable for daily use. However, the same cannot be said for multitasking, and I encountered noticeable lags when switching between apps. While the handset can handle graphically-heavy titles like New State Mobile and Free Fire Max, low-end games like Pool 8 and Subway Surfer are particularly enjoyable on the set.
- For photography, the Lava Blaze Pro rocks a triple camera setup at the back, which includes a 50MP primary sensor. The main camera is paired with a depth sensor and a 2MP macro sensor. When it comes to the quality of photos, the main camera delivers good-quality images with accurate color reproduction, especially under the sun. The primary sensor supports 6x zoom, but is nothing to write home about. There is visible noise throughout the frame. However, the depth and macro sensors do well with edge detection and close-up shots, respectively, in the absence of the sun.
- As for selfies and video calling, the phone sports an 8MP front-facing camera. I found details and color accuracy lacking in images clicked by the front camera, but considering the price-performance ratio, the results are good. In low light, both front and rear cameras struggle to maintain detail, highlights, shutter speed and focus. The shots are full of noise, some of which you can reduce using night mode, but even then the results are average at best.
- The Lave Blaze Pro is powered by a 5,000mAh battery that easily lasts me a day while browsing, playing games, and watching TV shows and movies while still having some juice left in the tank. However, the handset could only pull off a score of 10 hours and 34 minutes in the PC Mark battery test, which is quite low compared to its competitors. Making matters worse, the phone takes 2.5-3 hours to fully charge a dead battery.
- Software-wise, the Lava Blaze Pro runs Android 12 out of the box. The interface is very stock and the smartphone also lacks tons of pre-installed apps. What’s more, unlike some competing offerings, you won’t have to deal with any annoying push notifications while using the set on a day-to-day basis. Getting phone call recording and screen recording features is also icing on the cake. Not only that, you can customize the handset to your taste with different wallpapers and themes. That being said, the handset comes with dual SIM 4G LTE support and connects to 2.4Ghz and 5Ghz Wi-Fi bands. Finally, the phone’s side-mounted fingerprint scanner works well, while the single bottom-firing speaker is better.
Lava Blaze Pro price in India is Rs.10,499. For the same price, you can get Nokia C21 Plus 64GB (Review) and Moto G22 (Review), which also ships with stock Android. Both the smartphones offer better battery life than the Lava Blaze Pro. No device performs better than the Lava Blaze Pro. In fact, if it’s performance you’re after, check it out Infinix Hot 12 Pro, It is cheaper than the Lava Blaze Pro and has a more powerful SoC.
If you’re in the market for a good budget Android with a good-looking design, clean OS, 90Hz refresh rate screen and good performance, the Blaze Pro is also a good choice. What’s more, the company is also throwing up 100 days free screen replacement warranty, and home repair service to further sweeten the deal. Let us know what you make of the phone in the comments below and as always, stay glued to our blog for more smartphone reviews.
Editor’s Rating: 3.5/5
- Nice looking design
- Descent screen
- Clean OS
- Performance could be better
- It takes forever to charge