Product Launch by Luke Jones on Monday August 18, 2014.
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The HTC One is among the most high end smartphones on the market, and the original One M7 from last year has become a design icon. Its metal clad body exuded premium feel, while design touches such as forward facing BoomSound speakers made the One standout. Of course, those forward facing speakers also helped with sound, but who said HTC is the only company who can do that, and who said it had to be a premium feature?No-one in fact, as HTC has put that design language to work across much of its range, but now a decidedly more budget brand is also getting in on the act. Indian company Lava has introduced its own smartphone with forward facing speakers, the Iris 360 Music, and unlike the distinctly premium and high end HTC One M8 this device cost only $63. Obviously at this price point the Iris 360 is lacking the kind of stereo quality found on the BoomSound speakers. As you can see by the image above, Lava's device pays more than a passing resemblance to the original HTC One M7 with its squared off candy bar design. Despite its humble price the Lava Iris 360 still delivers solid sound performance. As you expect for $63, this handset is hardly packing top end specs, but its hardware is solid enough to keep the entry level crowd happy. The Iris 360 sports a 1GHz dual-core chip, 3.5-inch HVGA (320 x 480 pixels) screen, and just 512MB of RAM. In terms of storage the smartphone has a lowly 4GB of on board space, but Lava saw fit to include a microSD card slot. The photographer in you will not be pleased to see a meagre 3 megapixel camera on the back and a basic VGA snapper around the front. Unfortunately, the Iris 360 does not boast the latest Android software, instead it has to make do with the aging Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. As this is such a low entry, Lava will not be releasing it outside of India, but that is to be expected as the Iris 360 fulfils the needs of the emergent market and not much else. source: IntoMobile
Luke Jones is the Managing Editor at MobileBurn.com and is the person you need to speak to about the content on the site. Luke studied creative writing at degree level before carving out a reputation as a freelance tech writer. He settled here at MobileBurn, where he reviews devices and contributes to the news, as well as overseeing the site's content and direction.