Reliance recently added another budget smartphone to its Water series of Lyf handsets with the launch of the Lyf Water 8 in July 2016.
Available in black and white colors, the Water 8 is a dual SIM (one micro and one nano) device that offers VoLTE support. Sticking to the normal trend, this Lyf gadget also runs on Android. This smartphone is available through the company’s online store and offline retail channels. Although not quite popular among most people in the western part of the world, the brand is definitely creating a sensation in the East. While the handset does not wrap up high end specifications under its sleeve, the device definitely does not let its users down.
Dimensions, Weight and Body Material
The Reliance Lyf Water 8 comes in a decent size of 142.0 x 70.5 x 7.0 mm. With a thickness of 7mm, the gadget is really sleek. The device is also not very heavy with its weight of 122g. Thus, the gadget is very easy to use holding in your hand or to keep in your pocket. On the whole, the Water 8 is quite comfortable to hold and operate. Reliance also makes sure that its smartphone does not cause a showdown in the looks department. The handset features a metal frame surrounding its body on the sides and has a glass back to make it appear stylish and elegant.
Screen Size and Display, Pixel Resolution and Density
The manufacturer has opted for a 5-inch HD screen for its Lyf Water 8. The AMOLED screen has a pixel resolution of 720 x 1280 with a pixel density of 294ppi. This is at par with other devices in this price range.Rendering a color depth of 24 bits and supporting multi-touch functionality, the display encompasses a Corning Gorilla Glass to protect the screen of the Water 8 from scratches.
Snappers – Primary and Secondary
The primary snapper on the rear of the Water 8 is a 13MP camera of 4208 x 3120 resolution with front LED flash (also known as ChromaFlash), HDR, optizoom and a CMOS sensor. According to the manufacturer, making use of this type of flash along with optizoom functionality will help to improve the quality of the shots taken with the gadget to a great extent. Images can also be digitally zoomed by six times using this snapper. To appeal to selfie and video call enthusiasts, the front of the smartphone houses a 2592 x 1944 resolution 5MP secondary shooter that integrates an LED flash like its rear counterpart. Apart from shooting still images, the handset can also record and play 1080p videos.
Under the Hood Configuration
With 3GB RAM, you can definitely expect a considerably smooth and seamless experience from the Reliance handset. The Lyf Water 8 offers 16GB ROM for built-in storage. It is possible to expand this further by another 128GB using a memory card in the second SIM card slot. This is because there is no dedicated slot to insert a memory card. The central processor is an octa core 64 bit Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 processor ticking away at 1.5GHz while the device uses an Adreno 405 processor as its graphics processor.
Unfortunately, the only draw to this otherwise interesting configuration is the version of the operating system that is installed. Even as there are other gadgets of the same price with Android 6.0 Marshmallow and the latest Android 7.0 Nougat is ready for release on some smartphones, the Water 8 still comes with an earlier Android 5.1 Lollipop installed. There is no information as to whether an update is possible. If this is not possible, you will not be able to take advantages of many features introduced for the first time in Marshmallow. Yet, it supports all the standard sensors in addition to browser flash and Java.
Battery and Battery Life
Although the Reliance Lyf Water 8 does not sport a massive battery, the one present is not bad either. The non-removable lithium battery provides 10 hours of uninterrupted talk time and 320 hours of standby time on 4G networks.
Network Connectivity Options
Apart from 4G networks, the handset renders support for 3G connectivity and a horde of other choices like LTE, Wi-Fi (80.211 b/g/n, Hotspot and Direct), GPRS/EDGE, WLAN, GLONASS, GPS/AGPS, micro USB, USB OTG and Bluetooth 4.1