It seems like selfie phones are getting more popular these days. Sony introduced an Xperia C3 a while ago, a smartphone with a 5-megapixel wide-angle front-facing camera and dubbed it a “selfie phone”. HTC has unveiled the Desire Eye handset last month and even though it hasn’t exactly branded it a selfie phone, that thing has a 13-megapixel front-facing camera, so… yeah, it most definitely can take some awesome selfies. Lava, an India smartphone manufacturer, just joined the party. The company has launched Lava Iris Selfie 50, which his, as it name says, a selfie smartphone. This is also a mid-range smarpthone, so don’t expect some jaw-dropping specs here.
Let’s see, the Iris Selfie 50 features a 5-inch 720p (1280 x 720) IPS display along with 1GB of RAM and 8GB of internal storage (expandable up to 32GB via MicroSD card). This handset is powered by an unnamed 1.2GHz quad-core processor and the phone comes with Android 4.4.2 KitKat pre-installed. This smartphone also sports dual SIM (mini SIM + micro SIM) capability with dual standby and 3G HSPA+ connectivity. Talking about connectivity, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n are also here as well as Bluetooth 4.0, GPS and USB OTG. On the back of this device you’ll find an 8-megapixel shooter with BSI 2 sensor and a dual LED flash while there’s a 5-megapixel camera located on the front of the device where you can find an LED flash as well. The phone ships with a 2,400mAh battery and measures 44.5 x 71.2 x 9.2mm.
“Iris Selfie 50 comes with a best in class front camera at a very competitive price that aptly suits the needs of the selfie crazy generation. Through this device, we plan to expand our range of selfie focused smartphones without compromising on the functionality aspect. The smartphone delivers a rich photography experience at an attractive price. We have already received an overwhelming response from the customers for the recently launched Iris X5 that had embarked our entry into the range of selfie smartphones,” said Navin Chawla, Vice President and Head – Product of Lava International Limited. The Lava Iris Selfie 50 comes in Black, White and Blue colors options and is priced at INR 7,699 ($125) which is actually a rather solid price if you’re looking for a selfie smartphone.