Reliance Retail has expanded its Lyf smartphone portfolio by launching the Lyf F1. The company has decided not to position this model as part of its existing Flame, Water, Earth and Wynd sub-brands, and so it is devoid of a middle name. The Lyf F1 comes with full support for the Reliance Jio network, and is available for purchase in all Reliance Digital stores across India for Rs. 13,399. We got to play around with the device for a little while at the launch event, and here are our first impressions.
The Lyf F1 comes in just one variant, which is black with a dotted texture on the rear for better grip. The smartphone sports metallic sides, with the power and volume buttons both on the right. The 3.5mm audio jack sits on the top, while a standard Micro-USB port is at the bottom. There is a speaker grille on the back. The Lyf F1 fits neatly in a palm, and the navigation buttons are on-screen. There’s no fingerprint sensor so you have to stick to traditional methods for unlocking your device.
(Also see: Lyf F1 Specifications and Features)
The Lyf F1 sports a 5.5-inch full-HD screen, and during our brief time with it, we found that the display served up sharp visuals. All our time with the device was spent indoors, so the impact of sunlight reflecting off it could not be judged. The smartphone supports two SIMs (Micro + Nano), with a separate slot for a microSD card as well. Only one SIM can use 4G at any time; the other will have to make do with 2G. The Lyf F1 weighs 153 grams, so it won’t feel that heavy in a pocket.
The new phone runs on Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow, and the interface is simple and intuitive. Jio’s entire suite of apps is preloaded. There are several nifty features, for example, Smart Ring lets you find your phone even when it’s set to silent mode. The phone recognizes three consecutive missed calls from the same number within three minutes as a command to switch itself out of silent mode. Furthermore, the company claims that the Lyf F1 can detect ambient noise and set the volume of its ringer accordingly.
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