The increased emergence of 4G LTE supported phones in the smartphone industry has been somewhat impressive. It shows a unanimous upgrade from the 2G and 3G era to a better and faster network.
If anyone is any more observant than I am, it would be noticed that almost all – if not all – phones that support the 4G LTE network are smartphones. You can hardly see a non-smartphone possess such. But as it seems now, things might have to change.
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Since we have come to an era where anything is possible, I believe no one should be surprised to see a low end phone support the 4G LTE, instead, our worries should be how utilizable would the network be on the phone.
Indian handset maker, Lava, might have just beaten Nokia, Tecno and others to the punch. They have launched a feature phone — the Lava 4G Connect M1—touted as the first feature phone with VoLTE (Voice Over LTE) support in India. However, it might be the first feature phone with VOLTE support in the world (I could be wrong).
The Lava 4G connect M1 has a price tag of Rs 3,000, approximately N16,000. It is powered by a 1.2 GHz quad-core processor, has 512 MB RAM and comes pre-loaded with Facebook Lite and messaging applications.
Well, as evident in the above specs, this feature phone comes with a pre-installed Facebook Lite application, but one can only wonder how effective the 4G LTE would be on the phone.
In my honest opinion, I’d classify this as a misplaced priority given the availability of the 4G LTE services around the world. Since it is still in its emergence stage – though emerging rapidly – I don’t see a need for this kind of phones to have the service YET.
But then, every phone has got to do what they’ve got to do to maintain and keep control of their respective market.
Moving on, here’s the full specifications of the Lava 4G Connect M1…
2.4-inch (320 x 240 pixels) display
1.2 GHz Quad-core Processor
512 MB RAM, 4GB internal storage, expandable memory up to 32GB.
Wireless FM, Box speaker and K class amplifier, Bluetooth
4G with VoLTE (Voice over LTE)
Now, would you love to acquire the 4G LTE supported feature phone?