Reliance LYF Water 10 smartphone splashes onto the Indian market


LYF, a subsidiary of Mukesh Ambani’s Reliance, has added another handset to its ever growing Water series. Dubbed as the Water 10, the phone has a plastic body with a faux-leather finish on its back. Reliance has a knack of naming its handsets after elements. Its current line-ups include Earth, Water, Wind, and Flame under LYF brand. Well, it does remind me of the Captain Planet. Most of these devices are reportedly sourced from Chinese ODMs (Original Device Manufacturer) such as ZTE, CK Telecom, Wingtech, and Tinno Mobile. This explains LYF’s rapidly growing portfolio.

The phone sports a 5-inch HD screen. It is an IPS (In Pane Switching) panel, which means that you get better colour reproduction and wider viewing angle compared to the conventional LCD screens. According to the product page, the screen is fitted with some toughened glass coating for scratch resistance.

LYF Water 10 landscape image
The Water 10 runs dated Android 5.1 Lollipop. However, I’m more concerned about the fact that it is powered by MediaTek’s MT6753 chipset. So far, I have always found MediaTek’s performance to be inconsistent. All is not lost though as the phone packs in 3GB of RAM, which should be enough to handle daily tasks. The handset comes with 16GB internal storage and a microSD card slot that supports up to 64GB additional space.

For shutterbugs, there’s a 13-megapixel rear camera with dual-tone LED flash. Selfie addicts need not worry, as the handset is equipped with a 5-megapixel front-facing snapper. The 4G LTE handset has dual-SIM support and comes with connectivity essentials such as Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.1, and A-GPS. The 2300mAh battery is user replaceable.

Priced at Rs 8,699, the LYF Water 10 is going to have a hard time competing with the more powerful Xioami Redmi 3S that costs Rs 6999.