Lava is back in the news with its new affordable Blaze 4G smartphone. These past few months, we have mostly talked about mid-range 5G smartphones, but finally there is some good news for those who want a budget device, and Lava Blaze is another option for buyers to consider. Having said that, the budget lineup already has a slew of competitive devices in the form of the Realme C31 and the Redmi 10A.
You will find that the features of all these smartphones mirror each other in one way or the other. But even then, given a choice, which one of these should you pick? To help you make that decision, we have jotted down the main pointers of the Lava Blaze, Realme C31 and the Redmi 10A to give you a detailed comparison.
Also Read: Lava Blaze with Glass Finish, Triple-Camera Setup Launched in India: Price, Specifications
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Lava Blaze vs Realme C31 vs Redmi 10A: Price in India
Lava Blaze has been launched in a single variant that offers 3GB RAM + 64GB storage. The price of this smartphone is Rs 9,699. But the company is selling it for an introductory price of Rs 8,699. Lava has launched the phone in Glass Green, Glass Red, Glass Black, and Glass Blue colours.
Realme C31 comes in 3GB and 4GB RAM variants, priced at Rs 9,299 and Rs 9,999 respectively. The base variant offers 32GB storage while the 4GB model provides 64GB of inbuilt storage. Realme has got the phone in Dark Green and Light Silver colours.
Redmi 10A also comes in 3GB and 4GB models, with the prices set at Rs 8,299 and Rs 8,999 in the country. You can get it in Sea Blue, Charcoal Black and Slate Grey colours.
Lava Blaze vs Realme C31 vs Redmi 10A: Design
Lava caught our eyes with the elegant design of the new Blaze smartphone. It is good to see a glass-body finish on a phone in this segment. Even the camera layout at the back looks refreshing for the price. The fingerprint sensor is at the back, and the screen has a notch at the top.
Realme C31 follows the tried-and-tested route for a budget device, with its plastic back body and frame. The company seems to have fixed its taste for the back panel of its phones these days, and it might work for some people. Realme has kept the thickness under 8.5mm but at 197 it weighs heavier than both these phones.
Compared to these two, the design of the Redmi 10A is mostly plainish, but as we have said before, the rear camera module looks busy but not appealing. The placement of the fingerprint sensor within the camera module also feels like a weird decision. Redmi 10A weighs 194 grams and comes with a thickness of 9mm which doesn’t make it easy to use.
Lava Blaze vs Realme C31 vs Redmi 10A: Display
Lava Blaze gets a 6.5-inch HD+ LCD display that offers 720 x1600 pixels resolution that offers a pixel density of 269 PPI. Lava has not disclosed the weight and dimensions of its new phone so far.
Realme C31 also features a 6.5-inch IPS LCD display that produces HD+ quality at 720×1600 pixels. However, Realme has offered extra protection on the screen with the Panda glass. The phone’s display gives you 270 PPI of pixel density and comes with a screen-to-body ratio of 81.4 per cent.
Redmi 10A gets a 6.53-inch HD+ display with 720×1600 resolution and comes with a screen-to-body ratio of 81 per cent. The pixel density of the screen is 269 PPI.
Lava Blaze vs Realme C31 vs Redmi 10A: Performance and UI
Lava Blaze is powered by a MediaTek Helio A22 chipset that gets paired with 3GB RAM and 64GB storage. Lava is also giving you the option to virtually expand the RAM by 3GB using the built-in storage.
Realme C31 is using the Unisoc T612 chipset with 3GB and 4GB RAM, along with 32GB and 64GB storage respectively. Redmi 10A is powered by the older MediaTek Helio G25 processor with 3GB and 4GB RAM options.
Lava Blaze is one of the rare budget phones in the market to get Android 12 out of the box, which means you get the latest features. Realme C31 gets the Realme UI 2.0 version which is based on the Android 11 operating system. Redmi 10A is also running on the Android 11-based MIUI 2.5 version.
Lava Blaze vs Realme C31 vs Redmi 10A: Cameras
Lava Blaze features triple rear cameras that include a 13MP sensor, along with a 2MP sensor and a VGA sensor. The front of the phone gets an 8MP shooter. Realme also gives you a triple rear camera setup which consists of a 13MP sensor, 2MP macro sensor, and a VGA depth sensor. At the front, you get a 5MP camera. Redmi 10A only has a single 13MP camera at the back and a 5MP camera on the front.
Lava Blaze vs Realme C31 vs Redmi 10A: Battery
Lava has packed the phone with a 5000mAh battery that supports charging via a USB Type C port. Realme C31 comes loaded with a 5,000mAh battery as well but the charging happens via the microUSB port. Redmi 10A packs a 5000mAh battery unit with a microUSB 2.0 port
Lava Blaze vs Realme C31 vs Redmi 10A: Verdict
Lava Blaze comes across as a breath of fresh air in the budget segment, not only because of its premium glass-body design but also for the Android 12 OS offered out of the box. It scores marginally on the display and camera aspects as well, but you still cannot discount Redmi 10A and the Realme C31 for what they offer. The cameras have delivered reliable performance, and even the hardware gets the basics done without any issues. The battery life won’t be an issue on either of these phones, but yes, with Lava you get the USB Type C charging support.
If you want something more than just a plain-looking phone, Lava Blaze gives you that choice.