LYF Water 1 Dual SIM with 4G and VoLTE Review: Is it the ideal 4G mid-range smartphone?

With Jio giving out invite for Jio preview offer, LYF phone are now essential to enjoy the unlimited offer from Jio. So you have to make a choice from the range of smartphones LYF offer. Obviously the choice would be the cheaper Flame or Wind series which comes around Rs 5000. However, those who really looking to buy a decent phone can spend more to get the best of LYF phones.


LYF Water 1
The LYF Water 1 is a premium phone from LYF and stands alongside with their flagship LYF Earth 1. The phone is made of scratch resistant glass front and back in mirror finish and has aluminium frame running around it.

If I could define it in one sentence, I would say this is an exact replica of premium Sony Xperia Z series smartphones. Too bad the phone isn’t waterproof like the Xperia even though it carries water in its name.

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The phone has 5″ full HD IPS display with 441 ppi and 70% NTSC colour gamut. The LCD panel make use of Incell technology for lower power consumption which suggests the display was manufactured by Japan Display or Sharp. The display bright even under outdoor sunlight. The full HD IPS panel has good contrast ratio and produces stunning colors on screen. Only problem was the ambient light sensor response was slow.

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In the imaging department, the phone has 13MP rear camera with HDR and a 5MP front camera with wide angle. What makes it stand out is the addition of front camera flash and face detection feature making it a true selfie phone. The camera App has different preset to choose from depending on the object. The Autofocus and face detection works well for outdoor photography. The images and videos produced by the camera are stunning and of unmatched quality. The rear flash can produce bright flash light even though it lacks dual tone flash.



Processor, Storage and Battery

Under the hood is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 615, a 64 bit octa-core processor paired with 2GB RAM and 16GB internal storage. The phone manages to give a lag free operation even with a ton of apps loaded. However, the device is powered by a 2600 mAh Lithium-ion polymer battery which comparing to current standards fall shorts. The battery hardly last for a day under moderate use with LTE data on. Out of the 16GB onboard storage, only 10GB was available for usage.

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Dual SIM with 4G and VoLTE

Both SIM slots are 4G enabled. However, at one time only one slot can be used for 4G while the other will work on 2G. Default SIM to be used for data, voice and SMS can be configured in settings. VoLTE calls with HD voice produce crystal clear digital sound if both caller and receiver use VoLTE. The phone also support High definition voice and Video calling over any LTE and Wi-Fi network. LTE bands 850/1800/2300 and 3G bands 2100/900 along with 2G bands 850/900/1800/1900 is supported.

What is in box?

The LYF Water 1 comes with an Earphone, SIM Ejection tool, Charger Adaptor, Micro USB Cable, User Manual and Screen Guard. The charger provided is a 2 amp fast charger which can charge the device to 100% in less than an hour.


  • Premium feel Glass-Metal Body
  • Excellent camera and front flash
  • Lag free operation
  • Super Slim and lightweight


  • Battery capacity
  • Poor ambient light sensor
  • Outdated Android
  • Slightly costly

LYF Water 1 may not be able to match up with latest launched smartphones from chinese rivals. But it does provide a premium phone at its price range and decent specs to go with it. With Jio Preview offer you will be getting unlimited Voice, Data and SMS for 90 days. Counting that in can make this LYF phone a reasonable buy.

Do let us know by comment below your views on LYF Water 1 smartphone.

Stay tuned for our next review of LYF Wind 4.

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36 Comments on "LYF Water 1 Dual SIM with 4G and VoLTE Review: Is it the ideal 4G mid-range smartphone?"


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May 25, 2016 11:09 am 11:09 AM

Wind 4 review pls is it worth to buy…

May 25, 2016 1:42 am 1:42 AM
There is no need of invite. Now the normal mobile seller have this option. .. reliance peps are trying hard to sell ther junk phones… With this unlimited offer… In Jaipur vaishali nagar… went to a store… He said that unlimited sim is available. . They will do all the invite and formalities… just need to buy the lyf phone… though he was charging 1000 more than what reliance digital express is charging for the same phone.. He had one demo lyf phone with him .. tested the speed test. Net on it… 38 mbps down and 8 mbps up…… Read more »
May 29, 2016 2:00 pm 2:00 PM

Unlimited Data or 75gb ? The store manager said that jio gives you 75gb

May 29, 2016 1:59 pm 1:59 PM

Unlimited Data or 75gb ?

May 25, 2016 1:58 am 1:58 AM

Hahaha, perfect analysis. People only want gain, no pain. Minimum 20 Mbps unlimited still ro rahe hain speed nahi aa rahi. Arre kitna download karoge? 1080p screen pe buffer free 4K video dekhna hai sabko lol. Just be happy for whatever you can get. No one would have imagined that in India we’d se 50-80 Mbps speeds on wireless. Just spend some bucks and get rid of this waiting headache and anxiety.

Abhishek Chatterjee
May 25, 2016 12:10 am 12:10 AM

LYF flame 3 pre-order started at homeshop18..

price Rs3999.

Key Features:-

Android 5.1 Lollipop Operating System
512 MB RAM & 4 GB ROM
1.5 GHz Quad-Core Processor
5 MP with HDR Mode Rear & 2 MP Secondary Camera With Flash
1700 mAh Li-Polymer Battery
4G Connectivity

Warranty: 2 Year Manufacturer Warranty on Mobile Phone and 6 Months Warranty for in the Box Accessories

May 25, 2016 12:38 am 12:38 AM

My God…kitna kachra le ke rakh liya hai…I never knew garbage came in so many varieties lol.

2 years ‘ warranty might sound good but maybe the phones will only work for 2.1 years.