Earlier this month, Lenovo had launched the entry-level phone Lenovo A5 along with K9 series. The former is available in two variants—2GB RAM + 16GB storage and 3GB RAM + 32GB storage—for Rs 5,999 and Rs 6,999, respectively.
For the price, Lenovo A5 comes with a good set of hardware and will be competing with established brands such as Xiaomi Redmi 6A series. I have the used the new phone for a quite some time now and here's my take on it.
Design, display and build quality:
It features candy bar-shaped design with curved points. The back is covered with non-removable sturdy polycarbonate shell. During the review period, I accidentally dropped the phone a couple of times on hard surfaces from pant pocket length and both the times, it survived without any scratches.
As far as the display is concerned, it has a small 5.45-inch HD+ screen, but thanks to 18:9 aspect ratio, viewing videos is a delightful experience. Even the screen readability with direct sunlight from above, I had no issues viewing content be it text or websites, video or images on the phone.
Lenovo A5 comes with 2.0GHz MediaTek MT6739 quad-core backed by Android 8.1 Oreo, 2GB RAM and 16GB storage. It works smoothly in terms of day-to-day functions such as web browsing, calling, opening apps, loading camera and also playing games. But, I have to say, this device is not made to play graphics-rich games. This is not a deal breaker, as all the phone in its price range too, is capable of performing well in that aspect.
Have to say, Lenovo has pre-loaded some un-necessary apps on the phone, but on the bright side, they don't affect the phone's performance. I did not find any issue in terms of lag-ness in the phone. Rest assured, Lenovo A5 will get you through every possible basic function that a touch-screen phone should do.
It comes with a standard 13MP camera with LED flash. To be frank, it surprised me with the low-light photo quality. Though, the autofocus struggles for speed, it eventually settles to capture the subject with images near-accurate colours, better than some rival brands in the sub-7,000 price band.
On the front, it houses a decent 8MP snapper, which also acts as a face scanner. It is really fast in terms recognising the face and most importantly, there was a low False Rejection Rate (FRR).
As far as the selfie pictures are concerned, the quality is above average for a budget phone. They are good enough to be posted on social media sites.
The highlight of the new Lenovo A5 is its battery and yes it lives up to the hype. It is one of the very few phones in the entry-level segment to boast 4,000mAh battery. During the active hours (5:30 am and 10:30 pm), I tried everything possible that involves a common users' day-to-day chores which include browsing internet, social media sites, watching YouTube videos and more. It delivered with flying colours.
The USP of the Lenovo A5 is the big 4,000mAh battery and it really lives up to the hype. I am impressed with the camera too. Though the autofocus loses speed in the low-light environment, the picture quality is really good.
It is a good buy for people who are planning to migrate from feature phone to a touch-screen phone and to those who want a secondary phone.
- Long lasting battery
- Decent build quality
- Good camera for a budget phone
- Triple option tray (SIM 1+ SIM 2 + microSD card)
- Face unlock feature does not work at night or any low-light environment. But, this is not a deal breaker as most phones even priced above Rs 30,000 don't work as flawlessly as the iPhone X(review) and later versions.
Key specifications of Lenovo A5:
|Display||5.45-inch HD+ screen with 18:9 aspect ratio|
|OS||Android 8.1 Oreo|
|Processor||2.0GHz MediaTek MT6739 quad-core|
|Storage||16GB/32GB, expandable via microSD card|
|Battery||4,000mAh with 10W charger|
|Network||4G-LTE with VoLTE|
|Add-ons||Triple option tray (SIM 1+ SIM 2 + microSD card), fingerprint sensor, Micro USB port, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, 3.5 mm audio jack|
|Dimensions||146.8 x 71.12 x 9.75 mm|