One of the fast-growing smartphone brands off late has definitely been Lenovo. Not only have they churned out some of the best-designed devices in recent times, but the acquisition of Motorola has been a real feather in the cap for them. Just like its other new competitors, Lenovo too has taken a liking to the Indian market and that’s the reason you have a Lenovo flash sale every two months or so. The Indian population is growing more tech savvy every day, and with the advent of budget phones with superior features, they every right to do so. In this article, I will be giving you a quick review of one of the new models that Lenovo has put forward – The Lenovo A6000 Plus.
Now, A6000 Plus is essentially another mid-range contender, which means the overly saturated mid-range segment has got yet another addition. So, in order to actually make its presence felt, the new device must have something that stands out of the rest, or it risks sitting out the competition as a whole. Smartphones That Just Don’t Fit The Bill
Before we get into the major aspects of the phone in a little detail, lets look at the key features of the device. Here they are –
||141 x 70 x 8.2 mm
||5.0 inches (720 x 1280 pixels ) | 294 ppi
||8 MP autofocus (rear) | 2 MP (front)
||1.2 GHz Qualcomm MSM8916 Snapdragon 410
||Li-Po 2300 mAh battery
||2 GB RAM
||16 GB internal with microSD, up to 32 GB
||Android OS, v4.4.4 (KitKat)
||Black, White, Yellow, Red
If we look at the key specs mentioned above, we see that the phone looks like an ordinary mid-range device without nothing to boast. To reaffirm this claim, let’s get a bit more into detail about the device.
The A6000 plus comes with a standard issue 5 inch display with 720p HD resolution. Put this together and you get a near retina pixel density of around 294 ppi. This means that your eyes can actually perceive this pixel density in entirety. Most people don’t find this comfortable because any discrepancy in the display is immediately spotted by the eyes, thus making the experience mentally stressful sometimes. The text and images will appear sharp, and due the ppi being so close to retina level, you won’t really experience pixelation of images or text on zooming in. A potential deal breaker here can be the absence of Gorilla glass protection, which means you might have to invest in that screen guard after all. Overall, it’s a pretty standard display, but most definitely not the best in class.
At the start of the article I mentioned that this phone is a proper mid-ranger, but after looking at the chipset, I will have to take back that claim. Nowadays, any proper mid-range device can be seen sporting a chipset from the Snapdragon 600 series, but this device is powered by a Snapdragon 410 chipset, which is usually meant for the entry level and lower mid range devices. That means, performance wise, the A6000 Plus lies in the entry level or lower mid range level at best. As far as the chipset goes, the 410 Chipset features a Quad Core Cortex A-53 CPU which clocks in at a very modest 1.2GHz. Along with this, you also get the Adreno 306 GPU, which will take care of your gaming demands, though if I were in your position, I wouldn’t really try and play the highly graphics oriented games on this device.
Memory and RAM
The A6000 Plus boots Android 4.4.4 KitKat out of box, which means all the customers who buy this device will have to wait for the OTA update to arrive in this device, if it is so planned by Lenovo in the first place. The memory package is pretty default as well. We get 16 GB of internal memory along with memory card expansion capability upto 32 GB. Doesn’t sound like much, but I guess you’ll have to run with it. Lenovo has decked up this device with a 2GB RAM to cater to your multi-tasking needs. Personally, I couldn’t have asked for more from this device, at least in the memory department, although Android Lollipop out of box would have been a treat.
Here again, we meet the familiar duo of the 8MP rear sensor and the 2 MP front sensor. While the 8MP is still in the market, I would have liked something better than that. Also, 2 MP front camera for selfies just doesn’t cut it. The rear camera comes with Autofocus, Geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection and LED flash, in case you were wondering. Overall, I would say the camera package is definitely a bit dull, and could have surely used an upgrade. Besides, its not abnormal to see a lower mid-range device with a 13 MP and 5 MP sensor combo these days.
One of the major concerns for the public today is battery life. However, with the Lenovo A6000 Plus, battery is definitely not something you should worry about. Lenovo has given the device a more than enough 2300 mAh battery, which , considering the absence of any special features, should be able to give you at least a day or two of uninterrupted usage with apparent ease.
All in all, the Lenovo A6000 Plus is not a stand out device. Though the design may look snappy, the innards just don’t cut it, even if it is just a lower mid-range smartphone. So, if you are planning to buy this device, you might want to look at other devices first.