Launched the other week and exclusively offered online by Lazada, the Lenovo A7000 is Lenovo’s latest smartphone aimed at the mid-range market, specifically for those who love listening to music and watching videos on their mobile devices. Check out if this multimedia smartphone is worth your bucks by reading our review below.
Design and Construction
Inside the box, you get the smartphone, charger, earphones and screen protector. The Lenovo A7000 features an edgy design with its glass display running all the way to its sides, borrowing design cues from some of its Vibe and S series cousins. It has a slim profile, measuring just 7.9mm thin and despite the size, the A7000 is light and easy to hold. The matte finish on the plastic back cover makes it look more premium and provides a better grip to the smartphone. Overall, the Lenovo A7000 has an attractive minimalist design and a solid build quality.
As with other low and mid-end smartphones, the Menu, Home and Back buttons on the A7000 are not illuminated.
On top of the display is the light/proximity sensor together with the receiver, front facing camera and indicator light.
On the right side of the device are the volume buttons and power button, bearing a familiar brushed metal finish.
The micro-USB connector and 3.5mm headset jack are located on top while the mic can be found on the opposite side.
At the back, you have the 8MP AF camera, LED flash, speaker and an anti-noise mic.
Display and Multimedia
Lenovo may have cut down the toughness of the Lenovo A7000’s display by not using Gorilla Glass but it surely didn’t sacrifice its performance. The Lenovo A7000 has one of the most impressive displays in its class. The 5.5-inch HD 720 IPS panel presents crisp and brilliant display with accurate color reproduction and better viewing angles.
The Lenovo A7000’s most notable feature is its audio. The A7000 is the world’s first Android smartphone to feature Dolby Atmos technology, offering virtualized surround sound and volume leveling for a richer audio experience. Although you need content which are compatible with Dolby Atmos to fully enjoy this experience, the Atmos still provides above-average sound quality when playing non-encoded audio and video files.
While the speaker delivers clear and loud audio, it could have been better if Lenovo installed front stereo speakers. The bundled earphones were also pretty basic.
OS, UI, Apps
The Lenovo A7000 comes with Android 5.0 with VIBE UI right out of the box. Aside from the Dolby Atmos app, it comes pre-loaded with Lenovo DOit apps including SHAREit and SYNCit, Lenovo UC Browser, Social apps such as Facebook, Skype and Twitter, a number of games and Guvera Music app. Compared to the UIs of the previous Lenovo smartphones, the A7000 has a flat and snappier user interface.
The Vibe UI also provides useful modules, shortcuts and customizations such as the Secure Zone which allows you to configure and restrict apps and Wide Touch floating notification center.
The A7000 has an 8MP Auto-Focus rear camera with LED flash and 5MP fixed focus front camera for selfies and video calls. The camera has fast auto-focus and can deliver quality images but sometimes struggle in low-light conditions. The Lenovo A7000’s camera also offers manual adjustments on ISO, White Balance, Scene Mode and features HDR, Beautification and Snap Modes when taking selfies.
Sample photos below:
Performance and Benchmark
The Lenovo A7000’s 64-Bit MediaTek 4G LTE True8Core processor did not disappoint and delivered the speedy performance it promised. Combined with a 2 GB RAM, the A7000 was able to handle multitasking and heavy apps with ease. The A7000 was able to run multiple apps and allowed me to switch between them with minimal lags.
Check out the results from the different benchmark tools:
Antutu ““ 42872
Quadrant ““ 18222
3DMark Ice Storm Unlimited ““ 9181
Vellamo Metal ““ 1032
Vellamo Multicore ““ 1836
Vellamo Chrome Browser ““ 2807
The A7000’s 2900 mAh battery provides enough power to last all day.With casual usage – browsing the web, accessing social media networks, watching videos, listening to music and some gaming with mobile data on and display’s brightness set to auto, the A7000’s battery took almost 9 hours to drain completely.
Charging the phone from 0% to 100% takes about 2 hrs and 30 mins to 2 hrs and 45 mins.
The A7000 lasted 6 hrs and 53 minutes (display at 100% brightness) and 8 hours and 8 minutes (display at 50% brightness) in our video loop test.
The Lenovo A7000 was surrounded with much hype even before its launch and not all smartphones can deliver on the hype. The snappy True8Core 64-bit octa core processor, 2 GB RAM and impressive HD IPS display are good enough reasons to get hold of one. Add the Dolby Atmos surround sound technology, 4G LTE and Dual-SIM capability and you get one of the best mid-range smartphones money can buy.
The Lenovo A7000 will be on sale today for Php 7,499 with Free 5000 mAh power bank, screen protector and back cover.
Lenovo A7000 specs
|OS||Android 5.0 Lollipop|
|Display||5.5″³ HD (1280 x 720) IPS
|Processor||MediaTek MT6752m 4G LTE 1.5GHz True8Core|
|GPU||ARM Mali760 MP2|
|MicroSD Option:||Up to 32GB|
8MP auto-focus with LED flash
|SIM||Dual SIM (Mini SIM)|
|Dimensions||152.6mm (H) x 76.2mm (W) x 7.99mm (T)|
|Data||GPRS, EDGE, HSPA+, LTE|
|Sensors||Gravitation / Proximity / Light|