After showing itself at CES 2015, the Lenovo A6000 has made its way to Delhi, marking its launch in the Indian markets. The Chinese manufacturer has claimed the A6000 to be that smartphone with a 4G LTE connection to suit the budget of its Indian audience. But what's the point in launching a 4G smartphone in a country that doesn't provide 4G connectivity? What else does the Lenovo A6000 have within itself to cater to the needs of its users?
Designed as a rival for the Xiaomi Redmi 1S and the Asus ZenFone 4, this smartphone has lots of features that adds to its positive side, the major highlight being its price. There is perhaps no other manufacturer that would give away a smartphone with a 4G connection at a price as low as Rs 6,999.
There is nothing that is exceptionally new about the design and styling of the Lenovo A6000. It looks like any other Android smartphone, and this phone has no colour options – it is available only in the black colour. But however, if you do need to give a makeover to your A6000's looks, you can choose between a red and white colour, which are sold separately. As for its size and weight, it fits in an ordinary person's hand and is relatively lightweight.
This smartphone features a 5-inch IPS HD display which is quite friendly to the user's eye and emphasizes on its vibrant display with supported themes. As any other smartphone, this one has three capacitive touch buttons aiding navigation and are placed below the display area. As for the volume adjustor and the power key, it is placed at the right edge of the phone. The top edge of the phone houses a 3.5mm headset jack and also a micro-USB port. In the front portion of the phone, we've got a 2MP secondary camera placed next to the earpiece, above the display panel. Other sound enhancement features include two Dolby Digital Plus that promises to deliver an unwavering sound clarity in the middle of any surrounding noise.
The rear portion of the phone features a back cover with a matte finish that gives the phone a premium look unlike the glossy backcovers of smartphones in this price range. Concealed by this is a 2300mAh removable Li-ion battery that gives about 13 hours on calls and 11.5 days on standby, approximately. This phone is a dual-SIM smartphone and houses the two microSIM slots along with the microSD card slot beneath the battery. The phone features an 8GB internal memory along with an expandable memory of up to 32GB. The A6000's connectivity options include GPS, Wi-Fi, 3G HSPA and 4G LTE which offers a network speed of around 150/50 Mbps. This phone also includes an 8MP primary camera paired with LED flash, capable of recording videos with HD clarity.
Looking onto the technical side, we have an Android OS KitKat v4.4.2 (which Lenovo claims, would be upgraded to a higher version in the near future) powered by 64-bit quad-core Qualcomm MSM8916 Snadragon 410 processor clocked at 1.2GHz, coupled with 1GB RAM.
Now that we have stated the pros of buying this phone, here are a couple of facts that would make you rethink your decision atleast once. The screen of this phone is quite susceptible to fingerprints and scratches and therefore, it can't be used without a screenguard. The primary camera, upon zoom, doesn't offer much clarity to images. Another drawback of this phone is the considerable time-lag while swapping through different applications.
Our verdict is that the Lenovo A6000 offers a great deal when compared to other smartphones with similar features at a higher price. This price war set by the Lenovo challenges other smartphones to bring down their prices. This phone has more pros than its cons, and it gives away a better deal; then why not make a choice to go ahead with the A6000? Just make a quick registration with Flipkart and get your hands on this phone by January 28th , 2015- the day of its release.
A near to perfect smartphone at this price range.
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