Today, budget phones have an interesting appearance that is not ashamed to boast to friends. But is everything so good from Lenovo, which showed a new low-cost phone called the Lenovo A5?
But what can we expect from Lenovo at about $100? Who is this smartphone for?
So many questions to which you will find the answers in this test article.
In our review, we will look at the main specs of a phone, which can currently be purchased for only $100. Is it worth its price? Let’s check in full review.
Lenovo A5: Specifications
|Display:||5.45 inches IPS with 1440 x 720 pixels|
|CPU:||MediaTek MT6739 Quad Core 1.5GHz|
|Memory extension:||up to 256GB|
|Cameras:||13.0MP main and 8.0MP front camera|
|Connectivity:||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, 3G, 4G, Bluetooth 4.2, and GPS|
|Connections:||MicroUSB and TF card slot|
|Dimensions:||146.8 x 71.0 x 9.8 mm|
Lenovo A5: Design and Appearance
The Lenovo A5 in our test is a device that presents well and has a very good quality of manufacture. In addition, its grip is excellent.
The polycarbonate back covers on the back has good material.
You can find a camera module placed horizontally (integrating the sensor and its LED flash), the Lenovo logo, and the CE certification logo.
The front is 72.7% occupied by a 5.45-inch screen without a notch.
The earpiece, the notification LED, the brightness and proximity sensors and the front camera are located on the top edge.
On the bottom of the screen, there is no touch sensitive buttons. The latter being integrated on the screen, they are therefore tactile.
On the left side, there is the slot for SIM cards: the first is used the nano-SIM 1 and a micro SD card, the second is dedicated to the nano-SIM 2.
The right side is occupied by the volume key and the power button.
The upper edge gives way to a mini-jack port and a microphone noise reduction, while the opposite a note the presence of a micro USB port and the microphone input with the speaker grille.
The Lenovo A5 in our analisis is available in one black color.
The dimensions of Lenovo are 146.9 mm long x 71.0 mm wide x 9.8 mm thick and weight is 149 grams.
Lenovo A5: Display
The IPS screen of this smartphone signed Lenovo has a diagonal of 5.45 inches.
It is in time because it adopts a ratio of 18: 9.
At about $100, you do not need to expect a Full HD + screen.
Nevertheless, this Lenovo A5 in our test offers a beautiful image with a resolution of 720 x 1440 pixels.
The colors are beautiful, the contrasts are very satisfactory for a mobile of this price, and the viewing angles are wide open.
The brightness of 376 cd/m² will allow you to consult your smartphone outdoors.
The touch responds well and, even at this price level, we have entitled to a tile multitouch 10 points.
Lenovo A5: Hardware and Performances
The guts of the Lenovo A5 hide not a chipset signed Qualcomm, but a SoC MT6739 quad cores from MediaTek.
It is here accompanied by 3GB of RAM and an IMG GE1300 GPU.
Compared to the benchmarks usually used by Awaqa to measure performance, this smartphone priced a little more than 45,595 points on Antutu and just exceeded 659 and 1795 single and multi core test points on GeekBench 4 (Ice Storm Extreme).
If on paper of Lenovo A5 seems to be very correct, unfortunately, we see that the biggest applications and even the display of icons on the desktop take some time to get started.
PUBG Mobile launches in low graphical quality. This is still playable but we must expect many slowdowns.
Better to stay on games not too greedy of the style Real Racing 3.
Regarding storage capacity, here we are on 16GB, of which 9.6GB will actually be for the user.
Fortunately, it can easily be expanded by adding a micro SD card (+ 256GB), without sacrificing one of the 2 SIM cards.
Lenovo A5: Software
The Lenovo A5 here tested runs under almost stock based on Android Oreo in version 8.1.
So we can say that we are in an up-to-date operating system.
This software changes the basic interface of Android. So here we are on a Chinese-style presentation: all home screens are desks and we have no application drawer.
New functions are appearing. It is thus possible to create a second office.
This allows benefiting both a personal environment and a pro-environment.
As usual, user interface adds its batch of preinstalled applications some of which are related to partners (Microsoft, Facebook, etc.).
Note also that the usual 3 Android keys can be replaced by a system of gestures.
Lenovo A5: Sound
As on most smartphones, the sound is conveyed in 3 ways: via the main speaker, via the mini jack and via the earpiece.
The sound from the speaker of the Lenovo A5 is rather clear and relatively powerful (109dB taken at the exit).
Listening to the headphones remains pleasant without being at the level of the best.
On appeal, we understand his correspondent but the sound restored by the earphone saturates a little if pushed to the maximum.
Lenovo A5: Connectivity
The Lenovo A5 is compatible with 4G LTE Category 4 networks (150 Mbps download).
On the global version tested here, we have the B20, the 800 MHz band, but not the B28.
Is it a serious doctor? No, absolutely not since it is still very little widespread.
And of course, we have 2G and 3G+.
Beside this, as on any smartphone worthy of the name, we have the panoply of all other connections that are: Bluetooth (4.2), WiFi (b / g / n), (A) GPS / Glonass / BDS, micro USB 2.0 port (OTG), mini-jack port, FM radio, 2 nano SIM slots, micro SD slot, etc.
Regarding network hooks, they are good, whether in 2G, 3G, 4G or WiFi.
For the GPS, in an urban condominium courtyard, it took 13 seconds for the Lenovo A5 in the test to get a first fix (7 satellites).
In terms of sensors, we have an accelerometer, a compass, and the usual sensors of brightness/proximity.
Lenovo A5: Camera
On the back, the Lenovo A5 in the analisis has a single 13 megapixel sensor opening at f/2.2 aperture.
On photos taken in daylight, the rendering is quite satisfactory. The image is perfectly legible and the details are present.
The only downside is that the software processing is rather long and it will be difficult to take shots burst.
Note that this camera sensor is capable of shooting in 1080p at 30 FPS.
At the front, the Lenovo A5 is equipped with an 8-megapixel sensor at f/2.2 aperture. It will make self-portraits of satisfactory quality.
Lenovo A5: Battery
With a battery of 3920 mAh, our test device held a little more than a day and a half before asking to be recharged and this, in the context of reasonable mixed use.
Note that the Lenovo A5 is not compatible with fast charging technology. A charger of 5V/2A is provided in the packaging.
A 60-minute YouTube video (all connections on, 50% sound, 50% brightness) will have consumed 7% of the energy in the battery. This is much better than the 20% usually seen.
Lenovo A5: Conclusions and Reviews
It has a very good manufacturing quality, a beautiful HD + display, good performance and photo quality, and good battery life on Lenovo A5 in our review.
Still, it will not suit everyone. Indeed, some applications take a long time to load and the fast passage from one to the other is not fluid.
This will end up annoying users accustomed to smartphones more efficient and faster.
This smartphone Lenovo A5 of price will be destined rather to first-time buyers.
Thus, I see it in the hands of a teenager, or rather in those of a pre-adolescent (Caution: the use of a mobile phone is not recommended for children under 8 years).
This Lenovo A5 will be able to make an ideal gift for your children.
Lenovo A5: Price and Where to buy cheaper?
The prices for budget devices are very pleasing to the eye. So, now you can buy a Lenovo A5 phone at a good price for only $109.99 with a 9% discount.
In general, this is a good Lenovo budget phone, if you do not need it for games or heavy tasks. It is ideal for social networks or everyday tasks.