Lenovo A7000 Hands-On, Initial Impression

Lenovo has launched the A7000 smartphone in India on 7th April 2015, the device is the successor to the highly successful A6000 which was launched back in January, the Lenovo A7000 is the world’s first smartphone with Dolby Atmos Sound System,  I was at the launch event of A7000 and tested the device so here are my initial impression of the device. The front side of the device is the 5mega-pixel camera with usual set of sensors the capacitive buttons which give haptic feedback when pressed but to the sad part they won’t light up, the device sports 5.5 inch HD display with 1280*720p resolution with 233 PPI, display is good with wide viewing angles, the color reproduction is good, blacks are dark with no hint of blue, the whites look little dull but that can be managed by tweaking the display settings a bit, Overall the display is good and fine improvement from A6000. The back side of the device features 8mega-pixel auto-focus camera with dual LED flash and secondary noise cancelation mic and speaker grills along with the Lenovo Branding. Right side sports the volume rockers and power on/off button these do feel tactile and give a good amount of feedback while using and there is nothing on the left side of the device. All this is good, but The main concern with A7000 would be the plastic build which kind of feels a bit cheap (my opinion) but that plastic build makes the device lighter yes the device weighs way less than the A6000, the device feels/fits perfectly in the hand though it is 5.5 inch the curved edges gives good amount of grip and single-hand usage wouldn’t be a problem.

The smartphone is powered by MediaTek chipset clocked at 1.5GHz 64bit Octa-core processor with 2GB Ram and 8GB internal storage the device performs lag free, and out of that 2GB Ram there is almost 1137MB of free ram while the phone is running 2-3 lightweight apps in background, Ram management on A6000 was one of the best features, now the A7000 gets even better, the performance of the A7000 was great without any glitches or lag in the U.I( vibe 2.0) the device runs on Android 5.0 lollipop with Lenovo’s custom U.I called the Vibe version 2.0, the user interface has been tweaked a bit without giving up on the essence of lollipop sweetness. there is 2,900mAh battery unit, Lenovo says it would last the whole day

The 8mega-pixel rear camera can perform real good, the images turned out to be clear with lot of details and, less noise the camera app has lot of option to tweak the settings a bit, the effect option lets you choose among the filter, panorama is available, the camera can record Full HD 1080p videos and can also play the 1080p videos, the front packs the 5mega-pixel camera which is one of the best front facing shooter in the recent times, the images are clear, less noise, decent color reproduction it can record videos in 720p, we will be testing the camera further and will be updating with camera samples. the device runs on android 5.0 lollipop, the connectivity features include the 4G LTE, WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0, Dual sim. The key highlight of the device is, it is the world’s first Dolby Atmos Powered android smartphone, the sound from the device is great, the Dolby app lets you modify/tweak the features even more, the device doesn’t come with headphones bundled but Lenovo says the Dolby sound will work with any headphones. from the initial impression the device looks fantastic with some shortcomings like the plastic build, MediaTek processor( applicable only if you are looking for snapdragon) The device is priced at 8,999 and will be available exclusively via Flipkart from 15th April (obviously the flash sales) Keep watching this space for full updated review. stay tuned.

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