The Lenovo A Plus is a budget level smartphone that has the looks and performance of Lenovo’s premium A series smartphones. The phone was released in September of 2016. While Lenovo has many good phones out there in the market in the A series, K series and the Vibe series, this phone didn’t get as much popularity among buyers as its other phones. That is partly because the phone wasn’t publicised much. In this review, we check if the phone live up to the standards of the other phones in the A series.
The phone has a very simple design with not much going on in terms of looks. It looks a bit like the initial budget Galaxy smartphones that Samsung used to release a couple of years ago. The phone is also made up of very flimsy plastic. All this doesn’t give the phone a premium look that buyers are looking for. Maybe Lenovo has compensated for this by giving it good specs inside?
The back of the phone has a single camera with a simple LED flash. There is nothing particularly interesting about the screen. It has a simple 4.5-inch capacitive touchscreen. The display has a resolution of 480x854 pixels which translates to a pixel density of 218 ppi. Destitute in terms of other budget phones that have been released. When using the phone, the difference is immediately felt. The phone also has a lot of bezels on the sides and top. It has a screen to body ratio of just 63%.
Inside the phone is a Mediatek chipset. The smartphone has 1.3 GHz quad-core Cortex A7 processor and coupled with a 1GB of RAM. Despite the bad looks, the internals on the phone is excellent by today’s standards. Although, you will not be able to do much other than play some games and watch a few videos. Anything more and it won’t look good on display or it will likely freeze up the phone.
The phone comes with Android Lollipop. The graphics unit on the phone is a Mali-400MP2 chip. All these internals were fit for a phone that could have been released a few years back. However, with phones being released in the same price range with much better processors and 1080p screens, this release by Lenovo doesn’t seem like a smart or practical move by the company. The phone comes with 8GB of internal memory that can be increased to a mere 32 GB by an external card.
The phone has a very low 5 MP primary shooter. The only feature the camera has are LED flash and autofocus. The camera on the phone is the one you would find on the phone 5 years ago. The camera doesn’t take good pictures even under good lighting conditions. Images have very dull colours and have no contrast. Videos taken on the phone came out of not so good quality. The sound was recorded at very low volume. The front camera on the phone is a 2 MP shooter that produces decent images. Again, this camera has no features, and the images are barely good enough for video calling.
We all know that smartphones consume battery so quickly that's why it is essential for every new phone to have a high capacity battery which can last longer and provides uninterrupted service smoothly. This phone is not an exception and packs a powerful 2000mAh Li-Polymer non-battery which is removable so if you want, keep one battery in spare and swap it immediately when the first one drains out.
As far as the connectivity is concerned, this phone has all the latest connectivity options that are expected from a quality device. The phone sports Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and GPS. It has FM radio and port for 3.5 mm jack as well. It also includes an Ambient light and Gyroscope sensors.
Best things about the phone is its compatibility with 4G VoLTE via the first SIM into the card slot which also provides support for 3G and GSM network. However, the 4G network support is not available in all countries. The Micro SIM slot supports GSM/CDMA network.