The year 2015 saw Lenovo launch one of its best smartphones, the A7000. The phone became a big hit, and users loved the intuitive user interface, the smooth looks and the performance the device offered. Banking on that, Lenovo silently released the successor to the A7000, the A7000 Plus. Packed with an octa-core RAM, and a powerful processor, the device seems to house more than enough power for going through the everyday tasks. Focused at users who prefer a reliable device to anything else, the A7000 Plus appears to be a good choice. The company hasn’t announced an official release date yet, but you could expect to see the device available for sale by the third week of June 2016.
The device feels secure when held, and the matte black rear panel offers a comfortable grip. However, the design is minimalistic – the A7000 Plus is rectangular, with a clean look. We wouldn’t label it as an eye-catcher, but it certainly displays substance. The side bezels have been minimized to give the screen more space, and the large 5.5 inches Full HD display does complete justice to the device. The display supports a resolution of 1920x1080 pixels and a consequent pixel density of 401 ppi. It is similar to IPhone 6S Plus. Needless to say, text, images and videos are bright, sharp and a pleasure to watch. It Is also a considerable upgrade from its predecessor, with the A7000 sporting 1280x720p screen (267 ppi).
In one aspect, where the device seems to outperform almost every other in the same segment. The A7000 Plus comes integrated with a 1.7GHz octa-core processor, which empowers it to store more applications in the memory, thus making multitasking easier. The number of cores also play a significant role in the smooth functioning of the device, and given the fact that this offering from Lenovo has eight of them, the processor employs the required number of cores as needed during the operation. Playing games on the device is a breeze, and while it handled most of the games in a pretty decent manner, we did experience some frame drops when running graphic intensive games such as Asphalt 8. However, it was nothing significant, and it did not affect the overall gameplay experience.
The A7000 Plus comes with a 13MP camera as the main imaging unit. The pictures taken during brightly lit conditions are detailed and crisp, and the color reproduction is excellent. For a budget phone, this certainly seems to be an upside. However, as expected, images taken during low light conditions suffer from noise and focusing issues, eventually leading to blurred pictures. The front camera is a 5MP unit, and the wide angle lenses allow you to take selfies as well as group selfies with the least effort. Video calling is available too, and the camera manages to capture decent quality video. However, videos taken from the rear camera are a treat. One can record 1080p videos at 30fps, and they come out crisp and focused. An additional feature is the Atmos, the groundbreaking sound experience from Dolby. Not only does it offer an exceptional sound experience when used with a high quality of headphones, but it can also make the sound effects pop for an unparalleled movie experience on your mobile.
A 3000mAh battery keeps the device running. The PC Mark test for batteries clocked it at 6 hours. Video loop tests done with A7000 Plus (at 50% brightness and no network connectivity) confirmed the playback timing at slightly above 10 hours. For those performing basic tasks (email, text, calls, music and web browsing), the battery holds enough juice to keep the device running uninterruptedly for a day. However, for those using the phone extensively, you might want to keep a charger handy. The A7000 Plus also offers in-built features to conserve battery. There are quite a few of them available, for example, the Auto Battery Saver and Ultimate Power Saver. Moreover, additional features such as Background App Management and the GPU and Screen Power Saver are other ways to tinker with the phone settings and save power. Connectivity features are at par with most of the smartphones launched nowadays. The phone comes with 4G LTE and 3G for mobile data connections. In addition to these, the A7000 Plus also comes with Bluetooth 4.0 and Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, and a microUSB 2.0 for seamless connectivity to your computer.
While it seems like a budget smartphone, the A7000 Plus has almost everything one would need for an ideal smartphone. Ranging from decent hardware specifications to a good camera, the phone has it all. Nonetheless, let us briefly list a few pros and cons that we came across.