The Lenovo A7000 was launched in April 2015 and focused entirely on capturing the affordable smartphone market segment. The phone features an HD display, long battery life, and a powerful processor while also became the world's first phone to feature Dolby Atmos.
To say it roughly, the phone looks exactly similar to the stretched version of Lenovo A6000. The phone has rounded edges made entirely of high-quality plastic and shares the same design as its smaller sibling Lenovo A6000. The entire phone is made using high-quality plastic, and a matte finish is provided on the back panel of the phone that provides a fine grip. The front side display of the phone has three soft buttons located at the base while speakers are located at the rear side of the back panel. The phone comes with two SIM card slots and an option to expand it using the MicroSD card slot provided at the back of the phone. The phone is hefty as its dimensions are 6.01 x 3.00 x 0.31 inches. Weighing 140 grams, the phone is not that heavy. The Lenovo A7000 is provided with 5.5 inches IPS capacitive touchscreen with 16M colors providing screen resolution of 720 x 1280 pixels. The phone is multi-touch enabled and has approximately 267 pixels per inch, thus producing sharp display. The best part about the display is that the saturation levels are in control, which makes the display crisp and sharp. The thing to observe is that the display is protected by Asahi's Dragontrail glass, which protects it from scratch and smudges. There wasn’t much difficulty while using the phone in bright sunlight as the screen was not reflecting much.
The Lenovo A6000 is powered by an entry-level Mediatek MT6752M chipset clocked to a 1.5 GHz Cortex-A53 Octa-core processor and 2GB RAM. There is absolutely no problem with the working of the phone and no lag or delayed touch feedback when swiping through various screens on the phone was noticed. When heavy games were played on the phone, and it ran smoothly, and the overheating of the phone was also in control even when played the game continuously on it. Heavily encoded videos on the phone were watched, and it was played perfectly for 1080p, as the videos were shown without any color bleeding issue. The Lenovo A7000 comes with 8GB internal memory which can be expanded to 32GB using MicroSD card provided on the back side of the phone. The phone runs on an Android 5.0.2 i.e. Lollipop, with planned upgrades to version 6.0 i.e. Marshmallow. The Vibe UI skin present in the phone is completely developed by Lenovo’s in-house software team. The UI doesn’t feature an app drawer and so could take a time to get used to by the users who have been using Android’s UI previously. All the widgets and icons are present on the home screen itself. The phone comes pre-installed with two themes that can be customized while there is no option to download other themes. The phone comes pre-installed with a lot of third-party apps, and you can uninstall them if you want to free space. Lenovo has focused on giving a very smooth appearance to the UI, and you can feel it using the phone.
The Lenovo A7000 is provided with an 8-MP primary camera. The primary camera also has autofocus and dual-LED flashlight. The secondary camera is 5 MP. The primary camera has features like Geo-tagging, touch focus and face detection. The main camera takes average quality clicks, but the thing to note is that it is a fast shooter. The images clicked by the phone in broad daylight seem to be under-exposed and seemed to lack details. The images clicked in dim light conditions were unusable as the camera app removes most of the details from the pictures. One thing to note is that the front shooter takes some impressive selfies. When made videos with the phone, it as observed that the camera was unable to hold focus for the long duration of time. The camera has room for improvement in this phone. The phone was also used for Dolby Atmos audio enhancement which was provided with the phone, but the ground reality was far from the hype. It did not notice any spectacular change in the sound quality by using the equalizer app. The loudspeakers work fine and produce the nice sound, but the thing to note is that they do not get very loud.
The Lenovo A7000 is provided with 2900 mAh Li-PO battery promising standby time up to 264 hours on both 2G and 3G networks while talk time up to 39 hours on 2G and 16 hours on 3G network. When the loop test was performed on the battery, it was found, out that the battery worked really good and you could expect the phone to work for one and a half day with medium usage per single charge of the battery.
Lenovo A7000 is an amazing smartphone and offers excellent value for money. Not only the phone provides a decent power packed performance, but it also provides an amazing battery life. The only downside observed with this phone was its sub-par rear camera. Also, the unwarranted hype of the Dolby Atmos was unjustified. The Lenovo A7000 is the best smartphone for users searching for a pure value for money smartphone. The set offers a power packed experience with good battery life, thus making it ideal for users that like to entertain themselves while traveling.