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Lenovo K860, P700i, S880, S560 and A60+ hands-on: First look

01 November 2012 | Read the review | Post your comment
Lenovo K860, P700i, S880, S560 and A60+ hands-on: First look - read the full textLenovo held an event in India where they announced five new Android smartphones will be hitting the local market. The A60+, the K860, P700i, S560 and the S880. The phones span a wide price range, starting from around $120 for the cheapest A60+ to $530 for the most expensive K860...


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> In reply to subrat @ 2012-12-13 14:02 from rATW - click to readHey wr u brought in bangalore.just tl adress plz. I to want to buy lenovo p700i. Thnks frnds

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  • 2013-01-12 06:40
  • rJqh

My Lenovo p700i is not having good battery backup.
when it is 100% charged and removed from socket..while using 4-5 mints means the moblie is geting discharges easily.
help me in this case

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  • 2013-01-08 08:17
  • KA59

one of the best phone i ever seen in this price range

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  • 2013-01-07 15:05
  • wiSd

> In reply to arpittt @ 2012-11-08 16:19 from YT8U - click to readBuy it through tradus, I bought Lenovo p700i from tradus and believe me this phone is awesome.

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  • 2013-01-06 19:39
  • t}NX

I got this in is avlble in bangalore.
awsm words.
well done LENOVO
my fvt...

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  • 2012-12-13 14:02
  • rATW

> In reply to hitman531ph @ 2012-11-10 18:15 from PEH5 - click to readhey dont need to know how many or what phones you have ,stick to the topic

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  • 2012-12-01 21:18
  • tUrE

In India Lenovo smart are available visually not in actual. Pricing are available on net but no store available what a great Lenovo.

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  • 2012-11-25 03:54
  • 7tRq

I personally was certainly waiting for a smartphone which wud offer a great battery back up to me (as smartphones drain battery quicker mainly bcoz it is supplied with battery which is of less amps). And now by looking at lenovo p700i 2500 mah battery, i must say this mobile wud be a great performer specially in terms of battery. But then again am not satisfied by the overall structure of this fone which is what making me to roll back my idea of buying this piece ( guys pls remove that lenovo logo from the screen top & place it small on the bottom backside of the fone just like karbonn).

I just wanted to inform the lenovo people that they did a commendable job by considering the need of a strong battery but, it wud hav been very much better if this mobile had been much shorter n slimmer.. Bcoz the days are gone where a person carrying a bulky mobile feels comfortable (am not talking about tablets or phablets, as thats a different topic yet). Now-a-days the current market requires it to be shorter (here am not talking about the screen size but the overall size of a mobile), slimmer & elegant (the more slimmer the more elegant it luks). So I suggest lenovo to eliminate that unnecessary extra size of the fone at the bottom of p700i (including that physical touch keys as ICS doesnt need it) + make it slimmer anyhow by keepin the screen size & 2500 mah battery unaltered (which is the only plus point of the fone i feel), then trust me if that achieved people will rush to have this piece & it will go up like a rocket in terms of sales in India..

So now i hope to get an enhanced shorter & slimmer version of p700i with 2500 mah battery sometime soon... All the best & i welcome lenovo into the smartphone market segment in India..

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  • 2012-11-22 23:44
  • 7qCt

These phones are readely avaible through import in Europe. Please review them. Why does GSMArena wait so long for that. I'm at the point if a phone isn't DSA (dualsim active) I won't purchase it - for me this is the deal breaker regardless of other bells and whistles. So...please take them up for a regular review...

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  • 2012-11-21 22:01
  • nDy3

> In reply to bobry @ 2012-11-13 11:15 from uCci - click to readThey already selling the P700i and S880 on online store, the P700i can be had for Rp. 2.000.000 and the S880 for Rp. 2.200.000, not sure when the K860 is going to come though.

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  • 2012-11-18 10:43
  • sEFY

when it comes to indonesia

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  • 2012-11-13 11:15
  • uCci

Are they different version in china and other countries?

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  • 2012-11-12 14:12
  • ttvN

I just had my P700i delivered today. This is my first Android phone. My current smartphone is a Nokia E6. That's not going to retire yet. My third phone, a 2009 Nokia 2730 Classic may just retire. It was a durable 3G entry level feature phone back then. The P700i actually replaces my second phone, a company-issued LG C105, which, in my opinion is a terrible phone - less than responsive physical keyboard was a serious bane. I'm returning that LG phone. Anyway the Sun SIM on the third phone can join the Globe SIM in the P700i

I am still exploring the P700i. But here's my first hand experience today so far:

It runs on Android 4.0.4 (Ice Cream Sandwich). It comes with several wallpapers and I chose the same one you see on a Samsung Galaxy Nexus. I chose static wallpaper to cut power consumption. You can set the phone to always ask which SIM to use when calling or sending SMS, although you can set one of the two to be the default SIM to call or text.

Thanks to the dual core processor, no lag is noticed. I was also notified to update to a new firmware but also came with a notice to use WLAN instead of 3G or GPRS to conserve the data plan. OK, that'll be for another day.

I am still trying to get used to typing on a virtual keyboard on screen. I have big hands (and fingers) and can still make that error in typing. I'm pretty much used to a physical Qwerty keyboard of my Nokia E6 (both a touch screen and Qwerty phone).

The gravity sensor works ok, but there are times it takes about 1.5 to 2 seconds before it changes from horizontal to vertical and vice versa. I might be demanding too much as this is my first Android device.

A charger is supplied with the box which connects to the mini-USB port. Charging the device from a laptop works too, using the same USB to mini-USB cable supplied.

The FM radio works well and loud and does not crackle or get distorted at loud volumes. I haven't loaded any music yet but I intend to do so when I find the time.

I got this phone in a package deal. P12,600 (Philippines). It comes with an original Transcend Class 10 32 GB Micro SDHC and a Nillkin Hard Shell case with a screen protector and cleaning cloth. The P700i itself is only 10,700, and it is delivered to my doorstep COD by the seller's delivery guy. No payments to banks or couriers involved.

I read the Ilonggo Tech Blog specs fight blogs and other reviews and information around the net and gathered as much information as I could. Just like a laptop, choosing a smartphone in a mid-range budget is difficult.

One of my candidates was a Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 P3100. It has a phone and SMS function too but in the end, I figured it was too big too put next to my ear and an earphone does not necessarily make it convenient and difficult to carry around. I do travel for business but not in so many days in a month. A tablet phone (phablet) would not be a great fit for me. Many Samsung phones in the price range does not have ICS out of the box, mostly Gingerbread.

After closely scrutinizing the specs fight and all the information available about MyPhone and Cherry Mobile phones (rebranded Micromax from India, Konka from China and a Thai-made phone), I have come to the conclusion that Lenovo P700i is the best choice. MP and CM phones may seem to have the same specs in ICS, processor and chipset, but Lenovo stands out in battery life with 2500 mAh. MP and CM phones are behind the Lenovo in battery life. After all, what use is a smartphone if you run out of juice before the end of the business day? The screen or display is another issue. Lenovo has a pixel density of 233 ppi (higher number is better) but the MP and CM phones are only 187 ppi and 196 ppi respectively. Because of lower pixel density, screen resolution takes a hit for the MP and CM, meaning lower quality photo and video viewing. (My E6 has 325 ppi).

The Lenovo P700i feels solidly built and no creaking experienced. Rubbery material is on the external side of the plastic battery cover as an anti-slip grip of the phone. The plastic used is high quality that does not creak. I'll attest to that. Reviews of the MP and CM phones I have read reveal that the MP and CM phones feel cheap and built with less quality plastic which makes it creaky.

I have set up the company email address and, as long as you know the ports and server info of your company's email, it is quite easy to set up. E-mail came in quite quickly too.

Lenovo, however, has to improve on a couple of things. I am the type who actually reads user manuals. While many people don't read them, I do. The information in the user manual is sorely lacking. It just tells you of precautions and what buttons are where. There is no information on how to open the battery cover and I had to figure that one out for myself. There is also no information as to which one of the dual SIM slots is SIM 1 and SIM 2. The illustration printed in the battery compartment can be confusing. That's why I made the mistake of inserting into SIM 2 what I intend as SIM 1 (the one with 3G). Removing the SIM from either slot is impossible with fingers and even fingernails. You need an adhesive tape to stick on the SIM and pull them out, sometimes successful only after two attempts. (I read that somewhere and followed the advice).

At any rate, I got them right afterward, so I won't have to worry about them anymore. The memory card is not hot-swappable. It is located underneath the dual-SIM slots. If the battery is there, there is no removal of the memory card.

The Idea Tool software does not seem to be installing from the Lenovo site. It's supposed to partner the device with my laptop. The other software, Snap Pea is working OK and does what it's supposed to do in importing photos and files, including music.

The P700i 5MP camera does not have a flash. That is a down side. But my primary phone, the Nokia E6 (and will continue to be my primary phone) is still there to take 8MP photos with dual LED flash. And for really good pictures while travelling or for special occasions, my Canon digital camera should do a better job at it.

If you do plenty of international travel, the Lenovo P700i will work in most countries. Take note, however, that this is a tri-band GSM (Frequencies 900/1800/1900) and single band UMTS or 3G (Frequency 2100) phone. If you take it to Japan, South Korea, Mexico, Canada or the United States, you may find weak or no signal because the P700i could be compatible to only one of the bands, depending on what frequency the telecoms companies are running on, or worse, none at all in certain areas due incompatible frequencies. If you live or travel often to these countries, this will be an issue, including roaming, and this phone may not be for you. (My Nokia E6 supports all frequencies anywhere, being a quad-band GSM and penta-band 3G phone)

No phone is perfect. But in general, I am quite satisfied with this phone and suits my needs for personal and business use. I hope my comment or user review helps you make the right decision in picking the right mid-range smartphone fir for your usage.

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  • 2012-11-10 18:15
  • PEH5

how to buy these phone in india??

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  • 2012-11-08 16:19
  • YT8U

I have bought Lenovo S880 a month before from Indonesia. Its a pretty dual sim - dual standby phone with , Android ICS, 3G , Wifi,and obviously a big battery of 2250 maH . And price is just under 200 USD / 10000 Indian Rupees . It can surely beat any samsung phones (Iam a Galaxy SII user too) with its better build quality and Battery . And keep in mind about its less price too even having this much specifications. And can recommend this phone as best dual sim android smart phone in this price range.

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  • 2012-11-07 03:01
  • UDMw

Well, not sure about the other Lenovo models but the one, Lenovo P700 is i think the most rightly priced device and will sell the most in india.P700i has an exceptional build quality which i think all the other manufacturers lack and has IPS screen and the best thing "huge 2500mAH battery"!

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  • 2012-11-06 16:23
  • Skqg

names of these models are very similar to old style SonyEricsson names.

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  • 2012-11-04 20:00
  • Ld9G

> In reply to lul @ 2012-11-03 10:58 from K7gN - click to readSamsung is not a bestseller here in PH. Fyi. Lenovo, cherry mobile, alcatel and myphone has good specs yet cheap, compared to samsung. Even lenovo p700 and glory 918n were hits, fyi.

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  • 2012-11-04 15:19
  • P@1G

> In reply to Sammi @ 2012-11-01 23:40 from y$gQ - click to readcome on use your brain to tweak the phone system.

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  • 2012-11-04 15:01
  • XMiv

> In reply to VW @ 2012-11-02 04:15 from Iabx - click to readfine for non gamer.

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  • 2012-11-04 14:55
  • XMiv

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