Lenovo S860 review: huge battery, average features

The Lenovo S860 was announced at the Mobile World Congress in 2014. The most talked about feature of the device is its huge 4000mAh battery which keeps the phone running for a long time.

The S860 is almost similar to the S850, both carry the same next generation software. But the S860 has better battery life and camera quality as compared to the S850.

The device also falls into the 20k price bracket, at which flagship models of Indian manufacturers such as Micromax and Karbonn are priced.

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Even the camera quality of the device has improved from company’s other devices. The Lenovo S860 can also be used as an external battery pack to charge other devices if you have the required converter cable.

But is this phone worth buying over other smartphones that fall into the same price bracket? Let’s find out in our review of the device.

PROS

  • Excellent battery backup
  • Decent camera
  • Big screen
  • Good build quality

CONS

  • Large and Heavy
  • Headphones are not good
  • No external memory
  • Non removable battery

DESIGN

The design of the device makes it look like a premium smartphone. It is made out of a single piece of metal. It has brushed metal finish on the rear side.

It has a shinning Black glass on the front that looks very attractive and also has the front camera. At the bottom it has three buttons just like any other Android phone.

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The Lenovo S860 weighs 190 gms and is 0.4 inch thick and doesn’t fit the profile of a slim and light device. It is not comfortable while using it with one hand as it is difficult to reach all corners of the big screen due to the device’s thickness.

The left side of the smartphone has the SIM slot, while the right holds the power button and the volume rockers. On the top we have the 3.5mm audio jack and the noise cancelation pinhole. The USB port and the speakers are on the bottom of the device.

The rear side has the 8MP camera with a LED flash placed below and there is a Lenovo branding in the middle. The back cover is non removable.

DISPLAY

The Lenovo S860 sports a 5.3 inch IPS display with 720 x 1280 pixel resolution. The display is not full HD, so watching movies or videos is not much of an experience.

In general the display is good and has impressive viewing angles as well. The screen is bright and you won’t face much problem using it in the sun.

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The screen is not scratch resistant which means you need to take care of the screen and use a scratch guard all the time.

The colors on the 720p panel are slightly washed out and the contrast levels are also not very good either.

Lenovo S860’s display may not be best available displays in the market, but considering the cost of the device, the display is a good offering.

USER INTERFACE

The Lenovo S860 runs on Android 4.2 Jelly Bean which is surprising because other devices launched at the MWC 2014 had Android 4.4 KitKat.

However, the device is upgradable to Android 4.4 KitKat. It runs Lenovo’s launcher along with the Age UI.

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Google applications like Gmail, Drive, Maps and Chrome are pre embedded and users will get variety of skins to choose from.

All the applications now show on the home screen and there is app drawer. The app offers you a wide range of options for desktop wallpapers, lock screen, system UI, boot animation, notification UI, contact manager and call.

CAMERA

The phone boasts an 8MP camera with auto focus and a LED flash and also has a 1.6MP front facing camera. The rear camera provide decent outdoor shots but the zoom is poor.

The camera interface is very simple with the basic settings like flash, HDR and camera models right within the reach of the thumb.

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The camera takes sharp photos with a good amount of detail, and the colour reproduction is accurate. The video recording is also smooth and the microphone does not pick up too much ambient sound.

With the camera, you can shoot images in macro, panorama, PIP, EV bracket and Face beauty modes. It also has a 1.6 MP front facing camera with fixed focus which is definitely not the best choice to take selfies.

UNDER THE HOOD

The Lenovo S860 is powered by a 1.3GHz quad-core MediaTek MT6582 chip with 2GB of RAM. The chip also features improved Mali 400 graphics which is capable of running the latest games.

The device has a internal storage capacity of 16GB but there is no room for external memory since there is no microSD card slot.

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The phone has dual SIM capabilities. On the connectivity front it has 3G, WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS.

The S860 comes loaded with Lenovo Premium DOit Apps that lets you transfer data, speed up device, and sync users contacts.

The device is juiced up by a 4000mAh battery that claims to provide standby time of 40 days on 3G and 43 hrs of talktime.

WRAP UP

Priced at Rs 17,600, the Lenovo S860 is good phone overall with an excellent battery life.

If you are into social networking, emailing , gaming and need a good battery then this phone might be a good option for you.

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The phone might have been the best buy in this segment, if vendors such as ASUS, Xiaomi didn’t change the scenario of the mid-range category by launching high-end phones at lower costs.

The Lenovo S860 is an average performer and there are many other phones that can be purchased over it. The weight and big size of the phone makes it even more difficult, since a mass number of users are looking for a phone that is light and handy.

 

Vishal Kawadkar

editor@gizmolead.com

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