Lenovo A850 Review

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The new smartphone form Lenovo is my personal favourite from them. The Lenovo A850 comes with a 5.5 inch display, this is them stepping up to challenge others but we all know how difficult it is to get people to buy something other than Samsung or Micromax these days. But like Micromax, they produce budget devices with power and quality. Let’s have a look at this phone.

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Design

When you see this phone, you will be reminded of a LG G2 or LG Nexus 4. The structure is just too similar. The back has the smooth feel to it and even though the device is large in size, it manages to fit your hands without any problems. The bezels on both the sides are pretty reduced from previous models hence the good fit. The speakers are really amazing. They are how any good speaker is supposed to be. It is available in black and white colours. The Lenovo A850 is also kind of on the heavier side with 185g of weight.

Display

As earlier mentioned, Lenovo A850 has a 5.5 inch IPS display. It is not full HD, it carries a resolution of just 960×540 pixels. Therefore, it has a low pixel density i.e just about 200ppi. It is sad, to have such a large display but not have the pixels packed in closely. If you put this under test, you will realize how distinctive you can actually see the pixels on the display. If you want to watch a movie, it will give you good quality but not something you can get from the same priced Micromax phones (it is shocking I am saying this but in recent times they have produced brilliance). This is a crucial short coming of the Lenovo A850.

Camera

The 5MP shooter on the Lenovo A850 does a fairly good job. It can capture realistic colours from the surroundings. It does find it hard to focus to subjects when the light is not sufficient or while you want to take shots on the move. Low light photography is not a good point on this sensor. The front VGA camera is there just for the sake of being there. The video call quality is really poor.

Software

Lenovo A850 has Android v4.2 running through its veins. The user interface on the phone is pretty standard to most Android phones. It looks decent but does not give you the power that most of the well known smartphone makers do. Google Play store is the place you will go to get all your quality apps. There are no gimmick features on this phone.

Performance

MTK has taken over Lenovo on this one as well. Lenovo A850 has a 1.3GHz Quad Core processor and 1GB of RAM. The games do not run as effectively as I would desire. There is a frame rate drop and the phone does lag. Lenvo A850 comes with internal memory of 4GB which you can expand to 32GB. The battery is pretty ok, it can give you 8h of talk time on 3G connection.

Final Thoughts

Lenovo has again failed to register them. Lenovo A850 is pretty nice, I mean it surely got the looks and everything but it just does not stand really good against the competition. XOLO and Micromax are way ahead of them. Xolo even has the quality that Lenovo gives you. I don’t think you will buy the Lenovo A850.
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GENERAL 2G Network GSM 900 / 1800 / 1900 – SIM 1 & SIM 2
3G Network HSDPA 900 / 2100
SIM Dual SIM (Dual stand-by)
Announced 2013, August
Status Available. Released 2013, August
BODY Dimensions 153.5 x 79.5 x 9.5 mm (6.04 x 3.13 x 0.37 in)
Weight 184 g (6.49 oz)
DISPLAY Type IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Size 540 x 960 pixels, 5.5 inches (~200 ppi pixel density)
Multitouch Yes
SOUND Alert types Vibration; MP3, WAV ringtones
Loudspeaker Yes
3.5mm jack Yes
MEMORY Card slot microSD, up to 64 GB
Internal 4 GB, 1 GB RAM
DATA GPRS Yes
EDGE Yes
Speed HSDPA, HSUPA
WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi hotspot
Bluetooth Yes, v3.0 with A2DP
USB Yes, microUSB v2.0
CAMERA Primary 5 MP, 2592х1944 pixels, autofocus, LED flash
Features Geo-tagging, touch focus
Video Yes
Secondary Yes, VGA
FEATURES OS Android OS, v4.2 (Jelly Bean)
Chipset MTK MT6582M
CPU Quad-core 1.3 GHz Cortex-A7
GPU Mali-400MP2
Sensors Accelerometer, proximity
Messaging SMS(threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Mail, IM, RSS
Browser HTML
Radio FM radio
GPS Yes, with A-GPS support
Java Yes, via Java MIDP emulator
Colors Black, White
– SNS integration
– MP4/H.264/H.263 player
– MP3/WAV/eAAC+ player
– Organizer
– Image/video editor
– Document viewer
– Google Search, Maps, Gmail,
YouTube, Calendar, Google Talk
– Voice memo/dial
– Predictive text input

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Review Overview
  • Design8
  • Features6
  • Software6
  • Camera7
  • Performance6
  • Value for money6
Total Score6.5

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Sinha

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6 Comments to Lenovo A850 Review

  1. lenovoa850user

    I have been using this phone from last 15 days and problems facing are::-

    1. Voice quality is worst, you will face disturbances coming when calling and talking with anyone.
    2. you cannot call someone when you are on other call at the same time there is option to do that, niether there is any functionality for dialpad to change its settings for conference calling.
    3. Lenovo customer support services are worst, i have called them on support number and they didn’t even care they told me that we dont have service center in your city and can provide you with address of service center near your city.
    I mean WTF, you have to leave your work and have to go out of town just for this repairing.

    One thing i liked about is its customization lenovo did very well customization and haven’t seen customization before in any other andriod phone.

    My rating – 2 star [DO NOT PURCHASE]

  2. Please let me know about full description of offline GPS for Lenovo A850…!! Please fast…. I am thinking of buying this phone…!!!

    • The GPS on A850 is terrible– very slow and very inaccurate. The device has no compass and loses all sense of direction.

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