Lenovo A850 Review


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.

GENERAL2G NetworkGSM 900 / 1800 / 1900 – SIM 1 & SIM 2
3G NetworkHSDPA 900 / 2100
SIMDual SIM (Dual stand-by)
Announced2013, August
StatusAvailable. Released 2013, August
BODYDimensions153.5 x 79.5 x 9.5 mm (6.04 x 3.13 x 0.37 in)
Weight184 g (6.49 oz)
DISPLAYTypeIPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Size540 x 960 pixels, 5.5 inches (~200 ppi pixel density)
SOUNDAlert typesVibration; MP3, WAV ringtones
3.5mm jackYes
MEMORYCard slotmicroSD, up to 64 GB
Internal4 GB, 1 GB RAM
WLANWi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi hotspot
BluetoothYes, v3.0 with A2DP
USBYes, microUSB v2.0
CAMERAPrimary5 MP, 2592х1944 pixels, autofocus, LED flash
FeaturesGeo-tagging, touch focus
SecondaryYes, VGA
FEATURESOSAndroid OS, v4.2 (Jelly Bean)
ChipsetMTK MT6582M
CPUQuad-core 1.3 GHz Cortex-A7
SensorsAccelerometer, proximity
MessagingSMS(threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Mail, IM, RSS
RadioFM radio
GPSYes, with A-GPS support
JavaYes, via Java MIDP emulator
ColorsBlack, 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


Author: Sinha

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  1. i have s880 serie and a850 is a way better

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  2. 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]

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

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  4. Please let me know about full description of offline GPS for Lenovo A850

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    • 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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