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Lenovo A7000 Review

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Its very rare we see a smartphone focused on audio and music. Most audio-centric smartphones are Sony branded Xperia smartphones. Its nice to see that Lenovo is taking steps to get the hearts of the audiophiles. The Lenovo A7000 is the first smartphone with Dolby ATMOS Surround Sound Technology. Does it really work? Read on with the review.

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Lenovo A7000 specs:

  • 1.5GHz Octa Core Mediatek MT6752m  processor
  • Mali T760MP2 graphics
  • 2GB RAM
  • 8GB internal memory expandable via MicroSD up to 32GB
  • 5.5-inch HD IPS LCD display (1280 x 720 pixels) 267 ppi
  • Dolby ATMOS surround sound
  • 8 megapixel rear facing camera with autofocus and LED flash
  • 5 megapixel rear facing camera
  • Dual SIM, Dual Standby
  • 4G/LTE, 3G/HSPA+, WiFi, WiFi hotspot, Bluetooth
  • GPS, A-GPS
  • 2,900 mAh battery
  • Android 5.0 Lollipop with Lenovo Vibe UI
  • SRP: P7,499 on Lazada / P7,990 on Lenovo stores and retailers
  • Status: Available

Related article – Lenovo A7000 Unboxing and First Impressions

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HARDWARE AND DESIGN

Lenovo has been known for making really good hardware and that is evident on the A7000. It is well built and feels very solid. Despite its big chassis, the A7000 is thin and lightweight plus it is very comfortable to hold with one hand. The only gripe we had is the inability of the three capacitive buttons to light up.

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AUDIO

The A7000 has a dedicated Dolby ATMOS Surround Sound app preinstalled. We downloaded our favorite music streaming service, Spotify and without using the app and audio coming out from our third party headset. Audio began to improve when we used the app. It produces better bass with perfect mix of treble and punch.

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DISPLAY

The 5.5-inch display, we must say, is surprisingly decent. It has good sunlight legibility and viewing angles. The HD only resolution may not entice some users but on our end, we don’t mind. The screen is sharp and vivid which is perfect for multimedia use.

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Clash of Clans on the Lenovo A7000
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Angry Birds 2 on the Lenovo A7000

SOFTWARE AND PERFORMANCE

Just like any other Chinese smartphone brand, the Lenovo A7000 ditched the usual app tray found on vanilla Android UI so all you apps are on the home screen. Lenovo has already created folders for Google apps and social media to lessen the number of home screens.

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The octa core processor from Mediatek is paired with 2GB RAM so it means there won’t be issues when playing graphic demanding games and heavy multitasking. On our 3-week duration with the device, the phone performed smoothly and gets the job done. Gaming experience has been constantly pleasant too.

CAMERA

Both cameras performed well on our tests. Though we find the 8 megapixel rear shooter has slower shutter speeds. Low light shots are a bit grainy and lack detail. Photos with good lighting condition are great and has full of life.

Check out our sample photos here.

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CONNECTIVITY

The A7000 is one of those smartphones on this lower to mid range category that is LTE capable. We’ve inserted our own Smart SIM and we noticed that it gets LTE signal better than other smartphones we’ve reviewed on the same price point and category. We even managed to achieve a whooping 41.55Mbps download speed which is a first on any tests we did in the past.

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Speed test using Smart’s 4G/LTE network at Glorietta in Makati City.

BATTERY

Having an HD display and not full HD resolution has its benefits, especially for the 2,900 mAh battery. On our moderate use, we managed to get a day with more than 20% left in the tank. That includes the phone being used as a WiFi hotspot the whole day. Impressive!

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VERDICT

The Lenovo A7000 is a multimedia powerhouse with an affordable price. Great audio quality, good display, impressive LTE reception, and very capable battery – it seems Lenovo get it almost right. Though we are not that impressed with its camera, we will still recommend this smartphone to someone who use their phones for multimedia use and heavy multitasking. 🙂