Lenovo A5000 Malaysia
The A5000 is a living testimony that midrange phones are more than enough to keep up productive. Yes, that’s right! Somehow it’s quite easy to mistake this phone as a high-end model due to its screen size and processing power. It runs on Cortex A7 Chipset, equipped with 1.3GHz Quad-core processor. The only thing that sets this midrange phone apart from its high-end counterpart is its 1GB RAM and 8GB onboard internal memory (plus dedicated microSD slot of up 32GB). Nonetheless, this phone is already a good deal for a midrange smartphone device.
8MP in today’s standards is basically a thing of the past, however, it still provides a more than sufficient enough pixels to preserve precious moment vividly and clearly. Besides, 8MP is still patronized by other leading smartphone brands in their newer high-end models because of the much better trend in upgrading camera spec – investing more in its software, and hardware functionality like faster focus, phase detection, high fps video capture, and
Wide Screen Perfect for All Media
The A5000 is designed with a 5’ screen, a size that could definitely provide you satisfaction for your viewing, reading, or gaming needs. Aside from that, its screen is multi-touch capable; it could detect 5 fingers at the same time, giving way to more mobile games and functionality into the device.
Talking about the resolution and quality of its screen, it is actually pretty good for a midrange phone. Its 5 inches IPS screen features a resolution of 720 x 1280 pixels and pixel density at 294 ppi, basically the highest of the standards in the midrange competition. The screen has enough pixels to accommodate more resolution into the screen, making the display crisp and clear.
Battery Life Is Ahead of Its Time
This phone is packed with a 4000mAH Li-Po batter, the biggest battery capacity that’s out in the market today. Aside from that, this much battery is such a surprise for a midrange phone, because even high-end flagship phones from its competing brands don’t hold such. So, it’s safe to say that its battery is groundbreaking, especially for its category. To date, even the Note 5 from Samsung only carries a 3000 mAh battery, 1000 mAh behind this midrange phone offered by Lenovo. Despite one generation behind from the most recent smart phone models (and despite being a midrange phone at that), its battery could easily beat those from even the most cutting edge phone of today.
Lenovo A5000 Hands-On Review
The Lenovo A5000 can be considered as the best in class entry level smartphone. Not just in Lenovo’s smartphone menu, but in the entire entry level market. Why? It’s simple. It’s the most feature rich yet budget friendly entry level smartphone out there. Only a few could come close or compete with this phone that are offered at the same price range. For an entry level device, the Lenovo A5000 does not shy away from flaunting as much features as it could, which are beyond the limits of the entry level market.
Long Lasting Battery
The Lenovo A5000 is packed with a 4000mAh non-removable battery which provides fuel to your phone good enough for 2 days with light to moderate use. Not even Samsung's Note 5 l, Galaxy S6 or the latest Galaxy S7 carries as much battery as the Lenovo A5000.
Aside from a fully packed battery, another great feature of this phone's battery department is its Quick Charge feature. This is a feature that's everyone wants in their phone but most brands don't really pay attention to. With the Quick Charge feature, you can fully charge your phone in just 3 hours. A 15-minute charge will already provide you 4 hours of talk time. Also, the phone's chipset and display setting are energy efficient, maximizing the phone's battery to its full potential.
On top of that, Lenovo has their own energy saving software injected into all of their Android devices. With such battery efficient phone software, the A5000 will surely last longer than a day.
HD Display on a 5-inch Screen
Whatever it is that you need to do, having a bigger and wider screen will surely make it easier for you. May it be office tasks like spreadsheet (even just for viewing purposes), browsing the web, streaming videos, or even video calls, they'd all look more detailed and easier to see with Lenovo A5000's HD screen display.
Despite being an entry level device, you'd be amazed at how innovative its display is. Its screen display utilizes an IPS panel which allows for accurate colors to radiate even at a 180° viewing angle.
Lastly, it's ergonomic design and round shapee body, the A5000 will fit comfortably at the palm of your hand.
Android™ 4.4 (KitKat) Upgradable to Lollipop
The phone comes with a preinstallee Android 4.4 KitKat. The phone's performance is optimized greatly with this Android version's system performance as it comes with a lot of small yet essential improvements such as the touchscreen response and its accuracy. Also the OS upgrade paves the way for a broadr range of supported apps.
This phone is also set for an Android Lollipop update. It can be downloaded via them phone's OTA update, which can be manually operated through the phone's settings menu.
The phone was released early in 2015, which explains the lack of a Lollipop upon its debut. However, Lenovo still provide continuous system upgrade for the A5000. One of those updates is an Android 5.0 upgrade for the phone. Once done unboxing the phone and fully set it up, simply go to the systems update option in the settings and allow it to download.
Fast Processing Speed: Snappy Performance
The Lenovo A5000 is ran by a 1.3GHz mediatek Quad-core processor . The processing speed is actually outstanding for an entry level smartphone. It can run almost all apps even the graphic heavy games, but with a few hiccups which are expected. However, for basic apps and basic phone functions, it can run the phone very smoothly. Its 1GB RAM is actually average for a phone with this kind of capacity, but considering its price tag and the category where it actually falls - the entry level. 1GB worth of RAM is already a generous offering.
The phone's screen is made of a splash proof nano coating, preventing water or even moisture from damaging the screen. It also possess scratch resistant property, which allows the phone to endure rubbing elbows with coins, keys, or any metallic object in your pocket. The phone's screen protection is equally as good as the Gorilla Glass, but with a little bit of a water proofing property.
Integrated Front and Rear Cameras
The A5000's 8MP auto-focus camera with LED flash captures sharp, clear photos and video. What’s more, the front camera makes video chatting easy and fun.
The Lenovo A5000 is bestowed with an 8MP shooter that produces pretty sharp images thanks to its efficient auto-focus capability. Its camera also comes with all other standard camera functionalities such as the touch focus, face detection, and HDR. These side features of the Lenovo A5000's camera are efficient enough in boosting the quality of the photos that the phone produces. For a phone that's marked with a price tag of an entry level device, the Lenovo A5000 surely deserves all the praise that it could get when it comes to its camera.
Fast Internet Access
One of the connectivity options that's not present in the Lenovo A5000 is the LTE technology. However, the phone runs on 3G module which actually conforms to the standard of today's connectivity options. However, its sim 1 is the only slot that supports 3G, the other sim slot is only 2G.
Built-in Productivity Apps
The wide screen display of the Lenovo A5000 is not just intended for an enjoyable viewing feature, it's also made to deliver an easier and more efficient way for user to be productive. A bigger display will make productivity tools such as office and note apps more efficient while you're on the go. Who says you have to be on your computer to finish a report? While doing so in an actual desktop computer is a lot easier, you can't always have access to it when you're on the go.
Lenovo DO it Apps
Lenovo has its way of doing things more conveniently with their smartphones. The Lenovo A5000 comes with preloaded apps that lets you share, transfer, secure, restore files easily and wirelessly with just click of a button. Lenovo also have apps that could optimize the phone's performance and protect the phone from malwares and viruses. The value of these apps depends on the person using it though. While some thinks of it as bloatwares that are only consuming the storage space of your phones, other find it helpful and would prefer using these apps to optimize their phone's functionality. These apps are not a problem though because you can easily uninstall them if you don't feel the need to use any of it.
Offlien Maps Out of the Box
The Lenovo A5000 is equipped with a satellite controlled GPS that could guide users accurately through google maps even without the aid of an internet connection. The phone is capable of storing offline maps out of the box, no need to download third-party maps to enjoy this feature.
One of the downside to this phone is its storage space. It comes with an 8GB storage, however system files eats up almost 30% of it leaving users with just a little over 5GB worth of storage for their files and apps. No need to fret though because the Lenovo A5000 has a microSD slot to expand your storage space up to 32GB.
The Lenovo A5000 is the brand’ best contender for the entry level smartphone. At a first glance, you could hardly tell that this phone belongs to the lower end of the spectrum. Even upon a closer look, you’d still be left generalizing that it’s a phone that belongs in the midrange market. It is only when you look at its price tag that you could surely say that this phone is among the entry level offerings of Lenovo.