A6000 Is Lenovo’s ‘Dark Horse’ In The Budget Segment 3


Lenovo’s portfolio is looking attractive than ever. The three stars of its handset range are Vibe Z2 Pro, Vibe X2 and the recently launched A6000. All of them have aggressive pricing and big bang for buck in their respective segments.

A6000 is definitely the hero of Lenovo’s portfolio. It doesn’t have flagship specs but what it essentially has is higher value for money quotient. In India, the fastest growing yet highest competition segment is under sub $150. What makes competition more fierece is 4G capable phones. Lenovo has gone a step forward and lowered the mark for affordable 4G phones. But 4G is not the only thing A6000 boasts. It has got a lot to easily make it a device of my choice.

Design:

Design and overall build quality is that one aspect which usually gets least attention in this segment. But A6000 changes that. It’s slim, lightweight and feels premium. I must give it to Lenovo for using material which has better quality than its competitors. Everyone who I showed this phone to was quite impressed by its build quality. What actually sets A6000 apart is its back cover with matte finish.

A6000 is surely thoughtfully designed except for one thing. It doesn’t have backlit navigation buttons which is now common in this segment. Usually such buttons are not a problem at least in the daylight, but the ones on A6000 are too faint to see even in daylight. Those look more like they were designed to be backlit but in an attempt to reduce the cost Lenovo didn’t put LEDs beneath them. This leaves you fumbling while navigating. Thankfully, not frustrated.

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On the top it has microUSB port and 3.5mm audio jack. Volume rocker and power key are on the right. While there’s nothing on the left side, bottom hosts the primary mic of the phone. There’s a 2MP front cam as well above the display, next to the earpiece at the center.  Back of the phone is exciting too. Most obvious is the 8MP camera with LED flash. Interestingly, A6000 has twin speakers.

Hardware, Performance and Battery:

Days of getting some mediocre hardware $100 price mark are history already. Instead, with every new entrant we are seeing even better hardware. A6000 particularly offers Snapdragon 410 and 1GB RAM. This is the upgraded version of the Snapdragon 400, found in Redmi 1S and Moto G. Snapdragon 410 uses new Cortex-A53 cores and slightly better Adreno 306 GPU, so expect better performance. And, it has 4G LTE support too. It is also 64 bit one if in you worrying about future but unless it works with 64 bit OS, Lollipop in this case and unless there are apps taking benefit of it, you won’t see major performance bump. Before I talk about its performance, let’s see the other aspects as well.

It’s got a 5 inch 720p HD display. Although, it’s an IPS LCD unit, it surprised me with its contrast ratio and viewing angles, both were too good. Blacks on this one were deep enough to call black. I really can’t complain about the display and especially at this price point, everything about it is satisfying.

The 2300 mAh battery looks tiny but is a performer. Here’s a disclaimer, I was using this phone solely on WiFi throughout the review period but it was constantly connected and used for other purposes such as calls, messages, internet etc. as it was my daily driver.

Coming back to its performance, I’d say it was about satisfactory. It could be whole lot better. The culprit here is the Lenovo’s heavy customization and poorly optimized software. It was so laggy even pulling down notification bar was a bitter experience. First of all, it barely gives 400MBs of RAM for user and after opening usual set of apps, that drops further to under 100MBs or sometimes below 50MBs. Lenovo should reconsider skinning its phones.

And, some numbers.

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About Swapneel Bandiwadekar

I'm into tech since 2006.You can find me on forums as @swap002. I also used to write reviews for Hindustan Times and been a member of pilot programs. Connect with me on Twitter or Google Plus.