Lenovo S930, S650 and A859 hands-on: affordable Android warriors
So far, so humdrum, but the S930 picks up from here, offering front stereo speakers to go with the large display, which makes it perfect for watching videos, and we can attest they sound pretty good, though not of HTC's BoomSound quality. To further sweeten the pot, Lenovo added a healthy 3000mAh Li-Polymer cell, one that is sure to get your through an entire day of heavy media consumption. As is to be expected, the usual connectivity features, such as Bluetooth 3.0 HS, Wi-FI, FM Radio and GPS, are all present, making Lenovo's new phablet a pretty sweet spot at a price tag of $319 without any subsidies and contracts.
Lenovo S930 hands-on
Next in line is up is the more compact, 5" Lenovo A859 – a decent dual SIM all-rounder. It is priced the lowest of the bunch, at only $219 without a contract, but actually offers a lot for this price. The A859 sports a 720x1280 resolution IPS display, for a pixel density of 294ppi, which looks bright, vibrant, and with decent viewing angles.
Lenovo A859 hands-on
The screen resolution, however, is 540x960, as opposed to the HD displays on the other two, making for some jagged icon and text edges. The battery capacity is also smaller, at 2000mAh, which leaves you wonder why Lenovo priced the S650 at$229, which is a ten higher than the A859, yet this one doesn't sport stereo speakers or an HD screen. It might have something to do with the laser-etched logo on the back (we kid), but overall we didn't see much advantage of the S650 before the A859 in terms of design, except the fact that it is a tad more compact.
Lenovo S650 hands-on
All three new phones from Lenovo were promised to be made available for purchase effective immediately, though the launch will be limited to countries where Lenovo traditionally sells its smartphones. This means much of Asia and parts of Europe, but not the US, at least for now, which is a pity considering that the phones run at such prices.
1. AfterShock (Posts: 2970; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)
I tried one of their budget tablets, I couldn't get it back in the box fast enough to return.
I got exactly what I paid for, little dollars=little performance/capability.
Rather buy a year old or even two, flagship.
2. WindowsiDroid (Posts: 116; Member since: 22 Jul 2013)
Asus Zenphones are more better than those.