Lenovo's new quad-core, mid-range S60 smartphone launches India; iPhone 6-esque looks and all


It's only natural that, for the most part, the higher-tier mobile devices command the lion's share of the headlines, but the mid-range market has been improving with some gusto in recent times. Today, Lenovo has launched its new S60 smartphone in India at the cost of ₹12,999, which equates to around US$204, and for the money, it packs a solid punch. 

The S60 offers a 5-inch display with a resolution of 720 x 1280 pixels, while the 64-bit, 1.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon 410 should keep everything ticking over nicely. The SoC is allied to a substantial 2GB of RAM, although the 2,150mAh battery capacity is, if anything, a tad lower than that of comparable handsets. There's also LTE support (Cat. 4), offering a maximum downlink of 150Mbps.

The front-facing, 5-megapixel camera is allied to a 13-megapixel rear shooter, and although you only get 8GB of on-board storage, you can readily top it up thanks to the microSD slot. Along with the potential to add more space, you can also slide in a second SIM card with the S60 thanks to its dual-SIM capability. 

In terms of design, the S60 offers plastic, unibody aesthetic, and is uncannily similar-looking to the Apple iPhone 6. In fact, Lenovo appears to have paid quite a bit of attention to the profile of Apple's flagship, but given its popularity and strong sales, it's not surprising that Lenovo has taken cues. As well as looking like an iPhone, the S60 also tries to be impressively thin, at 7.7mm thin, while weighing in at a relatively light 128g.

The only real downside is that it doesn't run Android Lollipop out of the box. In picking up this handset, you'll be met with the aging Android 4.4.4 KitKat coupled with Lenovo's own Vibe UI 2.0. While a Lollipop update for the Lenovo S60 is promised in the near future, these things have a tendency of dragging out, and if you are keen to roll with Lollipop and its Material Design, you might want to shop elsewhere.

As affordable smartphones go, the Lenovo S60 is a reasonably attractive prospect, although the Xiaomi Mi 4i has single-handedly redefined the level of hardware one can expect at a mid-range price point, at least when the Eastern markets are concerned. In fact, the Mi 4i, which launched a couple of weeks back across the Indian market, costs ₹12,999 as well, and given that you get many additional perks over the S60 including that 1080p display, Lenovo's new mid-market effort may already be a tad on the late side. 

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23 Comments

1. Xednyl04

Posts: 12; Member since: Apr 26, 2013

What's with these Chinese people and why are they so fond of copying.

4. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

The iPhone is from China too...right? So how is it copying?

6. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

...Wrong? If China copied the US flag would you say it isn't copying because a lot of US flags are made in China?

8. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

The US Flag itself is unique, while the iPhone designs aren't. Tho there are other countries that use Stars and Strips,. they don't use them exactly how we do. Being similar is one thing. However, Apple phone designs are similar to what others have done. After all, Apple was certainly not the first OEM to make a phone. The iPhone 5C in fact follows after the Lumia designs even down to having similar colors. https://www.google.com/search?q=Nokia+Lumia&biw=1920&bih=979&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ei=4zZaVfTGCoSEyQTvtoGgAQ&ved=0CAgQ_AUoAw The first Windows Phone devices used the same colors at the OS colors that were avail. So, I fail to see how your flag comparison fits. Want to try again? If you copy someone else, and then someone copies you, neither of you get to call it yours because you weren't the first. Am I right? When Apple copies someone, no one says squat. As soon as you "think" someone copies Apple, then it has to be the stupid title of the article, and here come the fans trying to justify it.

9. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

You're making two arguments. I agree with one, I disagree with the other. I agree that parts of the iPhone's design can be copied because they are generic enough to be considered fair game (my opinion). What I don't agree with is your argument that Chinese companies have the right to copy the iPhone because the iPhone is made in China. Just because your countrymen are hired to produce something for another company doesn't give you the right to copy. Apple paid fairly for the service, they don't owe China anything else.

19. gaming64 unregistered

Yeah, no sh!t right? I guess that every Android phone is unique while iPhones arent because they don't have Android. Thank for the B.S. you post everyday, man. Now enjoy your Android phone like a million people do while I enjoy my crisp iPad 2 here. And hell I dont give a darn about Android anyway.

14. JunitoNH

Posts: 1946; Member since: Feb 15, 2012

No, the iPhone is manufacturer in China. The design, looks, and brain are from Cupertino. If you had an idea, business, and come out with design, most likely it would be built in China. Americans demand and command larger salaries, so things are manufacture overseas for pennies. Apple is no different than Nike, Ford, Magnovox etc. America just uses the indigents of the world.

21. Xednyl04

Posts: 12; Member since: Apr 26, 2013

iPhone is designed in the USA and assembled in China. You should be keen to see that at the back of any iPhones.

5. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Also, the iPhoen 5C which is what this looks like, was copied by Apple after the Nokia Lumia series. They even copied all the pastel colors of the Lumia too. Did you accuse Apple of copying Microsoft and Nokia? Probably not!

12. bucky

Posts: 3784; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

The lumia phones look nothing like the iPhone. This copies looks and colour. You're conveniently missing the comparison

15. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

Apple has been making devices in pastel colors since at least the 2nd gen iPod Nano, well before the Lumia line. Not that anyone has a patent on colors anyways.

20. gaming64 unregistered

Hahahahahahahaha. Pastel colors have been used WAY before Lumias got them. Got tired of searching the web for it?

2. Xednyl04

Posts: 12; Member since: Apr 26, 2013

Wow! First comment...

3. Sauce5 unregistered

It doesn't look like an iPhone guys just cus' it has rounded corners.... /sarcasm.

7. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. So Apple should be happy about people using their look, that they themselves stole from some else...right? Because none of the iPhone's had an original look. They all copied styles that existed from another OEM.

13. Sauce5 unregistered

Fanboy spotted. I sense a faulty connection in your sarcasm/humor sensors.

23. ninja_master

Posts: 306; Member since: Feb 27, 2015

More like samsung fanboy idiot spotted

10. bambamboogy02

Posts: 838; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

No LTE? Seriously? How is this possible? Why? It's like making a car, but not putting an A/C in it. Wow.

11. jonartpop

Posts: 199; Member since: Oct 25, 2012

4G with 2150 mAh battery capacity is lame.

16. seanwhat

Posts: 321; Member since: Jul 11, 2013

the phone is lame

17. ShaikhJGI

Posts: 359; Member since: Jan 10, 2014

I would put it this way. This is launched in India & there is no LTE roll-out here yet except in 3-4 major cities that's to very limited availability. So no LTE phone launch here in India makes sense.

18. gaming64 unregistered

It looks more of an iPhone 6 that looks like a 5C. Yunowataymseying?

22. JaneChenLong

Posts: 374; Member since: Mar 18, 2015

How can lenovo compete with XiaoMi on this price level 12,999 rupe? 720p vs 1080p SD 410 vs. SD 615 8GB vs. 16GB 2150mAH vs. 3000mAH

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