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Lenovo P2 Review

Introduction


If you are in store for a big phone with a great battery life and a very affordable price, the Lenovo P2 will inevitably show up as an option.

The 5.5-inch phone by Lenovo features a gigantic, 5,100 mAh battery, a OnePlus 3-esque design, and a price of under $300 (€300).

The P2 also stands out with its one-of-a-kind physical side button dedicated solely to enabling battery saving mode and… with the rather frugal Snapdragon 625 chip running the show, it’s all about maximizing battery life.

Is it a good phone overall, though? Isn’t it too thick? How is the camera? We answer these and other questions in our detailed review, let’s jump right in.

Design and Display

Old-school design that looks solid, but lacks refinement. Display quality is not terrible, but whites are greenish and colors are not well balanced.

Lenovo P2 Review
Lenovo P2 Review
Lenovo P2 Review
Lenovo P2 Review

The Lenovo P2 is a phone that is made to impress with battery longevity, and a bigger battery usually means a thicker and unsightly phone, but the P2 is none of that. It features a sturdy metal construction: it’s metal for the frame, the sides and side buttons, and the back cover is metal as well (with two tiny strips of plastic for the antenna, but those are painted the same color as the metal back cover and do not poke out in any weird way).

In fact, if we had to look for similar phones, we would say that the Lenovo P2 looks very similar to the OnePlus 3 and 3T, two devices that we have complimented on their looks in the past.

But wait, we hear you asking, isn’t the Lenovo P2, with its 5,100 mAh battery, significantly thicker too? True, it is a thicker phone, but the difference is really not that noticeable: the phone has a slightly curved towards the edges back cover that measures just 8.3mm thick (the OnePlus 3 measures 7.35mm). We are impressed that Lenovo fit such a huge battery in such a manageable form factor, and we definitely do not feel that the P2 is too thick.

Other details include a fast and responsive fingerprint scanner up front, built-in the home key, a 3.5mm headset jack strangely positioned at the top of the phone, and a microUSB port for charging (we really wish it was a USB-C).

Forget about water-proofing, though: this phone is not protected from the elements in any special way, so you need to be more careful handling it.

Lenovo P2 Review

The Lenovo P2 features a 5.5-inch Super AMOLED 1080 x 1920-pixel Full HD screen with all the typical characteristics of an AMOLED display: deep blacks, excellent contrast, great viewing angles, but also colors that are not perfectly balanced.

You have two color modes to choose from: one with vivid, punchy color, and one with more neutral colors, but interestingly, whites appear a bit greenish, which definitely affects image quality all across. Other colors are also not properly balanced and appear oversaturated. We would say that color reproductions is decent, but not really great. There is a weird Night mode settings that further dims the screens, but does not filter out the blue light, so you’d need a third party app for that.

Lenovo P2
6.02 x 2.99 x 0.33 inches
153 x 76 x 8.3 mm
6.24 oz (177 g)

Lenovo P2

OnePlus 3T
6.01 x 2.94 x 0.29 inches
152.7 x 74.7 x 7.35 mm
5.57 oz (158 g)

OnePlus 3T

Apple iPhone 7 Plus
6.23 x 3.07 x 0.29 inches
158.2 x 77.9 x 7.3 mm
6.63 oz (188 g)

Apple iPhone 7 Plus

Samsung Galaxy S7 edge
5.94 x 2.86 x 0.3 inches
150.9 x 72.6 x 7.7 mm
5.54 oz (157 g)

Samsung Galaxy S7 edge


To see the phones in real size or compare them with other models, visit our Visual Phone Size Comparison page.


Display measurements and quality

Maximum brightness (nits)Higher is better Minimum brightness (nits)Lower is better Contrast Higher is better Color temperature (Kelvins) Gamma Delta E rgbcmy Lower is better Delta E grayscale Lower is better
Lenovo P2 461
(Good)
4
(Excellent)
unmeasurable
(Excellent)
6854
(Excellent)
2.15
2.47
(Good)
7.25
(Average)
OnePlus 3T 407
(Good)
3
(Excellent)
unmeasurable
(Excellent)
6851
(Excellent)
2.2
1.86
(Excellent)
3.6
(Good)
Apple iPhone 7 Plus 672
(Excellent)
2
(Excellent)
1:1431
(Excellent)
6981
(Excellent)
2.2
3.11
(Good)
2.63
(Good)
Samsung Galaxy S7 edge 493
(Good)
2
(Excellent)
unmeasurable
(Excellent)
6586
(Excellent)
2.03
1.47
(Excellent)
2.62
(Good)
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posted on 23 Mar 2017, 09:43 1

1. ibend (Posts: 6632; Member since: 30 Sep 2014)


why did you compare this sub-$300 phone with flagships? (OP3T, S7edge. i7plus)

and microUSB is a con? lol..

posted on 23 Mar 2017, 09:46 1

2. Victor.H (Posts: 774; Member since: 27 May 2011)


We compare it to popular phones of similar size because those are the phones people use. You can always add the phone you are interested using our tools and see how they compare in terms of battery life, performance and camera quality.

posted on 23 Mar 2017, 11:33

5. MomoSimon (Posts: 24; Member since: 23 Feb 2017)


Why not just put smartphone with the same price and same size? That's more objective than this one. G S7e and iPhone 7p vs Lenovo P2? WTF

posted on 23 Mar 2017, 19:26

7. ibend (Posts: 6632; Member since: 30 Sep 2014)


should be compared with J7prime, Oppo F1s, Nokia 6, Honor 6X, or Moto G4 Plus

posted on 03 Jun 2017, 07:35

15. ikkuh (Posts: 41; Member since: 22 May 2011)


LOL?
I think this is even more usefull. Now to me it's obvious a €300,00 phone can compete with phones costing twice or even 3 times as much in certain fields.

posted on 23 Mar 2017, 10:11 2

3. drifter77 (Posts: 285; Member since: 12 Jun 2015)


This phone is great expect for the camera. I've had it for the past 3 months and it performs better than my Note 5. Your battery tests need to be revisited PA, that phone can hold up to 20 hrs SoT at 20% brightness. And the UI is no big deal, throw Nova Launcher and you're good to go.

Very good build quality, impressive audio output, the AMOLED screen is great, very fast fingerprint scanner, balanced performance, top notch battery... the only downside is the average camera.

Overall I give it 8.5 out of 10.

posted on 24 Mar 2017, 02:14

8. Victor.H (Posts: 774; Member since: 27 May 2011)


Thanks for sharing that opinion. It is indeed absolutely amazing in terms of battery life. Our tests are consistent, but sometimes there is more to battery life like stand-by time, etc. In my personal experience, I have never used a phone with such a long-lasting battery, it's a game-changer.

posted on 23 Mar 2017, 10:37 1

4. tango_charlie (Posts: 334; Member since: 16 Nov 2011)


Best value for money smartphone of 2017. I hope there will be successor to the P2 with a better camera. It's the only real downside of the P2.

posted on 23 Mar 2017, 16:29

6. zwometer (Posts: 1; Member since: 23 Mar 2017)


I agree with the above comments, great phone with outstanding battery life. The 7.0 score is way too low, but you can't trust PAs review scores anyway. Android Nougat should arrive in april and I also can't understand the complaints about the interface. It doesn't look that bad, but I use Nova Launcher anyway. The settings on my former S7 were much more skinned, here it is much closer to stock android. The battery of my S7 lasted nearly 2 days for me, now I charge the P2 every 4-5 days. By the way, the included charger seems to be the fastest available (see videos on youtube). I got another P2 for my wife from amazon italy for just 210€, what a deal!

posted on 24 Mar 2017, 02:15

9. Victor.H (Posts: 774; Member since: 27 May 2011)


Thanks for sharing! Wow, that's a great deal for that price. You can only fix so much with a launcher. The software experience - when compared with all others - especially the visual side, looks very dated. The settings menu looks way better on Nougat phones, so let's hope that Lenovo brings its A game in April.

posted on 24 Mar 2017, 06:07

10. amaranth (Posts: 4; Member since: 28 May 2012)


It won't ever see Nougat let alone O.

I'd rather pay a bit more for something better.

posted on 03 Jun 2017, 07:40

16. ikkuh (Posts: 41; Member since: 22 May 2011)


So better means updates to you? That's not the case for everyone.

posted on 25 Mar 2017, 03:42 1

11. saiki4116 (Posts: 404; Member since: 31 Mar 2011)


I have this phone and I would agree with the reviewer. The display is AMOLED, but not calibrated properly, even Oneplus X display is better. FP sensor is faster, but many times it fails to recognize, it's not better than Moto G4 Plus. The camera is decent only in good lighting, in artificial light, it's really bad. Buy this phone, only if your main priority is battery life, which phone can give you 8h SOT with 2 days, while travelling with dual SIMs, 4G always on.

posted on 04 Apr 2017, 01:25

12. tejas_nayak (Posts: 1; Member since: 13 May 2009)


I'm sorry to say PA, but you are loosing respect by every review that you are writing here.

"We compare it to popular phones of similar size because those are the phones people use." If this is your logic to compare the phones against its peers then I must say, you are also loosing sight of your own competitors in the market.

PA was once a great site with excellent insights into the mobile industry and its trends and future predictions. Now it seems the management is disillusioned with the current market trends and is churning out the same old thing without innovating themselves(relying heavily on evleaks).

Gentlemen and Ladies At PhoneArena, if you are reading this kindly focus on what the market requires, on what distinguishing capabilities you have, Innovate Innovate Innovate...

That's it from my end. Hope the site achieves its former glory.

Kind Regards,
T

posted on 05 Apr 2017, 02:27

13. Spedez (Posts: 513; Member since: 29 Aug 2014)


Yet another generic Chinese crap-phone.

posted on 03 Jun 2017, 07:42

17. ikkuh (Posts: 41; Member since: 22 May 2011)


So which phone doesn't come from China that you like?

posted on 23 May 2017, 03:15

14. markobarko (Posts: 106; Member since: 09 Oct 2016)


they can't revisit battery test, since iphones would fall off the chart if they do it.

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Lenovo P2

Lenovo P2

OS: Android 6.0
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Display5.5 inches, 1080 x 1920 pixels (401 ppi) Super AMOLED
Camera13 megapixels
Hardware
Qualcomm Snapdragon 625, Octa-core, 2000 MHz, ARM Cortex-A53 processor
4 GB RAM
Size6.02 x 2.99 x 0.33 inches
(153 x 76 x 8.3 mm)
6.24 oz  (177 g)

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