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.


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.


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

Lenovo P2

Dimensions

6.02 x 2.99 x 0.33 inches

153 x 76 x 8.3 mm

Weight

6.24 oz (177 g)

OnePlus 3T

OnePlus 3T

Dimensions

6.01 x 2.94 x 0.29 inches

152.7 x 74.7 x 7.35 mm

Weight

5.57 oz (158 g)

Apple iPhone 7 Plus

Apple iPhone 7 Plus

Dimensions

6.23 x 3.07 x 0.29 inches

158.2 x 77.9 x 7.3 mm

Weight

6.63 oz (188 g)

Samsung Galaxy S7 edge

Samsung Galaxy S7 edge

Dimensions

5.94 x 2.86 x 0.3 inches

150.9 x 72.6 x 7.7 mm

Weight

5.54 oz (157 g)

Lenovo P2

Lenovo P2

Dimensions

6.02 x 2.99 x 0.33 inches

153 x 76 x 8.3 mm

Weight

6.24 oz (177 g)

OnePlus 3T

OnePlus 3T

Dimensions

6.01 x 2.94 x 0.29 inches

152.7 x 74.7 x 7.35 mm

Weight

5.57 oz (158 g)

Apple iPhone 7 Plus

Apple iPhone 7 Plus

Dimensions

6.23 x 3.07 x 0.29 inches

158.2 x 77.9 x 7.3 mm

Weight

6.63 oz (188 g)

Samsung Galaxy S7 edge

Samsung Galaxy S7 edge

Dimensions

5.94 x 2.86 x 0.3 inches

150.9 x 72.6 x 7.7 mm

Weight

5.54 oz (157 g)

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





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17 Comments

1. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

why did you compare this sub-$300 phone with flagships? (OP3T, S7edge. i7plus) and microUSB is a con? lol..

2. Victor.H

Posts: 1062; Member since: May 27, 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.

5. MomoSimon

Posts: 25; Member since: Feb 23, 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

7. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

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

15. ikkuh

Posts: 42; Member since: May 22, 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.

3. drifter77

Posts: 401; Member since: Jun 12, 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.

8. Victor.H

Posts: 1062; Member since: May 27, 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.

4. tango_charlie

Posts: 347; Member since: Nov 16, 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.

6. zwometer

Posts: 1; Member since: Mar 23, 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!

9. Victor.H

Posts: 1062; Member since: May 27, 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.

10. amaranth

Posts: 4; Member since: May 28, 2012

It won't ever see Nougat let alone O. I'd rather pay a bit more for something better.

16. ikkuh

Posts: 42; Member since: May 22, 2011

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

11. saiki4116

Posts: 413; Member since: Mar 31, 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.

12. tejas_nayak

Posts: 1; Member since: May 13, 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

13. Spedez

Posts: 542; Member since: Aug 29, 2014

Yet another generic Chinese crap-phone.

17. ikkuh

Posts: 42; Member since: May 22, 2011

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

14. markobarko

Posts: 176; Member since: Oct 09, 2016

they can't revisit battery test, since iphones would fall off the chart if they do it.
P2
  • Display 5.5" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 625, Octa-core, 2000 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 5100 mAh

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