Lenovo A5 Price In India: Buy Lenovo A5 Mobile worth Rs. 6999 at Rs. 6499. Lenovo A5 Price In India is Rs. 6499 for 2 GB RAM 16 GB ROM variant. The Lenovo A5 comes with 13.84 cm (5.45 inch) HD+ Display, 13MP Rear Camera | 8MP Front Camera, 4000 Battery and much more.
The Lenovo A5, priced at Rs. 6,999 is a phone that is competing against the likes of Zenfone Lite L1, Realme C1, Xiaomi 6A and much more. While the device shines with excellent build quality, impressive battery, acceptable display, and decent software experience, it is the performance and camera that take a hit. Though the performance is satisfactory, there is a lag in the UI on occasions, and the cameras are very average. If not for the poor chipset, and better camera sensors, the Lenovo A5 is a comeback phone that Lenovo wished for. So, if you are looking for a phone under the Rs. 7,000, you can consider the A5 without a second doubt. Alternatively, you can look out for the Zenfone Lite L1 as well which has a better build.
After August 2017, Lenovo has been awfully quiet in India with no launches apart from Motorola phone which are a part of Lenovo. The company couldn’t see the success it intended with the K8 series it launched last year, and this kept the company away for a year to analyse and get back into the game like never before. While everyone thought Lenovo would launch the Z-series phones that are shaking the news in China, the company played it safe by launching budget segment phones and kept it mellow. The exact reason for this is unknown, but good for the company; it is finally back in the news again in India. One of the launches from Lenovo include the A5 which we are going to a take a closer look at. Let’s get started.
The Lenovo A5 sports a 5.45-inches (1440 x 720 pixels) HD+ IPS 2.5D curved glass display with 18:9 aspect ratio. It is powered by the MediaTek MT6739 64-bit Mobile Platform clocked at 1.3GHz Quad-Core processor with PowerVR Rogue GE8100 GPU. It packs 2GB RAM with 16GB internal storage, another variant with 3GB RAM and 32GB storage that is expandable up to 256GB with microSD. It runs on Android 8.1 (Oreo) with Lenovo’s UI on top. In terms of camera, the Lenovo A5 features a 13MP rear camera with LED Flash, f/2.2 aperture and an 8MP front-facing camera with f/2.2 aperture. There is a fingerprint sensor. Connectivity features include 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.2, GPS. A 4000mAh battery is on board.
The Lenovo A5 packs an all plastic build in-line with what you expect from a budget phone. Thanks to the 5.45-inch compact size, it fits perfectly in hands and offers terrific grip. Despite packing plastic build, it doesn’t feel or look cheap in any way. Thanks to the rounded edges, it doesn’t hurt your hands even if you use the phone for long periods. Though the design has nothing better to offer, as it is a regular candy bar design, it is what we get at this pricing. The 18:9 aspect ratio is quite modern and gives an impressive screen-to-body ratio for media consumption and gaming experience.
Moving to placements, up front, you find the 8-megapixel selfie camera, ambient and proximity sensor, main earpiece, and down below the 5.45-inches screen are the three touch type capacitive buttons that are placed within the display. You have a dedicated SIM slot and microSD card slot on the left and the power on/off switch; Volume rockers are present on the right side. Top houses the 3.5mm audio jack, while the microUSB port, and the primary microphone is situated at the bottom. Flipping the phone to the rear is where you find the 13-megapixel rear camera with LED flash, Lenovo branding, and fingerprint sensor. The Antenna bands are present right above the camera module. The back panel isn’t removable despite being plastic build, so is the battery. Overall, the build and design of the Lenovo A5 is good enough but certainly not best.
The Lenovo A5 sports a 5.45-inches HD+ (1440 × 720 pixels) 18:9 display with 2.5D curved glass. It's good to finally see most vendor embracing the narrow bezels on the sides with 18:9 aspect ratio, but there is sizeable bezel on top and bottom. It offers a good screen to body ratio which is very optimal for gaming and media consumption. Considering the pricing, the 720p is what we expect, and the company delivered it. The panel itself is sharp and does a very good in popping out the colors. It offers a decent balance that is optimal for viewing.
The viewing angles are good; we didn’t notice any distortion in colors even when viewing from extreme angles. It was able to play 1080p videos and could run moderate graphics intensive games. It also has an auto-brightness sensor which when enabled automatically adjusts the brightness depending on the ambient light. The brightness levels are impressive; we were able to access the content outdoors with maximum brightness. It doesn’t come with any protected glasses; it is for best if you apply a tempered glass. Overall, the display of the Lenovo A5 is quite good for the pricing.
The Lenovo A5 is powered by the MediaTek MT6739 64-bit Mobile Platform clocked at 1.5GHz Quad-Core processor with PowerVR Rogue GE8100 GPU and 3GB RAM. This MediaTek chipset is capable enough to pull your essential daily tasks like taking calls, sending text messages, browsing, and much more. The chipset is not capable enough to pull tasks like heavy multitasking, graphics intensive games which are beyond its capabilities. While it doesn’t heat up much, the phone certainly struggles to keep up without throwing lag. The phone certainly slows down and becomes non-responsive if you have more number of apps than it can handle.
Multitasking is decent; apps never run out of memory hence the multitasking was good enough. In the gaming department, we played games like Asphalt Nitro, PUBG, Leos Fortune, and many more. While it can run games when the graphics settings are set to medium, but throws frame drops, lag when they are set to high. There is a fingerprint sensor on the back, and it unlocks the phone very quickly as well. We never noticed the sensor slowing unlocking the phone slowly, so it is fine. Overall, the camera performance of the Lenovo A5 is average at best; a better chipset would have given more fruitful results.
The Lenovo A5 features a 13MP rear camera with LED Flash, f/2.2 aperture and an 8MP front-facing camera with f/2.2 aperture. You get a swipe-based interface where the icons for Bokeh, Photo, and video are present on the home screen. It has other options like filters, flash, settings icon, and grid size. The phone comes with some called- Smart Photo which is powered by AI. It is a smart HDR, night, and portrait feature that aims to enhance the picture quality. While the beauty mode takes time to process the image, the regular photo is processed instantly. Moving to performance, the image quality is decent, but the colors look lifeless and pale. Though they are not washed out, the colors are not very accurate, and it is not a good thing. Turning on HDR AI mode brings in lighter hence the images look a tab bit better. While the beauty mode smoothens the picture, it makes the output social shareable. The results of the photos shot during the night time are just sub-par and are not at all usable. The colors look washed out, and the images are full of noise. The rear camera can record 1080p videos, and the quality is average.
The front is a 5MP sensor, and it does a reasonably acceptable job with the selfies. Though the output isn’t something the company can brag about, it is still acceptable. Overall, the camera of the Lenovo A5 is average and considering the price; we can’t expect more.
The company didn’t include earphones within the box and considering the pricing of the phone, we are fine with it. However, it is an extra expense for you and has to shell out bucks for a pair of earphones. There were no distortions or squeaking sounds even when playing music with maximum volume. The audio quality when tested with the pair of earphones we have with us was decent. The speaker grill might come in your way when holding the phone in the landscape mode and blocks the sound output. The default music player was able to play a wide range of music formats without any problem.
In terms of video department, Lenovo A5 was able to play 1080p videos, and the playback was smooth without any issues. It can play a wide range of video formats. There were no heating or freezing issues at any point in time. Since the 18:9 aspect ratio brings more screen real estate, watching videos and movies was a pleasant experience. Overall, the audio and video department is good, but the added expense on headphones is a drawback.
The Lenovo A5 packs a 4000mAh battery with no support for fast charging. Now, this is a massive battery for the pricing, and it is only a good thing for the budget segment users. Our working day usually includes tasks like taking calls, sending text messages, GPS navigations, social media browsing, stream movies/videos, and much more. With this kind of usage, the battery was able to last an entire day with around 20-25% juice still left to push into day two. This is an impressive feat for a budget phone.
Though the phone runs on custom skin, the battery optimizations are decent, and we didn’t notice any drastic drops when the phone is kept idle or during heavy usage. Since there is no overheating issue, it is a good thing. Moving along, with heavy to continuous usage that includes gaming, continuous social media browsing, the phone was able to last until the night just in time you end the day. You can charge the phone again to push into day two. It went straight up 8-9 hours on continuous video loop test and managed to give 5-6 hours of screen on time consistently. It comes with a battery saver option which when turned on saves some juice when in an emergency. It is a good inclusion. The lack of fast charging is a clear let-down, and we wouldn’t expect this in this price segment either, so it is fine. With the bundled charger, the Lenovo A5 took close to 3 hours 30 minutes to charge fully from 0 to 100%. Overall, the battery of the Lenovo A5 is quite impressive.
The Lenovo A5 runs on Android 8.1 Oreo with Lenovo UI on top. There is no app drawer, and the apps and icons are present right on the home screen. If you wish to have an app drawer, you can do so by downloading a launcher from the PlayStore. All the icons are also custom tweaked so you can like or hate them depending on your taste. It comes with Google set of apps, and there are few bloatware apps including UC Browser, Truecaller, Freezer app which is an app cleaner, app daily, SyncIt, Beauty Fit and much more.
These apps cannot be uninstalled unless rooted which in turn voids your warranty. There is Themes app where you can change the theme, wallpaper, and much more. This app comes in handy if you wish to give your interface an overhaul. The notification toggle area is also custom tweaked and is graded in black and highlights in green color to indicate when it is turned on. Since it is a budget phone, we’re not really sure if the company would push out a software update in the future, so it is a gamble.
The phone comes with 2GB RAM/16GB storage and another variant with 3GB RAM and 32GB storage. If you are opting this phone, then make sure to go with the high-end variant. Out of the 3GB RAM, there is around 1.1GB free when just the default apps and services are running in the background. It was able to handle multitasking with ease and very minimal lag. Overall, the software experience on the Lenovo A5 is decent.
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