Lenovo S580 Hands-on and Photo Gallery

by Chetan Bhawani 5

Lenovo S580 Front

Lenovo has launched a smartphone in the price range below Rs. 10,000 and although the box package of the Lenovo S580 says Rs. 11,999, the pricing it is available with makes it reasonable. There are already a few good smartphones in the price range, so it will make the competition even tougher. But after the aggression shown by Lenovo in pricing their smartphones in the recent times, the price set for S580 isn’t a surprise.

First off, the box package is filled with all the accessories, including a case and a screenguard. The earphones though as pretty cheap and basic.

The build quality is not bad, although Lenovo has used the basic plastic with matte finish on the back. Although a matte one, it doesn’t ignore fingerprints as the marks are evident. The phone is compact for a 5-inch screen and looks similar in size, to the Galaxy S4 from Samsung. And the weight isn’t much as well, as the device is mostly plastic.

On the right side, there are the physical buttons for power and volume controls, and in the top, the MicroUSB port and headset jack are located. On the back, the device has a 8-megapixel camera with the LED flash, raised from the back and just beside to the module is the speaker grill. Lenovo has saved quite some space around the display although the bezels are not really thin. There is a set of sensors, an earpiece and a front-facing camera above the display, and the navigation buttons with silver shine below it.

The removable back cover exposes the battery, two Micro SIM card slots and a MicroSD card slot. The build quality is not bad at all, and although the back cover seems to hold marks of finger and such, it is better than a glossy back which would have looked worse.

Lenovo S580 OS

The UI isn’t really interesting and is similar to the other Lenovo smartphones, but some intuitive features are missing, mainly because this comes with Android 4.3 (and KitKat update is confirmed from Lenovo). About 5GB of storage is available for the user, out of the 8GB internal space, and the MicroSD card slot is there for the storage expansion. No app drawer could still be a problem for many who have used stock Android, but a simple change in launcher solves the problem.

Google’s apps are pre-installed and there is a big list of apps pre-loaded, including Security, SYNCit, SHAREit, Navigate, Truecaller, Evernote, Facebook, Twitter and Skype. Interestingly there are three browsers already – UC Browser, Chrome and Lenovo’s browser.

Lenovo S580 Camera

I did like the rear camera, although this is not the best of the smartphone cameras with 8MP lens. The disappointment lies with the speed of capture, as it drags a bit to capture and save the picture. But the quality is not bad at all, and nothing really to laud about the front facing camera of the S580.

So, for a quick initial review and thoughts – the Lenovo S580 is a decent looking smartphone with a decent UI and a good camera, but the front camera is not great, and we’ll have to play around with it for a few days before concluding about the performance of the device powered by Snapdragon 200 chipset and 1GB RAM.

Chetan Bhawani

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  • Shashank Chourey

    I wouldn’t be surprised if the price boils down to 9k. Which would then be a wise choice to purchase s580. s580’s powerful processor and dual sim capability would definitely attract Indian consumers. Would be waiting for an in depth review by PhoneRadar. And hey what’s with the kickstand, does it comes with the box?

  • Yes for the price and specs offered, it’s midrange. It has great dorvs but the design is slightly poor. Some serious designs were on the Vibe X2; it’s still a phone of superior performance and design. Overall compared to lenovo frontrunners, this phone seems to dial down the material quality in almost all aspects but naturally the price drops accordingly, which still leaves it as a good consideration. The ui team also needs to choose only one browser as three heavily bloats the phone. Great Hands-on as usual and the quality pics were highly enjoyable!

  • Guest

    it is a nice midrange phone that has style and a an okay choice if you but this phone. The score for this phone is well deserved because the phone isnt too good and not too bad. In terms of design the phone has a great design when you look at it from the back and the camera and the flash are placed in a pretty good place. I love how theres a glass sheild for both the LED and the camera and it adds a nice premuim look to the phone. But the plastic soft touch matte back inst too good and looks very cheap. I give hats off to the galaxy note 3 which has a similar design but used fake leather. well atleast it looks better than this!!! The specs are not the best but are on par with the price and overall this phone looks like a type of phone that would sell because of its looks. Th UI is not to bad but it still looks like a UI that would be used in 2010… Great article and keep up the good work!!

  • Android

    it is a nice midrange phone that has style and a an okay choice if you but this phone. The score for this phone is well deserved because the phone isnt too good and not too bad. In terms of design the phone has a great design when you look at it from the back and the camera and the flash are placed in a pretty good place. I love how theres a glass sheild for both the LED and the camera and it adds a nice premuim look to the phone. But the plastic soft touch matte back inst too good and looks very cheap. I give hats off to the galaxy note 3 which has a similar design but used fake leather. well atleast it looks better than this!!! The specs are not the best but are on par with the price and overall this phone looks like a type of phone that would sell because of its looks. Th UI is not to bad but it still looks like a UI that would be used in 2010… Great article and keep up the good work!!

  • Shanky Yadav

    well this is another good product from from lenovo and the fact I am seeing that lenovo wants to cut off their moto series … When I come to this phone and read review .. Want to know really that glossy back is so worce than I think… I thought glossy back will be the best . and also mentioned above that it comes with preinstalled apps like fb twitter and there are three browsers preloaded which are uc browser chrome and lenovos own browser which might give the taste of multitasking ..also it has 1gb ram which I think is just not enough to play hardcore gaming and multitasking so this on my eye has the value only if its available under 8 or 9k.