Lenovo has been quite aggressive with the pricing of its devices, and that is obvious with the recent flurry of smartphones in all the price ranges. During the CES 2015, the company had announced the new Lenovo A6000 smartphone, which is now launched in India with a price that takes a dig at the two good contenders in the budget range – Xiaomi Redmi Note 4G, and Yu Yureka.
Priced at Rs. 6999, the device comes packed with some good specifications, including a 5-inch HD display, Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 processor with a gig of RAM, Android 4.4.4 KitKat and a 8-megapixel rear camera, along with a 2300 mAh battery. Interestingly, the competitor devices have better capacity of their batteries, while the screen is larger as well.
While reviewing the Yu Yureka, I had clear views on how I hated the build for the cheap feeling back cover. The material is the same on A6000, but there is a big difference on the smoothness – the back panel of the Lenovo A6000 is smoother and feels much better. But there lies a disadvantage as well, as the smooth back is slippery.
Having a look at both the devices at the same time, you’d feel they are quite the same. The back joins the screen part on the side, where it feels slightly raised. But there is a dual Dolby speaker grill located on the back of the device, which seems to win it here for the A6000 in terms of external hardware.
The removable back exposes the replaceable battery, MicroSD card slot and two SIM card slots (both MicroSIM), one with 4G LTE and other with 2G data network.
The Android 4.4.4 KitKat in the A6000 has Vibe UI layered all over it, and it resembles the interface that we had seen on the recent other Lenovo smartphones, though the Vibe X2 had some extras even on the lock screen. The lack of a dedicated app drawer might always be a worry for many, but we tried Google Now launcher already and it worked perfectly.
On the initial use, the actual Vibe UI felt really responsive, and for a quick comparison with the two other contenders – the Redmi Note 4G felt the least responsive of all, then comes the Lenovo A6000 and the quickest and fastest of all was the Yu Yureka. Though, we are judging too early and might be able to conclude after some regular usage.
The USB OTG compatibility doesn’t seem to be there, while a 32GB MicroSD card was quickly detected. On the camera front, the app was super quick in focusing and even with capture speed. The end results weren’t bad, though we’ll be doing a camera review as the captures look decent enough to compare with some similar devices in its price range.
About half of the internal storage is used up by the OS, pre-installed apps. A lot of bloatware included by Lenovo, and only a few of those apps might be used regularly. There is a Clean up app, that does the job of closing down active apps and clearing RAM, comes handy as the A6000 has 1GB RAM, of which about 500MB is available for the user.
So far, everything looks good because of the price tag of Rs. 6999, where, getting such specs is already a rare thing. Lenovo has done quite well with the build, the UI and the camera as well. The big point here that we didn’t talk about, is the 4G LTE connectivity.