- Analysis by KJ David
The Lenovo A5, in essence, is a high-stamina smartphone that throws entry-level and mid-range pros and cons together. Its biggest drawback comes in the form of a quad-core-only 1.5GHz MediaTek MT6739 processor , since, as of this on-paper review, octa-core engines were no longer uncommon among budget-class smartphones -- get to know some of the best octa-core phones here. Moreover, its four-core engine is a clear mismatch for its hearty-enough (for an Android in this category) 3GB RAM .
Its plastic body , which is at least coated in metallic paint, is an obvious con as well, particularly because it makes the A5 sound cheap compared to many similarly-specked rivals outfitted with aluminum housings. Moreover, its 5.5-inch (Its actual diagonal is 5.45 inches) IPS display, with its 1440 x 720 HD+ resolution , does not impress us, despite having a wide 18:9 aspect ratio , which was one of the trendiest pros among upscale wide-screen smartphones as we were writing this Phonerated analysis.
In spite of its lackluster specs, the Lenovo A5 looks to attract its budget-cautious target buyers by being one of the highest-stamina smartphones within its price group (It was initially pegged at roughly $91), consequently calling up our list of the best big-battery phones to date. It lugs a large 4000mAh cell that promises up to 7.5 hours (450 minutes) of continuous FHD-1080p video playback and claims to last for up to 10 days on standby.
The A5 is equipped with a pair of cameras that we find reasonable, at least by 2018 mid-range standards, namely, a 13-megapixel 1080p-video-capable main camera with HDR and a rather self-effacing 8-megapixel fixed-focus secondary camera up front , the latter aided by what Lenovo calls Soft Light, which is obviously tailored to selfie portraits.
This 2018 Lenovo model is loaded with either 32GB or 16GB of internal memory and it supports up to 256GB's worth of top-up space . Its device security measures are led by a circular fingerprint scanner located at the back and a facial recognition system carried by its front-facing camera. It comes with two nano SIM card trays and it operates on the ZUI 3.9 Lite operating system, Lenovo's self-branded Android 8.1 Oreo overlay.
In the end, the Lenovo A5, with its kind of pros and cons, potentially appeals to those eyeing a high-endurance middle-class smartphone.
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