Lenovo S860 Review – Has Anyone Noticed It?

Lenovo recently announced S860, a latest android smartphone running on the fairly old iteration of the android. However, we have it here in our lab and we are writing off this first Lenovo S860 review to let you know how this device performed in our tests. First of all, let’s talk about the specifications part and price. The device is currently retailing for Rs 19999 and it is being stocked with a 1.3 GHz MTK quad-core processor and Mali 400 MP2 GPU. As mentioned earlier, the device runs on the Android 4.2 jelly bean which is fairly old considering that the Android 4.4.2 Kitkat is already out.

Lenovo S860 Review

Lenovo S860 Review

Let us begin with the actual review and see what is inside the box.

Inside the box

Quite tough box here! Inside the box of Lenovo S860, we have a standard USB cable, wall charger, user manuals, warranty card, 3.5 mm audio jack and beautiful piece of engineering i.e., Lenovo S860. Oh wait! There is this giant 4000 mAh battery that comes up with this smartphone. Well, looking at the power, I can safely say that this device will definitely give you full one day battery. In fact, don’t be surprised if it lasts for couple of days.

Enough being said what’s inside the box. Lets move on to the body, display and hardware things and see how it performs with the other competitors from the same price range.

Body

The Lenovo S860 has titanium colored body which is very nicely built. The color combination of black in the front and titanium in the back and along the edges keeps it beautiful. The device is built with brushed aluminium on the back. On the front side, it has nice little 1.3 megapixel camera along with the speakers for incoming calls. The screen measures at 5.3 inches and interestingly it is not full HD. There are three capacitive buttons at the bottom.

Lenovo S860 - Left Edge

On the top of the device, there is a 3.5 mm audio jack and secondary mic for noise cancellation. On the bottom, there are two speakers which are supposedly aimed at providing better sound clarity. The volume rocker buttons and the power button reside on the left edge whereas the mini SIM card tray is available on the right edge. On the back, there is this nice 8 megapixel shooter along with the bright LED flash.

Hardware and Display

The device runs smoothly on the quad-core MediaTek processor which is clocked at 1.3 GHz. It is accompanied by Mali MP2 400 GPU for better hardware acceleration during game-plays and 2 GB of RAM which would be helpful in multi-tasking. The dual speakers at the bottom edge performs quite well, however don’t expect the same quality as the HTC One BoomsoundTM.

I’m really disappointed at the Lenovo S860 display. If I’m shelling out Rs 20000 on a smartphone, I would expect it to be a full HD. Yet, somehow, this device produces exceptional quality which is directly because of the IPS panel. The colors are not as vibrant as I want them to be but I was quite satisfied with the display quality.

Software

The most disappointing factor about the Lenovo S860 is the software. It runs on the Android 4.2 Jelly bean which is one the verge of getting replaced by the latest Android 4.4.2 Kitkat. The user interface on the Android 4.2 Jelly bean is customized by Lenovo for their commercial use. The launcher is quite decent and doesn’t eat up a lot of RAM unlike those of Samsung’s touch-wiz. Not to mention, you can replace this launcher with any other available from the play store.

Lenovo S860 - Software

The experience is lag free and I enjoyed playing around with the Lenovo user interface which is not hard to understand. The most noticeable difference is in the notification panel. The buttons here are customized and carry quick toggles for various basic functionality.

Camera

Impressive. That’s the one word that I had when I checked out the camera. Especially during the low lights, the camera took some of the beautiful images. During the bright light, the quality was exceptionally better than the competitors. The video shooting however is basic quality. Overall, quite an impressive experience with the camera.

[Camera samples are coming soon]

Battery

This is something that we kept talking about during our entire review process. The 4000 mAh battery is simply wonderful. It gives about 24 hours of battery backup on 3G which is very high in comparison to the likes of Nexus 5. My current device i.e., nexus 5 lasts for 5-6 hours on 3G. On 2G, the device is expected to give 36-48 hours of battery backup depending on the use of the apps.

Everything else

Well, there are these usual connectivity ports and options that I don’t want to go in detail. It has a Bluetooth 3.0 connectivity and WiFi 802.11 b/g/n with WiFi tethering. Not to mention, it also has A GPS to help you out with the accurate location mapping.

One point that is worth mentioning is the availability of dual SIM. Yes, it has a dual SIM capability and it can come handy for those who need it.

What are the downsides of Lenovo S860?

Interestingly, the Lenovo S860 doesn’t come up with the micro SD card slot. It has 16 Gb of internal storage which is what you’ll have to live up with unless you try to get the OTG cable and Pen drive to extend the memory. I’m not sure if this device is OTG compatible but I don’t see any reasons for it to be not. The other downsides include the quite older version of Android i.e., 4.2 jelly bean and unavailability of full HD display.

What’s my final verdict?

Did you check the downsides? If not, first check them. Are you comfortable with them? If your quick answer is yes, you know what your heart wants. As far as I’m concerned, I don’t think these downsides makes in large impact. The device is wonderfully built and I would go for it.

This marks the end of Lenovo S860 review. If you’ve any questions regarding the phone, please let me know in the comments below.

  • Anant Bhatia

    My father has a Moto G 16GB and wishes to switch to this one just because of the battery life (I use a P780 8Gb). Is it really worth the switch?

    • Moto G has the best battery backup. All other phones from this price range don’t even last for a single day with moderate to high usage.
      Stick to the Moto G.

  • elias ho

    I got this phone, just a little remarks regarding the down side, it does support OTG AND it comes with a micro USB to USB adaptor. (this is Hong Kong version I am talking about). Another thing, Android 4.4.2 is already ava. for update, so that jellybean won’t got in the way. I am quite happy with the phone so far, smooth, big screen, EXTREMELY long battery life, yet at a good price. Honestly I bought it only for cycling/driving gps…….couldn’t even benefit from the dual sim support. I recommend it to you all.

  • Alexia

    [Camera samples are coming soon] …i’m still waiting for some phone especially in low light condition would be great. thx

  • Raju

    It’s micro USB port does not support direct OTG micro USB flash drives. It has to connected by an OTG cable only.

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