Overall Rating: 8.2/10
- Metal Premium Body
- Large battery
- Fast charging support
- Budget friendly
- Fast fingerprint scanner
- Feels slightly heavy
- Camera quality isn’t good
- Battery saver switch is annoying
Mobile companies today are working head to head against each other to provide the consumers with the leading essentials packed in Smartphones. Display, Camera, Software, battery they want to manifest everything to be the best among the best. Lenovo Stepped in with its latest entry “Lenovo P2” in its P series containing not only a huge battery but also ticking off all other aspects. Lenovo P2 was officially launched in January 2017 and its another addition to the budget Smartphones out there.
Design and Display:
Lenovo P2 is considerably slim only 8.3 mm and is slightly heavy weighing 177 g. We dont normally find premium Smartphones featuring a metal uni-body in this price range so Lenovo has made its first mark. It feels comfortable to hold with smooth sides and rounded corners show casing a 5.5 inch display, there shouldn’t be too much of an issue handling the device. On the front side you can spot the front cam and a notification LED on the top edge, on the bottom sits a physical home button doubled as a fingerprint scanner.
The placement of buttons is almost in the usual manner, on the right edge you can find the volume rocker and the power button. The head phone jack lies on the top edge but the microUSB charging port is found on the bottom edge. The left edge houses a ‘battery-saver’ switch which ‘can not’ be customized, what it does is turn off connectivity such as Bluetooth and other devices. No doubt its handy for saving battery juice but it gets annoying when it constantly gets hit by accident. A dual SIM slot doubled as a microSD card slot is also engraved on the left edge.
Lenovo P2 features an AMOLED full-HD 5.5 inch display with a pixels resolution of 1080 x 1920 p, its also covered by a protective layer of Gorilla Glass 3. For the money you wont find a better display than this in the market. Colors are vibrant and punchy with very deep blacks and the viewing angles are pleasing. Its large display is great for watching videos and gaming.
Lenovo P2 contains the mid-range Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 chipset clocked at 2 GHz. This is the same chip used in Huawei Nova and Moto Z Play. Along with 3 GB of RAM and 32 GB on internal storage, there’s also the 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB storage invariant which proved to be more powerful. Apps, pictures and videos are loaded exceptionally fast, Browsing isn’t an issue either. However apps slightly hang while multitasking and graphic intensive gaming isn’t the greatest of experience via Adreno 506 (such as Asphalt 8). If you have used this Smartphone or tend to, note to check out the great performance of the Wi-Fi Bluetooth and 4G Radio.
P2 comes powered by the Android 6.0.1 version (Marshmallow). I personally hope they had switched to the latest version Android 7.0 ‘Nougat’, its likely Lenovo might consider it in the future.
Coming to Lenovo P2’s main feature its above average 5,100 mAh battery capacity which Lenovo claims could last for 3 days. It is possible to last the battery for 3 days but that with below average usage, with medium to heavy usage recharge is required within 2 days. There’s also the fast charging mode which pumps up the battery more quickly. P2’s battery can also be used as a power bank for powering other devices provided its USB-MicroUSB adapter.
There is a 13 Megapixels rear camera acompanied with a dual LED flash, the lens has an aperture of f/2.0, the specs sound durable but P2’s camera is one of its weakest features. The images produced lack clarity and the colors are muted and dull. Photos taken during night time or in meager light are a definite issue. Its 5 Megapixels front camera is just fine for the price but its nothing to be exited about. If Lenovo had boosted its camera quality it would definitely be one of the best Smartphones in the market.
No doubt Lenovo P2 is a perfect Smartphone for its price considering its build quality and overall performance, however it would have been THE BEST budget Smartphone with improvement in its camera quality. Asides that there is no other reason not to purchase P2, especially if you have always wanted an affordable but premium Smartphone.
Display size: 5.5 inch
Resolution: 1080 x 1920 p
Operating System: Android 6.0
Processor: 2 GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 625
RAM: 3 GB
Internal Storage: 32 GB
Expandable Storage: 128 GB
Battery: 5,100 mAh
Rear camera: 13 MP
Front camera: 5 MP