lenovo-smartphone-a5000-mainWe published a detailed review of Lenovo A6000 several days ago. Now we have its newer sibling, so it’s time to do some tests and show you the capabilities of this new model. At first glance, both phones are quite similar but there are some significant differences. It’s a little strange that Lenovo have given their newer phone a lower number, but this is probably not something anyone’s really concerned about.

The first and probably the biggest difference is battery capacity – 4000mAh for A5000 and just 2300mAh for A6000. That’s huge battery, so don’t be surprised when you see the thicker and heavier body when compared to A6000. You can read more about this below. The processor is also different – A5000 runs on a MediaTek, while A6000 uses a Qualcomm chip.

Several days ago, we showed you where and at what price you can find A5000 in different European countries. In any case, it is yet another mid-range model. It’s a quick review, so don’t expect detailed tests of the screen and camera. They’re the same as in the A6000. We did a comparison between the photos taken with A5000 and A6000 and you can see them below. So, we will try to show you almost everything interesting about this phone.

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Design and construction

As we said above, the huge battery comes with a big size. Still, the dimensions are relatively normal. The thickness  is 10 mm, while the weight is 160 g. Just for comparison’s sake, the A6000 body is 8 mm thick and weighs 128 g, but Motorola Moto G (2014), which is one of the most popular phones of this class, is 11.7 mm and weighs 148 g.

One of the most noticeable differences between A5000 and A6000, when you put them next to each other, is the thin silver strip of the A5000. On the other hand, thanks to this strip, the difference in thickness between the two models doesn’t seem very big. When it comes to periphery, on the right are placed the volume and Power buttons. The left side is clean and on the bottom, there’s a built-in microphone. On the top you have a 3.5 headset jack and a microUSB port for charging, accompanied by a second microphone.

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The back panel has the same pleasant to the touch surface as the А6000 and the sides are rounded. All components here are placed in the middle. As you might expect, the main camera is placed on the top, with an LED flash and a Lenovo inscription underneath. Nothing unusual on the front as well. On the bottom, you can spot three sensor buttons which, once again, aren’t part of the screen. On the top, there’s another Lenovo inscription, front camera, earpiece, proximity sensor and an ambient light sensor.

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Let’s get back to the sides. On the bottom-right, there is a small hole, allowing you to remove the back panel without any problems. In addition to the huge battery, that reveals two SIM slots (mini and micro) and one microSD slot. We have to mention that this time around the battery can’t be removed. And one more thing. Be sure to always turn off the phone first before you insert or remove a SIM card.

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Display

As we said above, it’s a quick review, so don’t’ expect detailed display tests, but we want to share our first impressions  with you. A5000 is a 5-inch phone with HD resolution (1280 x 720). In other words, the pixel density is around 294ppi, which is relatively good for a mid-range device. As far as statistics goes, Lenovo A6000 has a screen with the same size and resolution. One of the most important things here is the IPS matrix, which allows for great colors and wide viewing angle.
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Battery life

The battery of А5000 is definitely the most impressive component in the phone. It has a capacity of 4000 mAh, which sounds very promising. Keep in mind that the device comes with not-so-powerful processor and 5-inch HD display, so this wouldn’t be a problem for battery life, and we expect great results. We have five different tests – talk time, Wi-Fi surfing, 3G surfing, watching videos and 3D gaming. In order to compare the phone with the other model, we have to tweak the usual settings before the tests – 120cd/m2 screen brightness, turned on Wi-Fi, turned off GPS, Bluetooth and 3G (except our 3G browsing test).

In this test the screen doesn’t affect the battery life, since the proximity sensor turns it off during phone calls.

Smartphones Results (min.) Result
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Price
Lenovo A5000 4000 mAh, 5-inch, IPS, MediaTek MT6582 1529 0 % Check price
Lenovo A6000 2300 mAh, 5-inch, IPS, Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 (MSM8916) 1049 – 31.39 % Check price
Motorola Moto G (G2, 2014) 2070 mAh, 5-inch, IPS, Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 (MSM8226) 707 – 53.76 % Check price
LG Spirit (H440N) 2100 mAh, 4.7-inch, IPS, Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 (MSM8916) 1166 – 23.74 % Check price
Prestigio Multiphone 5507 DUO 2000 mAh, 5-inch, IPS, Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 (MSM8212) 700 – 54.22 % Check price

We run our Web surfing test with a custom-made script, which browses through 70 popular web pages.

Smartphones Results (min.) Result
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Price
Lenovo A5000 4000 mAh, 5-inch, IPS, MediaTek MT6582 1068 0 % Check price
Lenovo A6000 2300 mAh, 5-inch, IPS, Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 (MSM8916) 676 – 36.7 % Check price
Motorola Moto G (G2, 2014) 2070 mAh, 5-inch, IPS, Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 (MSM8226) 479 – 55.15 % Check price
LG Spirit (H440N) 2100 mAh, 4.7-inch, IPS, Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 (MSM8916) 598 – 44.01 % Check price
Prestigio Multiphone 5507 DUO 2000 mAh, 5-inch, IPS, Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 (MSM8212) 400 – 62.55 % Check price

This test uses the same custom-made script, but we use 3G connection instead of Wi-Fi.

Smartphones Results (min.) Result
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Price
Lenovo A5000 4000 mAh, 5-inch, IPS, MediaTek MT6582 871 0 % Check price
Lenovo A6000 2300 mAh, 5-inch, IPS, Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 (MSM8916) 434 – 50.17 % Check price
Motorola Moto G (G2, 2014) 2070 mAh, 5-inch, IPS, Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 (MSM8226) 332 – 61.88 % Check price
LG Spirit (H440N) 2100 mAh, 4.7-inch, IPS, Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 (MSM8916) 381 – 56.26 % Check price
Prestigio Multiphone 5507 DUO 2000 mAh, 5-inch, IPS, Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 (MSM8212) 0 % Check price

For this test we use a looping 720p movie.

Smartphones Results (min.) Result
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Price
Lenovo A5000 4000 mAh, 5-inch, IPS, MediaTek MT6582 1089 0 % Check price
Lenovo A6000 2300 mAh, 5-inch, IPS, Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 (MSM8916) 665 – 38.93 % Check price
Motorola Moto G (G2, 2014) 2070 mAh, 5-inch, IPS, Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 (MSM8226) 417 – 61.71 % Check price
LG Spirit (H440N) 2100 mAh, 4.7-inch, IPS, Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 (MSM8916) 682 – 37.37 % Check price
Prestigio Multiphone 5507 DUO 2000 mAh, 5-inch, IPS, Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 (MSM8212) 355 – 67.4 % Check price

In order to simulate 3D gaming, we use Epic Citadel cycles at High Quality setting.

Smartphones Results (min.) Result
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Price
Lenovo A5000 4000 mAh, 5-inch, IPS, MediaTek MT6582 592 0 % Check price
Lenovo A6000 2300 mAh, 5-inch, IPS, Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 (MSM8916) 314 – 46.96 % Check price
Motorola Moto G (G2, 2014) 2070 mAh, 5-inch, IPS, Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 (MSM8226) 235 – 60.3 % Check price
LG Spirit (H440N) 2100 mAh, 4.7-inch, IPS, Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 (MSM8916) 248 – 58.11 % Check price
Prestigio Multiphone 5507 DUO 2000 mAh, 5-inch, IPS, Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 (MSM8212) 297 – 49.83 % Check price

Specs sheet

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OS Android 4.4 (KitKat)
CPU MediaTek MT6582 (4-core, 1.20GHz, Cortex-A53)
RAM 1GB RAM
Storage 8GB
GPU Mali-400MP2
Display 5-inch IPS LCD capacitive multi-touch display with resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels
Connectivity Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi: 802.11b|g|n, GPS
Cameras 8MP with autofocus and LED flash as main and 2MP as secondary
Features
  • 1 x micro SIM
  • microSD up to 32GB
  • microUSB 2.0
  • integrated loudspeaker
  • 3.5 mm audio jackк
  • FM radio
  • Accelerometer
  • Proximity sensor
  • Compass
Battery 4000 mAh
Dimensions (W/H/D) 71.4 x 140 x 10 mm
Weight 160 g

Software

A5000 runs the Android 4.4 KitKat operating system and the phone also comes with the Lenovo user interface, which we’ve already seen in previous reviews of Lenovo smartphones. It offers some specific features, for example, all available apps are placed on the Home screen, because there isn’t an internal menu. Also, the apps look different from those found in other Android phones. You have the option to change the phone’s theme, which gives you absolutely different look. In the image below you can see how the drop-down and the additional menu look, accessed bu sliding your finger from the bottom up.

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Pre-installed apps

The big collection of pre-installed apps is something important for many users and Lenovo knows that. In A5000 we found more apps than in A6000, which is a pleasant surprise. On the first page, in addition to the Google apps folder, there are the three main Lenovo applications – SYNCit for synchronization with cloud services or SD memory cards, SHAREit for sharing information between different devices, and Security for software protection.

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Also there are the apps that come with A6000 – txtr ebooks for reading books, UC Browser, Evernote, file manager and a 30 day trial of ROUTE 66 navigation. But this time we have a business folder which includes WPS Office for reading and creating Word, Excel and PowerPoint documents, CamCard for capturing of all your business cards and CamScanner, which is an intelligent document management solution for individuals, small businesses, organizations, governments and schools. Last but not least, there is a Power manager menu.

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Settings

The settings menu also comes with some fresh changes to the classic Android 4.4 KitKat menu. There are colored icons on the white background. Here are all of the available features and options:

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Performance

A6000 works with a Qualcomm chip (Snapdragon 410), but Lenovo chose MediaTek for their A5000. The phone is equipped with a MT6582 chip, which can be found in many other mid-range models. It offers four Cortex A7 cores, working at 1.3 GHz. As usual, the processor is accompanied by 1 GB of RAM and a Mali 400 GPU. We can say that the phone works smoothly, and as we’ve already seen, the mobile chip doesn’t consume much energy because the battery life results were outstanding. Of course, we will also check its performance through some benchmark tests and compare the results with several models in the same class.
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CPU Performance

Geekbench 3.0 is Primate Labs cross-platform processor benchmark which simulates real-world scenarios and gives a combined score, based on the results of integer, floating point and memory performance.

Smartphones Results Result
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Lenovo A5000 MediaTek MT6582 (4-core, Cortex-A7, 1.3 GHz), 1GB RAM 1193 0 % Check price
Lenovo A6000 Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 (MSM8916) (4-core, Cortex-A53, 1.4 GHz), 1GB RAM 1496 25.4 % Check price
Motorola Moto G (G2, 2014) Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 (MSM8226) (4-core, Cortex-A7, 1.2 GHz), 1GB RAM 1158 – 2.93 % Check price
LG Spirit (H440N) Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 (MSM8916) (4-core, Cortex-A53, 1.4 GHz), 1GB RAM 1463 22.63 % Check price
Prestigio Multiphone 5507 DUO Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 (MSM8212) (4-core, 1.2 GHz), 1GB RAM 1113 – 6.71 % Check price

Metal 3 is the latest version of Vellamo’s CPU benchmark.

Smartphones Results Result
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Price
Lenovo A5000 MediaTek MT6582 (4-core, Cortex-A7, 1.3 GHz), 1GB RAM 728 0 % Check price
Lenovo A6000 Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 (MSM8916) (4-core, Cortex-A53, 1.4 GHz), 1GB RAM 829 13.87 % Check price
Motorola Moto G (G2, 2014) Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 (MSM8226) (4-core, Cortex-A7, 1.2 GHz), 1GB RAM 627 – 13.87 % Check price
LG Spirit (H440N) Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 (MSM8916) (4-core, Cortex-A53, 1.4 GHz), 1GB RAM 778 6.87 % Check price
Prestigio Multiphone 5507 DUO Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 (MSM8212) (4-core, 1.2 GHz), 1GB RAM 651 – 10.58 % Check price

Vellamo 2 Metal measures the CPU subsystem performance of mobile processors.

Smartphones Results Result
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Price
Lenovo A5000 MediaTek MT6582 (4-core, Cortex-A7, 1.3 GHz), 1GB RAM 552 0 % Check price
Lenovo A6000 Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 (MSM8916) (4-core, Cortex-A53, 1.4 GHz), 1GB RAM 656 18.84 % Check price
Motorola Moto G (G2, 2014) Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 (MSM8226) (4-core, Cortex-A7, 1.2 GHz), 1GB RAM 514 – 6.88 % Check price
LG Spirit (H440N) Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 (MSM8916) (4-core, Cortex-A53, 1.4 GHz), 1GB RAM 623 12.86 % Check price
Prestigio Multiphone 5507 DUO Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 (MSM8212) (4-core, 1.2 GHz), 1GB RAM 451 – 18.3 % Check price

GPU Performance

The T-Rex 2.7 test is based on ES 2.0/GL 3.0 and includes highly detailed textures, materials, complex geometry, particles with animated textures and a post-process motion blur effect. The graphics pipeline also features planar reflections, specular highlights and soft-shadows.

Smartphones Results Result
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Price
Lenovo A5000 MediaTek MT6582; GPU: ARM Mali-400 MP2, 500 GHz ; 1GB RAM 4.2 0 % Check price
Lenovo A6000 Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 (MSM8916); GPU: Adreno 306, 0.7 GHz ; 1GB RAM 5.3 26.19 % Check price
Motorola Moto G (G2, 2014) Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 (MSM8226); GPU: Adreno 305, 0.45 GHz ; 1GB RAM 5.8 38.1 % Check price
LG Spirit (H440N) Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 (MSM8916); GPU: Adreno 306, 0.7 GHz ; 1GB RAM 5.3 26.19 % Check price
Prestigio Multiphone 5507 DUO Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 (MSM8212); GPU: Adreno 302 , 0.4 GHz ; 1GB RAM 4.3 2.38 % Check price

The Manhattan 3.0 test is based on ES 3.0 / GL 4.1 and uses deferred rendering and multi-render target (MRT) for the geometry pass, diffuse and specular lightning. It also features complex effects such as depth shadow map, cloaking effect, post-process effects (bloom, depth of field), occlusion query and animated volumetric light shafts.

Smartphones Results Result
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Price
Lenovo A5000 MediaTek MT6582; GPU: ARM Mali-400 MP2, 500 GHz ; 1GB RAM 0 % Check price
Lenovo A6000 Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 (MSM8916); GPU: Adreno 306, 0.7 GHz ; 1GB RAM 1.8 0 % Check price
Motorola Moto G (G2, 2014) Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 (MSM8226); GPU: Adreno 305, 0.45 GHz ; 1GB RAM 0 % Check price
LG Spirit (H440N) Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 (MSM8916); GPU: Adreno 306, 0.7 GHz ; 1GB RAM 1.7 0 % Check price
Prestigio Multiphone 5507 DUO Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 (MSM8212); GPU: Adreno 302 , 0.4 GHz ; 1GB RAM 1.3 0 % Check price

In this test, 3DMark’s Unlimited engine uses a fixed frame interval and renders exactly the same frames in every run on every device. The frames are rendered in 720p “offscreen” while the display is updated with small frame thumbnails every 100 frames to indicate progress.

Smartphones Results Result
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Lenovo A5000 MediaTek MT6582; GPU: ARM Mali-400 MP2, 500 GHz ; 1GB RAM 2882 0 % Check price
Lenovo A6000 Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 (MSM8916); GPU: Adreno 306, 0.7 GHz ; 1GB RAM 4398 52.6 % Check price
Motorola Moto G (G2, 2014) Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 (MSM8226); GPU: Adreno 305, 0.45 GHz ; 1GB RAM 4659 61.66 % Check price
LG Spirit (H440N) Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 (MSM8916); GPU: Adreno 306, 0.7 GHz ; 1GB RAM 4378 51.91 % Check price
Prestigio Multiphone 5507 DUO Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 (MSM8212); GPU: Adreno 302 , 0.4 GHz ; 1GB RAM 3757 30.36 % Check price

Gaming

We tried to play some games (Real Racing 3 and EA SPORTS UFC from Google Play and Spider-Man and Real Football 2015 from the phone) and the good news is that we didn’t experience any unacceptable lag, which would be problematic for gaming, to say the least.

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Temperatures and comfort

Here we test how warm the back panel of the phone gets after two hours of 3D gaming. We measured the highest temperature in the camera area. This isn’t a surprise – the mobile chip is placed there. Our thermometer showed 42.8 C. In the middle, the temperature was 37.7 C, and in the speaker area – 35.6 C. The phone is not cold per say, but you probably won’t experience any major discomfort, even if you play games for c couple of hours.

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Camera

Lenovo A5000 offers a 2MP front and 8MP main camera, which comes with autofocus and LED flash. This time we won’t do detailed tests of the camera, but we’ll show you a photo gallery with pictures taken with the phone and also, we’ll compare part of them with the same photos taken with a A6000 and one of the most popular phones in this class – Motorola Moto G (2014). Further down you can see all settings menus of the A5000 camera, and of course, we’ll check the quality of some sample photos.

Sample photos

The images look relatively good for this class, especially the macro photos.

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Settings

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Video

You can take 720p videos.

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Conclusion

This time we didn’t do detailed Camera and Screen tests, but we can define the phone as a good choice for the mid-range. A5000 offers a pleasant interface with many apps, 5-inch IPS HD screen, good camera and a mobile chip from MediaTek, which isn’t superb, but brings relatively good performance for this class.

Of course, the battery is the biggest positive for the phone and not just because of its capacity. Our test showed amazing results and the battery life definitely got our attention. Also, A5000 has two SIM slots (while A6000 only has one), which is important for some users. To sum up, we can say that the Lenovo A5000 is a mid-range phone with outstanding battery life and affordable price. You can check phone prices in different European countries here.

Pros

  • Great battery life results in all our tests
  • Pleasant user interface with many apps and useful options
  • Two SIM slots (Mini-SIM/ Micro-SIM, dual stand-by)
  • Quality macro photos
  • Affordable

Cons

  • Slightly bulky body

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