Lenovo has a large smartphone family, which includes low, middle and high level models. Today we will show you a detailed review of Lenovo P70. It looks like a great phone for this class, at first glance, but some of our users notified us about some problems with the device. We discuss this below.
Lenovo P70 looks like a great phone for its price. It offers a 5-inch screen, 8-core processor and in addition, the design is great and the user interface is very easy to use. Definitely an interesting device, which we tested with interest.
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In the package
Lenovo P70’s entourage is very likely to impress you. Along with the now standard USB cable, charger and manuals, you’ll also find earphones, a screen protector, OTG cable and perhaps most valuable of all, a special bumper case. It’s easy to put on or take off, and unlike similar cases, it does not increase the size of the phone significantly. Our bet is that even people who normally aren’t interested in that sort of thing will be glad to have the little case.
The chassis is built out of plastic, but that’s hardly a surprise. The most important thing is its premium appearance, which is excellent. The design is reminiscent of a Sony Xperia smartphone, but the back has slightly rounded edges. On the front, there are the usual suspects – three touch buttons, which aren’t part of the screen. On the top you can find a tiny Lenovo inscription, front camera, earpiece, proximity sensor and an ambient light sensor. The back cover is sleek and sports an embossed, silver-colored Lenovo logo. This is also where the main camera with its LED flash is located. Both are at the top-left. Please note that they are not protruding.The back looks good but it does have a slight weakness – it collects fingerprints.
There is nothing on the left side, unlike the rest of the periphery. The volume and power buttons are placed on the right. There is also a speaker (it looks like there are two, but it’s actually just one), the main integrated microphone and a microUSB port, which are placed on the bottom, while a 3.5 headset jack is accompanied by a second microphone. When it comes to thickness and weight, things are looking good. We measured a thickness of 9.1 mm and weight of 150 g, which seems adequate for the class and it even makes a good impression for a phone with a 4000 mAh battery.
You can remove the back cover without any effort, but this does not apply to the battery. However, under the lid you can also find two microSIM slots and just above them – one more slot, but for microSD memory cards instead.
Display and sound
Lenovo P70 has a multi-sensor IPS capacitive touch display, with a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels. At 5 inches, pixel density comes up to 294 ppi and a pitch of 0.0865 x 0.0865 mm. In order to be considered retina, or in other words, to prevent the human eye from discerning individual pixels, you need to be observing the display from a distance no lower than 30 cm. This mostly matches an optimal reading distance, so we consider the resolution to be adequate.
You can see the matrix subpixels in the microscope photo below.
Lenovo P70 allows for a wide viewing angle with insignificant image changes under 45 degrees.
Measured median brightness is quite high – 458 cd/m2. When the lack of harmful pulsation is also considered (see below), users will be provided with comfortable working conditions in a wide spectrum of ambient light intensity in the open.
Color gamut coverage (CIE)
Lenovo P70’s display covers 95% of the sRGB and 72% of the Adobe RGB color gamuts. A small portion of the warm WEB colors is not covered.
The display gamma curve, illustrating brightness level distribution, mostly matches the optimum.
P70 has sufficient reproduction accuracy.The median deviation, DeltaE(1976), amounts to 2.84.
The color map indicates a comparison with the sample colors.
We don’t detect any problematic pulsation of the light emissions (pulse-width modulation) on any brightness levels.
Lenovo P70’s display performed rather admirably in our tests. The resolution is, of course, not superb. With its good color reproduction, high brightness and backlight gentle to the eye, the display is suitable for prolonged operation and various applications.
Lenovo P70’s sound falls somewhere in the low mid-range. Frequency amplitude profiling (we always measure that by means of measuring microphone and test signals, emitted by the device’s own speakers) is uneven. There is a significant upsurge in the 3 kHz to 8 kHz range.
|OS||Android 4.4 (KitKat)|
|CPU||Mediatek MT6752 (8 cores, 1.70GHz, Cortex-A53)|
|Display||5-inch IPS capacitive multi-touch display with a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels|
|Connectivity||Bluetooth, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, WiFi hotspot|
|Cameras||13MP with autofocus and LED flash as main and 5MP as secondary|
|Dimensions (W/H/D)||71.8 x 142 x 9.1 mm|
|Weight||149 g (5.25 oz)|
The battery made a great impression. We are talking about a 4000 mAh capacity, which is pretty rare for a 5-incher. Presumably, the battery is very durable and you can see all of the results below. We tested the battery in our usual manner – phone calls, web browsing, watching movies and gaming. Keep in mind that the conditions are as usual – 120cd/m2 screen brightness, turned on Wi-Fi, turned off GPS and Bluetooth.
The brightness setting does not apply to this test, because the proximity sensor turns off the screen when you make a call.
Here we measured one of the best results so far – 1950 minutes (32 hours and 30 minutes).
For automatic Wi-Fi browsing we used our script, which browses through over 70 various websites.
In this test, Lenovo P70 managed to stay on for 681 minutes, which is a great result.
We simulate 3D gaming through Epic Citadel.
357 minutes (5 hours and 57 minutes) is a superb accomplishment.
We do this test by means of 720p video.
Once again, the result is great – 718 minutes (11 hours and 58 minutes).
When it comes to the software, things are also pretty nice. Lenovo P70 runs the Android 4.4 KitKat operating system, but more important is the Lenovo user interface, which looks great.All apps are placed on the Home screen, just like in iOS. They have a look which differs from the classical one, and there is an attractive drop-down.
As well as this new look, the user interface features some very useful apps and you would probably be satisfied with their number.For example, you can find UC Browser, which is an alternative to Google Chrome, txt ebooks for reading books, file manager, SYNCit for synchronization with cloud services or SD memory cards, SHAREit for sharing information between different devices, Security for software protection, WPS Office for reading and creating Word, Excel and PowerPoint documents and a 30 day trial of ROUTE 66 navigation. There is also a folder with some business apps and another one with games.
The Settings menu is different from the usual for Android 4.4 KitKat, and it even looks like the Lollipop Settings menu with a white background and colored icons.
There is one more page, which includes several useful features. You can unlock the device with a double tap on the screen, just like some LG phones, but if you want to lock the screen, you have to shake the phone in one direction. You can open the Camera app quickly, by tapping twice on the Home button. When someone is calling you, turn around the phone, screen down, and the ringing will stop. And one more features – you can use the volume buttons as a Power button. Using all of these is not mandatory, of course, but Lenovo P70 has them, which is cool.
Lenovo P70 runs onMediaTek MT6752 and includes 2GB of RAM and a Mali-T760 GPU. It has eight Cortex-A53 cores, which work with a frequency of 1.7 GHz. It supports Rel. 9, Cat. 4 LTE (FDD & TDD), DC-HSPA+, TD-SCDMA, EDGE, 802.11n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, 16MP cameras and Ultra HD video recording. Naturally, the device achieved great results in the benchmark tests, as you can see below.
Keep in mind that its processor is meant for mid-range phones, so don’t compare it with the most powerful Qualcomm chips. The best part is that we didn’t see any lag or other hiccups. Just smooth and fast operation. In addition, MediaTek claims that MT6752 is very energy efficient.
We installed some games on the phone (RealFootball 2015, Asphalt 8: Airborne, etc.) and we didn’t have any problems with any of them – just smooth and pleasant gaming.
Temperatures and comfort
In this test we measured the temperatures in three different areas on the phone’s back, but first we did two hours of gaming. As you can see in the image below, we measured higher temperatures in the camera area, but it isn’t anything to be concerned about. You will not feel any discomfort in one-handed operation, since the temperature was lower in other areas.
The back camera of the Lenovo P70 has a 13mgpx sensor at 4160×3120 and an LED flash. In our tests of this camera, we highlight the resolution of the whole module (lens and matrix, software processing included), chromatic and geometric aberrations, accurate color reproduction as well as color noise.
The Lenovo P70 camera achieves maximum resolution of 2020 lph in center-field. The value is not low at all and is likely to be enough for most users. It is, however, not the maximum for a 13 mgpx sensor. We believe the cause to be either imperfect optics or possibly a high-quality 8 mgpx sensor with resolution-increasing software interpolation.
We add subjective, but sufficient awareness of resolution, image sharpness, color noise and chromatic aberrations to the test composition.
Aberrations and color noise
There are insignificant chromatic aberrations.
When it comes to color noise, we must be tolerant with smaller cameras, since poor lighting makes it hard or even difficult to avoid. It is sometimes evident in poorly-lit areas of otherwise bright photos. In this case, it’s limited but still clearly visible.
We give it 5.7 out of 10.
The digital color map below shows shot colors vs reproduced colors.
A look at the menus
The camera is able to determine the exposition in a given portion of the frame.
According to some of our readers, P70’s camera doesn’t fare particularly well in low-light conditions. Naturally, we tested it out, and our first impressions (first photo, that is) weren’t brilliant. The shot looked rather dark and even though this is not a high-end phone, we expected slightly better results. After some manual tweaking, however, the following photos were much better. Still, too much brightness does tend to deteriorate image quality.
The model is capable of shooting Full HD video, and in order to choose maximum detail, choose the cog icon at the bottom right corner. We made two test clips. The first one we shot in sunlight, while the other was taken in gloomy weather.
The Lenovo P70 Camera is not at the top of its class but will likely satisfy users, who aren’t particularly interested in that aspect of the device. If we have to grade the latter on a scale from 1 to 6, we’d give it a 4.
It’s a new section in our reviews, but we need it because the phone really has a few problems with reception and call quality. Lenovo P70 has worse 3G coverage than many other phones. Also, from time to time, when you are talking on the phone, the person on the other side can’t hear you. Of course, we asked Lenovo about this. They think that it’s probably a software problem, and they are now working to create an update, which will fix it.
We are still waiting.
Wi-Fi and 3G signal
Many Lenovo P70 owners complain that the phone has poor reception, so we tested it. We measured the result, after which we compared it to two others smartphones (Motorola Moto G and Nexus 6). It is true, the reception is poor. The Lenovo P70 average dBm is lower than the Moto G and Nexus 6 results (-80 is lower than -65).
Update: Lenovo contacted us once again and this time we have some good news. The update is done and it will be released very soon. Read more about it here.
The update is already launched, so if you have problems with your P70, odds are that most of them will be fixed.
In order to install it you should go to Settings – About phone – System Update and hit Download.
One of Lenovo P70’s problems was the bad call quality (the other side couldn’t hear you well), but only if you make a call after shooting a video. Also, saving a landline number in Google Contacts caused a problem with the following incoming calls from it.
With the new update Lenovo got rid of these problems, but we’re aware of another one major flaw – weak 3G reception. We haven’t tested the phone in out-of-the-town scenario yet, but we’re going to do it soon and we’ll share the results.
It will be appreciated if you would put your P70 to the same tests and share the results in the comment section below. Did the update solve your problems?
To wrap things up, Lenovo P70 really is a superb smartphone for its class. Unfortunately, there are some problems (as mentioned in this review), but Lenovo claims that this is a software problem and they are now working to create an update, which will fix the issue.
Should the problems be resolved, we could easily say that this is one of the best smartphones in the mid-range. Superb design, huge 4000mAh battery, great user interface, powerful processor and more. However, we recommend that you wait for the upcoming software update before you buy this phone.
If we receive information about the new update, we will let you know asap.
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- Good design
- Handful of software features
- Excellent battery life
- High CPU and GPU performance
- Poor reception