Friday, July 18, 2014

Lenovo A680 Unboxing, Preview And Initial Impression

Lenovo A680 Unboxing, Preview And Initial Impression
Lenovo A680 Unboxing, Preview And Initial Impression

INTRODUCTION:

Lenovo is a well-known mobile manufacturer and belongs to the top 5 smartphone vendors worldwide in terms of units shipped and market shares.

Their growth is driven by their presence and continuous success in the Asia and Pacific region. During the first quarter of the year, they managed to ship out 12.9 million units which made them on the number 4 spot.

Lenovo A680 Unboxing, Preview And Initial Impression
CPU-Z Info

The major contributors on this shipment are the entry-level and mid-range devices. The Lenovo A680 is one of them, it sports a 5-inch touchscreen display powered MediaTek MT6582 with four CPU cores clocked at 1.3GHz each bundled with 1GB of RAM.


UNBOXING:

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Lenovo A680 Unboxing, Preview And Initial Impression
Retail package

The retail package consists of the unit, battery, charger with detachable USB cable, wired headset, quick start guide, product information guide and warranty guide.


HARDWARE:

Lenovo A680 Unboxing, Preview And Initial Impression
Front

The front is mainly covered by the 5-inch display, you will find the usual Android capacitive keys below it and the secondary camera, earpiece grill and the Lenovo branding above it.

Lenovo A680 Unboxing, Preview And Initial Impression
Back

The back is made of glossy plastic which is prone to fingerprints and smudges. Here you can find another Lenovo branding, loudspeaker grill and the 5MP main camera.

Lenovo A680 Unboxing, Preview And Initial Impression
Back without the cover

Once you remove the back cover, it will reveal the 2000mAh battery, two regular SIM card slots and the micro SD card slot.

Lenovo A680 Unboxing, Preview And Initial Impression
Top
Lenovo A680 Unboxing, Preview And Initial Impression
Bottom

The top holds both the 3.5mm audio jack and the micro USB port while at the bottom, you can only find the microphone pin hole.

Lenovo A680 Unboxing, Preview And Initial Impression
Left
Lenovo A680 Unboxing, Preview And Initial Impression
Right

The left side has the volume rocker and the right side has the power button.

At first I thought that the Lenovo A680 is a bulky device, but when I physically compare it to my Xiaomi Mi 3, I found out that they have almost the same height and width, although it is a bit thicker at 10.8mm and heavier at 165 grams.  Overall, it has a simple design yet good build quality.


DISPLAY:

Lenovo A680 Unboxing, Preview And Initial Impression
2-point touch

The A680 sports a 5-inch display with FWVGA (854x480) resolution, there is no IPS or similar technology which means that viewing angles are limited. There is also no scratch-resistant glass, so better install a plastic film in order to protect the screen against scratches.


SENSORS:

Lenovo A680 Unboxing, Preview And Initial Impression
Sensors

The Android Sensor Box and CPU Z show that it has accelerometer, proximity and light sensors, however, only the first two are confirmed working when placed under test.


BENCHMARKS:

Lenovo A680 Unboxing, Preview And Initial Impression
Antutu - 17410
Lenovo A680 Unboxing, Preview And Initial Impression
Quadrant - 5876
Lenovo A680 Unboxing, Preview And Initial Impression
Vellamo, Browser - 1825, Multicore - 1270, Metal - 660
Lenovo A680 Unboxing, Preview And Initial Impression
NenaMark2 - 44.1fps
Lenovo A680 Unboxing, Preview And Initial Impression
Ice Storm Unlimited - 2908

The benchmark results are typical for an Android device being powered by MediaTek MT6582 processor.


INITIAL VERDICT:

The Lenovo A680 is one of the cheapest quad-core device from the Chinese phone maker. The MT6582 chipset, 1GB RAM and 4GB ROM are already a proven combination when it comes to performance and we believe that it will be the same with the A680.

What we like so far:

Quad core processor
1GB of RAM

What we do not like so far:

No LED flash
No ambient light sensor


Specifications:

  • Triple band 2G, dual band 3G
  • Dual SIM (regular+regular) dual standby
  • 5-inch capacitive  FWVGA (854x480) touchscreen display
  • Dimensions:  145mm x 73.5mm x 10.8mm
  • Weight: 165 grams
  • Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean
  • 1.3GHz Quad Core Cortex-A7 CPU, Mali-400 GPU, MediaTek MT6582 chipset
  • 1GB of RAM
  • 4GB internal storage, expandable up to 32GB via micro SD
  • 5MP fixed focus main camera without LED Flash,
  • VGA secondary camera
  • Multimedia Player
  • FM Radio
  • 3.5 Audio Jack
  • GPS with A-GPS and EPO assistance
  • WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
  • Micro USB 2.0
  • Bluetooth v3.0
  • Sensors: accelerometer, proximity
  • 2000mAh Li-Po battery
  • Price: Php6,400

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