Lenovo A6000 Shot
The recent events suggest that the A6000 series is doing really well for Lenovo. In January this year, the first smartphone in this segment was launched. Very soon enough, the brand launched an upgraded Lenovo A6000 Plus in the month of April. And, just 6 months after that event, we again witnessed the launch of the Lenovo A6000 Shot. Although this behavior from Lenovo might seem a little odd to an average person but everything becomes clear when we look at the market competition.
New smartphones with great specs are being launched almost every month. This has forced Lenovo to upgrade most of its previously launched smartphones. However, we are not here to discuss the market strategy of Lenovo but to decide if it would be a right choice for a budget customer to buy the A6000 Shot or not. So, without wasting more time, let’s move on to it.
If you follow the tech world, then it might be still in your mind that both Lenovo A6000 and A6000 Plus featured a not so impressive 8MP camera on the back. So, this time round, Lenovo had no choice, but to put a better sensor on the Lenovo A6000 Shot. It comes with a 13 MP primary shooter that captures amazing shots. Moreover, you can record stunning full HD videos with it.
Lenovo has also surprised the selfie lovers by featuring a 5 MP sensor on the front of this phone. It can shoot delightful shots that will be worth sharing on social media.
Do not expect this smartphone to be a beast because it does not bring any upgrade on the performance front. It still features the same Snapdragon 410 MSM8916 chipset and the same 1.2 GHz quad-core processor. Furthermore, there was no point of upgrading the 2GB of RAM, so Lenovo did not even try to think of that.
Even though there is no major upgrade in hardware & software we should not assume that the Lenovo A6000 Shot is a bad daily driver. It performs really well. In fact, you can even play graphic intensive games like Asphalt 8 and Frontline Commando 2 on it without any flaw.
Also, you should not even expect any battery life improvement because this phone features the same old 2300 mAh battery.
The A6000 Shot runs Android Lollipop right out of the box, but the problem is that its interface is heavily customized. Most people do not even like the color scheme and icon design that a number of the Lenovo phones come with.
- 4G LTE support
- 2 GB of RAM
- 64bit Snapdragon 410 chipset
- 13 MP primary and 5 MP secondary cameras
- No major upgrade
- 2500 costlier than Lenovo A6000 Plus
From this discussion, we can make a clear point that the Lenovo A6000 Shot does not bring a major upgrade. Compare to its predecessor, you will get the same performance, the same battery life, the same connectivity options and also the same set of issues. Even more disappoints on the price as the smartphone is available in the market for an amount of 9979 rupees, which is about 2500 rupees more than the current price of A6000 Plus.
If you create a list of the brands badly affected by smartphone competition, Gionee will make its place in the Top 3 companies. Everyone agrees that it had launched some great smartphones a few years back, but at the present moment, the winds are not blowing in the favor of this brand. But Gionee is still trying to impress smartphone lovers. Recently, the Gionee F103 was launched with some attractive specs. This phone is currently available for an amount of 9,630 rupees.
Looks Really Attractive
The manufacturer has mostly used plastic parts in the making of this smartphone, but it still looks quite appealing. It is also available in multiple color variants. The back panel resembles the looks of Apple iPhone 6. Even the camera sensor is positioned on the top right corner of the device. The metal coated sides give a premium feel when you hold this phone in the hand. While using the Gionee F103, you will have to take extra care because both its display and back panel are fingerprint sensors.
On the front, this smartphone houses a 5 inch HD IPS panel that produces amazing colors. High pixel density of 294 PPI is enough to give users an immersive experience. Its viewing angles are really wide and the contrast ratio is also respectable. The only problem you may face is of tapping the soft keys at the bottom because they are not backlit.
The Gionee F103 is a beast on the front of performance. At its heart is a MediaTek MT6735 chipset, which is capable of doing 64bit processing. Out of 2GB of RAM about 1.4 GB remains free on the first boot. You will not face even a single frame drop while browsing through the menu and performing simple tasks. Moreover, the 1.3 GHz quad-core processor enables this smartphone to run even the heavy games available on Play Store. But before downloading graphic intensive games, you should know that the customized version of the Android Lollipop that this phone runs does not allow app data to be moved on external storage. This issue will disappoint a number of customers for sure.
Appreciable Battery Backup
This smartphone sports a 2400 mAh user removable battery on the back. On paper, this battery might fail to impress you, but it runs really long on a single charge. The Power Manager that the phone comes preinstalled with can be used to extend the battery life at the cost of animations and useless extra features
- Runs on Android Lollipop based Amigo 3.0
- 2 GB of RAM
- Great performance and smooth interface
- Cute and premium design
- Full HD video recording is also possible
- HD IPS display
- 4G support
- Camera quality is not that impressive
- Apps cannot be moved to external storage
- Comes loaded with a bunch of bloatware
Personally, I am really impressed with this phone. The Gionee F103 looks great and also offers superfast performance. However, there are some cons that will stop me from recommending this phone to our readers.
Samsung Galaxy On5
Samsung has become an undesirable brand when it comes to budget smartphones. About a month ago the Galaxy On5 was launched in the market and the brand had a lot of hope with this device. It offers an HD display panel, 4G connectivity, and a quad-core processor at an attractive price of 8990 rupees. But is this smartphone good enough to save the sinking ship of Samsung?
Comes Preloaded With Android Lollipop
The best thing about the On5 is that it runs on Android Lollipop out of the box. The user interface is customized but is not annoying to use. Certainly, Samsung has learned something from the failed smartphones that it has launched in the last couple of years. However, the Galaxy On5 comes loaded with a lot of bloatware apps that make the whole experience somewhat less pleasing.
Performance Is Good but Not Great
Samsung has equipped this phone with a homemade Exynos 3475 chipset that sports a quad-core 1.3 GHz processor. The 1.5 GB of RAM does provide enough memory for multiple and power hungry apps to run simultaneously. Its internal storage is limited to 8GB, but the users do get the option to attach a micro SD card of up to 128 GB of storage. The phone never gets hot to a level that can cause discomfort. In most of the benchmarking tests, it got reputable scores, some of which I have listed below.
AnTuTU – 20451
Neenamark2 – 54 fps
Geekbench – 353 (Single Core) and 1179 (Multicore)
The smartphone is perfect as a daily driver; however, it considerably fails to perform on the gaming front. It starts dropping frames even while playing the games like Riptide GP2 and Asphalt 8.
It is a dual SIM phone and unlike most of the smartphones offered by the brands like Micromax, you get 4G connectivity on both the SIM cards. The Galaxy On5 sports all the needed connectivity features like Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and FM Radio.
Decent Battery Life
Under the back panel, this smartphone houses a user removable 2700 mAh battery that promises a promising power backup. On a normal usage, you will easily get more than one day of battery life.
Good for Taking Selfie Shots
You can find a really impressive 5MP shooter on the front panel of the On5. It is really good at taking high-quality selfie shots. The rear 8MP camera is not that surprising because other smartphones are even offering 13 MP shooters in this segment.
- Attractive design
- Dual SIM
- 4G LTE
- Android Lollipop
- 5 GB of RAM
- Storage can be expanded up to a whopping 128 GB
- 5 MP front camera
- PRO camera controls
- Good Battery Life
- USB OTG Support
- Worst gaming performance
- The materials used in the making are not of high quality
The Samsung Galaxy On5 is definitely a good move in the right direction, but the phone is still not there yet. Average smartphone users of the present time not only want a good looking phone with decent battery backup but also expect it to perform when the need is so. And, this is where the On5 lacks.
Lenovo Vibe P1m
Lenovo has introduced a new entry to the Indian market, the Lenovo Vibe P1m. The device is priced at Rs. 7999 and is available exclusively via ‘Flipkart’. The interesting about this device is it comes with a massive 3900mAh battery that also has fast charging capabilities. Let’s take a better look into what all the phone offers.
Nice Look and Solid Design
All the budget devices in the sub Rs. 10000 price bracket carry a similar design layout and appear a bit boring. Though some companies do try to break this mold but more or less rest are the same and the Lenovo Vibe P1m is no different. Though the frame around the phone is just plastic with a metallic paint job, it does offer a nice look. And, the metal plate surrounding the camera and the flash offers a nice touch.
On the front, you have the in-call speaker, an LED notification light & the 5MP front camera. Below the display you can find three physical touch capacitive buttons that are backlight. The back has a soft plastic with matte finish. The back houses the 8MP main camera, LED flash, and the VIBE and Lenovo branding. The USB port is located on the top along with the 3.5mm audio jack. On the bottom is two speaker grills although the devices houses only a single speaker. On the right are the power and volume rocker keys. On the left is an interesting power saver key, which basically switches the fun to ultra-power saving mode, in case you are running low on juice.
5 inches HD IPS LCD Display
The Vibe P1m comes with a 5-inch IPS display with a resolution of 720×1280 Pixels. We have witnessed many full HD phones also entering the price bracket so not having a full HD display might be a minus. But screen is actually very crisp and offer good vibrant colors. The viewing angles are really good and the brightness is also nice. But the screen is quite reflective so in bright light conditions reading text on the phone does become an issue.
8MP and 5MP Camera
The phone comes with an 8MP Autofocus main camera with LED flash and a 5MP fixed focus front camera. In good lighting, the camera performs well. The colors are clean and sharp, the details in the image are also good. The focusing also works well with the device. In low light conditions, the noise and grains begin to crop up, but they are not on the higher side and the camera performs almost average for its price point if not better.
The front camera is also good for Selfies and general video calling, nothing that you might want to brag about. The device is capable of recording only 720p videos with the main camera, though would have preferred to have a 1080P option.
MediaTek Processor and 2GB RAM Performance
The Vibe P1M is powered by MediaTek MT6735P processor that uses ARM 53 cores. There are four cores inside the MT6735P and clocked at 1GHz. The phone uses Mali T720 graphics processor and has a 2GB RAM inside. It includes 16 GB of internal storage, which can be expanded up to 32 GB through a micro SD card.
The Vibe P1M is surprisingly a really smooth performer. The User Interface does well with the hardware and offers a smooth lag free experience. Transitioning through multiple apps is easy and no noticeable lag can be found. The gaming performance is also good though will playing HD games such as Asphalt 8 you might have to lower the graphic setting a bit. The phone surprisingly does not heat up after heavy gaming.
Android Lollipop 5.1 and Vibe User Interface
The Vibe P1M comes with Android 5.1 Lollipop with Lenovo’s own UI on top. As has been seen in earlier Lenovo Phones there is no app drawer on the Vibe P1M, instead, all apps are accessed through home screens, similar to how it is on the MIUI. The software offers a lot. There are themes, ability to create own shortcuts, gestures like “rearrange apps by shaking the phone” and many more other options.
3900 mAh Mammoth Battery
The USP of the device is the big 3900mAh battery. For a 5-inch display, this is a huge battery. The battery is available to provide a day’s use on 3G with heavy usage, which is really good.
The Vibe P1M comes with a battery saver mode that can be toggled with a button on the left side of the phone. The battery saver mode puts the phone into a kind of grayscale or lite mode where only essential apps work- the dialer, Contacts, SMS, and Clock are the usual suspects and you can also add two other apps of your choosing. It is a neat idea though we are not sure if it is necessary considering the huge battery.
- Good Battery Life
- Snappy performance
- Good Built Quality
- LED Notifications
- Screen brightness low in outdoors
- Average Camera performance
Overall the phone offers more than enough in terms of hardware, performance, and utility to justify its price of Rs.7999. It is a well-packaged and well-rounded phone that performs well enough to be in your shortlist if you are looking to buy a phone for less than Rs.10000.