It seems that every Chinese brand gets inspired a lot by Apple products, which is why almost all smartphones by these brands carry something similar to the iPhones. Lenovo launched the S90 smartphone in the month of November of last year with iPhone 6’s design and some really cool specs. Just two months later the Chinese brand launched a mini version of this smartphone, the Lenovo S60. This new smartphone also looks pretty similar to the iPhone 6 and comes at a price of 12999 INR.
Build quality of the Lenovo S60 is certainly appreciable. It comes with a unibody design and is just 7.7 mm in terms of thickness. Solid build material provides a premium feel to this phone. The back and sides carry the design of the iPhone 6. Volume rockers and the power key are located on the right because which controlling this smartphone gets a lot easier. On the left side you will find the SIM and micro SD card slots, but you will need the ejector tool in order to use them. There two speaker grills on the bottom with a micro USB port at the center. However, do not get excited as there is only one speaker that powers both the grills.
You might be thinking that if this smartphone is a mini version of the S90, then it will be featuring a smaller display. Well, that is not the case here. The Lenovo S60 comes with 5 inch IPS display with a resolution of 720 X 1280 pixels. This much resolution translates to a high pixel density of 294 ppi. Not to be taken seriously, but it is also true that every other smartphone in this price range comes with the same pixel resolution.
Viewing angles are wide enough to provide a quality experience. All the graphics and texts are rendered pretty sharply. However, there is no protection on this display, which is really a big disappointment.
The 13 MP rear camera of this phone captures really great images with a good level of details. It also supports full HD recording at 30 frames per second. Low light performance of this camera is the same as you would expect from a budget smartphone.
The real beast here is the 5 MP Auto focus front facing camera on this smartphone. It comes with touch to focus feature so you can focus on any detail that you want. You can also find the additional features like beauty mode, voice capture, time capture and a lot more. The front camera of this smartphone can only record 720p videos.
Performance (Storage, Benchmarks and Gaming)
This time around Lenovo has put a Snapdragon 410 quad-core 1.2 GHz processor on this phone. It carries a 64 bit chipset, but unless Lenovo rolls out the Lollipop update for this smartphone that does not mean anything. The phone comes with 1 GB of RAM and 8 GB of onboard storage of which only 4.3 GB is available to the user. You can also attach a micro SD card of up to 32 GB to this smartphone.
The Lenovo S60 performs average when it comes to the benchmarking tests. AnTuTu returns a score of 20452, which is below expectations. The phone scores 54.2 fps in Nenamark 2 benchmarking that can give an idea of its gaming performance.
You will be able to run most of the games on the Lenovo S60 as it also comes with an Adreno 306 GPU. However, games like NOVA 3 and Asphalt 8 might give some frame drops.
You can insert two SIM cards to this smartphone, but the bad thing is that the Indian variant only supports 3G networks. The Lenovo S60 will certainly face a tough competition from the smartphones coming up with 4G support like Micromax Yu and Xiaomi Redmi Note 4G. All other connectivity features like Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS and micro USB are present on this smartphone.
There are only three sensors on this smartphone, which are Accelerometer, Proximity Sensor and Light Sensor. The Lenovo S60 is really a disappointing phone to the utility lovers as there is not much you can do here.
The phone is powered by a 2150 mAh non-removable battery. This much capacity cannot be said to below standard, but it is not that attractive either. You can only expect one day of power backup on this phone.
The Lenovo S60 runs Android 4.4 KitKat out of the box with Vibe 2.0 UI on top. Interface of this phone packs vibrant colors, but you will not like the design of the stock icons. Lenovo has promised Android 5.0 Lollipop update, but a clear date has not been mentioned yet.
- HD display.
- 64bit chipset with 1.2 GHz quad-core processor.
- 13 MP primary and 5 MP secondary camera.
- Solid design.
- Decent battery.
- Smooth interface.
- No 4G support.
- Lacks a screen protector.
The Lenovo S60 could have been an ideal smartphone for the average Indian user, but a lack of just few features are coming into the way. There is no 4G support on the Indian variant and the display has not got any protector. Rest of the specs are pretty impressive most of which is the 5 MP Auto focus camera.