Lenovo P780 Review: The Powerhouse

 

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Lenovo P780 is one of those phones which was actually designed after listening to the users’ woes.

The above statement will fill your mind with thousands of answers and only question- What is it which is plaguing millions of smartphones users?

It is the Battery Backup.

Lenovo P780 review

The P780 gets its power from a 4000 mAh Li-Po battery and is naturally the main USP of the phone. With the price tag of INR 17.5k in the local market it is definitely one of the best and cheapest smartphones with a mammoth battery.

Other smartphones in this price segment with similar hardware specifications are Panasonic P51 and Micromax Canvas 4.

  • Big gorgeous display
  • Great battery backup

  •  Average volume

 

User Experience

 

Design

The only thing that you’ll notice about Lenovo P780 on the first looks is that it is made out of metal and not some cheap plastic. The brushed metal finish on the back-panel imparts premium looks to it.

Being a metallic phone, it should be able to tackle everyday abuse and bruises without any complaints.

The capacitive buttons at the bottom of the display are very responsive and don’t miss even a single touch. The right side flanks the volume rocker and the top side houses the power button.

Metallic design make it look attractive

Some users have complained about dropped calls in areas with low network coverage. It might be due to the metallic body but we can’t say that for sure.

 

User Interface

It runs on Lenovo’s customized version of android 4.2.1 Jelly Bean which is slightly old but nothing to complaint about.

It also has options to customize Home screen, Themes and Lock Screen.

 The menu transitions can also be chosen from among- random, scale, rotate, BullDoze, Bounce, Windmill, Cube, Sine Wave and wave.

Homescreen customizations options include the ability to change the theme, wallpaper, effects, icon settings, preferences & settings.

 

 

Display

The 5 inch HD IPS display is very crisp and shows natural colors. At a pixel density of 293.72 ppi it makes for a realistic video watching experience.

The viewing angles are excellent and hence make it ideal for watching a video among a group of friends.

 

 

Typing

Typing is something in which this phone disappoints. The portrait mode is okay for texting so I thought that the landscape mode should make it more suitable for texting but it left me frustrated.

Our test device was unable to shift its orientation to the landscape mode

 

Luckily, it does have swipe input to make typing a pleasurable experience in the portrait mode.

 

Extra FeaturesLenovo P780

The Lenovo P780 doesn’t have too many extra functions. Check out the screenshot for more information about them.

  1. Pocket mode
  2. Decrease tone volume
  3. Smart Roll- We couldn’t get it working.
  4.  Smart answer

 

 

Camera

Lenovo P780 has an 8MP AF camera capable of taking stills with a resolution of 3264×2448 pixels.

The photographs looks dull. The camera can retain good amount of details but do not expect anything more. The full HD video has better colors but it still looks under-saturated.

It is however, capable of capturing excellent macro shots. In fact, it captured the best macro shots that we have seen so far.

 

Downscaled Camera Samples at 90% Quality

 

Zoom Test

 

HDR and macro shots 

 

 

Multi-media

Lenovo P780

 

Audio

The loudspeaker placed at the back produces average volume level but it can get occluded very easily.

The stock music player has all of those standard functions like shuffle and repeat.

 

Format support

mp3: Y

aac: Y

wma:N

 

Video-

The video player also has nothing new and it also doesn’t have tap to seek. Sad, but true.

Lenovo P780

 

Format support

480p (avi flv mp4 mkv)- YYYY
720p mp4- Y
1080p mp4-Y

4k mp4- No. Audio only.

 

Notifications

The notification LED can be configured to give alerts about incoming calls, missed calls and unread messages.

Lenovo P780

 

Hardware performance

On the performance side of things, this phone wouldn’t disappoint you even if you are a gamer.

Here are some timing benchmarks which might come in handy:

Activity

Approx. Time

Startup time

31.66 s

 

Battery

Unfortunately, we couldn’t check the backup provided by this 4000 mAh battery due to the non-availability of the phone in our office but here is what we know from the user feedbacks:

It will not die on you before the night falls, even on heavy gaming and 3G browsing. Also, heating is not a concern here.

The power saving mode has a lot of options. Check the attached screenshot for more information.

 

 

Connectivity

What is has:

  • HSPA+
  • USB OTG
  • GPS
  • Bluetooth
  • FM Radio

 

What it lacks:

  • NFC
  • IR LED
  • 4G

 

 

Box Contents

Earphone, handset, travel adaptor, user manual, warranty card, OTG cable.

 

Final Verdict

The Powerhouse

The Lenovo P780 is a must buy if the battery backup is the deciding factor in your case. For others, this phone is more or less similar to Micromax Canvas 4, Panasonic P51 and Lava Iris 504Q as far as the specifications are concerned.

If you are a normal user and want a big display then you’re better off buying the LG G Pro Lite.

  • A Frequent traveller
  • A Movie buff

  • Want value for money
  • A branded phone




 

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Specifications: Lenovo P780

Hardware

Lenovo P780

Chipset MediaTek MT6589
Processor (CPU) 1.2 GHz quad-core Cortex A-7
GPU PowerVR SGX544 @286 MHz
RAM 1 GB
Display Type IPS LCD, 16M colors
Size & Resolution 5 inch, 1280×720 pixels, 293.72 ppi
Primary Camera 8MP, AF, LED Flash
Secondary Camera 1.2 MP
Android OS v4.2.1 JB
Battery Li-Po 4000 mAh
Memory Internal- 4GB (user available-2.14 GB), microSD up to 32 GB
Connectivity- NFC No
USB Micro USB v2.0 with USB OTG
EDGE Yes
HSPA+ Yes
WLAN 802.11
Bluetooth v3.0
GPS Yes with A-GPS
FM Radio Yes
Dimensions 143 x 73 x 9.95 mm
Weight 176 g
Sensors Accelerometer, Proximity, Gravitation
Dual SIM Yes
Colors Deep Black
Online Price INR 17740
SAR Value Head-  0.972 W/Kg

 

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15 Comments

  • great review….
    this phone has the great specifications….
    also looks affordable….

  • seriously,its like powerhouse.
    Smartphone has the great look as well as packs with some high end specifications.
    also looks affordable….
    keep sharing…

  • vijay krishna says:

    hi there…
    this was just the wsbsite i was looking for, actually i want to buy a mobile in the range of 14000 to 18000. All i expect from it is excellent music quality, may be good connectivity so that i can download songs on the go.. so pleas guide me..

  • malav says:

    i recently read somewhere in web that lenovo p780 has wifi problem
    is it true?
    i want to buy this phone

    • Anand Karwa says:

      Our review unit didn’t have any issues with the WiFi so we really can’t help you on this.

    • Pooja says:

      I have Lenovo P780 but it has a huge problems list
      1. Range of Mobile Network
      2. Range of Wifi network
      3. Camera Quality is not at good
      4. too heavy due to which whenever it falls there is some issue happen with it

  • kalpesh says:

    Hi!
    You have not mentioned the camera quality of P780. Need ur inputs before finalising this handset; other option being panasonic p51.

  • vaibhav says:

    Hii, i bought lenovo P780 last week and today suddenly Slot-2 Sim is disabled,

    i already check Sim in another slot/phone its working and i had done factory reset also but nothing outcome, please suggest any other option.

    • Anand Karwa says:

      Well, if the SIM is working fine in the other devices/slot then its definitely a problem related with the phone’s slot. Try changing the network mode for each slot and check if it helps.
      Find more information on this thread at xda-devs.

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