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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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
The Lenovo P780 doesn’t have too many extra functions. Check out the screenshot for more information about them.
- Pocket mode
- Decrease tone volume
- Smart Roll- We couldn’t get it working.
- Smart answer
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
HDR and macro shots
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.
The video player also has nothing new and it also doesn’t have tap to seek. Sad, but true.
480p (avi flv mp4 mkv)- YYYY
720p mp4- Y
4k mp4- No. Audio only.
The notification LED can be configured to give alerts about incoming calls, missed calls and unread messages.
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:
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.
- USB OTG
- FM Radio
- IR LED
Earphone, handset, travel adaptor, user manual, warranty card, OTG cable.
Final VerdictThe 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.
You ought to know this- Why we don’t trust specifications?
Specifications: Lenovo P780
|Processor (CPU)||1.2 GHz quad-core Cortex A-7|
|GPU||PowerVR SGX544 @286 MHz|
|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|
|USB||Micro USB v2.0 with USB OTG|
|GPS||Yes with A-GPS|
|Dimensions||143 x 73 x 9.95 mm|
|Sensors||Accelerometer, Proximity, Gravitation|
|Online Price||INR 17740|
|SAR Value||Head- 0.972 W/Kg|