Lenovo announced the S890 Android smartphone back in January 2013, and it turned out to be one of the most popular smartphone in the 5 inch device category. The 5 inch screen phone comes with IPS display and the taste of Google’s Android Jelly Bean.
Although Lenovo’s focus is mostly on notebooks, the company has done an impressive piece of work in the mobile market. Unlike the predecessor, Lenovo S880, which lacked many features, the dual sim S890 totally fills in the gaps with a decent set of hardware specifications and making it really stand out from the crowd. However, how good is the Lenovo S890? It’s time to find out.
Design, Look and Feel
The Lenovo S890 is elegantly designed and the build quality is pretty impressive. The phone has a glossy and metallic finish with curvy edges making it look more premium and classy than almost any other mid-range smartphones. The shiny plastic back cover, which I loved the most, does a good job of masking fingerprints. On the sides, the phone has a chrome trim running along, which has a matte finish.
In terms of weight, the phone is slightly heavier at 176 gms when compared to similar size phablets such as the Micromax Canvas HD (156 grams) or the Samsung Galaxy Grand (162 grams), but is definitely slimmer.
The volume rocker on the right side of the phone is easily accessible while the power button (placed on top) is not that easy to reach out. However, you won’t be using the power button quite often to turn on/off the screen as Lenovo’s flip-cover that comes bundled with the phone enables auto screen on and off when the flip is opened or closed. Pretty neat.
Lenovo S890 Specifications
- 74.2mm (W) x 143.6mm (H) x 9.3mm (T)
- Dual Core Dual SIM
- Uses traditional SIM size
- RAM 1GB + 4GB (emmc)
- Expandable storage:
- Add up to 32GB with a microSD card
- BT 3.0 HS
- Wi-Fi 802.11b/g /n
- USB 2.0 HS
- FM receiver
- 5.0’’ 540×960 IPS
- Capacitive 5 point multitouch
- 16 Million colors
- 2250mAh, User replaceable
- Talk time: up to 17.5 hours
- Standby: 13 days
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- Smart Sound for perfect sound
- clarity even in noisy environments
- Power Key, Volume Key
- Capacitive Menu, Home & back keys for Android
- Micro SD supports up to 32GB
- 3.5mm audio jack
- Micro USB
- 0.3M fixed focus front camera
- 8 MP, 3264×2448 pixels, autofocus,
- LED flash w/ Geo-tagging
Included – S890 Flip Cover:
- Protects your S890 from scratches, bumps and falls
- In-built sensor automatically switches on the S890, when you open the cover.
Recommended – S890 Pen:
- Write, draw & interact with this sleek capacitive pen
- Fits into the 3.5mm headphone jack making it easy to carry
Lenovo S890 Features
The S890 features a 5-inch screen offering a 540 x 960 resolution and an IPS panel offering better contrast as well as brightness levels. Its brightness level can go really high of course the battery consumption will shoot up as well.
The Lenovo S890 comes with a MediaTek 6577T chipset that includes a 1.2 GHz dual core processor along with a PowerVR SGX 544 GPU, all which work together to offer a fluid touch operations and faster response to application requests.
The phone also features 1 GB of RAM including 4 GB of internal storage, which is expandable to 32 GB. The 1 GB RAM is very much enough to give a smooth usage of the phone and works pretty will the dual core processor.
The phone does lag when too many applications are running in background, however, this was simply a test that we conducted, and phone with similar specifications will results is slow performance.
Along with the 8MP rear camera, the device features a 0.3 megapixel front facing camera that is good enough for video calling. The camera build is quite impressive. Pictures taken from the rear camera have sharp details and natural colors. The quality of the images taken is pretty decent, however, there are certain low light issues. That is, there is too much of noise visible when shot in low light conditions.
One of the best features of the phone is Lenovo’s Energy smart feature that enables you to keep a track of your phone’s battery usage and optimize it accordingly. The 2,250mAh battery should give enough battery life, and with normal usage it would approximately last over a day and a half.
Conclusion and Pricing
The downside is that the phone does not support full HD video recording, but the bigger turn off is the weight of the phone. If that isn’t any issue, then the phone is a great buy and worth it. The Lenovo S890 is priced at Rs. 20,899. At this range, it competes heavily with the Samsung Galaxy Grand, however, both the smartphones have unique features and have their own set of pros and cons, but if asked to choose between the two, the Lenovo S890 is a better choice.