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November 21, 2012

Lenovo P700i overview

The P700i is the last of the three new smartphones from Lenovo. A refresh to the popular P700, this phone is set to take on the budget-conscious dual-SIM market together with the IdeaPhone S560. Check out our short overview of the handset after the break.

Lenovo is looking to ride the momentum they have with their dual-SIM offerings, especially the P700. Besting its predecessor is going to be a tall order for the P700i, given that its older brother had one of the best price-to-feature ratio in the business.

LenovoP700i

Design and Construction
Everything about the P700i is pretty much an identical to its predecessor with the exception of its dual-core processor. So as to not repeat ourselves (and bore you in the process), we strongly suggest paying a visit to our review of the P700 to be familiar about the handset’s looks and some of its basic features.

Lenovo IdeaPhone P700i specs:
4-inch IPS LCD @ 800×480 pixels, 240ppi
MediaTek MT6577 1.0GHz
PowerVR SGX531 graphics
512MB RAM
4GB microSD included
Expandable up to 32GB via Micro-SD
3G/HSPA (dual-SIM)
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
Bluetooth 2.1
5MP autofocus rear camera
720p video recording
VGA front-facing camera
GPS w/ aGPS support
FM Radio tuner
2500mAh Li-Ion battery
Android 4.0.3 ICS
Dimension: 125.6 x 64.5 x 12.8 mm
Weight: 162g

Performance

If you look at the specs closely, you’ll notice that it has a similar configuration as the Lenovo IdeaPhone S560 and as mentioned earlier, the only difference between this phone and the model prior to it is the inclusion of the dual-core processor.

Benchmark

The additional core made the device more able to handle tasks and score higher on our usual synthetic benchmark tests. And since both the S560 and P700i are identically speced, the benchmark results from both devices don’t differ much.

NenaMark

Battery

In terms of the battery life, the P700i seems to be unaffected by the additional core as it still was able to deliver outstanding mileage per charge. The device lasted for a little over 8 days with minimal use which includes 5-10 SMS, an hour worth of voice call and web browsing over cellular data and an episode of Mythbusters (which typically runs for 45-47mins) every day.

BatteryLife

Camera
Taking pictures with P700i on broad day light (or in an area with sufficient amount of light) was also impressive. However, much like its dual-SIM brethren, the lack of a built-in flash renders the phone useless when shooting in low-light condition. Here are some sample images taken with the P700i.

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Conclusion
In essence, the Lenovo IdeaPhone P700i is just an incremental upgrade to the affordable P700. We assume that Lenovo just basically took some of their unsold P700 phones, equipped it with a dual-core processor and Presto! P700i.

P700i

However, given that the you’ll get twice the processing power for the same price (PhP10,990) of the old one, the Lenovo P700i is definitely worth considering if you’re in the hunt for a decent dual-SIM Android smartphone.

What we liked about it:
• Simple but sturdy construction
• LONG battery life
• IPS display

What we didn’t like about it:
• Power/Sleep button is hard to reach/press
• No built-in flash
• Low probability of firmware update


9 Responses to “Lenovo P700i overview”

  1. mikibabs says:

    something is wrong with the picture, the ones shown in the performance test shows the dual sim functionality (3G sim and GSM sim) while on the battery test it only shows a single sim (GSM), is this test unit a single sim P700i? my wife’s P700i last’s her only about 2 days of normal use (with disabled 3G, GPS, WIFI, and background data on some apps set to disabled also)

  2. Mica
    Twitter: micasobre
    says:

    My P700i only last 2 days but with several calls and texts on both simcards. How’d you manage to make it last 8 days? Haha. But nice review! I really think it’s a great phone.

    Although, the Lenovo Philippines Twitter did say that the P700i will be upgraded to Jelly Bean, unlike the P700. So, yeah. One less con?

  3. knives809 says:

    How about 3g speeds? Does it have any issues with signal drops?

  4. jofer says:

    what are the limitations if you have a 500mb ram instead of 1 gig?

  5. Andy says:

    do you know when they’ll upgrade it to Jelly Bean? I didn’t find any info about it on twitter ;_;

  6. bent says:

    Great phone but Lenovo does not have service centers in major cities in the Philippines. I visited Lenovo store in Sm Cebu, they still need to send it to Manila for warranty claims and repair. I will just wait for the a service center to open.

  7. Chan says:

    I am disgusted with my P700 because of it’s weak network signal. Anybody have the same experience? I’m planning to trade-in this phone.

  8. Michael says:

    Can lenovo p700i upgrade to jelly bean ? And the action bar color is red in all apps. I dont like red

  9. glenn says:

    i would like to ask this question. . im wondering cuz i saw in the box of the lenovo p700i state that the phone is made in china. . is it a clone or imitation or what? kinely test me. . 09099484333

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This article was written by Ronnie Bulaong, a special features contributor and correspondent for YugaTech. Follow him on Twitter @turonbulaong.

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