The past months have revealed the new smartphone battlefield where manufacturers are vying for the title of King of the Mid-Range. It started when the Meizu M1 Note drew first blood at the price of Php 7990.00. Alcatel Flash Plus followed with the price of Php 6499.00 while the Firefly Mobile Intense 64 LTE Php 7990.00. What was surprising was Lenovo's decision to get into the Fray with their latest A7000! With the promise of 5.5 inch IPS, 267 PPI, Octa core beast with 2900 mAh and price of Php 7,390.00, you could be forgiven for not thinking which hole did they pull this monster out off?

Meet Lenovo A7000
Unboxing

Lenovo A7000 Unboxing And Initial Review! The Bang Per Buck Under 8K Contender!
The box
The A7000 arrives to you in a white rectangular carton box with branding and image of the product at the front with the certifications and requirements at the back.

Inside the box

Lenovo A7000 Unboxing And Initial Review! The Bang Per Buck Under 8K Contender!
Accessories included
  • 1 A Adapter
  • 1 USB Cable
  • 1 Earbuds with microphone
  • 1 Screen Protector
  • User Manual
  • Warranty Documentation

The accessories included in the package are one (1) wall adapter, one (1) USB to Micro USB cable, one (1) Earbuds with microphone, user manual, warranty documentation and one (1) Screen Protector which we usually get from Lenovo. All of this is pretty standard, although I wish they offered a case or bumper instead of a screen protector because we wouldn't want that beautiful screen to crack if by any chance it falls with the corners first.

Design and Build Quality

Lenovo A7000 Unboxing And Initial Review! The Bang Per Buck Under 8K Contender!
At the back
Most phones in this category trade something off in order to keep prices down and usually it is the physical aspects that get the boot. This is not one of them. The phone is light yet solid in your hand. At first glance it looks a little big with that 5.5 Inch screen but surprisingly it fits in my girl sized hands. It has this matte finish at the back that stops it from slipping from your grasp.

Lenovo A7000 Unboxing And Initial Review! This Is The New Bang Per Buck Contender Under 8000 Pesos!
The slim looking body
On top you will find the micro USB port, microphone jack, sensors and the front facing camera and on the right side are the volume rocker and the power button which are textured so they can easily be distinguished like when inside your pocket while at the bottom is one of the microphone holes. At the back are the main camera, the LED flash, the second microphone hole and the speaker holes.

Photo Quality Teaser

Lenovo A7000 Unboxing And Initial Review! This Is The New Bang Per Buck Contender Under 8000 Pesos!
A sample shot from the A7000 where grain is much apparent
As you can see even in a well lit room the A7000's camera is quite grainy that reduced the sharpness and affected the colors while the dynamic range however is just okay. We really can't expect too much from its price point however.

A7000 Specifications

  • Display: 5.5 inches IPS HD display (267 ppi)
  • Processor: 1.5 GHz MediaTek MT6752m octa core
  • GPU: Mali-T760 MP2
  • RAM: 2 GB
  • ROM: 8 GB internal storage expandable via microSD card up to 32 GB
  • Rear Camera: 8 MP w/ LED flash
  • Front Camera: 5 MP
  • SIM: Dual-SIM (micro), Dual-Standby
  • Connectivity: 3G HSPA+, 4G/LTE , WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, NFC, Bluetooth 4.0, DLNA, Miracast, GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS
  • Battery: 2,900 mAh Li-Po
  • OS: Android 5.0 Lollipop w/ Vibe UI
  • Others: Dolby ATMOS surround sound
  • Dimensions: 152.6 x 76.2 x 8 mm
  • Weight: 140 g
  • Price: PHP 7,390.00

Currently

Lenovo A7000 Unboxing And Initial Review! This Is The New Bang Per Buck Contender Under 8000 Pesos!
Very high score!
I have made this my main phone for the past few days and so far the power and battery life is decent and what I find a little off from the box is the screen is barely visible outside even at top brightness. It is running a good modified version of Lollipop which makes it zippy and with all of the latest features. It is so far one of the best phone for its PHP 7,390.00 price tag.

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