First Look: Lenovo S860


Lenovo has introduced to the local press three of its latest smartphones via an intimate event Friday at Recess by Chef Chris in Makati. The A526, S660, and S860 of the company’s A (Affordability) and S (Style) Series took center stage, with Lenovo’s country general managerMichael Ngan, and OpenComm’s marketing manager Patricia Paredes and product manager Raena Sy spearheading the program. Lenovo Before we take a look at the S860, here are the quick specs of the A526 and the S660. Together with the S860, both are already available in the market. The A526 (P5,999) comes with Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, a 4.5-inch display, a 1.3GHz quad-core processor, a 5MP rear camera, and Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity. The S660 (P9,999) features a 3000mAh battery, 1GB RAM, a 1.3GHz quad-core processor, an 8MP rear camera, dual SIM capability, and a microSD slot for storage expansion. Lenovo S860 Lenovo S860 02 Speed went home from the event with a test unit of the Lenovo S860 (P15,999). Prior to the in-depth review we will be publishing, here’s a first look.

The Lenovo S860 package includes the phone unit, in-ear headphones with tips in different sizes, USB OTG cable, microUSB-USB cable, AC adapter, manuals, and warranty card. Lenovo S860 08 The S860 comes in a unibody, which means the 4000mAh battery isn’t removable. Lenovo is one of the first companies to offer a 4000mAh battery in a smartphone. This, of course, adds heft (10.3mm depth) and weight (190g total), but would be a welcome feature to power users and those who are always on the go. Thankfully, this is supported by a 2A AC adapter, so charging the huge Li-polymer battery shouldn’t take too long. Lenovo S860 09 The speakers and microUSB port are located at the bottom  of the unit, with the microSIM slot (for two microSIM cards) on the left side, the volume rocker and power button on the right side, and the 3.5mm audio jack on top. The microSIM card holder, which ejects with a push of a pin, feels flimsy, and so should be handled with care. Sorry, there’s no microSD slot. That means you’re stuck with the 16GB built-in storage. Remember to check out our in-depth review of the Lenovo S860. In the meantime, here are the specs. SPECIFICATIONS [unordered_list style=”green-dot”]

  • 5.3-inch 1290 x 720 IPS capacitive touchscreen
  • Android 4.2 Jelly Bean (the S860 will have a KitKat upgrade)
  • 1.3GHz quad-core MediaTek MT6582 processor
  • 16GB internal storage, 2GB RAM
  • 8MP rear, 1.6MP front cameras
  • Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 3.0, microUSB
  • 149.5 x 10.3 x 77.0mm, 190g
  • dual SIM/standby

[/unordered_list] Words & Photos Aritha Zel Zalamea