Lenovo has forayed into the smartphone market with five new Android smartphones. Each of these five smartphones is targeted at a specific audience. Priced between Rs 6,499 to Rs 28,499 these new smartphones try to cover all possible segments. Of these five smartphones, two carry similar specifications but are meant for two different classes of users. The Lenovo S560 and Lenovo P700i have similar specifications, yet they are distinct. Both smartphones have a dual SIM and dual standby configuration.
The new Lenovo S560 and Lenovo P700i are slotted in the mid-range price segment. The Lenovo S560 costs Rs 14,499 while the Lenovo P700i costs Rs 12,499. At the launch, the specifications as well as the close pricing blew our mind before it confused us. So here is how one can figure out the difference between the handsets.
In the Lenovo S560, S stands for Stylish and the device is targeted at consumers seeking a chic device with dual SIM support; whereas the Lenovo P700i is targeted at working professionals who seek more battery juice since they are always on the move. Eventually, the differences when fleshed out make them stand apart.
The Lenovo S560 has a glossy back panel and a strange looking speaker grill at the back. There is a mesh-strip at the lower back of the phone and higher up there is an X shaped speaker grill. The 5 megapixel image sensor is located at the top left corner at the back. The Lenovo P700i has a textured back with slight grooves at the corners to provide a great anti-slip grip to the hands. This phone is a couple of millimetres taller than the S560.
Both smartphones have essentially the same core hardware such as dual core 1 GHz MediaTek 6577 mobile processor with 512 MB RAM and only 4 GB on-board storage space. There is a memory card slot at the back which can accommodate up to a 32 GB memory card. Lenovo offers Android 4.0 ICS with a custom skin layer and round icons on both the smartphones.
Both smartphones have a 4 inch IPS display supporting 800 x 480 pixel resolution natively, and four points of multi-touch. There is a 5 megapixel camera module at the back to offer modest image quality and a 0.3 megapixel camera in the front for video calling. Neither of the smartphones have an LED flash at the back. Both smartphones have FM radio with recording facility, but only the P700i has a built-in FM transmitter. These dual SIM devices feature dual standby mode.
The obvious difference between the devices is their weight and styling. The P700i carries a 2500 mAh battery to make it last longer than other modern devices.
Meanwhile, the S560 has a 2000 mAh battery, which is still good enough on a dual SIM device. One other difference lies in the fact that P700i uses high speed Bluetooth 4.0 while the S560 has the Bluetooth 3.0 module.
There is price difference of Rs 2,000 between the devices and the choice is yours to go for one with a large battery or one with funky audio output.