Lenovo has today announced the launch of its latest budget-centric smartphone, the Lenovo A6 Note, in India. The smartphone comes with a price tag of Rs 7,999 and it will be available for purchase from Flipkart starting from September 11.
The latest smartphone from Lenovo comes loaded with a standard design language and it features a glossy design language. The phone is loaded with standard specifications that are present in this price range. So, the question here is, can it be a worthy challenger in the budget segment? We spent some time with the device and there are our first impressions.
Design and Display
In terms of design, the Lenovo A6 Note comes with a polycarbonate body at the back panel. The company has added a glossy finish at the back panel and it comes in two colour options, Black and Blue. We got the Black colour option for review and the first thing we noticed was the smudges. The rear panel is a fingerprint magnet and you will end up wiping the panel on a daily basis. The rear panel also features a dual-camera setup, which is aligned vertically along with a fingerprint sensor that sits at the centre position.
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The front features a waterdrop notch design, which has become a standard thing in this price segment. The side bezels are thin, though the bottom bezels are quite thick in our opinion. The right side features volume controls and power on/off button, while the left houses dual-SIM slot. The base of the device features a micro USB port flanked between two speaker grilles out of which one features actual speaker. The top is loaded a 3.5mm audio jack. Overall, the phone is quite lightweight and compact when you hold in your hand, but we have seen some better-designed smartphones in this price range.
Coming to the display, the Lenovo A6 Note features a 6.088-inch HD+ display with a screen resolution of 1520 x 720 pixels. The display comes with a basic Panda glass protection. The viewing angles of the display are quite decent, though colours look a bit dull in our initial testing. The brightness levels are average as well and the screen is a bit reflective, meaning that you will it a bit difficult to watch content in direct sunlight.
Hardware and Software
On the hardware front, the Lenovo A6 Note is powered by an octa-core MediaTek Helio P22 processor. The phone is loaded with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage. Out of 32GB of internal storage, almost 25GB is available for usage. The memory can be further expanded via microSD card slot. That said, the phone will face a tough competition with the likes of Infinix Hot 8, Xiaomi Redmi 7, Samsung Galaxy M10, Realme C2 and Nokia 3.2. The smartphone is equipped with a physical fingerprint sensor at the back panel and it also comes with face unlock feature.
On the software front, the Lenovo A6 Note runs on Android 9.0 Pie and it features a near-stock experience. The user interface is smooth and it comes with some noticeable amount of bloatware including Puzzle, Spiderman, Asphalt Nitro, Truecaller, SYNCit and InfoHub News. We will talk more about this in our upcoming review.
On the camera front, the Lenovo A6 Note is equipped with a dual-camera setup, which comes with a combination of 13-megapixel primary sensor and a 2-megapixel sensor. For the front, there is a 5-megapixel shooter for selfies and video calling.
The camera mode includes Photo, Video, Beauty and Bokeh. The camera performance is quite average as the camera is quite slow to process the image, especially in low light conditions. Images clicked in daylight came out to be average as well. The selfie performance is not that great in our initial testing. However, we are yet to test the cameras in different light situations, so we will reserve our judgement here.
Battery and Connectivity
On the battery front, the phone is loaded with a 4000mAh battery and the company has added a 10W charger bundled with the box. The battery should ideally last one full day of regular in our opinion. On the connectivity front, the phone supports 4G VoLTE, Bluetooth 5.0, WiFi, NFC, GPS, GLONASS, 3.5mm audio jack, dual-SIM support and micro USB port.