Lenovo P780: A versatile workhorse with great looks

Feb 13 2014, 09:21 IST
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Estimated street price of Lenovo P780 is Rs 18,869. Estimated street price of Lenovo P780 is Rs 18,869.
SummaryGo for the Lenovo P780 if you want a phone with great looks and high battery life.

Smartphones have been advancing over the years and cost of owning one has also come down in recent times. But even then, there are some aspects which manufacturers have overlooked, and one of them is the battery life. This is where Lenovo has taken its stand and introduced its P780 smartphone, which like all other brands in the market comes with competent hardware, but refreshingly loaded with a powerful long lasting battery unit.

Getting to know

Lenovo P780 smartphone packs 5-inch HD display, running on Android 4.2 Jelly Bean version, the very common Mediatek quad-core chipset along with 1 GB RAM and 4 GB expandable storage. With dual-SIM (GSM+CDMA) option, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and GPS among others, the P780 also doubles up as a charging unit for other devices, thanks to the large sized 4000 mAh battery that is fitted in the phone. Eight MP rear and VGA front cameras complete the hardware dynamics of the P780. Weighing at 176 grams, the P780 is more in tune with the Note 2 in terms of size, ease of carrying but then extra battery life is always a good thing to have.

How does it fair?

P780 has all the Lenovo attributes—well built, simple and not shimmery. The display covers the major part on the front outlined by the bezel, while the rear cover is mix of solid metallic finish. Overall, the look of P780 has nothing to talk about or nothing to complain. The HD display is of standard quality being used by brands these days in the R18,000 pricing slab without the glaring omission of a Corning Glass material, which is a big miss. The raw performance of P780 is more matched with the Canvas HD, Xolo Q Series and other mid-segment devices but the only stand out point for Lenovo is the 4000 mAh battery, a size which is more recognised with tablets than smartphones.

The camera does a decent job in daylight conditions with slight time lag between clicking and processing the image. The low light capability is average with evident grain and noise in the images. The front VGA camera does an okay job for video calling support.

Coming to the best part about P780 is the battery life which lasts for more than two days on single charge. During our battery test, running HD videos on Wi-Fi at full brightness delivered usage time of more than 10 hours, which validates the life of

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