Just a few days ago Lenovo announced that they are slashing the price of the their smartphones, the Lenovo P70 and the Lenovo A5000 to N41,500 and N23,000 naira respectively. Part of the widely circulated press release said,
‘Our P70 and A5000 smartphones are built to meet Nigerians’ demand for mobile phones with first class design, smarter features and improved functionality. We have reduced the retail price in these categories so that a larger set of consumers can enjoy the optimal mobile experience that smartphones provide at an even more affordable rates.’
The skeptic in me went into full overdrive. I know from experience that anytime an OEM slashed the price of their gadgets, there must be something fishy going on somewhere behind the scene or in plain sight. The bottom line is, price slashes are always an indication that particular device is not doing well in the market.
So I decided to take a look at the specs of the Lenovo A5000, and see if it is worth the new price. Why only the Lenovo A5000 and not the P70 also? Because mid-range smartphones at a cheap price are what I love reviewing. They are simply the best selling phones in Nigeria.
The Lenovo A5000 is an Android kitkat (version 4.4.2), 5 inch smartphone announced in February and released into the market two months later in April. It made its appearance in Nigeria a further two months later in June in the online store Konga.
At that time, the biggest feature in favour of the phone was the huge 4000mAh battery capacity, that, according to Lenovo, can be used to charge other devices. The only draw back was the fact the battery was non-removable. Then non-removable batteries were yet to catch on. Again, it took 3 hours to charge the Lenovo A5000 fully, which is ridiculous considering that the sales pitch included a fast charging technology. 3 hours to charge any mobile device is not fast any way you look at it.
The Lenovo A5000 has a multi-touch display, fitted with an IPS capacitive touchscreen with a resolution of 720 X 1280 pixels which is very good in a mid-range smartphone. This ensures that the 8 MP rear camera would have a decent resolution to display sharp photos and videos. The front camera is 2 MP, also a decent rating.
The Lenovo A5000 has quad-core 1.3 GHz cortex A7 CPU mounted on Mediatek’s MT6582 chipset which is normal for a Chinese phone. The internal memory is an okay 1GB RAM supported by 8 GB of storage space that can be expanded to 32GB with a microSD card. if you want to see all the other specs of the Lenovo A5000, have a look in here.
All the other specs like the dual Sim, connectivity, data, wireless functions, etc, are also available. Just the normal things you’d expect to see on a mid-range smartphone. All these at a price of N30,000.
So why the price slash? The question that needs to be tackled first is this: if you had N23,000, would you buy the Lenovo A5000? People would rather go for options like the Tecno Camon C8 that was launched recently or the Infinix Hot 2, both of them with far superior specs. And the Infinix Hot 2, is even cheaper. Hunting around for users’ comments, I came across several complaints about the battery not being up to the 4000mAh capacity Lenovo slapped on it. Basically, it drains very fast especially after upgrading the software to the latest OS, lollipop ( android 5.0). And the camera too, according to users, does not give you the 8 MP as claimed in the specs.
My verdict at this point is obvious I guess. If Lenovo is expecting a rush for the Lenovo A500, they would have to do better than that price slash. Give it a go at N15,000. That might just clear out their inventory.