*This is a review of a loaned product from Lenovo Malaysia*
Merry Christmas, everyone!!! Or shall I say, Happy Boxing Day, everyone!!!
As you’re reading this, I am probably on the way to my holiday on a beach. *wink* It is the year end holiday season and a lot of you might be enjoying your own holiday break yourself.
This year end has been good to me. I got so much opportunity with way too many gadgets and toys that was sent to me by various brands for review. I have spent the last few weeks using various smartphones, printers, laptops, speakers and more. As a crazy gadget geek, I love this. As a working professional who’s blogging in her spare time, I’m struggling with time management.
I am now enjoying my year end holidays, ending with a New Year’s countdown and celebration back in Boracay Island in Philippines. And I brought one of these review unit smartphones with me – Lenovo S820. Why? It’s a dual SIM Android smartphone and I will be using this function with a local SIM that I’ll be getting in Philippines.
About the Lenovo S820
Lenovo S820 is an entry level Android smartphone, that comes with a decent 1.2 GHz quad-core processor. The biggest selling point here is that this device supports dual SIM, meaning you can use 2 SIM cards simultaneously, which will come in handy during my vacation.
Here’s a quick snapshot of the specifications of the Lenovo S820 :-
- 4.7″ IPS Corning® curved glass (1280 x 720)
- 1.2 GHz Quad Core processor
- 8 GB internal memory (expandable micro SD slot up to 32 GB) + 1 GB RAM
- Powered by Android 4.2 Jelly Bean OS
- 12 megapixel rear camera ( LED flash, autofocus), 2 megapixel front facing camera (fixed focus)
- 8.95 mm thin, weighing only 143 grams
- 2,000 mAh removable battery (up to 10 hours 3G talktime)
- Connectivity : HSPA+, WiFi, Bluetooth 3.0, NFC, DLNA
- Available in 3 colours : Black, White and Red
For more detailed technical specifications, check out Lenovo S820 Product Page at http://shopap.lenovo.com/my/en/smartphones/s-series/s820/index.html
Unboxing the Lenovo S820
The S820 comes in a normal rectangular cardboard box showcasing the image of the device in the front, and basic features and spec highlights at the back.
Inside the box packaging, you’ll find the 4.7″ display screen device, 3-pin power adapter, USB to microUSB charging and syncing cable, standard in-ear headphones and user manuals.
Nothing out of the ordinary here, but it’s nice to see Lenovo bundled headphones in the box.
Hardware Overview of the Lenovo S820
Let’s take a look around the device itself.
The front of the device is a nice and clean 4.7″ IPS display with 3 soft, capacitive buttons for “Menu”, “Home” and “Back” at the bottom and Lenovo branding up top with the front facing 2 megapixel fixed focus camera. At the back, (I have the white coloured set) houses the 12 megapixel rear camera in the middle and another Lenovo branding underneath.
The device reminds me a lot about HTC Desire 600 Dual SIM and HTC One X phone that I used to have, other than the fact that the back is glossy polycarbonate (plastic) instead of the matte back on HTC devices. Then again, that’s like the HTC One S.
See Also : HTC Desire 600 Dual SIM User Review
Looking around the sides of the slim 8.95 mm thin device, you’ll see the Power On/Off button at the top of the device, along with the 3.5 mm headphone jack. At the left side, there are absolutely no buttons or ports, showcasing the slim and curve of the device. On the right, there’s the volume rocker. At the bottom, a singular micro USB charging and syncing port in the centre.
There are minimal ports and buttons on the S820, which is nice and showcases the sleek and slightly curved phone.
Remove the backplate, which is thankfully not as flimsy as the Samsung devices, you’ll get to access the 2,000 mAH removable Li-Ion battery and the slots for both SIM1 and SIM2 as well as the microSD expansion.
I am rather disappointed to see that the phone uses a regular SIM instead of the now standard microSIM in most smartphones these days. Not a major problem for the foreign Philippines SIM card that I will get when I land, but it wouldn’t work too well with my primary SIM which is a microSIM.
The Lenovo S820 is now available on sale in Malaysia, at a Recommended Retail Price (RRP) of RM 899.
This is super affordable, if you’re in the market for a dual SIM Android smartphone that wouldn’t break your bank. On top of HTC Desire 600 Dual SIM and Samsung Galaxy Grand Duos and Ninetology U9 series phones, of course.
See Also : Samsung Galaxy Grand Duos User Review
Using the S820 on my vacay
Not a big deal, though. I recently purchased this nano and micro SIM adapter at Low Yat Plaza for RM 10!
This thing is godsend to me. I’m surprised I didn’t know about this sooner. It would have been so very handy in all these while when I was reviewing multiple devices that accepts different SIM sizes!
This adapter is coming with me to my vacation in Boaracay, to house my primary microSIM using the adapter to turn it into a regular SIM for use in this Lenovo S820.
See Also : Ninetology U9R1 User Review
This is Part 1 of 4-part post on my review for the Lenovo S820, a part of Lenovo Influuencer program, thanks to Lenovo Malaysia. So, stay tuned for more review coming up in 2 weeks, on my experience using the various features and functions and camera performance of thie Lenovo S820 throughout my holiday!
But of course, you can tell me in the comments below, what you want me to test, and I’m happy to report back!