Lenovo released the Lenovo A5 sometime in the 2nd quarter of 2018 as an entry-level smartphone which came with good features at a low price. The huge battery it had alongside fast charging was one of the top-selling points for the phone. Apart from the charging and battery aspect, the phone came with modest specs good for an entry-level smartphone. In this article, I’ll be doing a review about the Lenovo A5 telling you if it is still a good buy in 2020.
Lenovo A5 Key Specs
- 5.45 inches IPS LCD display
- MediaTek MT6739 processor
- 3GB or 2GB of RAM
- 16GB or 32GB built-in storage
- 13MP rear camera
- 8MP front-facing camera
- 4,000 mAh battery
- 10W fast charging support
- 4G LTE network support
Design and Body
Being an entry-level smartphone, the Lenovo A5 has a full plastic body. Choosing a plastic body was Lenovo way of cutting costs to make the phone really cheap. The phone is really thick with it having a thickness of 9.8mm, it is quite light with it weighing 160 grams. The phone is really compact so if you like compact phones you’ll enjoy it. At the rear, you’ll find the camera and the fingerprint sensor which secures the phone.
The phone display still shows that it is an entry-level smartphone. The Lenovo A5 sports a 5.45 inches IPS LCD display with an HD+ resolution of 720×1440 pixels and 295 PPI density. The phone does have an 18:9 aspect ratio which makes it have reduced bezels at the top and bottom. Don’t expect a sharp and crisp display like the Samsung Galaxy S9, this is an entry-level smartphone.
Processor and Memory
The phone also comes with an entry-level grade processor. The Lenovo A5 features a MediaTek MT6739 quad-core processor which has a maximum clock speed of 1.5 GHz. The PowerVR 8100 GPU is in charge of all graphics-related activities.
The phone with either 2GB or 3GB of RAM and either 32GB or 16GB built-in storage with a micro SD card slot for expanding the storage. The configurations are 16GB 2GB RAM, 16GB 3GB RAM and 32GB 3GB RAM.
The camera on this phone is not very top-notch, but it’s an entry-level smartphone something you should never ignore. Lenovo A5 has a 13MP rear camera with f/2.2 aperture and Phase Detection Auto Focus. The 13MP rear camera can record
1080p videos at 30 or 60 frames per second.
On the front, we have a 8 megapixels camera for all your selfies and video calls.
Network and Connectivity
Despite being an entry-level smartphone, the Lenovo A5 has support for 4G LTE network what some newer entry-level smartphone don’t have. The phone has support for the following 4G LTE bands: 1, 3, 5, 7, 8, 20, 38, 40, 41.
The phone comes with Bluetooth 4.2, WiFi, WiFi Direct, GPS, FM Radio and WiFi hotspot.
Battery and Charging
As I’ve said earlier, the Lenovo A5 has a huge battery, it comes with a 4,000 mAh non-removable Li-Ion battery. The battery is expected to last you throughout a day without running low. And when the phone runs low, there’s fast charging support. It supports all 10W fast chargers.
The Lenovo A5 runs on Android 8.0 Oreo with ZUI 3.9 skin on top. The phone didn’t get any official software update but you can download AOSP Android 10 update for it.
Lenovo A5 Review in 2020
The Lenovo A5 would have been a really good buy if we were about 12 to 16 months back. Presently in 2020, the Lenovo A5 is not worth buying as there are lots of better options out there.