Earlier this month, Lenovo launched the A328 which was in news for a while. This is a budget device and offers decent set of features at a really attractive price tag. It runs the latest android version (latest until Android L rolls out) with a reasonably powerful processor.
It is a dual SIM device and offers almost all connectivity options you would need. On top of that, Lenovo offers multiple apps on this device that make managing and sharing easier. The hardware offered is similar to the Android One devices but with a slightly different usage experience.
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So we try to figure out some pros and cons on this new device. Let’s check top five pros and cons of Lenovo A328:
Lenovo A328: Top 5 Pros
(1) Dual SIM
The Lenovo A328 offers multiple connectivity options and one of them is that it supports dual SIM cards. For the past couple of years, we have seen an increase in the number of dual SIM devices for obvious reasons.
Even if you don’t have a lot of calling and messaging uses, it is a nice simple addition to have. You can have more freedom in terms of network services and you can use different operators for different services.
You can also manage your work and personal number easily without the hassle of keeping two different devices. Apart from this, the other connectivity options you get are WI-FI 802.11 b/g/n, GPS, Bluetooth 4.0 and micro USB 2.0. There is no NFC as expected.
(2) Screen Size
The display on this device measures 4.5 inches and we think this is the perfect size for an everyday device. Here we are not trying to imply that devices like Galaxy Note 4 are a waste with large display or the previous generation iPhone doesn’t make sense due to its 4 inch display. We like the size of display in the range of 4.7-5 inches for most devices.
The thing here is that with high end devices, both the device thickness and bezels around the display are very slim. This makes even a 5 inch device like Nexus 5 easy to handle. On a budget device, you would find fat bezels making even a 4.7 or 5 inch device really big. Moreover a display size of 4.5-4.7 inches offers enough space for you to play around while being handy.
(3) Quad Core
Nobody likes a slow device. Even your everyday smartphone applications have grown so much that they have become demanding on the hardware. Thankfully the Lenovo A328 comes with a 1.3 GHz quad core processor which can handle the basic jobs easily. It comes with 1 GB of RAM which is plenty for the device. The processor however isn’t a Qualcomm. Instead it is a Mediatek which isn’t exactly favourable but is acceptable at this price point.
Most of the devices you would find in this price bracket run a Mediatek chipset (obviously with the exception of Xiaomi Redmi 1S). It is powered by a 2000 mAh battery which should prove to be good for the device. Devices with a lot more power than this device manage to run a decent battery life with similar capacity so we expect this one to do good as well.
(4) Android KitKat
The device runs the android KitKat operation system along with minor additions to it. Until the Android Lollipop update rolls out, this is the latest operating system you can have. We really recommend picking budget devices with the newest possible OS version. This is because these brands don’t really bother about releasing updates to the devices.
Even if they do, it is for their high end devices and the budget devices end up running on the software they came with. That is why having the newest android version is very important for a budget device. Wearen’t saying that they won’t release an update. We are just suggesting it to be on the safe side.
The price of this new budget device from Lenovo is Rs 7299. At this price the device is a really sensible buy. You also get the Android One devices from Karbonn and Micromax at the same price and they are similarly equipped. So the device has got just the right price tag for what it offers.
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Lenovo A328: Top 5 Cons
(1) Display resolution
While we really like the size of display they have used on this device, we didn’t like the display resolution. It has a resolution of 480 x 854 pixels giving it a really low pixel density of just 218 ppi. A qHD resolution would have been acceptable on this display. Moto E with a 4.3 inch qHD display has got a reasonably crisp display. The display on this one is not even remotely crisp.
While we don’t really expect budget devices to be very light, the weight distribution of this device is what disappoints us. It weighs 140 Gms which is acceptable but the bad weight distribution doesn’t help matters. On top of that, the device isn’t exactly small or slim by today’s standards and thus holding the device isn’t exactly a very nice experience.
We said the thing about its weight. Along with the weight, it is also quite big. Comparing it to its closest rival, Karbonn Sparkle V, it is wider, fatter and much taller. For the height, you can blame the capacitive keys they have gone for instead of the on screen keys as suggested by Google. The end result is a device which could have been smaller but is unusually tall for its width.
(4) Internal storage
This is a problem with many budget devices. It has got just 4 GB of internal storage. Although you have a micro SD card slot, having a decent amount of internal storage makes it easier.
This device is entering a segment where the rivals have grown very strong. We recently saw the Redmi 1S enter the market and take things by storm. The Android one devices by Karbonn and Micromax are pretty decent as well. So the Lenovo really has to earn it.
Author Bio: The author is an expert in mobile technology and loves to write about different handsets launched. He has listed the specifications of Lenovo A328 for the readers to make an informed buying decision.