We go hands-on with the A6000 Plus!
Lenovo’s entry-level A series offerings have been trading punches with other bang-for-the-buck devices of its rivals in the PH since the middle of the year. The company’s newest smartphone, the A6000 Plus that will be released to Lazada next week seeks to continue that trend, though it may be facing an uphill battle.
Lenovo A6000 Plus specs
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 quad-core processor
- 2GB of RAM
- 5-inch HD display, 720 x 1280 resolution
- 16GB of storage, expandable via microSD
- 8-megapixel rear camera with flash
- 2-megapixel front camera
- 3G, LTE
- WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS, A-GPS
- Android KitKat, upgradable to Lollipop, Lenovo Vibe 2.0 UI
- 2300mAh battery
Initial Impressions: good mix of build quality and performance, though pricing is a little dicey
The A6000 Plus follows the same design philosophy as its bigger brothers, the A7000 and the A7000 Plus – namely a plastic shell that covers all the important bits. It’s a completely Spartan and utilitarian design, which isn’t surprising considering its intended audience.
Being a smaller phone than its bigger brothers, the A6000 Plus is easier to hold in the hands and operate one-handed. The volume rocker and the power button is on the right side, while both the 3.5mm jack and USB port is on the top of the phone.
Flip the phone over and you’ll see the 8-megapixel rear camera and the two speaker grilles on the bottom. Lenovo’s also thrown in their Dolby Digital Plus tech into the phone.
The A6000 Plus is equipped with a 5-inch HD display though the display is left unprotected. Lenovo is throwing in a screen protector and a clear case with every purchase, though we’d recommend buying tempered glass protection for it as soon as you can if you decide to buy it.
Internally, the A6000 Plus runs Qualcomm’s tried and true Snapdragon 410 quad-core processor paired with 2GB of RAM. As far as performance goes, it’s not going to blow you away but the phone is aimed at the lower-end of the market so that’s not really a big deal. Also keep in mind this was a phone that was released a few months ago, so the specs won’t really blow you away.
Just like Lenovo’s other phones, the A6000 Plus runs Lenovo’s UI, along with Android 4.4 KitKat. Before you start sending angry emails and flooding Lenovo’s Facebook page with comments, know that there’s a Lollipop update already included in the phone when you purchase it – you just have to trigger it yourself.
Pricing wise, the A6000 Plus will run you Php 6,999 when it hits Lazada on December 9 at 12nn. Pricing is a little dicey, considering that the higher spec A7000 is a mere Php 500 more, and the A7000 Plus is just 1K more.