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Lenovo A706 Initial Review and Hands-on: Budget Powerhouse of Lenovo

It's the Lenovo A706!
It’s the Lenovo A706!

Hands-on with Lenovo’s Budget Powerhouse!

Affordable quad core smartphones are now lording our market these days and local brands (MyPhone, Cherry Mobile, Starmobile) have been the leading the way with this trend. Of course global brands, especially those based in China, want to fight back. One of the more affordable but branded smartphones out in the market today is the Lenovo A706. We actually featured this already on Unbox podcast episode 20 and it got a lot of comments from our viewers and it’s natural since it offers good value. At 7,990 SRP you will get a quad core smartphone with a 4.5 inch display running Android 4.1 Jellybean. A good friend and an Unbox reader herself was kind enough to lend us her Lenovo A706 for a short time. Let’s jump into the rest of the specs.

Lenovo A706 Spec Sheet

  • 1.2GHz Quad Core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor
  • 1GB RAM
  • 4GB internal memory expandable via MicroSD up to 32GB
  • 4.5 inch IPS LCD display (854 x 480 pixels) 218 ppi
  • 5 megapixel front facing camera with autofocus and LED flash
  • VGA front facing camera
  • Dolby Digital Plus sound enchancement
  • 3G/HSDPA, WIFi, WiFi hotspot, Bluetooth 4.0
  • Dual Sim dual standby
  • 2,000 mAh battery
  • Android 4.1 Jellybean
  • P7,990

Hardware Impressions

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We’ve been always impressed with Lenovo’s good build quality and nice design and the Lenovo A706 is no exception. The device is lightweight and has curved edges that reminds us of Samsung’s Galaxy line. The back has a silver accent which is a nice touch and doesn’t attract fingerprints.

The phone is equipped with a 4.5 inch FWVGA display with a ppi of 218. Display is sharp and produces good amount of colors thanks to its IPS panel. We haven’t tested the 5 megapixel camera but some pictures taken prior to our hands on looks good but appeared a little washed out.

Software Impressions

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The phone is running Android 4.1 Jellybean which is the oldest version. Thanks to its 1.2 GHz quad core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, there were no stutters and lags were encountered on the duration of our quick testing. Transitions are smooth, loading apps are quick and ran well too. One game was installed on the phone – Candy Crush. It ran well with no hiccups at all.

Initial Verdict

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We think that the Lenovo A706 will be a sweet spot for many buyers who are looking for a well built, stylish, Jellybean powered and quad core smartphone with an affordable pricetag. Some buyers are still not confident getting local brands but doesn’t want to spend more on well known brands. This is a perfect choice for them. It is also nice to see big bold Lenovo branding on this device. Its like telling you that Lenovo is proud with their products.

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9 Comments

  1. pls. help, binili ko itong unit lenovo a706 last dec. 21, 2013 meron lang po ako mga napansin sa unit.

    1. walang adjustment ng volume shotter pag kumukuha ng picture. di ko makuhaan ng patago ang crush ko. baka ma buking he he he . . .

    2. meron bang bagong feature sa lenovo a706? dumikit lang kc ang earphone wire sa screen kusa na cia nag o-operate or kusa n cia napipindot, lalo na pag nakasaksak na sa earphone jack. akala ko nung umpisa baka lang napipindot ko.
    pls. help pa check na lang din po sa inyong unit kung ganito rin po ang problema ko. or kung hindi naman baka sa akin po ang may problema.

    salamat!

    1. problem ko din yan at nagka crush yung audio nya. 1 week pa lang saken ito. madalas mawala ang sound at kusang nageend ung call or di makatawag. ginagawa ko nirereset ko. ganito ba talaga to o factory defect lang.

  2. auz ang phone na yan ah. . merun ako lenovo p700i kung cnu may gusto complete set pa to benta q 4.5k lang. . makinis pa

  3. I have this phone right now, at dito KO sinumpa Ang lenovo. Grabe Ang bilis uminit, kusang nagka crash Ang nagiisa Kong laro (Magic rush heroes) at Ang pinaka matindi.. HINDI NYA KAYANG MAG PLAY NG PELIKULA. napaka walang kwentang phone. Hinding hindi nko bibili ng lenovo dahil sa exp kong ito

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