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Lenovo S820 Unboxing: Super Slick Quad-core Smartphone

Supes helping us out for the unboxing!
Supes helping us out for the unboxing!

Lenovo S820 UNBOXED!

Last month Lenovo announced two new slick quad-core smartphones — the Lenovo S920 and the Lenovo S820. The Lenovo S920 crosses over to the phablet category with a 5.3-inch display. The Lenovo S820, on the other hand, remains as a viable easy-to-use and manage smartphone because of it’s 4.7-inch display. The good folks over at Lenovo Mobile PH sent us a review unit and we’d like to kick things off once again with our ceremonial unboxing.

Lenovo S820 Spec Sheet

  • MTK 6589 1.2 GHz Quad-Core Processor
  • 1GB RAM
  • 4GB Internal Storage, Expandable via microSD Card
  • 4.7-inch HD IPS Display, 1280 x 720 resolution with Wide Viewing Angle
  • Dual SIM, Dual Standby
  • 12.0-megapixel primary camera with Auto Focus and LED Flash
  • 2.0-megapixel secondary camera
  • 3G, HSPA+, WiFi, WiFi Hotspot, FM Radio, GPS/aGPS, Bluetooth
  • 2,000mAh Battey
  • Android Jelly Bean 4.2
  • SRP: Php12,999

For this occasion we asked the Man of Steel to help us out, hehe.

Packaging and Unboxing

Lenovo started using their new packaging and box for with this line-up of smartphones. It definitely looks much cleaner and better compared to the weird tribal man print they had plastered on their previous box. The new packaging now has the product hero shot up front, specifications at the back, and a nice shiny embossed Lenovo logo proudly displayed on top of the product shot.

Instead of us doing our usual unboxing we asked help from the Man of Steel to take a crack at it. Check out the photos below.

Go Superman!
Go Superman!
Rawr!
Rawr!
Another cover?
Another cover?
This is a job for Superman! Rawr! And there you go. Lenovo S820 officially unboxed!
This is a job for Superman! Rawr! And there you go. Lenovo S820 officially unboxed!

Other than the phone we found the usual stuff inside: charger, USB to micro USB, manuals, certificates, and the earphones. Nothing out of the ordinary there.

Hardware Initial Impressions

Very nice build
Very nice build

Lenovo has definitely made major strides in the design of their smartphones. That continues with the Lenovo S820. The chassis is dominantly glossy white plastic but it’s very compact, rigid, and solid. There’s no soft spot or squeaking sound if you press down on the back. The curved edges and back also make it more ergonomic — easier to hold and use even with just one hand.

We also love how the glass looks like it curves downwards into the polycarbonate back shell. It makes it look much nicer and it really does stand out if you put it side-by-side with other Android devices. The Lenovo S820 gives an impression that it’s worth much more than the price tag and that it’s more premium that it looks.

Very thin device
Very thin device
Minimalist and clean back plate
Minimalist and clean back plate

The display is also quite good. They have a resolution of 1280×720 which is enough to deliver crisp images but to be honest you will kinda feel the difference if you’re coming from a Super AMOLED HD display. It’s nice to note by the way that Lenovo also used IPS technology for this one which gives it superb viewing angles.

Software Initial Impressions

Lenovo's custom ROM
Lenovo’s custom ROM

Lenovo uses their custom Android ROM for the S820. This is the same UI as the one installed in the Lenovo K900 (the Kobe Bryant smartphone). I’m not really a fan of the UI but the awesome thing about Android is that it’s very easy to change it and customize it to your liking. I’m not really into rooting so what I usually do is just change the launcher via Nova Launcher Prime.

In terms of performance, there were jittery times at first but after several minutes running the device delivered a smooth Android experience. We’ll definitely know more in the coming days though as we do the full and comprehensive review.

Full Review Coming Soon!

Nice smartphone by Lenovo
Nice smartphone by Lenovo

As far as initial impressions go we’re pretty satisfied with the S820. There are definitely points for improvement on the software side but that can be settled and fixed by customizing the UI (like we mentioned earlier). If there’s one major concern we have that’s probably the price. We’ll fill you in if it’s worth every peso come the full review. Watch out for our that next week! πŸ™‚

Carlo Ople

Carlo is the Editor-in-Chief and Founder of Unbox.ph. During daytime he’s the Managing Director and Partner of a Digital Marketing Agency in the Philippines and by nighttime he’s living out his passion as a gadget enthusiast and story teller through Unbox.

29 Comments

  1. @Rafael Tagalag – price is acceptable and competitive enough considering this is an international brand. may mga rebranded nga jan pumatong na sa 11-13k tapos dami defects out of the box. eto masisigurado mo ang kalidad

  2. Lenovo should be leveled with re branded phones (cherry & myphone) based from the choice of processor and specs, much better yung THL (monkey king) with a lower price. For me it’s not worth the 13k, too expensive.

  3. Hi Carlo,

    I have been a fan of your blog since last year. I’ve noticed recently that you’re incorporating action figures to the product shots. It’s nice to have one or two, so we can get an idea on the product’s size, dimension, and, perhaps to some extent, overall look. But, for the love of god, don’t include action figure in all the shots. It makes the blog entry tacky and, more but definitely not less, too geeky. Anyway, these are just my suggestions.

    1. It’s a phase I’m going through so bare with me! Hehe. I just started a toy collection. We’re thinking of spinning off a collectible and hobbies blog though soon so we can separate the content. Thanks for the very honest feedback. Appreciate it a lot.

  4. Waiting also for your full review. Can’t decide between this and MyPhone Vortex. What I like about Vortex is the aluminum frame and the 16GB internal storage. S820 has the Lenovo brand which is known to be durable.

    1. YUP, FULL REVIEW PLEASE.. Bro, we have same dilemma as well , but Im torn between 3 phones: this one, Myphone Vortex and Cherry Mobile’s Cosmos X2. I want a midrange phone that has clear , colorful and crisp display, good camera quality, at least good conectivity and speed, durability and has better battery life. X2 leads with its Amoled display and battery life, while Vortex has good built w/ Aluminum frame and was told it has a Multimedia feature, while this one edges as it s known for its durability. X2 is good, but i have yet get hold of this phone and Vortex physically to see the quality , haven’t touch a demo unit of this lenovo and Vortex yet to see for myself.

  5. whats the difference between the 4gb and 8gb version of this?i bough the 4gb version first then sold it after lumabas yung 8gb version!masyado maliit for me yung 4gb kaya decided to buy the 8gb version instead!same price lang sila kaya worried ako baka yung screen nya di na cornilla glass!

      1. dito sir sa saudi arabia meron!una kong nabili yung 4gb lang then sold it after lumabas yung 8gb version nya after one month nang mabili ko yung 4gb!bitin kasi sa 4gb kaya kahit lugi benta pumayag na ako basta makuha lang yung 8gb internal memory!

  6. sir please do make a full review specially sa cam nya im intrigue with its 12mp on how really good it would be compare sa other phones thanks

  7. its a really slim phone with a very pretty display.. naamaze ako sa display nito nung binili namin.. ung 4g lng talaga medyo tagilid ako.. pero after a mos meron na daw nung 8g same price T_T too bad.. performance nya… very ok.. ngka issue lng ako sa unit ko kasi nung nglalaro sila ng pou sa phone para daw me lumalabas na static sa screen, binalik nmin sa binilhan at pinalitan iba unit pero gnun pa dn.. di daw nila alam kung anu un.. di din sila pumayag na swap sa iba unit.. un lng nging issue nmin dto.. so far camera battery wifi and other very much satisfied.. sa camera back and front very ok na xa para sakin.. ung ui lng lito pa kasi ang sanay ako sa samsung.. hehehehe.. but the phone is GREAT! **** / 5 stars..

  8. Hi, Carlo
    please make the full review.

    and a stupid question for lenovo phone. Is there any chance that you can swap battery ? example from 2000 mAh to 3000 mAh

  9. hello there! i got his phone for a week now, the only doubt is the supercamera lenovo s820 has. i tried all the settings, adjustments, different modes and default settings but still im not satisfied with the clarity every photos i took. i even transferred those photos to my laptop and tried zooming it and notice the photos are that crispy and clear as this phone as 13 MP. even tried changing the resolution from 13MP, 9MP and 8MP still. why is it?

    i have the latest android version 4.2. everything’s great except the camera, btw why did they called it supercamera if it doesnt as clear as those others phones with 13MP or higher.

    to be honest, it’s like 5 MP very disapointed!

    can anyone help me on using this supercamera specially with the built in software and features…

    thanks!

  10. bought this phone at a discounted price of Php 10,150. it’s good actually. it’s a 13mp camera not 12 (or my mistake, 13mp actually appears in the camera settings). it’s good except that it’s still in Android OS 4.2.1 where my tablet is 4.2.2. The phone cannot be in landscape mode. That includes SMS while the rest of the apps are allowed (I don’t understand that why). I Installed an app for landscape and the icons were compressed and widgets disappear. Perhaps that’s the reason but how come samsung phones are capable of landscape modes in SMS. For the camera, try to focus your image first before making a shot. I’ve compared this to Nokia N8 with a 12mp resolution. Having Carl Zeiss Optics stands out in Nokia even though you zoom the picture. Games are quite laggy. Checking Lenovo forums, I don’t think there are news about upgrading the phone’s OS to kitkat or 4.3 version (4.5 is still still under construction). I asked the sales staff if upgrades are available and I got an “I don’t know” response. Overall, it’s still a good phone as I am enjoying it.

  11. One more thing I was disappointed was, the box says it is has an 8g storage but when I checked the unit it’s only 4g.

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