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Lenovo S920 Unboxing and Initial Review: A Modelesque Phablet

Unboxing Lenovo's Sezzy Phablet!
Unboxing Lenovo’s Sezzy Phablet!

Sezzy, thin, and pricey! Just like a Model!

The Lenovo S920 was launched here in the Philippines with the Lenovo S820 and the Lenovo P780. Among the three models the S920 is the bigger offering coming in at 5.3-inches (phablet size). However it also is one of the thinnest and “sezziest” among the three. The slim figure combined with the beautiful design and a debatable price point (SRP is Php16,999) reminds us of models and thus the “modelesque phablet” in the title, hehe. We’ve actually been playing around with the review unit in the last few days and we’d like to kick off our feature of the Lenovo S920 with our usual unboxing.

Here’s a quick rundown of the specifications.

Lenovo S920 Spec Sheet

  • MTK 6589 1.2 GHz Quad-Core Processor
  • 1GB RAM
  • 4GB Internal Storage, Expandable via microSD Card
  • 5.3-inches HD IPS Display, 1280 x 720 resolution with OGS Technology
  • Dual SIM, Dual Standby
  • 8.0-megapixel primary camera
  • 2.0-megapixel secondary camera
  • 3G, HSPA+, WiFi, WiFi Hotspot, FM Radio, GPS/aGPS, Bluetooth
  • 2,250mAh Battey
  • Android Jelly Bean 4.2
  • SRP: Php16,999 Php14,999

Hardware Impressions: This is Where the S920 Shines

New Lenovo packaging
New Lenovo packaging

The Lenovo S920 came in the same packaging and box as the Lenovo S820 and Lenovo P780. It’s the new box that’s cleaner (less cluttered) with the product shot up front and the technical specifications at the back. Gone is the tribal-like design which we saw with their previous models.

Unboxing was straightforward. There was a slip-on which we pulled out and it revealed the box with a white hard carton lid. The actual box itself though is color red which is interesting since it’s kinda surprising when you see it. It gives off the “surprise!!!” vibe since you wouldn’t expect it to be red since the whole box is white and very clean.

S920 in all of her glory
S920 in all of her glory

The Lenovo S920 itself is a good looking device. Up front you have the 5.3-inch glass display with no physical buttons (the Android controls at the bottom are capacitive). On the sides there’s the curved edges and the various buttons, ports, and controls. At the back we get the clean matte back which feels sand-blasted. It’s very smooth and fantastic to touch! Definitely one of the nicest 5.3-inch smartphones we’ve seen in the market to-date.

What the back looks like
What the back looks like

When it comes to the display we have an HD 5.3-inch screen. Nothing is super special about HD these days since there are already FHD smartphones that come in this price range. However the use of One Glass Screen technology (OGS) helps a lot in making the images and text pop out more in the screen. Unless you’re a super observant techie with a trained eye you probably won’t be able to see the difference anymore.

Display is ok~
Display is ok~

Over-all there’s no getting around the fact that the Lenovo S920 is truly one of the nicest looking phablets. Lenovo has come a long way with the design of their smartphones. We can still remember the first batch of a-series smartphones they released and they all looked painfully horrible, hehe. It’s good to see that they’ve made design a major priority since then.

Performance: Good but is it worth Php14,999?

Can it go the distance?
Can it go the distance?

The the Lenovo S920 was first launched they announced a price tag of Php16,999. That was definitely on the high end of the smartphone spectrum already. We were kinda baffle since the specs don’t match the price. The good news though is that Lenovo already did a Php2,000 price cut so you can actually get it for Php14,999 already.

Speaking of internals, the Lenovo S920 is powered by a 1.2GHz quad-core MediaTek 6589 processor and 1GB of RAM. These specs lets the Lenovo S920 handle pretty much everything you throw at it but not at the best speeds possible. There was some notable delays in app launches, especially in multi-tasking.

We’ll do more tests to see how the phone performs in time for our full review.

Initial Verdict: Great Alternative to the Lenovo K900

As far as initial impressions go, we’ve very impressed with the design and hardware of the Lenovo S920. However we’re still hesitant to fully recommend it as early as now mainly due to the price point. We’ll definitely put this phone through the paces so we can find out if it’s worth Php14,999.

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.

2 Comments

  1. stil pricey at 14k+ the fact that theres no LTE, MTK processor and non Gorilla glass or dragontrail. mag iceberg na lang ako or SM Knight

  2. Hi Carlo,

    I recently discovered the Lenovo S750, quad core, gorilla glass 2, ip67 certified for less than 10k php

    I hope you can review this, although it’s not yet launched here in the Philippines, you can get it online via ebay. hehe!

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