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Unboxing the Lenovo P700i

Lenovo Dual-core mid-range smartphone, the P700i, unboxed!

Unboxed: The Lenovo P700i

The Lenovo P700i replaced the P700 in the Android smartphone product line-up of Lenovo last month. The P700i packs a bigger battery at 2,500mAh, a faster dual-core processor, and a slightly thinner and lighter form factor. It retained the price tag of the P700 which is at Php10,999. We currently have a review unit courtesy of Lenovo Philippines and we wanted to share with everyone our initial impressions as well as unboxing photos!

Lenovo P700i Spec Sheet

  • 1GHz Dual-Core MT6577 Processor, PowerVR SGX531 GPU
  • 512MB RAM
  • 4GB internal storage, Expandable up to 32GB via microSD card
  • 4-inch (800×480) IPS Capacitive display
  • 5.0 Megapixel with Auto Focus + VGA Camera
  • Dual SIM, Dual Standby
  • 3G/2G/EDGE/GPRS/GSM
  • Bluetooth/GPS/Portable Hotspot/FM Radio
  • 2500 mAh Battery Capacity

Lenovo’s Packaging has Definitely Improved

Lenovo P700i Packaging

I don’t know if it’s just me but I found the previous boxes of Lenovo to be too colorful and distracting (especially the one for the Lenovo A65). The P700i packaging is much more simpler but definitely classier. It’s a simple white carton box with some light gray design elements. Product information is at the back. I’m not 100% sure though if this is the packaging that’s actually being used in Lenovo stores since what I have is just a review unit.

To open just remove the tape and then pull out the inner compartment which is 2-piece plastic tray. At the top of the tray wrapped in voluminous amounts of plastic is the Lenovo P700i. It also has a plastic screen protector covering it (you should remove this though, not really for everyday use). Underneath the phone are the usual peripherals and accessories: earphones, USB to microUSB cable, wall charger, and manuals. By the way the box also had a 4GB microSD card. Yay.

The P700i looks and feels like a premium handset

Unboxed and ready to go!

In terms of hardware design and build, the P700i looks and feels much more than what you paid for it. They used some sort of pattern design for the back plate which also gives it better grip. The handset feels solid when you hold it and it has some heft to it too which isn’t really a bad thing. I personally prefer my phones not to be too light to the point I’d think I was just holding cardboard.

All the usual buttons and ports are there including a dedicated camera shutter button for taking quick photos.

Initial Impressions

We played with the P700i for a couple of hours and then went back and used the P700 and we can definitely say that there’s an improvement in how fast the phone responds. The over-all experience feels much smoother and seamless now and it doesn’t lag too much when you have a live wallpaper on plus a couple of widgets on the home screen (which was the pitfall of the P700 model). It looks like the dual-core processor really helped out.

The Lenovo P700i is already out in the market priced at Php10,999. We’ll play with this some more over the weekend. Full review to follow soon. If you want to know more you might want to check out Lenovo Mobile Philippines’ Facebook Page here.

SEE ALSO: Lenovo S880 (5-inch Dual-SIM Android 4.0 Smartphone) REVIEW

 

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.

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2 Comments

  1. Hi,

    thanks for this first hand look. Curious, you mentioned the p700 having a pitfall with the widgets on the homescreen. Could you elaborate?

    Thanks!

  2. Hello Sir, would like to ask if i can connect the nokia n8 or other cellphone with wifi capability to this phone when operating as portable hotspot? Or only laptops with ad hoc connection can connect to this device?

    Also, can i connect this device to other wifi tethered phone? Hope you can test this on your review. More power and many thanks. Thinking of buying this device as a second phone for use as wifi internet connection.

    And lastly, how’s that plastic material used in this unit? Is it durable or brittle?

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