UNBOXED: The Lenovo S560
Marketed as a music-lover’s smartphone, the Lenovo S560 features almost the same specifications as the popular Lenovo P700i save for the different body design, Dolby Digital Audio technology, enhanced speakers, and slightly lower (but still good) battery life. Lenovo Mobile Philippines sent us a loaner review unit to test and we wanted to share our initial impressions as well as unboxing with you guys. Before anything else though let’s take a look under the hood of this smartphone!
Lenovo S560 Spec Sheet
- 1GHz dual-core MT6577 processor, PowerVR SGX531 GPU
- 512MB RAM
- 4GB of internal storage, expandable microSD up to 32GB
- 4-inch WVGA (800×480) IPS Capacitive display
- Dual SIM, Dual Standby
- 5-megapixel rear-facing camera
- VGA front-facing camera
- Dolby Digital Plus Technology
- WiFi/3G/Bluetooth/GPS/FM Transmitter/Portable Hotspot
- Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
- 2,000mAh Battery
- Price: Php10,999
Lenovo S560 Promotional Video
Meet the Lenovo S560!
The S560 has the same packaging as the K860, P700i, and A60+. It’s basically a printed white carton box with the Ideaphone branding (which Lenovo Mobile PH didn’t adapt in their marketing materials). Inside is a black two-piece plastic tray which contains the device and its various peripherals and accessories. Here’s what the S560 looks like “in the flesh”, fresh out of the box:
As you can see it bears a striking resemblance to the P700i. It becomes much different though when you turn it around. Instead of the “plasticky” and ridged back plate, you get a glossy and almost glass-like back for the S560. It also proudly bears the “Dolby” logo and branding.
All the usual ports and controls can be found in the usual places. One interesting thing they added though was instead of a dedicated camera shutter button, they put a “Smart Music Player” button. With one-click you can play your music. It’s like a glorified play button, hehe. Here’s what it looks like:
What else is in the box
The usual suspects can be found underneath the phone in the tray. You’ll find the USB to microUSB cable, wall outlet charger, earphones, and manuals. If you’re a true audiophile though better ditch the earphones since they don’t really sound that good at all. Surprisingly though I find them to produce better sound than the Apple EarPods, lol.
Over-all Initial Impressions
The main selling point of the S560 is the Dolby Digital Sound Plus technology. Based on our findings it’s basically some sort of equalizer which boosts the bass a bit and amplifies the sound. It’s actually very similar to what you get with the “Beats Audio Technology” which other handsets carry. That said, the S560 is actually a very niche device. For people who aren’t really head over heels about their music, they should go for the P700i instead because it gives better battery life (2500mAh vs 2000mAh).
Pricing and Availability
The Lenovo S560 is now available in various gadget shops and Lenovo Mobile stores. SRP is Php10,999.
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