In 2015, an extremely interesting trend was outlined. manufacturers of smartphones and tablets began quite quickly to release their devices based on the latest versions of the Android operating system. Most of the new models of 2015 are made on the basis of Android 5.0 or Android 5.1, and we are talking not only about flagships, but even about individual budget devices.
Lenovo in this context was slightly behind when you look at the beginning of the year, but closer to the second half the situation began to improve. All new items announced during the September IFA 2015 work either on Android 5.0 or 5.1.
And even the budget handsets have already acquired Android 5.1! So, the Lenovo A2010 smartphone fell into our hands, which refers to inexpensive solutions for the mass consumer, but it works on the latest version of the system from Google, apart from Android 6.0, which was released after the announcement of the handset. In general, let’s get acquainted with the phone. it has a lot of interesting things!
review Lenovo A2010
As always, first we suggest looking at the Lenovo A2010 Dual smartphone in question in the:
Now we turn to our traditional review.
Lenovo A2010 does not shine with some special design refinements. His appearance does not cause rejection, but there is no stormy enthusiasm. the word “classic” revolves in the language.
The device came to us in black, so this is A2010 Black, although it also happens to be Lenovo A2010 White. a version with a white case. Probably, it looks more advantageous and noticeable, although the classic black version suits us well.
Phone Lenovo A2010 on the front side is not quite rectangular in shape. its lower ends are slightly rounded, giving the appearance of the smartphone softness.
This effect is further enhanced by looking at the back cover. It is rounded at the edges, so that the handset lies very well in the hand. it is comfortable to hold and it does not slip out due to a smooth but slightly matte finish.
Probably, many will appreciate the small size of the Lenovo A2010 mobile phone, which was the result of the installation of a 4.5-inch screen. While 5 inches became the “entry-level” option for most of the models on the market, anything smaller can already be considered a “compact” solution.
At the same time, A2010 cannot boast a record-thin body or weight. for its diagonal screen thickness of 9.9 mm, the option is not bad, but not the best. Yes, and the weight of 137 grams gives its budget positioning. 5-inch flagships sometimes weigh less, although they cost several times more. In short, the thickness and weight of the Lenovo A2010 for its class does not go beyond the norm.
With the larger Lenovo A2010 we liked it. The handset looks discreet, but neat, and well assembled. For the mass product in terms of design, everything is done as expected.
Connectors and controls
Lenovo A2010 is a typical inexpensive smartphone, and therefore all of its connectors are standard, as well as there are no special buttons.
Above the screen is a conversational speaker, closed by a grid and slightly recessed into the body. To the left of it is the front camera lens.
Under the screen, as always, three traditional Menu, Home and Back buttons are placed. They are applied with pale white paint and are clearly visible, but only in the light. the touch buttons do not have their own backlight.
Behind the center is an external speaker. It is hidden behind the perforation bars.
The main camera of the smartphone is located in the center at the top of the back side. Her lens protrudes slightly from the body, and underneath is an LED flash.
There is nothing left.
Lenovo has long preferred to take out all the mechanical buttons on the right side. The power button is located closer to the center of the sidewall, and the volume control is placed a little higher.
Below is a conversational microphone.
The upper end got all the connectors: a 3.5 mm minijack for headphones and a headset, as well as microUSB. The place for the latter was not chosen very well. during charging it will be difficult to talk, putting the phone to your ear.
Inside, under the cover are the compartments for the SIM card and memory card, as well as a small 2000 mAh battery.
SIM cards are supported in microSIM format. One of them is inserted without removing the battery, while to install the second one will have to remove the battery. The memory card also overlaps them. There shouldn’t be any problems with installing cards, but if there are any difficulties, then our short will help to solve them:
There are no complaints about the ergonomics of the Lenovo A2010, except for the uncomfortably placed microUSB port on the upper end. from the bottom it is more appropriate and convenient.
Case for Lenovo A2010
Buying a case for Lenovo A2010 is very simple. the smartphone turned out to be popular, and therefore manufacturers did not fail to release covers for it.
For example, there is such a leather cover for Lenovo A2010 in a notebook format. It costs something in the region of 1250 rubles.
There are more affordable silicone backs, for about 1 thousand rubles.
A notebook cover made of better leather will cost around 2 thousand rubles.
Also on sale there are other options for covers for Lenovo A2010, including flips. This is a rare success when so many similar accessories have been released for the budget device.
The screen, as always, has been and remains a fundamental component for determining the size and often weight of a smartphone. Lenovo A2010 from this point of view is not very large, for which thanks to its 4.5-inch screen. By the standards of 2015, such a diagonal pulls to the level of “less than average.” 5-inch screens have long been the norm. Even the iPhone 6 and 6s offer a 4.7-inch display.
However, Lenovo did not make A2010 something like a “compact, but powerful smartphone.” The model belongs to the budget category and all the characteristics of the screen follow from this. First of all, this concerns the type of matrix. What exactly is used there, we do not undertake to say, but this is definitely not IPS. Hence, not the widest viewing angles, the almost complete impossibility of using a smartphone in the sun and the overall fading of the picture follow. On the other hand, we saw screens and noticeably lower quality. From the point of view of the budget category, the display used is quite normal.
The resolution is also not enough stars from the sky. 854×480 pixels with a 4.5-inch diagonal gives not the most impressive 218 ppi. If you don’t particularly look closely, the graininess is not visible, but after ultra-precise modern smartphones, Lenovo A2010 does not look the most advantageous way.
If we talk about objective measurements, then here, too, nothing particularly outstanding can be noted. The maximum brightness of black was measured at the level of 241.16 cd / m2, which is quite a bit. even many budget tubes have a brightness of 300-350 cd / m2. Black turned out to be within the normal range of 0.39 cd / m2, that is, it does not look too gray. But in any case, the resulting contrast came out slightly below the average. 618: 1.
The color gamut turned out to be somewhat narrower than the sRGB space, so there is no reason to count on high-quality color rendering. we once again became convinced of the budget qualities of the A2010 display.
The graph of color temperature also does not look the way it is typical for a better screen. in this one it is usually flat, and does not bend in an arc. Not surprisingly, the image gave a cold “blue”. the excess of temperature over the reference value of 6500K is obvious.
And to top it off, a gamma curve that bends noticeably relative to the reference. All this means that light portions of the image are displayed lighter than necessary, and dark. darker. The picture may look and contrast, but we are for the natural display.
Of the special settings, there is only a brightness adjustment. Thanks again for the fact that it can be done automatically.
As befits a budget device, the Lenovo A2010 screen only supports two simultaneous touches.
Given the price of Lenovo A2010, its screen more or less satisfies us. The company clearly decided to stay on the budget matrix to reduce the cost of the device, but still did not drive for maximum savings. the display has quite a few flaws, but most people simply won’t see them.
As for the Lenovo A2010 camera, there are also not enough stars from the sky. The manufacturer did not “push with megapixels” and installed a 5 MP main camera and 2 MP front. Lenovo is well aware that there is simply no more need. the quality will not be higher, and the price will increase.
The firmware in our smartphone was clearly not final, but because the camera application met us with a typical interface, familiar from the “bare” Android.
Everything is extremely simple and primitive in some places. Although white balance can be adjusted, as well as photosensitivity. Even multiple filters are supported.
The quality of the main camera is not impressive. We have serious complaints about the automatic determination of white balance. almost all frames are made too warm, give out yellowness. In poor lighting conditions, pictures appear blurry and details are noticeable worse.
The was filmed in low resolution 864×480. Probably, the smartphone also supports 1280×720, but there is also little point in this. Here is exactly the same problem as with the photo, namely, a seriously disturbed white balance.
The front camera shoots surprisingly well. It’s so good for a budget device! over, she does not have such problems with white balance. on the contrary, it is determined very reliably.
shooting is carried out in the resolution of 640×480, which is very small, but common for budget tubes. At the same time, the shooting quality is also more or less decent.
In total, we have one main complaint with the Lenovo A2010 camera. a seriously disturbed white balance. We believe that in the retail version of the device the problem can be fixed. After all, the front sensor removes without such defects. By the way, with him, everything is good for an affordable smartphone!
Characteristics Lenovo A2010
In a series A Lenovo company allocates mid-budget smartphones with a good price-performance ratio. In August 2015, we already met with the Lenovo A5000, which features a powerful 4000 mAh battery. Model A2010 is one of the cheapest in the line, aimed at an even more massive consumer.
Specifications Lenovo A2010 look very good, especially for its price category. The company did not go too far, saving on every megabyte and megahertz.
As a result, the smartphone received a modern 64-bit MediaTek MT6735 processor, equipped with four Cortex-A53 cores operating at a frequency of 1 GHz. The frequency is low, but, firstly, there are a lot of cores, and secondly, they are quite modern. Cortex-A7 cores still prevail in the budget segment, which are noticeably weaker in terms of speed.
The processor also has a modern Mali-T720 graphics card. Although this is the youngest model in the family, it supports the modern standards of OpenGL ES 3.1, DirectX 11.1 and OpenCL 1.1. In other words, games will look beautiful, unless they drop the detail and quality of the graphics so as not to slow down.
Lenovo A2010 offers 1 GB of RAM and 8 GB of internal flash memory. This is also a good option, given the price of the device. Very often, manufacturers begin to save and install 4 GB of flash memory, and sometimes also 512 MB of RAM. This did not happen here.
It should also be noted support for LTE, for which, again, we should thank the processor. Although this is not about the fastest version of LTE Cat.4 (up to 150 Mbps for reception), it is also the most common one.
The parameters of the Lenovo A2010 really look pretty decent for the money that they ask for a smartphone. If you look at the characteristics of the Highscreen Zera S Power, it loses in all respects, except for the screen and battery capacity, but it costs more. But we’ll talk about price at the end of the article, but for now, let’s take a look at the results of performance testing.
Before assessing the speed of the Lenovo A2010, we should make a reservation that we were dealing with a non-final version of the firmware, which will work better in the retail version of the smartphone.
In the old Smartbench 2012 test, the new smartphone showed itself well only in the graphical test, while the overall performance remained with the opponent. The same applies to the Quadrant benchmark. He, we note, although the old processor, but more high-frequency.
The Lenovo A2010 was the first in the popular Antutu test. its superiority is obvious, although not devastating.
But Highscreen handled the browser better. here, obviously, the engineering version of the firmware still affected. And the browser does not know how to parallelize the load well. it would have a higher processor frequency and more!
The results in the old electopia game look completely incomprehensible, where the Lenovo A2010 noticeably lost, although it has a potentially more powerful graphics card and lower screen resolution.
Nenamark2 test leveled the situation a bit, although we expected better results from A2010.
3DRating showed parity, although the potential is still higher with the A2010. Again, you have to write off the raw firmware.
Autonomy is usually not a strong feature of budget smartphones, but, according to our methodology, Lenovo A2010 showed a result slightly below average. Given that it is inexpensive, and its battery is not the most capacious, only 2000 mAh, the result is even decent.
The maximum expense, as always, came on the screen, games and surfing through the mobile network. It is these tasks that consume energy the most.
In addition, Lenovo A2010 is not without certain energy-saving modes, despite the dampness of its firmware.
Although there are some questions to the speed of the Lenovo A2010 and there are certain complaints, there should be significantly less of them in the retail version of the device. In other words, the speed of the smartphone as a whole is not bad.
Games on Lenovo A2010
With games on Lenovo A2010, we did not succeed. due to crude firmware, we were able to install only Riptide GP2, which did not slow down and showed good graphics.
In general, A2010 is equipped with a relatively decent card, so modern three-dimensional games will work on it, moreover, without brakes, and in some places with high quality graphics.
In terms of software, the main distinguishing feature of the Lenovo A2010 is the availability of Android 5.1 out of the box. This, of course, is not a decisive advantage, but still it is quite significant. many mid-2015 budget handsets continue to ship with Android 4.4, which, moreover, will not be updated.
As we said, A2010 came to us with raw unfinished firmware, and therefore we will not be able to evaluate all its capabilities. However, is it worth doing in principle? We have been dealing with Lenovo smartphones for a long time. only in 2015 at least 5 of them passed through our hands, and everyone has the same Vibe UI shell.
Android 5.1 does not offer anything fundamentally new for this part. Well, yes, the latest version of the system, some features have been added, but from more we see the same desktops without a separate list of applications.
The innovations of the system itself have already become familiar: notifications on the lock screen, task manager in the form of tabs, an updated notification panel. The latter was redesigned by Lenovo, but in many ways resembles the original.
There is an application for fine-tuning the themes.
Other applications are completely typical and standard. On Lenovo A2010, due to the dampness of the firmware, our copy did not have other Lenovo branded utilities, such as SHAREit, SYNCit, and the like. But the retail option has them all.
In total, Lenovo A2010 has a significant advantage over numerous budget handsets. the latest version of Android 5.1 with a proprietary shell. Whether we will upgrade the smartphone to Android 6.0, we do not undertake to say, but even version 5.1 will become widespread on cheap handsets not earlier than the beginning of 2016.
Despite certain shortcomings, we liked the Lenovo A2010. Yes, he, like all budget smartphones, has an unpretentious ordinary appearance, but at the same time he is well tailored, made of good plastic. Someone will like its relatively compact size, which resulted from the installation of a 4.5-inch screen. The screen, by the way, is not the best, and even with a low resolution. However, cheaper handsets have even worse displays. Lenovo in this respect is not better at the same time than the others and has not “hit its face in the mud.”
Other positive aspects include the modern 64-bit MediaTek quad-core processor. Although it belongs to a new generation of budget chips, compared to its predecessors, it provides a higher level of speed, and its card supports all modern graphics standards, as well as the LTE communication standard.
Having the Android 5.1 system out of the box in the fall of 2015 is a clear advantage of the A2010. many budget smartphones are just starting to take timid steps toward Android 5. True, Lenovo is unlikely to upgrade this model to Android 6.
The camera was somewhat upset. it has problems with determining the white balance, the pictures come out with some kind of red-yellow. But, it is possible that the issue is resolved in the final version of the firmware. In the end, there were no such problems with the front camera. it just shoots more or less decently for the front sensor.
In short, Lenovo A2010 is a high-quality, productive smartphone with a modern system, albeit with a faceless design. How much does it cost?
Price Lenovo A2010
You can buy Lenovo A2010 for 6 thousand rubles. In our opinion, the price is quite adequate to the characteristics of the device, although on the market you can find tubes that are better in one or two parameters. But the main advantage of A2010 is the balance of cost and offered opportunities.
Highscreen pure f
Introduced in 2015, Highscreen Pure F also claims to be the “modern state employee”. Let’s see what the handset costs the same 6 thousand rubles. First of all, it is Android 5.0, then comes the 4-inch screen with a resolution of 800×480, the processor is installed MediaTek MT6582M. a 32-bit 4-core chip based on the Cortex-A7 architecture. The main camera has a resolution of 5 MP, front. 0.3 MP. The amount of memory is the same as that of Lenovo: 1 GB of RAM and 8 GB of flash. The battery is completely modest. 1500 mAh. Total handset as a whole is weaker than A2010.
LG also decided to make a “budget” based on Android 5.0. LG Leon formally refers to those and with a 4.5-inch IPS-screen resolution of 854×480 clearly competes with the Lenovo A2010. However, the price of LG Leon is 8 thousand rubles. At the same time, the device has only 768 MB of RAM and only 4 GB of internal flash memory. The processor is again the obsolete MediaTek MT6582, the battery has a capacity of 1900 mAh.
In general, the Lenovo A2010 for its money really looks like an interesting purchase.
- affordable price;
- small sizes;
- high-quality assembly;
- 64-bit processor fast for a budget smartphone;
- Android 5.1 out of the box;
- There is support for LTE.
- inconvenient location of the microUSB connector on top;
- poor rear camera;
- mediocre low resolution screen.
Reviews about Lenovo A2010 can be read and left below in the comments or on our forum.
Lenovo A2010 Firmware Update
Lenovo A2010 at the time of its release received Android 5.1, which is very, very decent. there was nothing newer at the time of the announcement of the smartphone. True, it is not at all a fact that the manufacturer will “descend” to the budget handset and upgrade the Lenovo A2010 to Android 6.0. Nevertheless, new corrective firmware will be released, so this instruction makes sense anyway.
So, to upgrade the Lenovo A2010, do the following:
- Download utility for firmware Lenovo A2010;
- Download firmware for Lenovo A2010;
- unzip the files of the software archive and firmware for the device;
- run the FlashTools utility and select the MT6589_Android_scatter_emmc.txt file from the firmware in the Scatter-loading File field;
- for firmware, turn off the smartphone, remove the back cover and remove the battery;
- Click Firmware. Upgrade
- insert the battery into the device and connect it using the USB cable to the PC: Attention !! The power buttons or other buttons are unnecessary to press on the device. Connect the USB cable to the USB port;
- Wait for the firmware to finish;
- close the program;
- disconnect the smartphone from the computer and remove the battery;
- insert the battery and turn on the phone.
The firmware update process traditionally lasts several minutes, and if successful, you will be prompted to configure the smartphone according to your preferences. After that, you can get to work.
If suddenly something did not work out, you can ask about it in the comments under the article.