Lenovo P2 from Three review

The Lenovo P2 boasts to ‘Power your life’ with its main feature being a 5,100 mAh.  Could a battery really last three days without charging? Being a heavy user of my phone daily I certainly would put the Lenovo P2 to the test.  The unboxing is available here, and below are the specs of the phone.

Display – Size: 5.5″ Full HD (1920 x 1080) Super AMOLED display
Processor – Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 625 true octa-core 2.0 GHz
Operating System – Android™ 6.0, Marshmallow
Dimensions – 153 x 76 x 8.3 mm
Weight – 177 g (0.39 Ibs)
Battery – 5100 mAh embedded
Battery Life – 5100 mAh embedded
Battery Life – Active Standby: Up to 32 days, Talk Time: Up to 78.69 hours
Camera – Rear: 13 MP auto-focus allows HD video recording with single LED flash, Front: 5 MP fixed-focus
Sound – 1x Speaker, 3.5 mm Jack

The design and build of the P2 may not be bespoke but the phone feels premium with its metal casing and corning gorilla glass 3 front.  The super AMOLED display at 401 PPI pixel density is lush, when watching video playback on the phone it is great and pictures really pop with colour.  

The added feature of having an ultimate power saving button has certainly become more useful than I first thought.  Sliding the button into power saving mode will disable the internet connectivity and only allow regular SMS texts and phone calls through to your phone. I would always use this button if going into a meeting at work to stop all unnecessary notifications coming through as we all know if someone really needs you they call.  This mode is also good when charging the phone to give the rapid charge that extra speed.

On the top of the phone, there is a 3.5mm headphone socket and microphone. At either end is a visible antenna.

At the bottom of the phone, there are two speaker grills (the left-hand side one is a dummy speaker) In the middle of these there is the MicroUSB charging socket.

On the right-hand side, there is the volume rocker and power button.

 

On the left-hand side is the SIM card tray. The device takes a Nano-SIM and a MicrsoSD card. There is the slider button for super saver power mode which as discussed is very useful.

On the back of the device, there is the 13-megapixel camera with dual led flash.

On the front there is the 5 Megapixel camera at the top right-hand side, and at the bottom you have the fingerprint scanner which has multiple uses, not only can this unlock your phone, it can be used as a home button and when the phone is on standby a long press can turn on the flashlight.

The device’s main feature is the 5,100 mAh battery and rapid recharging. Lenovo promise at least two days use and I must saw in the few weeks of using the device I can say battery life has not been an issue at all.

I would be quite a heavy user on my phone, in a day my phone wakes me up in the morning. On my 15 min drive to the bus stop, I will stream music via my car radio, on my 40 min bus journey to work I will catch up with a TV show or continue to listen to music. In work at designated break times I will catch up on emails, social media, play a few online games. On the way home usually in rush hour traffic, I will watch more of the programme I started that morning. When I get home my phone will be used by the kids to play their games, then I will use it to watch a show/listen to music while cleaning up the house. Then head to bed.

Typically in a day with my previous phone I would have to charge it in work after my commute in, when I would get home I would have to do the same.  

Without changing anything I do I put the Lenovo P2 to the same routine and without charging I had 46% battery life at the end of the day. Without charging I did the same routine the following day and had to charge my phone the following night. 1 hour on the quick charge had the battery life up to 86%. I honestly have been blown away by the power Lenovo has packed into this device.

It is comforting to know my phone will last an entire day without charge and perhaps now more than ever I have seen more people with power banks on their desks in work charging their almost flat lining phones.Now if I was to use my phone less I could probably stretch the battery to three days but this does not bother me. Lenovo has eased the pressure of everyday life as I never need to worry about battery life on my mobile device.

Included in the box is the option to turn your phone into a power bank and share your power. A nice option to have but being selfish it wouldn’t be something I would do that often, plus I would have to carry the port about so chances of me losing it all together are high.

The phone currently runs android 6.0 with the hope of a Nougat update in the near future. Lenovo has not added too much to the overlay of stock android. The device is easy to manage and there are a few helpful hints included if you are a complete newbie to android.

The Antutu benchmark gave the phone a score of 64336 Which is not bad putting it below the Samsung S6 and Note5 on performance and at a fraction of its price.

The Lenovo P2 uses a 64-bit Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 true octa-core 2.0 GHz processor, which gives you all the power you need to keep multiple apps open at the same time.  The phone runs smooth thanks to the added  3GB of ram. There is a substantial 32GB internal storage which this being expandable with the sim port space is not a problem on this device.  

The cameras on the P2 are regrettably standard. I would usually judge a phone on its ability to capture a good picture of my kids, with my youngest being 20 months he never sits still enough so I am usually left when an unusable blurry faced snapshot.  This a shame but given that the phone is packed full of amazing features.  

The picture quality is fine for landscapes and general camera video the 13-megapixel camera on the back can take 4K videos 2160p @30fps and HD videos 1080p @30fps. Here are a few samples of the camera images and video. Lenovo has a smart assistant that helps aid you into perfecting your pics or if you wish you can customise your settings with the professional mode.  For me, I understand that if I wanted studio quality images I would take my kids to a studio for a professional photographer to capture them or seek a more expensive phone.

The speakers on the phone have a lot of power, they are loud enough to entertain. As mentioned before there is only one speaker the second grill is a dummy one however at its loudest the speaker does not crack or distort under the pressure which is fantastic.

Bigger, better, bolder the year 2017 while bringing the usual contenders for the mobile device of the year from Giants like Apple, Samsung, LG and the Google. For once though it would be great to see an underdog win the mobile device of the year and with Lenovo’s latest offering with the P2, they have certainly made a beast of a phone with a battery to last for days.  Available from three for £199.99 I would definitely recommend this phone if you are on the lookout for a new device and battery problems are a big issue for you.

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