Lenovo P2 Review

Lenovo did a very good business in 2016 and in India the company occupied the second position. According to a new study by IDC, Lenovo (along with Motorola) saw a significant increase in sales during the October 2016 holiday. These include the Moto E3 Power, Moto G4 series and Lenovo K5 series. Lenovo intends to maintain the record of previous years in the new year as well.

After launching Lenovo K6 Power (Review) and Lenovo K6 Note (Review) in December, the company launched Lenovo P2 in India in early 2017. The smartphone was launched last year at IFA and the phone has arrived in India four months after its launch in the international market.

Like its previous smartphone Lenovo Vibe P1, the most important feature of the P2 smartphone is its big battery. This time, however, Lenovo is promoting the phone’s design, camera and security features as well. If we look at the price of Lenovo P2 then it will compete with other popular mid-range smartphones. Will the company’s first smartphone launched in 2017 be able to repeat the success of last year’s successful smartphone? Let us know in the review.

lenovo p2 look and feel
Lenovo P2 smartphone is a metal body smartphone. And the aluminum material feels good. Talking about the design, there is nothing new in this phone but the P2 gives a premium feel overall. There is a lot of free space at the top and bottom of the display. There is a fingerprint scanner integrated into the physical home button. But there is nothing else on the thick chin of the phone.

Lenovo P2 has been launched in India in Champagne Gold and Graphite Gray colors. Weighing in at 177 grams, this phone feels a bit heavy compared to other smartphones in this price range. But one reason for this is the big battery. Lenovo is insisting that the Lenovo P2 is thinner than the previous 9.9mm thick Lenovo P1 and is 8.3mm thinner. The Lenovo P2 feels heavy during normal usage and we found it convenient to use with two hands, especially while typing.

The volume rocker and power button are given on the right side of the P2 while on the left side there is a hybrid SIM tray which supports dual-Nano SIM. On the left side is a slider switch that Lenovo has named ‘Power Saving Key’, which lets you toggle on Ultimate Power Saver Mode. In this mode, you can see the countdown timer to keep track of the remaining battery. The physical button and all other buttons work well.

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The phone has a Micro-USB port along with the speaker grille at the bottom while a 3.5mm audio jack is provided at the top. On the rear is the primary camera with dual-LED flash and the Lenovo branding can be seen at the bottom. The ‘Made in India’ tag has also been given in this smartphone. The rear panel design of the P2 is very similar to other Lenovo smartphones.

The 5.5 inch Full HD Super AMOLED display given in Lenovo P2 is spectacular. The phone can be used without any problem even in sunlight. Text and pictures look sharp. And the experience of watching media in the phone is great. Viewing angles are good and color reproduction is also good. There is 2.5D curved glass to protect the display. However, we were disappointed with the lack of scratch protection on the phone, and we found a few scratches in our review process.

In the retail box, the customer will get a screen guard, a cover, a data cable, a 24W power adapter, a SIM ejector and an instruction booklet.

Lenovo P2 Specifications and Features
Lenovo P2 is powered by a 2 GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 (MSM8953) processor. It has 3 GB or 4 GB RAM. Both variants have 32 GB storage.

Many other smartphones have been launched in India with this processor. These include Asus Zenfone 3 and Moto Z Play (Review). Both cost more than the P2 smartphone.

The storage of 32 GB can be expanded up to 128 GB via microSD card. However, a hybrid SIM means the user has to choose between a second SIM and a microSD card. On the rear is a 13-megapixel camera with dual LED flash and Sony sensor. Apart from this, there is a 5 megapixel camera in the front.

Other specifications include Wi-Fi 802.11 ac/a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.1, NFC, FM radio and GPS/ A-GPS. This phone supports 4G as well as VoLTE on both the SIM slots. And with this voice calls can be made through Jio network.

Lenovo P2 runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow, on top of which the company’s Vibe Pure UI has been given. In terms of software, the Lenovo P2 has the same software as the Lenovo K6 Power (Review) and K6 Note (Review). On-screen navigation buttons have been given instead of capacitive buttons in the P2. Lenovo told Gadgets 360 that the P2 is Lenovo’s first smartphone with on-screen navigation buttons. And it won’t have the same problem as the Lenovo K6 Power and K6 Note because the capacitive buttons are not backlit.

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Lenovo has provided a system button option in Settings, which allows you to change the position of the onscreen buttons or hide the navigation bar. With this setting enabled, the user has to swipe up from the bottom to reveal the hidden buttons. The P2 comes with a lot of software features like the Lenovo K6 Power and K6 Note. There are also dual apps in these, so that the user will have to login to the same phone with two different accounts. When the phone is off, you can activate the phone by double tapping on the screen. The VR mode enables the smartphone to support the Ant VR headset. And you can use one-touch shortcuts through the floating button from wide touch. Apart from this, you can toggle the flashlight by long-pressing the home button when the phone is in standby mode.

Lenovo P2 has Security Zone feature but this feature will work only if Dual App Profile feature is turned off. The Secure Zone feature lets you configure a secondary account such as WhatsApp. Like previous Lenovo handsets, users will get the option of PIN, pattern or fingerprint sensor to lock the phone.

You can perform gestures using the fingerprint sensor in Lenovo P2. Can act as back button with a single tap. And with just one click you can go back to the home screen. Long pressing on the fingerprint scanner launches Google Now.

With the new UI, Lenovo has reduced the bloatware. However, the Lenovo P2 already has a number of third-party apps that can be uninstalled. These include Evernote, McAfee Security, Skype, Truecaller and UC Browser. Apart from this, the phone also has apps like Lenovo Companion, Shareit and Syncit.

There are many settings panels with notifications in the notification shade. The Theme Center app, which comes pre-loaded in the P2 and has tons of wallpapers, icons, lock screen settings. We found the UI on the P2 to be quite good and better for everyday use.

Lenovo P2 Performance
Talking about multitasking and general app performance, Lenovo P2 smartphone performs much better. With 4 GB of RAM, there is enough memory available at all times. Watching videos and viewing pictures is a great pleasure with the 5.5-inch display. We enjoyed the P2 while playing Asphalt 8 and didn’t notice frame drops at any point.

Works well on mobile network all the time and works well on 4G speed. Talking about the audio, the speakers work fine for a small and empty room, but there was some problem at high volumes. Lenovo has once again disappointed with the accompanying earphones. And we recommend that you use a third-party headset instead of the one that comes with the box.

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The phone scored well in the benchmarking test. The 13-megapixel rear camera provided in the phone works fast and focusing is easy due to phase-detection autofocus. Macro shots with detailing can be clicked in low-light areas from the P2 but landscape shots are average. Detailing is fine in the pictures but noise can be seen on the edges. The P2 produces great pictures in low light. Without any artificial light, the pictures look quite scattered. Apart from this, we noticed that the P2 smartphone fails to focus on the subject in low light and this disappointed us. Correct colors are reproduced by the camera but only in those pictures which were taken in good light.

The camera app on the Lenovo P2 is similar to that of the K6 Power and K6 Note and is easy to use. The camera can be accessed with just one tap. The P2 can record full-HD videos with great quality. Selfies taken in good light can be called fine, but in the dark the quality gets worse. Overall, the Lenovo P2’s camera does a decent job while it’s not the best feature of the phone.

The phone packs a 5100mAh non-removable battery that lasted 21 hours and 40 minutes in our video loop test. At the same time, the battery of Lenovo P2 lasts for two days during normal use.

At the same time, the Lenovo P2’s battery lasted for about two hours even with the use of Google Maps and YouTube video streaming app for music streaming, navigation use. Fast charging support is a handy feature and it charges 30-40 percent of the battery in just 20 minutes. With this, the phone gets fully charged in 90 minutes.

Another highlight of the P2 is its Ultimate Power Saver Mode which extends the battery life to a great extent. Features like cellular data connectivity and sync stop with this mode. With this mode active, only basic functions like calls, text messages and radio work, but it comes in handy in case of an emergency. When we left 20 percent battery in the phone, we get the option of Ultimate Power Saver Mode and after that the device remained active for about 20 hours.

our decision
If we talk about battery performance then Lenovo P2 is a great smartphone. Users who like to be online all the time without worrying about draining the battery will love the P2 smartphone. It can also be a good option for people who travel most of the time. Talking about overall performance, the P2 can prove to be a good phone for everyday use with an octa-core processor. For a phone that has focused on battery life, the camera delivers decent performance and the software is easy to use.

Lenovo P2 price starts at Rs.16,999 and comes with 3GB RAM and 32GB storage. The price of 4 GB RAM variant is Rs 17,999. This smartphone will be available exclusively on Flipkart from Wednesday night.

The Samsung Galaxy J7 Prime, Asus Zenfone 3 Max and the out-of-date Xiaomi Mi 5 are other phones in the same price range that can compete.

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