Lenovo A390 Quick Review, Price and Comparison

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We already discussed that Lenovo has surprised the Smartphone market by recently launching a series of Smartphone for different budget range in the event organized at New Delhi, India. The company has launched total of 6 Smartphones in the event along with its new flagship device Lenovo K900. We have recently reviewed the Lenovo A706 from this launch and now we will be checking Lenovo A390.

The Lenovo A390 is a dual-SIM phone feature with 4-inch display and powered by a 1GHZ dual-core Mediatek processor. The device will be running on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and it is a low budget device phone competing to the recent launch of WYNNCOM G41.

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Camera and Internal Storage

Lenovo A390 comes with a 5 Megapixel camera at its back capable at shooting up to 16 shots in burst mode. The device is also capable of capturing amazing panorama images with he panorama mode. The device also comes with the Face Beauty Mode to capture a picture of your face and automatically adjust it to reveal your beauty. Powered by the powerful PowerVR SGX531 Graphics Processing Unit, the device won’t experience lagging transitions and animation with this GPU. But the device lacks in front camera and hence you cannot do the video calling using this phone.

From the storage segment, the device is featured with 4 GB of Internal storage which can be expanded up to 32 GB using the MicroSD memory card. The device has got 512 MB of RAM a well for the processing.

Processor and Battery

Being the low budget device we cannot expect a out of the box innovation in the processor but still the device is powered with 1GHz Dual-core processor with MTK 6577 chipset which was the first MTK Dual Core processor. This processor operates on Cortex A9 architecture and have built-in PowerVR SGX 531 GPU for graphical processing.

The device also come packed with Li-Ion 1500 mAh battery. With the support of superb 1Ghz Dual core processor this device can support Up to 220 h (2G) standby time or Up to 180 h with 3G stand by and a talk time of up to 14 h (2G) / Up to 9 h (3G).

Display Size and Type

With the body dimension of 125.6 x 64 x 10.1 mm the device will be weighting 131 gms and have the display size of 4.0 inches. The display houses Capacitive touch screen with the display resolution of 480 x 800 pixels and support ~233 ppi pixel density.


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Comparison

As we mentioned earlier the device can face a good competition to the recently launched WYNNCOM G41 and hence we will be quickly comparing the specs of this two device. Wynncom comes with the same screen size of 4-inch and same 1GHz Dual Core powered Processor but the chipset can be different. Both get support of 512 MB RAM which can be enough for using the phone primarily for the social applications. The internal storage capacity is also 512MB in case of Wynncom which look weak when compared to 4GB pre-provided internal storage of Lenovo A390 but both can be further extended up to 32GB with the help of microSD card.

The primary camera used in Lenovo’s device is powerful with 5MP camera when compared to Wynncom’s 3 MP camera but there is at least secondary VGA camera for the video calling purpose in Wynncom when there is NO secondary camera in A390. The battery power is same in both the device which is 1500mAh and both support basic connectivity features like Wifi, Bluetooth and 3G. Apart from all this we should not ignore the price tag of both the device. The Lenovo A390 cost around 2500 INR more than Wynncom’s G41 and hence tough to declare the winner here.

Model Lenovo A390
Display 4.0 inches, Capacitive touch screen
Resolution: 480 x 800 pixels (~233 ppi pixel density)
OS Android OS, v4.0.4 (Ice Cream Sandwich)
Processor Dual-core 1 GHz with MTK 6577 Chipset
RAM, ROM 512MB RAM, 4GB ROM expandable up to 32GB
Cameras 5MP rear, No secondary front camera
Battery 1500 mAh
Price 8,999 INR

Conclusion and Price

Lenovo A390 has all the pretty impressive feature and support essential features of Android phones. It has Wi-Fi capability to connect to Wi-Fi networks and serve as a mobile WiFi hotspot. It also has a high speed Bluetooth capability and microUSB slot. It supports A-GPS, a built in FM Radio and Dual SIM and Dual Standby capability. Aside from these, Lenovo A390 also comes pre-installed with few apps including  Norton Mobile Security which will protect your Smartphone from malwares. The device is available for online order at Naaptol.com for Rs.8,999.

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About Nilesh Khoriya

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  • Vikrant Sharma

    Excellent review , watching your You Tube video made me make up my mind about buying this great phone ; also staying in Indonesia where it costs IDR 1000,000 (INR 6000 approx on conversion ) sweetens the deal further.
    Just a couple of queries , bear with me I’m a Micromax Q7 person so all this smartphone business is beyond the league as such :
    Is the 3G there and is it good enough?
    Is there a flash ? And is it required in a phone ? Q7 doesn’t have it and I’m fine by it ; though would want it in a phone that’s smart .
    Thanks a ton.

    • Abhishek

      we haven’t got the device for full review so cant comment about but yes it has 3G with HSDPA 2100 and it does have not have flash.

  • Edurne

    I have a question I hope you can help me.
    Could I upload the android and instal the 4.1 version?
    Is there a big difference between the two version

  • gracia

    I just bought a Lenovo a390. Charging time takes more than two hours then it drains really fast. I just use at least 2 hours a day. I often leave it in standby mode most of the time. I like its dual sim capacity, its cpu and the internal memory but its BATTERY IS A REAL LET DOWN, IT SUCKS! Is this normal? or is there something wrong with it. please help. thank you.

    • Abhishek

      This should not happen, you should better get your phone checked at the service center in this case.

  • Nisha

    Hi,

    I am not able to use internet on my lenovo a390 even after o on data connection, i hav docomo sim 3G net.

    • Abhishek

      Looks like there is a problem with the device, please get it checked or check the data connection settings first.

  • sunni

    This is my review after regular 3 months of use.
    Bad points
    When you make a call 7 times out of 10 makes a strange digital sound and then cuts off
    typing, storage of new words does not work
    word prediction often comes up with weird predictions, unlike quality phones. This is obviously not tailored to the English language.
    Sound in calls is low
    speaker sound is very tinny
    If you attach a pair of headphones, call quality extremeley poor bearly understandable. I’ve tried various headphones which work fine with my samsung and htc phones.
    Loud speaker quality very poor.
    Camera quality poor. I use my old phone for taking pictures where I need to be able to read handwriting, as it comes out blurry on the A390
    Very slow to load screens, ofthe have to wait a few seconds after clicking, the performance deteriorates further each month
    Wifi often drops
    Doesn’t hold the network data connection. The bar states its connected, but it’s not. You have to switch the phone off and on again, at least once a day to pick up the data connection again.
    Doesnt have a proper ear sensor, so if you’re on a call and you cheek touches the screen it starts bleeping because buttons are being pressed. You can’t tell yourself until the person on the other line tells you, then you have to manually hide the keyboard.
    From my experience, all proper smartphones even the cheap ones have ear sensors.

    Good points
    I thought the price was good when I bought it, but they’ve cut so many corners I regret buying it. Better to have two phones which work properly.
    Dual sim android, but there are many better dual sim android phones around now, and from proper phone manufacturers.

    Rating 1/10 (fairly generous)
    Would you buy a Lenovo phone again? No

    • Abhishek

      Thanks for sharing this, this should help all others to know the points which matter to them, cheers and keep sharing your feedback about a phone.

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  • palaksha

    I bought this set 1 month before.
    look wise this device is good other like camera, headphone, is totally substandard
    ear phone is not working one side and you cannot hear the music while traveling.
    change of FM through ear phone is not possible.
    camera is not more than 1 megapixel it is totally waste
    battery back up is very low
    all options will hang when there is a network problem (not internet)

  • Mohit Saxena

    I am looking for an Android Phone with 4″ Screen Size in a budget of 4.5K – 6.5K, is Lenovo A390 a good choice as compared to Micromax A74, Karbonn A7*,Karbonn A25, Samsung Galaxy Star Pro.Kindly advise so that I can go ahead with the purchase.

    • Deepak Singh

      user reviews for Lenovo A390 are not positive. If you can wait, Nokia is unveiling Nokia X in the same expected price range soon. Lets wait couple of days to know what they are offering. Most Android phones in this price range pack average hardware. You should check the service center near you before buying.

  • Sufiyan Ahmad

    Which one is better choice b/w
    Panasonic T31 and Lenevo A390.

    Please comment on brand value.
    is it fair to compare branded phones with xolo, micromax, intex, karbonn etc phones.

  • hiddendragon

    Our business signed up for about ten of these units under contract plans with SMART (Philippines). Most of our staff have basically regretted opting for this unit, excited as they were during the beginning. Slows down, touchscreen has become faulty or slow to react, etc. Two units have broken down, although one was due to our own mishandling. What’s really bad is the level of after-sales service we’re getting – a unit sent in last Dec 12, 2013 for repair hasn’t come back yet today (March 6, 2014), and Lenovo has sub-contracted this to a repair shop in another mall. You would need certification papers, etc, etc to process the thing, and of course, the technician comes in at 11am, has two hour lunch breaks and the shop closes promptly at 6pm. We had to go back and forth a few times just to catch him.

  • Deepak Kumar

    I am confused b/w Lenovo A 390 and Nokia X. Can u please suggest me on the aspects of desirability, features and brand value. I am also really concerned about the After Sales Services.

    Thanks a lot.

    • Deepak Singh

      Nokia X seems better. Nokia has good After sales support and Nokia phones are known for their durability. You can also consider Lumia 520 in the same budget.