Lenovo S920 is actually the flagship of the S line, which is positioned as multimedia and entertainment. At the very start of sales, the smartphone had a slightly higher price bar and belonged to the category of the highest price segment, and the presence of support for two SIM cards did not seem quite logical. Now the price of the device has fallen quite well and it has joined the ranks of strong middle peasants.
- Case materials: glossy white, navy blue or gray plastic
- Operating System: Android 4.2.1
- Network: GSM 900/1800/1900, 3G, dual SIM support
- Processor: Quad MediaTek MT6589, 1.2 GHz
- RAM: 1 GB
- Memory for data storage: 4 GB + microSD
- Screen: capacitive, IPS, 5.3 ”, 720x1280 pixels
- Camera: 8 megapixel main with flash and autofocus, 2 megapixel front
- Optional: Wi-Fi 802.11b / g / n, GPS, Bluetooth
- Battery: 2250 mAh
- Dimensions: 77.7 x 154 x 7.9 mm
- Weight: 156g
- Device price: 9900 rub. / 2800 UAH.
The package and box are quite standard for Lenovo S Series smartphones, it includes:
- USB cable
- Instruction manual
- A set of ear pads for a headset
All accessories are white, like the smartphone itself. The charger has a charging current of 1A. The headset is not very pleased with the sound quality, but for conversations it’s completely fine.
Appearance and usability
Externally, Lenovo S920 is almost identical to its younger brother S820
, the latter except that there is no silver border around the screen. The Smartphone is quite lapid, as it has a fairly large screen with a diagonal of 5.3 inches. In his hand, he lies a little worse than the same S820, and due to its glossiness, he strives to slip out of his hands, working with a smartphone with one hand is not entirely convenient. The build quality and the case are also not very pleased. The back cover and the case of the device have a slightly different color, the case is more beige, and the cover is almost snow-white. With some pressure, the smartphone starts to creak distinctly, and the back cover in some places has gaps with the case. The USB port is covered by a plug, which, in addition to its uselessness, also does not close perfectly. When you connect a USB cable, it creates unnecessary discomfort, and how long it is durable is not entirely clear.
Under the screen are the control keys Menu, Home, Back touch and have a backlight. Their order is not quite standard, but you get used to it quite quickly. Immediately below the buttons you can clearly see the hole for the microphone.
Above the screen is the company logo, front 2 MP camera, speaker for conversations, light sensor and proximity.
In the back there is an 8 MP camera with flash, an external speaker and an additional microphone. The device speaker is very loud and does not rip even at maximum volume. The back cover is made of polycarbonate and bends very well, it will be very difficult to break it. Since the cover is glossy, it is worth saying that it is not too scratch resistant.
The smartphone’s lock button is on the upper edge, which is very inconvenient. Even an ET alien will need considerable effort to press it with one hand, and if you suddenly turned out to be left-handed, I can only sympathize. Next to the lock button are a microUSB port and a 3.5 mm headphone jack.
The volume control rocker is located on the right side of the device at the top, the convenience of its placement is also a big question. Yes, the buttons themselves are not very convenient, they protrude just over the case and have a very small stroke.
The left and bottom sides of the device are free of buttons and ports. It is worth saying that the S920 is quite thin and due to this fits perfectly in the pocket of jeans or jackets.
Lenovo S920 is equipped with a very bright 5.3-inch IPS-screen with a resolution of 720 by 1280 pixels, good contrast and color reproduction. The brightness range is very good, the screen remains readable even in direct sunlight, and the minimum brightness level is comfortable for reading books in the absence of external lighting.
It is worth saying that the matrix suffers a similar problem for almost all Lenovo smartphones, at large viewing angles the picture starts to turn yellow, and when viewed from the opposite angle, it turns blue. In addition, at a large angle, you can see the stripes of the sensor layer.
In general, the screen is very good for its price, and color reproduction at high viewing angles is unlikely to excite the average user. The sensor works quite fast and supports more than 10 simultaneous clicks.
The current firmware version at the time of writing is Android 4.2.1. The shell is the same Lenovo Launcher 2.0, which is used on other S-series smartphones. You can read more about the shell in the Lenovo S820 review
, because they are identical on both devices.
Lenovo S920 is equipped with a quad-core MediaTek MT6589 processor with a clock frequency of 1.2 GHz, 1 GB of RAM, 4 GB of internal memory with expandable microSD memory cards, PowerVR SGX 544MP accelerator is used to calculate graphics. Despite the characteristics, the smartphone simply could not cope with the game Real Racing 3, which at the moment is one of the most demanding on performance. Dead Trigger 2 at the maximum level of graphics slows down a bit, an obvious lack of FPS. Despite the presence of a quad-core processor, the smartphone was very weak in terms of games.
Test results in various benchmarks:
- AnTuTu Benchmark: 13692
- AnTuTu 3DRating: 2402
- Quadrant Benchmark: 5001
- SQL Benchmark: 49.714 seconds
- BenchmarkPi: 383 ms
- Linpack: 186.170 MFlops
- Vellamo: 1498/426
- NenaMark 2.4: 46.1 fps
- Epic Citadel, High Quality: 23.4 fps
- 3DMark - The Gamer`s Benchmark: 3191/1566/2547
- Basemark ES 2.0 Taiji Free: 14.50 fps
- Basemark X 1.0: 4.194 fps / 2.277 fps
- BrowserMark 2: 2096
- Basemark OS 2: 186
- Basemark GUI: 55.42 / 72.77
Antutu and Vellamo
Sunspider and Quadrant
The S920 battery is removable and has a capacity of 2250 mAh. The battery life of the device turned out to be at an average level for devices with a diagonal of more than 5 inches. With active use, the device will hardly survive until the evening (30 minutes of calls, 3 hours of Wi-Fi Internet, 1 hour of games, 1 hour of watching videos). As usual, people in white coats tested for us the battery life of the device in the Wi-Fi Internet mode and found out that the device was discharged in 6 hours 38 minutes.
The device starts to noticeably heat up only when more or less heavy games or tests are launched, at other times the case is cold as the “heart of a security officer”.
The eight-megapixel camera Lenovo S920 takes quite good pictures. The color reproduction of pictures is at a high level, the camera is lacking except for a greater photosensitivity and a little faster autofocus. When using the flash, photographs begin to turn blue, and nearby objects are slightly overexposed. The front camera takes good pictures and is perfect for some kind of HD video conference on Skype.
Photo on the main camera Flash photo overexposed
Macro turns out quite well
The text is excellent too
You may notice that autofocus sometimes does not have time to focus
Photos from the front camera are good enough
Communication and sensors
Lenovo S920 has support for two SIM cards and works in the GSM 900/1800/1900, 3G ranges (3G is supported only by one slot). The work of the telephone functions did not cause any problems, as well as the work of other communication modules - Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, GPS.
The smartphone is very well crammed with all kinds of sensors, there is a light sensor, a magnetic compass, a linear acceleration sensor, and an accelerometer.
In the middle range, the choice of devices is very wide ranging from fully Chinese brands with more power and lower price to well-known brands. Against the general background, the Lenovo S920 seems to be a smartphone with a slightly overpriced price, based solely on the number of processor cores, but no matter how their performance. The overall impression of the device was spoiled by the assembly of the case and unsuccessful ergonomics, and this is what people pay attention to when choosing a phone in the store.Pros:
- Bright and high-quality display
- Relatively good camera
- Weak processor
- Mediocre build quality
- Poor ergonomics (bad button placement)
AlternativesSamsung Galaxy S III mini
- 9900 rub.
Samsung Galaxy S III mini loses Lenovo S920 in almost everything except battery life. S III mini has a dual-core processor versus a quad-core, 5 MP camera versus 8 MP camera from Lenovo. Both smartphones have support for two SIM cards. The only argument in favor of the Galaxy S III mini may be its modest physical size.
Sony Xperia SP - 11,000 rubles.
Sony's smartphone seems more stylish than the Lenovo S920. In addition, the Qualcomm processor is significantly more productive than the Chinese MediaTek installed in Lenovo. Sony has support for NFC, GLONASS, which Lenovo does not have. Xperia SP supports one SIM card, and the screen is made according to the old TFT technology, unlike Lenovo IPS-screen.
ZTE Grand S - 10,000 rubles.
ZTE tried their best and at the same price, managed to release a 2 times more efficient smartphone with a quad-core processor from Qualcomm and a frequency of 1.7 GHz and 2 GB of RAM. The camera here is also an order of magnitude better - 13 MP vs 8 MP for Lenovo. In addition, the Grand S screen has Full HD resolution (1080x1920) versus HD on the S920. In general, the ZTE Grand S seems to be a complete winner, except for one point, the battery here is 500 mAh less and, accordingly, the battery life is lower.
The smartphone is provided by Lenovo in Ukraine.