Smartphones with huge battery sizes are quite rare in the premium segment, you either get a low-end internals with a big 4000mAh battery, or it might come in an upper-mid range device. However, Lenovo took the responsibility and introduced its P series, which mainly focuses on providing excellent battery life, without sucking on the spec sheet or in the build quality department. The Lenovo P series started its life under the Vibe sub-brand with the Lenovo Vibe P1 Turbo being their first phone with its massive 4900mAh battery pack and its mini variant the P1m and then a year later, the Chinese PC maker deiced to make the now infamous Lenovo P2, which was hugely successful, in the market and thus a new segment was born.
This catered a group of people who can’t compromise on battery life as well as on the build quality and other things under the hood should also keep up with other premium mid-range smartphones. The Lenovo P2 offered a first in class 5100mAh battery and a Super AMOLED display, making it an upper mid-range device at an affordable budget price of just 16K INR. The internal specs were similar to the Moto G’s and Redmi’s, which are the leaders in this segment.
However, now as the device gets old, and there’s that one question that everyone is asking about when the successor of the Lenovo P2 will arrive and what will it bring to the table and for how much? Well, in this post we’ll try to discuss that in much more detail and talk about its specs, battery capacity, design, pricing and much more.
Design and Display
Starting with that design, Lenovo (Motorola also has its fair share in designing and manufacturing Lenovo devices) went all in this time with its big guns and crafted the P2 with all-metal unibody design and in the Lenovo P3 will we see the same design philosophy. The P3 will be an All-metal phone, with a distinct placement of antenna bands this time around to give a different look because in Lenovo’s world different is better. And there’s a great chance this time, that the company might jump on to the 18:9 screen bandwagon that every OEM does nowadays.
Apart from that, the display will use the same pentile Super AMOLED panel with 1080p resolution, with thin bezels all around it. Moreover, this will result in the fingerprint scanner to get replaced and will now be found on the ergonomic rear-end of the device. Another thing you can expect from the Lenovo P3 is to feature the Dolby Atmos sound enhancement that Lenovo likes to throw in every now and then into its phones. So, this thing will be a classy generic looking device with all the essentials on-board to serve you for a long time.
Lenovo P3 Specs
Now let’s dive into what the specs of the Lenovo P3 will sport, starting with the processor, the P2 featured the Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 which is an Octa-core chip, clocked at 2.1GHz. While on the P3, Lenovo might go with the Snapdragon 626 which is a slightly overclocked version of the 625, another option for the P3 is the Snapdragon 630, which is also powering the Motorola Moto X4. However, there’s still one more chip remaining, but that chip isn’t out yet, it’s the long-rumored Snapdragon 635, that is said to be 30% faster and improved upon the 630, and is confirmed to arrive in 2018.
A MediaTek chip has a very thin margin of making the cut on the Lenovo P3, and MediaTek chips usually don’t have a good reputation in consumer’s mind in India as far as we know. Following with that, the Lenovo P3 will have 4GB of RAM and a 6GB RAM model could be possible and will be a class leading. If Lenovo decides to pioneer this in the price segment that the P3 competes in. Now coming towards the internal storage a 32GB and a 64GB variant will be available as usual nothing to see here, and yes, you will also get the SD-card slot making it expandable upto 256GB.
Battery: A Slight Bump but an Extreme Fast Charger
This feature is the highlighting USP of the Lenovo P3 and is the reason why the device exists in the first place, so we do not expect Lenovo to go crazy with numbers, but we think this time it’s more of an optimization game than just throwing in huge numbers. A slight bump from 5100mAh to 5500mAh is quite acceptable. The next-gen processors from Qualcomm will also have the same or better efficiency so; battery life is going to be spectacular on the upcoming Lenovo P3.
As you may know, that with great power comes great responsibilities, and the pledge to get this power back into the Lenovo P3 has to be done by a fast charging facility like no other. Nobody likes to wait for 3 or 4 hours to get their batteries charged up; especially when you are sporting a humongous 5000mAh plus power pack. So, we expect Lenovo to equip the P3 with Qualcomm Quick Charge 4+.
The tech is currently found only on the Razer Phone, so there’s a big probability that Lenovo could implement this, but again, we don’t know, which future mid-range chipsets will future this, so there’s that.
Camera: Expect a Dual Shooter
It’s raining Dual cameras, and Huwaei even introduced a Quad-camera phone, so it makes sense that Lenovo will also try to squeeze in as many sensors as possible. With the Lenovo K8 Note, it brought the Dual-camera’s one RGB while the other one was Monochrome. On the other hand, Xiaomi’s Mi A1 has a telephoto and a wide-angle lens, so we can expect the Lenovo P3 to come with one RGB sensor and the other would probably be a wide-angle sensor.
However, instead, I think a solid single camera setup with a killer image processing will also suffice, just look at the Pixel it does the Bokeh effect with a single sensor. Apparently, it’s a high-end device, but all the good images it takes comes from all the software black-magic pixel does. So, investing in software to get better images is a better option than stuffing in many lenses, which can’t do justice to your portrait shots. But then again, budget phones mainly sell, because of the numbers, more megapixels, huge RAM sizes, higher battery capacities, which the P3 already has; but first nailing the basic is quite remarkable and should be the priority for all OEMs.
Software: Lenovo Goes Stock, now following Motorola
In a recent interview with Mr.Sudhin Mathur who is the country head of Lenovo and now he also happens to be the Managing Director of Motorola Mobility India. So, in that conversation, he said that Lenovo has inspired quite a lot from Motorola in many good ways, and now they have started incorporating some of their deeds and one of them is Stock Android. Yes, Lenovo has ditched its customizable Vibe UI in India, and the Chinese giant has adopted Motorola’s path and will now ship phones with Stock Android Only. So, we could expect the P3 to launch with Android Oreo out of the box.
Obviously, it figured out that, it is easy to update that way and more people in the country like a clean Android experience. This should also improve its terrible track record of providing sluggish to no Android updates, but with stock android now in-house, Lenovo should delivery them at a much faster pace than before.
Other enhancements might include:
- Theater Max tech- VR
- Dolby Atmos Sound
- IR-Blaster Support
- One-Key Power Saver
So, what are your expectations from the Lenovo P3 and Lenovo going Stock Android! What if Lenovo in all kills it’s K and Vibe brand, in favor of Motorola? As this was the news in mid-2017! Do let us know in the comment section below!