"The Lenovo A6000 Plus is a pumped-up variant of the A6000. Here's a first look at the new handset and its box contents"
Last year, Lenovo took the bull by its horns when it ventured into the mid-range segment with the Vibe Z2 Pro and Vibe X2. This year, the company is following suit with its budget line-up. It's already launched three very affordable, value-for-money smartphones - the A6000, the A7000 (first impressions) and most recently, the A6000 Plus. All three smartphones are dual-SIM enabled, and more importantly, support both 4G LTE bands in India. With the A6000 Plus, Lenovo is aiming to take its budget range a notch above the rest. As the name suggests, the A6000 Plus is a more powerful variant of the the A6000. Both smartphones share identical specifications, except in the memory department where the A6000 Plus offers double the RAM at 2GB and double the storage at 16GB. There's currently no device which can match those specifications at its price, which at Rs 7,499 pretty much blows the competition out of the water. While flash sales for the A6000 have ceased (it's available via various online and offline channels now), the A6000 Plus is slated to go on sale for the first time tomorrow via Flipkart. Over the weekend, we had a chance to visit the Lenovo office in Bangalore and spend some quality time with the device. If you're keen on picking up one for yourself, here's a first look at the device and its box contents.
Underneath, you'll find the user-replaceable 2,300mAh battery, a micro-USB cable and a two-pin wall charger. A wired headset isn't included in the box, so you'll have to purchase that separately.
The plastic of the back panel doesn't feel cheaply made, and the matte finish didn't pick up any fingerprints or smudges during our usage. It's available only in a black variant, but to our eyes it looked more like a dark grey. Towards the top left you'll find the primary 8-megapixel camera, LED flash and secondary microphone. More prominent Lenovo branding is placed in the centre. The bottom features stereo speakers which are equipped with Dolby Digital Plus audio. The rear panel can be removed, and inside you'll find the slot for the battery, dual micro-SIM card slots and a microSD card slot.
We managed to take a few test shots from the A6000 Plus' cameras. The results from the primary camera seemed detailed, with natural colours that don't look washed out. Selfies from the front camera also looked very usable, although they weren't as sharp as we would have liked. We'll need to test the cameras more extensively before we give you our verdict on them. The camera app has a simple, no-frills interface, but digging deep will reveal a range of manual controls, plus HDR and Panorama modes, among others.
From our first impressions of the A6000 Plus, we think Lenovo might just have a winner on its hands. The company seems to think so too, considering it's making 100,000 units of the device available for its first flash sale, scheduled for 2 pm on Tuesday via Flipkart. For more details on the smartphone and its performance, we'll have a detailed review coming up for you shortly.
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