The Lenovo A316i features a beautiful 4-inch TFT capacitive touchscreen with a resolution of 800 x 480 pixels powered by 1.3GHz dual-core processor built on the MTK6572 chipset from MediaTek paired with 512MB of RAM. It poses multi-touch screen with a moderate pixel density of 233 ppi and ensures rich graphics with the help of Mali 400 MP1 GPU functioning at 500 MHz.
Camera and Storage
Coming to the camera optics, the device has a single 2MP rear facing digital camera on board which means that the user won't be able to video chat. The in-built storage capacity of Lenovo A316i is 4GB which is upgradable to 32GB courtesy the presence of a microSD slot.
Battery and Connectivity
The networking and connectivity options included in the gadget are 3G, Bluetooth v3.0, USB port, GPS with AGPS, Mobile hotspot, Wi-Fi 802.11, b/g/n and standard 3.5mm audio jack. It is fuelled by a 1,300mAh Li-ion battery which is capable of delivering up to 7.1 hours of talktime and up to 16 days of standby life over 3G.
The Lenovo A316i is a good combination of beauty, power and affordability. The 512MB RAM does not sound good but the device has a powerful processor and a decent GPU. Though Lenovo promises to provide a sound power supply, the poor strength of the battery won't enable you to stay mobile even for a day. The absence of front camera in a smartphone is another cause of concern.