Lenovo S860 with 4,000 mAh battery launches on May 1
Lenovo announced the S860 smartphone back in February at MWC, yet only now the Chinese company has finally gotten round to actually releasing it. The handset will become available first in India, on May 1. If you’re in India and want to have one, you can in fact already pre-order it from Lenovo’s own online store. You’ll have to pay Rs. 21,499 for the privilege. For those of you outside of India, that’s approximately $355 or €257 at the current exchange rates.
So what do you get for that amount of cash? First and foremost, a huge 4,000 mAh battery. That’s larger than most phablet batteries, and is the largest cell capacity we’ve ever heard of being put in such a small package.
Not that the Lenovo S860 is small, mind you. It’s just that we haven’t seen such a big battery in anything smaller than a 6.1-inch phablet from Huawei, for example.
Lenovo claims that you’ll get up to 43 hours of talk time and up to 40 days of standby time on one charge, and we have no reason to contest those numbers. One thing’s for sure: the S860 will last you one full day, no matter how intensive your use case scenario is.
Aside from the headline-grabbing battery, the S860 is basically a midrange offering. It has a 5.3-inch 720p HD IPS touchscreen, an 8 MP rear camera with LED flash, a 1.6 MP front camera, a 1.3 GHz quad-core MediaTek processor (MT6582), 2 GB of RAM, 16 GB of internal storage, 21 Mbps HSPA, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, and an aluminium construction featuring a metal rear cover. Its dimensions are 149.5x77x10.3 mm, and it weighs 190 grams.
It runs Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, which is disappointing, yet Lenovo promises a KitKat update will come at some point in the future.