Lenovo’s Low Price S Series

At the Mobile World Conference 2014 in Barcelona, Lenovo unveiled the latest trio to join its S-series family: S860, S850, and S660. All of the devices support dual-sim and are running of Google’s Android 4.2.2 Jellybean operating system. While the handsets vary in price, it is clear to see that collectively these devices are geared towards the midrange and budget sections of the smartphone market. Despite being triplets, each one of these smartphones is distinctly unique and appeals to a specific clientele.

S860

s860Of the three devices, the S860, the series flagship, is definitely the most premium and in their press release, Lenovo comment that this device is geared towards professionals.

One of the most striking things about the handset is that it sports a 4,000mAh battery meaning that it will last all day and probably longer! In addition, using the cable that comes with the device, it’s also possible to charge other devices using the S860, perfect for when your MP3 player battery dies out on the train!

The device definitely has a premium feel about it has clean minimalist design and a brushed aluminium back panel. The S860 has a great 5.3 inch screen with 720p resolution, making it pretty competitive in this lower segment of the smartphone market.

Beneath the surface, the S860 is powered by a quad-core 1.3GHz and supported by a very generous 2GB RAM. This decent power set up makes it great for those who use their smartphone for memory-intensive applications, such as complex databases or games.

S850

Lenovo-S850As Lenovo remarks that this handset is geared towards the smartphone fashionistas, design was clearly the major focus of this smartphone. Like Sony’s premium Z series, the S850 has glass panels on both the from and the back of the device, giving it a simple but classy appearance.. The device is also slim and lightweight making it easy to hold. The stylish S850 will also be available in both white and a rich pink shade.

Another interesting feature of the Lenovo S850’s design is that the phone has a light up Lenovo logo on the back of the phone. The colour is customisable and can change colour according to the type of notification that the device receives.

However, the Lenovo S850 is more than a (very) pretty face. The S850 is powered by a respectable 1.3GHz quad-core processor complete with 1GB making it a speedy and responsive device. However, the device’s real strengths lie in its photography capabilities as the Lenovo S850 is fitted with a 13MP rear camera and high-quality 5MP front-facing camera, perfect for ‘selfies’ and making videocalls. Lenovo have also complemented their camera with a number of apps to adjust and enhance photos and share them over social media.

S660

s660Of the trio of S series smartphones, the S660 is definitely the most basic handset and has a lower price to match. However, while the main focus of the smartphone is affordability, it is still a great device for those looking for a no-frills smartphone on a budget.

The Lenovo S660 is the most compact of the S series phones as it has a 4.7 inch screen. The S660 has a simple but robust design as it is embodied in a brushed metal design and both resistant to scratches and fingerprints.

Beneath the surface, the smartphone is powered by a 1.3GHz quad-core alongside 1 GB RAM and is fuelled by a 3,000mAh battery. The generous battery will keep the device running smoothly all day.

Complete with a 8MP primary camera and a VGA quality front-facing camera, the S660 certainly falls short of the photographic capabilities of its more stylish sibling the S850. However, if you only use you smartphone for the occasional snap and videocall, you this is more than enough.

Release Date and Pricing

On their website, Lenovo have announced that these devices will begin to be shipped out in June. The handsets’ prices vary slightly. The more basic S660 will be sold for $229 (about £137), the stylish S850 will be slightly more expensive at $269 (about £161) and the flagship S860 will be the most expensive at $349 (about $209).