Lenovo A859 – A New Budget Phone To Be Announced At CES

Lenovo as announced its midrange Android flavoured smartphone, the Lenovo A859, that will be demoed next week at CES. This is probably an attempt to compete with Motorola in the budget friendly space, targeting those will lesser needs or less disposable incomes. Although it’s a good attempt, the phone doesn’t even come near competing with the Moto G, Motorola’s sub-$200 Android smartphone.


The phone boasts a hopeful 5-inch LCD IPS screen but at a disappointing 1,280×720-pixel resolution, it leaves us wanting more. Digging a little deeper you’ll find a Quad core, 1300 MHz, a Mali-400 GPU and 1GB of RAM. The phone will ship with 8GB of storage but will allow expansion up to 32GB thanks to MicroSD/microSDHC.


The Lenovo A859 does slightly better than its competitors in the camera department. With the rear camera going up to 8MP and the front camera at 1.6MP it will hopefully manage to deliver high quality photographs.

The handset measures 9.2 millimeters (0.36 inch) thick and uses a 2250 mAh battery to run its average hardware and software.


Currently Lenovo A859 is running on Android 4.2.2, but the manufacturer has promised a 4.4 KitKat update in the next few months. This puts the phone at a great disadvantage as users are more likely to take what they can NOW. There is no incentive to buy an outdated phone when they can buy others with better software and hardware.


The device will be running on Lenovo’s custom Android skin, so if you’re looking for the stock Android experience, this is not the phone for you.


The phone will sell for $219 USD and will be available for purchase at any market Lenovo is currently trading. The price tag is quite heavy for a midrange phone, specially after seeing phones like the Moto G that sell for under $200.

Final Thoughts

Unfortunately the phone does not appeal to the geek within. In my opinion it is overpriced for the hardware and software. Even though this might be subjective, but I think I’ve seen sexier phones on the market lately (Oppo N1, Vivo S3, Moto G).
Although I’m very excited to see big names like Lenovo attempting to bring their technology to more households, this phone may not be the one for me.