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Lenovo Squares Up Against Xiaomi with Enticingly-priced Lemon 3

Chinese phone manufacturer Xiaomi has a reputation of pushing out affordable devices with specs you’d ordinarily expect on higher-end phones. Lenovo does offer reasonably-priced devices as well, but it is often outdone in terms of pricing by the other brand. However, the new Lenovo Lemon 3 looks ready to push a Xiaomi device – the new Redmi 3 – all the way on price and impressive specs.

Lenovo Lemon 3 - Gold

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Design and Display

In terms of design, the Lemon 3 looks attractive for a smartphone at this price point. It has a dimension of 142 x 71 x 7.99 millimetres and tips the scale at 142 grams. It comes in gold or silver finish. The phone sports a 5-inch IPS display with a Full HD resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. With a pixel density as high as 441 ppi, the screen should deliver highly enjoyable viewing, especially when you consider the technology used, unlike what is common from budget offerings like this one.

Camera and Storage

Lenovo Lemon 3 rocks a robust-looking 13MP rear-facing camera with LED flash. There is also a 5-MP snapper on the front for selfies. Onboard storage memory of 16 GB, which you have here, is the same you will get on many phones that sell at higher prices. To further sweeten the deal, you will be able to expand storage with a microSD card, but it is not clear how much extra you will be able to add.

Power and Performance

Under the hood, Lenovo Lemon 3 is equipped with an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 616 processor, which paces along at up to 1.5 GHz. The powerful CPU gets backing from what could be considered generous 2 GB of RAM. If you are able to lay your hands on a unit of this phone, it is safe to say that you will be getting amazing value for your money. The device boots Android 5.1 Lollipop operating. Power is supplied by a 2,750mAh battery, which is expected to support up to 32 hours of talk time and 15 days of standby.

The dual-SIM smartphone offers 4G LTE support and pumps out decent sound from its dual audio speakers which are powered by Maxx Audio.

Pricing and Availability

Lenovo Lemon 3 is available in its maker’s home country of China at a price of RMB 699, which converts into about $105 – same price as the Xiaomi Redmi 3. That is a price of just about N21,000 in Nigeria working with the official exchange rate, but you should be expecting a price around N30,000 when using the parallel market rate. Either way, the Lemon 3 offers great value for money, even better than the bigger K3 Note from the same manufacturer. There is no information on international availability yet.

Specs at a glance

– 5-inch Full HD display
– 13MP rear and 5M front camera
– 1.5GHz, octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 616 SoC
– 2GB RAM
– 16GB storage with microSD support
– Android 5.1 Lollipop
– 2,750mAh battery
– Dual SIM
– 4G LTE

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