Earlier this month we put Lenovo's A800 on our recommended list of low cost smartphones. Why? The A800 combined a MediaTek chipset with a PowerVR SGX531 graphics chip with a large 4.5-inch display with a lower FWVGA resolution (480 x 854), instead of the qHD (540 x 960) you find on most of its competition. Why is lower resolution a benefit. While MediaTek chipset with a PowerVR SGX531 is the performance king with the low cost handsets, it is not fast by todays standards. Mating it with a FWVGA display will give it substantially higher 3D performance than if it came in a phone with a qHD display. Basically, a trade off between a sharper image and performance.
The Lenovo A800 was also reasonable priced at Php6,999 and had a bigger battery than most of its competition.
What a difference a few weeks makes. Cherry Mobile launched its Thunder with a MediaTek chipset with a PowerVR SGX531 graphics chip with a large 4.5-inch FWVGA display at a price of Php4,999, which is 2K below the price of the Lenovo A800.
The two phones have identical specifications, except:
1. The Thunder has a VGA front camera, while the Lenovo A800 has none.
Unless you never do video calls, you will want the front camera.
2. The A800 has a dual core 1.2 GHz Arm Cortex A9 processor, the Thunder has a dual core 1 GHz Arm Cortez A9 processor.
Faster is better, but it 200 MHz does not justify a 40% difference in price.
3. The A800 has a 2000 mAh battery, while the Thunder has a 1700 mAh battery.
The Lenovo should give you about 18% more battery life, that could mean 2-4 hours more a day, and that is worth paying more for.
4. The Thunder is thinner a 9.9 mm, as compared to the 11.5 mm A800.
Thinner is better.
It is a close fight I think, but in next month buyers guide, the Cherry Mobile Thunder will take the Lenovo A800's place in my list.