Lenovo A859 Strikes a Cost-Performance Sweet-Spot

Lenovo is attempting to strike a price-performance sweet-spot at US $219, with is latest A859 smartphone, which features an "balanced all-round" feature-set, according to its makers. Pitted in the 5-inch class, it's sure to look more expensive than it is.

To begin with, the A859 features a curvy, plasticky design that clearly borrows ideas from the likes of HTC and ZTE, much like some of its other smartphones launched today. Its 5-inch IPS LCD screen offers an HD native resolution (1280 x 720 pixels). It lacks fancy 4G LTE support, but should handle HSDPA just fine, with its two SIM card slots.

The Lenovo A859 features an identical combination of cameras to the S930 and S650 launched earlier today, with an 8-megapixel primary camera, and a 1.3-megapixel front-facing one. Under its hood, is a MediaTek MT6589 chipset, with a quad-core Cortex-A7 CPU clocked at 1.30 GHz; and an unknown amount of RAM and storage (although the storage is expandable with micro-SDHC, this time around). The device runs Android 4.2.2 "Jelly Bean."