Lenovo S90 Sisley, King of Mid-Range Droids

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A quite interesting fella from the mid-range area of smartphones is the Lenovo S90 Sisley, which was released not long ago, last year, in November. Although the handset rides in the mid-range area, it sports some tempting features, such as a nice 5 inches Super AMOLED display, a 13 MP primary camera and an 8 MP secondary one (which enables its owners to take some great selfies), dual-SIM support, LTE and more. Also worth mentioning is its awesome design, which consists in elegance and a really thin profile of only 6.9 mm. Check out the next review and find out more details about it, as I’ll be trying my best to cover all the important aspects of this tempting device.

The retail box of the S90 Sisley is quite rich and consists in the phone itself, a charger, a micro-USB cable, one pair of headphones with in-ear buds, a screen protector (which comes due to the lack of Corning’s Gorilla Glass), a back cover and a little tool for ejecting the SIM card.

Let’s get to my favorite part – its looks. When taking a peak at its pictures, you’ll probably notice that the S90 Sisley resembles a lot with Apple’s latest and greatest iPhone (if you’re familiar with the latter). Anyways, that’s not such a bad thing in my book, as I really dig that kind of design. We have here a simple appearance of a unibody device which consists in a rectangular shape with rounded corners and a really thin profile. The S90 Sisley measures 146 x 71.7 x 6.9 mm and has a weight of 129 grams, being also lightweight and easy to manage. Along with its slim waist, the aforementioned edges and its metallic body are clearly elements borrowed from the iPhone 6, so if you’re a fan of Apple’s precious, the chances are pretty high that you’ll also enjoy Lenovo’s copycat baby.

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The Lenovo S90 Sisley features a 5 inches Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen that has a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels and a pixel density of 294 ppi. As you would probably expect, the image quality is very good, with a more than impressive contrast, some vibrant and punchy colors and very wide viewing angles. The screen is a pleasure to look at both in-doors and out-doors, as its sunlight legibility is very good.

Inside the software department, we’re going to find support for Android v4.4.4 KitKat, which has been deeply customized with the Vibe 2.0, Lenovo’s proprietary interface. You can have up to 18 homescreens and customize them with themes, wallpapers, widgets, folders and shortcuts. There’s no App drawer, so everything installed on your device will show up on your homescreens. When accessing the notification area, you’ll be taken to a row of toggles and shortcuts which sits above your notifications and can be expanded. Also here is a Settings shortcut. The phone also offers support for gestures, being able to launch apps and unlock the screen when it’s off or lock it by shaking the handset. Google Now is also on board, so you’ll be having a personal assistant for displaying information which it considers relevant based on your routine and it also follows voice commands.
In terms of hardware, the Lenovo S90 Sisley is a mid-range device based on a Snapdragon 410 chipset, holding inside a quad-core 1.2 GHz Cortex-A53 processor, Adreno 306 GPU and comes in two versions, one with 1 GB of RAM and 16 GB of internal memory and the other with 2 GB of RAM and 32 GB of internal storage. You can’t expand the latter, as there’s no microSD card slot. The handset is a good mid-range performer and will handle your tasks without hiccups if you don’t overburden it like you would with a flagship.

Let’s see what’s in the connectivity backpack. Here, the Lenovo S90 Sisley holds support for quad-band GSM, GPRS, EDGE and 3G, LTE Cat4, Wi-Fi b/g/n with the Hotspot functionality, Bluetooth 4.0 and microUSB 2.0.

The Lenovo S90 Sisley comes equipped with a 13 MP camera with autofocus which takes stills with a maximum resolution of 4208 x 3120 pixels and is accompanied by a LED flash when the lighting conditions are low. The camera application is rich in features and offers support for HDR, Panorama, effects, manual settings for adjusting the white balance, ISO, metering mode, contrast, exposure, sharpness and more. The photos delivered reveal a very good image quality, with accurate colors and a high amount of resolved detail.
The video camera is also a capable performer and will provide some nice 1080p videos @30 fps.
An 8 megapixels front-facing camera also joins the party and delivers some wonderful results when it comes to “selfies” or video calls.

Some other goodies from the handset’s basket are Google Chrome for surfing the web, a GPS receiver with A-GPS and GLONASS support, Google Maps for navigation, an FM Radio, a File Manager, a Security app for keeping the handset clean, two great media players and more.

The Lenovo S90 Sisley owns a non-replaceable 2,300 mAh battery and will last for two days if used moderately.

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