Lenovo hasn’t got their hands dirty in the mobiles space yet but the S880 could be a step in that direction. This dual-SIM, mid-range phone from the notebook maker has some pretty interesting features given in the price. Built mostly of plastic, the handset is very sturdy and is quite aesthetically appealing as well. The front is dominated by a 5-inch TFT capacitive display with a resolution of 480 x 800 pixels. This is a little a little low considering the size of the screen, due to which text and icons aren’t that sharp and clear. The UI, however ,is quite smooth as Lenovo has left ICS as stock as possible. They’ve changed the launcher a bit , which we’ve seen on their IdeaPad K1 tablet. The device is quite thin at 9.9mm but it’s still a weighty at 192g. The UI is smooth thanks to the 512MB of RAM and a 1GHz CPU. The S880 only has 4GB of onboard memory but there’s room for expansion via a microSD card slot.
Media playback is handled via the stock player, so we have support for MP3, WAV, WMA, and eAAC+, while the video codec supported include MP4,WMV,H.263. Audio quality is good provided you have a decent pair of IEMs. The speaker volume is not too bad either as alerts and notifications can be heard even in noisy environments. One neat feature about the S880 is that along with FM radio support, you also get an FM transmitter built-in along with an internal antenna.
The single-core CPU does hurt the performance of the handset a bit and it feels a little outdated since you can find dual-core handsets in this price range. In terms of connectivity, we’ve full quadband GSM support for both the SIM slots. You can also have both the SIMs active at the same time. 3G functionality only available ON one SIM. Other than that, we also have Wi-Fi ‘n’, Bluetooth 3.0 and USB 2.0. There’s no option for video-out or NFC. The phone is quick in rendering web pages and thanks to the large screen, there’s plenty of screen real estate. The pixels are a bit noticeable on most backgrounds due to the low resolution, which can get a bit annoying. This can get very distracting when watching high resolution videos as well.
The camera is a 5 megapixel shooter and manages decent stills and video under sufficient lighting. Due to the single core CPU, video recording is limited to 720p. The front-facing camera is limited to VGA resolution, so don’t expect great things from it. Battery life is pretty decent as well thanks to the 2250mAh battery. A video drain tests shows battery life of 7 hours and 20 minutes.
At $353.38, the S880 makes a very decent buy given the features you get. The UI is smooth and responsive for a single-core CPU and the S880 offers you very good value its 5-inch screen, a relatively slim chassis,decent camera and good battery life. The dual-SIM feature is also very handy if you’re one of those who use two SIM cards. The only major downside is the low resolution screen, which can be annoying when watching videos or surfing the web.