- 5.5 1080p screen
- True three battery life
The Lenovo P2 is an extraordinary phone, which is not what you’d expect for a handset costing £200. But it’s not performance, software or the camera stands out. No, it’s the battery, which is absolutely huge.
5,100 mAh is bigger than an iPhone 7 and 7 Plus combined, and its far larger than the 3,600mAh pack found in the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge. And it’s not like it’s super heavy or thick because of it.
The Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 sips power and was able to keep me going for 51 hours of use, including 10 hours of screen-on time. All other phones won’t get much beyond six hours of screen on time.This phone doesn’t just have true two-day battery life, three days is possible.
How about the rest of the phone? The processor alongside 3GB of RAM is fine; it doesn’t hang or stutter too often and performs in line with phones costing 50% more. The 5.5-inch Full HD Super AMOLED screen is excellent for the money. It’s bright vibrant and, again, better than you’d expect for the price. Even the fingerprint scanner is good.
The only real shortcoming is the 13MP camera which is merely average. It’s the one reason we didn't give this phone full marks. It’s not bad, it’s just not really good either. Photos in challenging lighting conditions are blotchy and hazy, and you might as well forget shooting at night.
For £200, though, the P2 is stunning. You can get similar performance for a little less with the Moto G4 Plus, or opt for a Huawei 6X for a slightly better camera but worse software. If you have small hands, the 5.2-inch Wileyfox 2X is a decent alternative, although it’s much slower.