The new Lenovo S860 smartphone is thick, and heavy, packs a giant 4000mAh battery

A few days ago we saw Gionee produce a tiny 5.5mm smartphone with a fairly large 2300 mAh battery. The responses were fairly clear: "we don't want a thinner smartphone, we want a smartphone with a bigger battery," and it seems like Lenovo heard you loud and clear.

Announced at the Mobile World Congress, the Lenovo S860 carries a giant 4000 mAh battery that promises 24 hours of talk time on 3G, or 43 hours of talk time on 2G. For comparison, the Apple iPhone 5S battery is only 1440 mAh, and the Samsung Galaxy S4 battery is 2600 mAh, making the S860 battery 177% larger than the iPhone 5S battery, and 54% larger than the Galaxy S4 battery.

The Android 4.2.2 smartphone carries some pretty decent specs too, including a 5.3 inch 720p IPS display, 1.3ghz quad-core Mediatek MT6582 processor, 16GB of storage, and 2GB of RAM. Although it has an 8 MP rear camera, unfortunately it only has a 1.6 MP front camera. Although the phone lacks 4G LTE connectivity, it is a dual-sim phone-- this means that you are able to have two separate SIM cards in the phone at once.

The most impressive aspect of the phone, besides the battery, might be the brushed metal battery cover.

..but don't get too excited. This all comes at a cost. Remember, the deal was that you would be willing to give up the thinness of the Gionee in exchange for a bigger battery, right? Well the Lenovo S860 is a whopping 10.3mm thick, and weighs in at a massive 190g (0.42lbs).

If that has you disappointed, well, the price might cheer you up: the Lenovo S860 will be available for purchase in June for only $350. This is almost half of what the Motorola Droid Maxx, another phone with a focus on battery life, was originally priced at.

But, before you get too excited again, the phone will only be available in Asia, Eastern Europe, and select countries in the Middle East and Africa-- Lenovo doesn't sell phones in the US or Western Europe. So if you're interested, you might have to import it from another country, unfortunately.

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The responses were fairly clear: "we don't want a thinner smartphone, we want a smartphone with a bigger battery," and it seems like Lenovo heard you loud and clear.
I want better battery tech so I can have a thin phone with a longer lasting battery.

The most impressive aspect of the phone, besides the battery, might be the brushed metal battery cover.
If that's the most impressive aspect then this is clearly a turd. They couldn't even bother to put KitKat on it. Pass. C'mon, what's next?

The headline forgot to include the most important aspect about the phone... It's running Android!!!! Nooooo

I would gladly carry around a little more weight for an extra 2000mAh on my Nokia 1020. That extra volume could have made the camera protrusion nonexistent too. Oh well still love it

The Android 4.2.2 smartphone carries some pretty decent specs too...

How is it that a brand new, unreleased phone isn't shipping with the current version of Android?

I realize that this phone has probably been in development for a while... but wouldn't they plan for that?

It already took a bunch of Lenovo software engineers some time to put Android 4.2.2 onto this phone in the first place... and then they gotta turn around and spend even more time to get the next version ready?

The sad thing is... this phone will be upstaged by some newer phone in about 6 months... which will undoubtedly get all the software engineers' attention. And it will push this phone's update priority even lower down the scale of importance.

I know, I know... if you want the latest version of Android... it's Nexus or nothin'

But why does it have to be that way?

It's a good looking phone. I'm fine with the weight and thickness. However, I hate the Android skin. Give me stock Android, or Tizen. Oh, and release it in the US.

It's pretty bulky. Weighs about 50% more than the Galaxy S4. It's about 5g heavier than the Lumia 920, and if you've ever handled those then you know they have some weight to them.

I have a Lumia 1520, which is 0.45lbs and I don't find it to be heavy by any means. I quite like the weight of it. I guess I just like to know I have a phone in my hand and not some flimsy thing.

duoi said,
It's pretty bulky. Weighs about 50% more than the Galaxy S4. It's about 5g heavier than the Lumia 920, and if you've ever handled those then you know they have some weight to them.

I also like the weight of my 920. Not too heavy at all.

They come to Western Europe to present an smartphone that will be available on Eastern Europe only.

It makes sense!