A roll call of high-grade and affordable smartphones you’d love to give (or get for yourself!) just in time for the school opening

What better way to make your kids excited to go back to school than gifting them with a high-tech Lenovo smartphone? For this generation who relies on digital means to help them succeed academically, Lenovo offers top-of-class selections from the S, A and Vibe Series. Sure to get top marks from the student body, these models will also get high scores from budget-conscious parents for being cost-effective.

According to the IDC Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker, smartphones accounted for 62.7% of all mobile phone shipments in the first quarter of 2014, up from the 50.7% of all mobile phone shipments in Q1 of 2013.

“Lenovo continues to find ways to keep up with the growing and different needs of various segments of consumers,” said Michael Ngan, Country General Manager of Lenovo Philippines. “As I have always said, smartphones have become an essential gadget for every Filipino, and that includes the students and school personnel. Lenovo helps everyone upgrade to the latest trend in devices by offering a well-balanced product portfolio made up of entry-level affordable smartphones, mid-range powerful units, and cutting-edge premium models.”

Haven’t made up your mind which model suits your school-bound relatives? This gift guide helps to educate yourself on the best solutions offered by Lenovo:



Score an A+ for Choosing the A-series Smartphones

Let your young scholar enjoy the full benefits of having a smartphone without leaving a hole in your pocket. The Lenovo A Series give you amazingly affordable choices yet don’t scrimp on features.

The hip and fun Lenovo A316i is powered by 1.3GHz dual core CPU and runs on Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. Available for just P3,999, it features 512MB RAM, 4-inch capacitive screen, dual SIM capability to give your student options for good value data plans, 4GB built-in memory expandable to 32GB via microSD, and 2MP fixed focus rear camera.

Multimedia enthusiasts will delight in the bold and strong A680, which is encased in an elegant black polycarbonate body and comes with a 5-inch capacitive display with WVGA 854×480 pixels. The 1.3GHz quad-core processor, Jelly Bean Android 4.2 OS and 1GB RAM contribute to its high performance, speed and reliability. This dual SIM mobile has a 5MP rear cam and 4GB memory. This is sold for only P6, 499.

School projects requiring high definition photos and videos will be a breeze to do with the Lenovo A859’s 8MP auto-focus camera. Its 8GB memory expandable to 32GB is great for saving lots of files or using plenty of apps. Users can also video chat with classmates using the 1.6MP front camera of this powerful and industrial model that sports a white body. The vibrant touch screen is a 5-inch IPS LCD capacitive display affording 720×1280 pixels. Its processor is a 1.3GHz MediaTek quad-core with 1GB RAM. The Lenovo A859 is offered at P10, 999.

Do more with Lenovo A526, an Android 4.2-operated smartphone preloaded with Lenovo’s premium apps and has a satellite controlled GPS that works offline. This dual SIM, stylish and affordable unit relies on its 1.3GHz quad core processor for better multitasking, has a 5MP rear plus 0.3MP front cameras and a 4.5 inch display. Applications include SHAREit which allows file sharing wirelessly without network charges or WiFi connection, as well as SECUREit which protects you from viruses. Avail of this smartphone for only P5, 999 this June.

A Study in Style and Substance: the S Series Smartphones

Be a campus standout when you whip out any of the masterpieces from Lenovo’s S Series collection. Students and teachers alike will be impressed with this group’s well-rounded, stylish models.

Design-wise, the S650 is a winner: its silver, laser-etched fabric-feel body that’s just 8.7mm thin offers a comfortable grip. It offers superior performance, thanks to a 1.3GHz quad core processor, Android 4.2 OS, 1G RAM, and long battery life supporting up to 8 hours of talk time (3G). It features a 4.7-inch capacitive screen with IPS wide angle, enhanced audio, an 8MP auto-focus rear snapper with LED and a 0.3MP front camera. The S650 is available for only P9, 999.

View audio visual presentations smoothly via the super-sized Lenovo S930. Awarded as one of the 10 show-stopping smartphones at CES 2014, this 1.3GHz quad core-powered beauty boasts of maximum viewing enjoyment with its 6-inch (1280x720p) HD capacitive screen. It has two front-facing speakers with Dolby Digital Plus audio, 8GB memory, directional sensors to support 3D game play, 8MP auto-focus rear camera with LED flash and 1.6MP front camera. The Lenovo S930 is being sold at P14, 999.

The S660, meanwhile, is elegant to look at and to touch, an all-rounder given its 1.3GHz quad-core performance at an affordable price. Its striking brushed metal design and comfortable rear cover are fingerprint and scratch resistant. It has an 8MP auto-focus rear and 0.3MP front camera, 4.7 inch IPS display, 8GB internal storage expandable to 32GB thru microSD. The S660 is sold at P10, 299.

To meet the needs of class achievers looking for all-day, uninterrupted power, the S860 delivers ultra-long battery life of up to 24 hours talk time (on 3G). Its high-capacity battery even allows users to charge other devices via micro USB. That’s not all – this multitasking dual SIM unit offers quad-core computing, 2GB RAM for speedy response when using applications and multimedia, and a 5.3-inch wide-view HD screen. Avail of this smartphone for only P15, 999.

Brains, Beauty and Brawns of the Vibe Series

Intelligent camera systems, strong LTE capabilities, and svelte designs are the high-grade qualities of Lenovo Vibe X and Vibe Z that will see the enrollees through the school year and beyond. These two durable, premium smartphones can easily be every professor’s pet.

Its remarkably thin, featherweight frame of just 6.9mm makes the Lenovo Vibe X is housed in a premium polycarbonate silver or white body with a laser-engraved 3D tactile finish. It boasts a 5-inch 20/20 Vision 1920x1080p full HD IPS display. The rear camera offers a whopping 13MP resolution and features auto-focus with back-illuminated sensor, while the front one is a 5MP camera with 84º wide-angle lens. It is powered by 1.5GHz MTK quad-core CPU, has 2GB RAM, 16GB internal storage, and comes preloaded with customized apps for secure sharing and saving.

With the Vibe Z, Lenovo not only launched its first LTE smartphone but also unveiled a CES award-winning, razor-thin and blazing fast device. Top technologies and features have been loaded on its slim 7.9mm silver or titanium body, including LTE capabilities for super-fast data upload and download, Android 4.3 OS, Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 Quad-Core 2.2GHz processor, Bluetooth 4.0, GSM/UMTS networks up to 2100, 2GB RAM and 16GB internal storage. A 5.5-inch, full HD, IPS wide-angle display is paired with incredible cameras and Lenovo’s Super Camera and Super Gallery apps. The 13MP rear camera has a large f1.8 aperture while the 5MP front shutter has an 84º wide-angle lens. Additionally the Vibe Z offers gesture controls for better one-handed usage.

The Lenovo Vibe Z is valued at PHP24, 999 while the Vibe X is valued at PHP19, 999.

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