Imagine this scenario.
One night you find yourself stranded. You need to make a call. Urgently.
You find out that your preferred network – whether it be bigger, better, friendlier or whatever – is down. No signal. Congested. Lightning strike. Whatever.
In Papua New Guinea there are two mobile networks. Both are notorious for outages on any day of the week and at any time, day or night.
If your phone was dual SIM you could simply and very quickly, urgently, switch to the other network.
Having two SIM cards in one phone is like having a safety net. If one SIM card isn’t picking up a signal, then there is always a chance and hope that the other could.
Got your attention? Good. Now listen up.
Owning a dual SIM card phone is not an expensive proposition. A few articles ago we reviewed the new dual SIM Galaxy S7. It’s a device at the high end of the cost scale.
In this article we are going to look at more affordable alternatives in the latest range of Lenovo Smartphones. After all, this is where the market in Papua New Guinea is at.
In fact, a good description of the PNG market would include the words dual SIM and affordable above any other feature of a phone.
We will look at Lenovo’s three new Smartphones shortly. For now, let’s look at some other advantages of dual SIM.
DUAL SIM GIVES POWER TO YOU
In case you don’t know by now, a dual SIM card phone is just what it sounds like: it’s a handset with slots or a tray for two SIM cards. SIM cards, as I’m sure you know, are the little cards that give your phone its number and identify you as a subscriber to a carrier when you make a call. You also can transfer your number to another handset just by swapping the card out.
So, as you’d expect, a phone with two SIM cards can hold two numbers and two identities at once. You can make or receive calls and send or receive texts on either number and give each number only to the people that you chose.
In Papua New Guinea there are two mobile networks and they both have different benefits. By having a smartphone that supports two SIM cards you have the freedom of choosing features that work best for you across both platforms. So you can harness the power, allowances and coverage of more than one network.
The only other way to manage two SIM cards is to have two phones. Not only is this an expensive option, but the novelty of carrying two phones quickly wears thin. So it makes common sense to have two SIM cards in the one phone.
Having a dual-SIM smartphone also allows you to use one SIM for your personal needs and the other for, say, your business needs. Work and play – you can have one SIM for work and the other for family and friends – all in the one phone.
Dual-SIM phones are also handy for anyone that travels overseas. A dual-SIM smartphone is an easy way to keep receiving messages from people at home. Purchase a local SIM and pop it in the second tray to avoid nasty international roaming charges when you call people in the country you’re visiting.
WHY LENOVO LEADS THE WAY
China has led the way in dual-SIM phones because the market there is massive, and the market in China demands it. Lenovo, based in Beijing, has been around since the mid-80s, becoming a leader in the personal computer market.
You’ve probably heard of Lenovo through the Thinkpad line of notebook computers. Lenovo now operates out of 60 countries, selling into a further 100 countries. Last year the company was the world’s largest personal computer vendor by unit sales.
Lenovo entered the smartphone market in 2012 and quickly became the largest vendor of smartphones in Mainland China.
Further investment in its products came in May 2012, when Lenovo announced a US$793 million construction of a mobile phone manufacturing and research-design facility in Wuhan, China. The plant is designed to produce 30-40 million phones per year.
So, to put it simply, with Lenovo you have the benefit of sheer numbers and with that comes skill, expertise, credibility and cost efficiency that results in excellent low-cost products.
LENOVO A1000 DUAL SIM
Launched In October last year the Lenovo A1000 is a low-end dual-SIM smartphone. Because of its low price and dual-SIM capability, it is well-suited to the Papua New Guinea market. It is good for regular browsing with a couple of mobile games and a 4 inch display.
Lenovo A1000 runs Android v.5.o Lolllipop with a chipset of Spreadtrum SC7731 and CPU of Quad core 1.3 GHz Cortex A7. It has an internal memory of 8 GB, RAM of 1 GB, and a microSD slot of up to 32 GB.
The primary camera of Lenovo’s A1000 is a 5 MP 2592 x 1944 camera with LED flash. It also has a front-facing camera. Its camera specs are not above those of other phones but if you’re main focus isn’t on the camera but on the overall functionality, this Lenovo smartphone is a good deal.
The phone comes with a WiFi hotspot feature like higher phone models. It uses a microUSB v2.0 connector and a Li Po 2000 mAh battery.
Lenovo A1000 comes in two simple colors, black and white.
LENOVO A6020 DUAL SIM
Lenovo A6020 is also known as Lenovo Vibe K5 and was released only a few months ago with features that will appeal for those that enjoy music and entertainment.
Design-wise, it has an all-aluminium back with four rounded corners. It has a 5-inch full HD display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 415 processor, 2 GB of RAM, and 16 GB of internal storage – and that is expandable via a handy microSD card slot.
It also features an Android 5.1 Lollipop operating system, a 13 MP rear camera with autofocus plus LED flash, a 5 MP front-facing selfie camera, and a removable Li-Ion 2,750 mAh battery capable of achieving over 15 hours on 3G. Another outstanding feature is its dual speaker with Dolby Atmos technology.
The A6020 has features that are as good as any other smartphone, once again with the standout features being low-cost, high quality and dual-SIM.
LENOVO A7020 DUAL SIM
The Lenovo A7020 is right up there as one of Lenovo’s flagship smartphones, still at a fraction of the price of Samsung or Apple.
If you are into watching videos on your smartphone, then this is definitely the right phone for you. Encased in light metal, this eye-catching smartphone has a vibrant 5.5 inch FHD display, enhanced Dolby Atmos audio, and advanced digital sound technology.
As well as impressive memory and storage, the A7020 has smooth Octa-core processing and a large battery – giving you more time for your movies.
Presenting movies, games, and images in Full HD at 403 pixels per inch, the Lenovo A7020 smartphone offers a real feast for the eyes. The stunning 5.5 inch display also has 178 degrees of wide-angle viewing, ideal for sharing with friends and family.
Propelled by the Octa-core processor and with up to 2 GB of RAM, the A7020 performs exceptionally – with seamless multitasking, smooth multimedia, and responsive gaming.
Experience rich, powerful audio that flows all around you with Dolby Atmos. In addition, the A7020 is configured with a 3-mic system and cutting-edge Wolfson audio technology. So everything from video chats to voice recordings sound crisp and clear.
Adding a simple-yet-essential layer of protection, it also has built-in fingerprint reader to prevent unwanted access to your personal data.
A 13 MP auto-focus rear camera with LED flash lets you capture great photos and videos; while an 8 MP camera at the front can help make your selfies stand out from the crowd.
Just in case there’s not enough space for all your music and digital life, you can expand the phone’s storage by a further 128 GB with a microSD card.
Wrapped in a sleek platinum silver or champagne gold color metal casing, the Lenovo A7020 looks as good as it performs. Once again with the added benefit of dual-SIM capability.