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Lenovo re-introduces the concept of a removable battery in the new A7 phone

The new Lenovo A7. (Source: Twitter)
The new Lenovo A7. (Source: Twitter)
Lenovo has launched the A7 in China. It is a considerable departure from your average smartphone, in that the processor here is from Unisoc. Not only that, but it has a swappable 4000mAh battery. It does not have a sale price as yet, but is likely to exhibit an ultra-budget one on its announcement.

In the year 2020, consumers may have long given up on the idea that they might ever have a phone in which the rear panel can be snapped off so that they can replace a dead battery with a live one again. However, with the new A7, Lenovo has something to say about this situation.

This 6.09-inch LCD display phone does indeed resurrect the removable battery, bringing an atypical Unisoc SoC with it. This SC9863 chipset consists of 8 ARM Cortex A55 cores, divided into an 'efficiency' cluster clocked at 1.2GHz and a 'performance' cluster that goes at what counts as a top speed of 1.6GHz here. It also has a PowerVR IMG8322 GPU.

Unisoc and Lenovo also assert that the SC9863 is also capable of endowing the A7's dual 13+2MP rear cameras with smartphone with AI "intelligent recognition" rated to react to 12 different types of scene, as well as an auto-camera adjustment based on what it is pointed at.

The OEM has not revealed the A7's pricing as yet, nor mentioned how much extra batteries for this device might cost. However, based on its specs, neither stand to amount to much. Then again, this new phone has only been launched in the Middle East and China thus far.

The Lenovo A7 comes with blue or black back panels... (Source: ITHome)
The Lenovo A7 comes with blue or black back panels... (Source: ITHome)
...which actually snap off to reveal the battery! Who knew it could be done. (Source: ITHome)
...which actually snap off to reveal the battery! Who knew it could be done. (Source: ITHome)

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Deirdre O Donnell, 2020-04-14 (Update: 2020-04-14)
Deirdre O'Donnell
I became a professional writer and editor shortly after graduation. My degrees are in biomedical sciences; however, they led to some experience in the biotech area, which convinced me of its potential to revolutionize our health, environment and lives in general. This developed into an all-consuming interest in more aspects of tech over time: I can never write enough on the latest electronics, gadgets and innovations. My other interests include imaging, astronomy, and streaming all the things. Oh, and coffee.