Lenovo P2 (battery beast) 64Gb Version 4Gb RAM 5100MaH Battery £175.85 from Gearbest (edit. NOW £169.89!)
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Lenovo P2 (battery beast) 64Gb Version 4Gb RAM 5100MaH Battery £175.85 from Gearbest (edit. NOW £169.89!)

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Found 4th Aug 2017Edited by:"locktheworldout"
Hi
Great price for this phone, the 32Gb version was £210 from Three up until recently, this is the 64Gb variant. Dual SIM, 5.5 inch Amoled screen, good single speaker, Micro SD card expansion, snappy performance and 10-12 hours screen on time per charge in my experience.

Usual caveats apply when buying from Asia (warranty, bands, potential tax charge etc), but I thought I'd post it in case it's of use to anyone.

Gold and grey are both available at time of posting (75 and 51 respectively).
Possible 1% ish cashback with TCB or Quidco, but applying an additional discount code (like the 8% TWITTER one) seems to raise the price.
Hope this is of use

Edit - now showing as £168.20 - Now £169.89
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tinca25 m ago

Had one of these, had to throw it out the car window when it started …Had one of these, had to throw it out the car window when it started smoking. took 15 minutes to find it and recover the sim & sd card (sim ok but sd card fried)



Serves you right for buying it cigarettes
TheCheapster2 h, 7 m ago

What's the approximate cost for the VAT etc when it gets to UK customs?



Its hard to predict...

A lot depends on which carrier who its sent by, normal post parcels may not get "selected" to be checked and nothing is to pay. Carriers like Fedex or DHL may inspect a higher percentage of parcels, but then typically they tend to ship higher value goods that will be more likely to be over the limits.

First thing to remember if the parcel is marked GIFT that does NOT mean no tax, if HMRC inspect it and decide its not a GIFT you get charged. They could (but not often) take the option to return it or confiscate if if they feel its been deliberately mislabeled.

Second is if a the parcel is inspected and anything payable you will have to pay a surcharge to the carrier who will have paid the charge on your behalf on top of the actual cost in VAT/DUTY. I half recall is about £15 Royal Mail. DHL charge a percentage with lower limit of £12 I think (from memory). This is normally payable before you get the parcel.

Finally there is DUTY and VAT. Duty I think is 0% on mobiles but VAT will be chargeable on the entire cost of the parcel, that phone and shipping. Again if the seller has undervalued it or said its is a gift HMRC may decide otherwise. Despite what many people think, if HMRC do this the onus would be on you to show it is a gift, NOT on HMRC to prove it is not.

So assuming its picked up and charged, lets say the phone is £176, and the shipping £10, that would mean a VAT/DUTY part of the bill of £37 or so, and on top of that plan on to add £15 or so fees from the carrier, making it a total bill of around £50.



Just for completeness this does not apply if you were to go abroad and bring something back personally, If HMRC were to stop you (or you choose to go through the red channel) then they charge a "standard" 2.5% duty rate on all goods, and standard vat on top of that for the entire cost (Certain items such as booze and fags are excluded from this and are charged at their full rates)

And if you say you took it out when you left the UK, then again its on you to prove that you did, and so you have already paid UK Vat/Duty. HMRC would charge you the VAT/Duty on the item, and its down to you to send HMRC your UK reciepts to claim the VAT/Duty payment back.
Edited by: "gavin1" 4th Aug 2017
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Looks great, very tempting, thanks for posting...!!!
Banned
What's the approximate cost for the VAT etc when it gets to UK customs?
No band 20. Shame.
Hot, I've voted hot but I be waiting for the malware comments lol. Never got a chance to try one out, was on my list off phones to get this year, Nokia 6, moto g5 plus got the Doogee mix in the end hated it so got the huawei p8 lite 2017 on a recent deal.
Top phone, highly recommended. Certainly opened my eyes away from the big brand names.
TheCheapster7 m ago

What's the approximate cost for the VAT etc when it gets to UK customs?


recently got a action camera from them and didn't pay any vat, delivered by DPD
Very tempted by this but might wait and see how the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 is when it comes out in a few weeks.
I bought this from three in march, amazing phone, battery life alone is worth buying for!
keifrb5 m ago

No band 20. Shame.

​Damn that's a pain.

Also was looking for something with a top end camera as take a lot of photos of the kids.

I believe the P3 will be out shortly as well.
I installed open camera and camera has never let me down!
Banned
RGB5 m ago

recently got a action camera from them and didn't pay any vat, delivered …recently got a action camera from them and didn't pay any vat, delivered by DPD


Thanks
Had one of these, had to throw it out the car window when it started smoking. took 15 minutes to find it and recover the sim & sd card (sim ok but sd card fried)
Nice, just purchased the p8 lite 2017, if it had been oos then i would go for this.
Great phone with poor camera. Screen smashed after first drop
Do these still have the audio sync issue with YouTube?
tinca25 m ago

Had one of these, had to throw it out the car window when it started …Had one of these, had to throw it out the car window when it started smoking. took 15 minutes to find it and recover the sim & sd card (sim ok but sd card fried)



Serves you right for buying it cigarettes
snappyfish49 m ago

Top phone, highly recommended. Certainly opened my eyes away from the big …Top phone, highly recommended. Certainly opened my eyes away from the big brand names.


?? they had, not that long ago, the third highest market share after samsung and apple? They are undoubtedly in decline but i think they still qualify as a 'big brand name'
kendosteve18 m ago

Do these still have the audio sync issue with YouTube?

I haven't noticed any problems
JonBetts20041 h, 39 m ago

Very tempted by this but might wait and see how the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 is …Very tempted by this but might wait and see how the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 is when it comes out in a few weeks.


Know if it's with or without b20?
rapid1111113 m ago

Know if it's with or without b20?


They should release a global version with b20, but not sure when that will happen. Even without that though, the spec sounds incredible for a sub £200 phone.
keifrb1 h, 51 m ago

No band 20. Shame.


According to gsmarena it got band 20?

4G bands: LTE band 1(2100), 3(1800), 4(1700/2100), 5(850), 7(2600), 8(900), 20(800), 28(700), 38(2600), 40(2300)

gsmarena.com/len…php
PaweMalczewski1 h, 35 m ago

Great phone with poor camera. Screen smashed after first drop


Ditto this. Had to pay £100 to repair the screen, but the phone is that good that muggins paid it. Battery life is second to none. It's refereshing being able to use a phone to its full capacity without thinking about how this is going to drain your battery!
RGB14 m ago

According to gsmarena it got band 20?4G bands: LTE band 1(2100), 3(1800), …According to gsmarena it got band 20?4G bands: LTE band 1(2100), 3(1800), 4(1700/2100), 5(850), 7(2600), 8(900), 20(800), 28(700), 38(2600), 40(2300)http://www.gsmarena.com/lenovo_p2-8319.php


That's probably the UK/European version

Edit:

Actually, I'm more confused now having read up on it here.

Gearbest's offering is apparently the one that isn't for the Chinese market. However that model doesn't come as a 4GB/64gb variant apparently.

I have a feeling Gearbest have got the model number wrong, and it is actually the Chinese version (p2c72).
Edited by: "JonBetts2004" 4th Aug 2017
TheCheapster2 h, 7 m ago

What's the approximate cost for the VAT etc when it gets to UK customs?



Its hard to predict...

A lot depends on which carrier who its sent by, normal post parcels may not get "selected" to be checked and nothing is to pay. Carriers like Fedex or DHL may inspect a higher percentage of parcels, but then typically they tend to ship higher value goods that will be more likely to be over the limits.

First thing to remember if the parcel is marked GIFT that does NOT mean no tax, if HMRC inspect it and decide its not a GIFT you get charged. They could (but not often) take the option to return it or confiscate if if they feel its been deliberately mislabeled.

Second is if a the parcel is inspected and anything payable you will have to pay a surcharge to the carrier who will have paid the charge on your behalf on top of the actual cost in VAT/DUTY. I half recall is about £15 Royal Mail. DHL charge a percentage with lower limit of £12 I think (from memory). This is normally payable before you get the parcel.

Finally there is DUTY and VAT. Duty I think is 0% on mobiles but VAT will be chargeable on the entire cost of the parcel, that phone and shipping. Again if the seller has undervalued it or said its is a gift HMRC may decide otherwise. Despite what many people think, if HMRC do this the onus would be on you to show it is a gift, NOT on HMRC to prove it is not.

So assuming its picked up and charged, lets say the phone is £176, and the shipping £10, that would mean a VAT/DUTY part of the bill of £37 or so, and on top of that plan on to add £15 or so fees from the carrier, making it a total bill of around £50.



Just for completeness this does not apply if you were to go abroad and bring something back personally, If HMRC were to stop you (or you choose to go through the red channel) then they charge a "standard" 2.5% duty rate on all goods, and standard vat on top of that for the entire cost (Certain items such as booze and fags are excluded from this and are charged at their full rates)

And if you say you took it out when you left the UK, then again its on you to prove that you did, and so you have already paid UK Vat/Duty. HMRC would charge you the VAT/Duty on the item, and its down to you to send HMRC your UK reciepts to claim the VAT/Duty payment back.
Edited by: "gavin1" 4th Aug 2017
Every now and then, there are people asking questions regarding importing phones from Asia, mainly China.

I asked a bunch of questions in the discussion forums which were kindly answered comprehensively by user "jdrob123"

Here's the link to the discussion - see the original post for the questions and answers. Hope this helps someone out there. Buying a Chinese phone such as xiaomi from Gearbest, Aliexpress, Banggood etc.
Edited by: "RobertM0215" 4th Aug 2017
Gearbest is advertising this as the P2a42 model which is the UK version (32gb) running on band 20 (Most of the UK use this for their 4G network).
I've spoke to their chat to get clarification as the P2a42 model does not come in 64gb.
If this is the P2c72 model then this will struggle for network connection.

I've ordered 1 for both me and my wife but i'll be cancelling if this is the P2c72 model.

Link to P2a42 info - support.lenovo.com/gb/…418
Had the 3 version of this (32GB/4GB) since its UK release in January and it's been the best phone I've ever owned. I never have to worry about battery life and have never had to use the power saver switch on the side, but it's nice to know it's there if I'm away from a charger for a significant period of time. I manually updated it to Nougat 7.0 and most of the Marshmallow issues have been resolved for me, most noticeably the lip sync audio issue. It's almost the perfect phone. Fingerprint sensor is in the perfect place (I don't like them at the back). Screen is a Samsung-made Super AMOLED. I almost went for a Samsung as I wanted an AMOLED display but thankfully I spotted this. When I saw the battery and the fact it has NFC (not many Lenovos do) I was sold!!
It says on the FAQ that the hardware is P2C72 and the firmware is P2A42. It almost certainly doesn't have Band 20. Does anyone have any experience of what the lack of Band 20 results in? Is it worse for different networks?
Best phone I've had... battery life is in the 3310 zone ! lol DAYS instead of hours life.

Flashing to nougat is dead easy, and eliminates any malware fears.

Its unlikely you will be stung for duty.... but it'll push it over £200...so you may as well buy from a 3 UK shop, and know it's pukka and guaranteed.
Chadwell10 m ago

It says on the FAQ that the hardware is P2C72 and the firmware is P2A42. …It says on the FAQ that the hardware is P2C72 and the firmware is P2A42. It almost certainly doesn't have Band 20. Does anyone have any experience of what the lack of Band 20 results in? Is it worse for different networks?




Lack of Band 20 will mean no 4G on O2 or MVNO' s using O2 network, also limited coverage on some other networks

4g.co.uk/4g-…ow/


I'd try and find a proper international version or wait for the supposedly upcoming P3
RoosterNo17 m ago

Best phone I've had... battery life is in the 3310 zone ! lol DAYS …Best phone I've had... battery life is in the 3310 zone ! lol DAYS instead of hours life. Flashing to nougat is dead easy, and eliminates any malware fears. Its unlikely you will be stung for duty.... but it'll push it over £200...so you may as well buy from a 3 UK shop, and know it's pukka and guaranteed.


Three have discontinued the P2
Uridium15 m ago

Three have discontinued the P2


How can Three discontinue a phone they don't make... I think you mean stopped selling. It's made by Lenovo so can probably get it from elsewhere. I got mine from Amazon in Germany, unlocked.

Also, it's a BEAST of a phone. Looks/feels/functions like a £500 top-end.
RoosterNo128 m ago

Best phone I've had... battery life is in the 3310 zone ! lol DAYS …Best phone I've had... battery life is in the 3310 zone ! lol DAYS instead of hours life. Flashing to nougat is dead easy, and eliminates any malware fears. Its unlikely you will be stung for duty.... but it'll push it over £200...so you may as well buy from a 3 UK shop, and know it's pukka and guaranteed.


It's no longer available from three or anywhere in the UK.
Buyer beware. I got one of these and it suffered what they (falsely) claimed was moisture damage. Lenovo refused to adhere to UK consumer law on the matter and suggested that perhaps a phone could suffer such damage by being in your pocket. Good deal, but if you have a problem you may be SOL. Fortunately I got a full refund because of how disjointed and chaotic Lenovo's customer service is, but it was a hard battle.
NitrousUK14 m ago

How can Three discontinue a phone they don't make... I think you mean …How can Three discontinue a phone they don't make... I think you mean stopped selling. It's made by Lenovo so can probably get it from elsewhere. I got mine from Amazon in Germany, unlocked.Also, it's a BEAST of a phone. Looks/feels/functions like a £500 top-end.


OK Three have discontinued SELLING the P2. they were the only UK network stocking the P2 though.
You can buy the international version form amazon yes but not at the £199 Three were selling it for.

the Lenovo Vibe Range so far (P1/P2) have been released on a yearly lifecycle each September. so it's rumored that a P3 will be released any time in the next few weeks....

i agree it's a great phone, I wouldn't say £500 top end but better than most of the other midrange stuff out there. I bought it for the battery life and Dual sim capability so I could ditch carrying work/personal phones around and it replaced a HTC One and Galaxy Note 4 and is better than both of them.

If your not bothered about 4G then the £175 price form Gearbest is a cracking price for a great phone...personally I'd find one with Band 20 though.
Edited by: "Uridium" 4th Aug 2017
The best bang for your buck phone money can buy, this handset is amazing. For anyone in the market this is truly a no brainer. Buy this phone, upgrade it to Nougat, and wave bye bye to "battery anxiety" forever.
Edited by: "iwo" 4th Aug 2017
I've actually got a Three branded P2 and I'm still stuck on 6 (I know you can hack 7 on but not sure if that would affect the Three warranty.) Doesn't look like they intend to give security updates. lenovomobilesupport.lenovo.com/gb/…098
ianbeany2 h, 36 m ago

Serves you right for buying it cigarettes


That made me laugh out loud!
Just as well I brought my suntan lotion for this thread. Gonna need it later. Factor 35.
ApolloVirtue13 m ago

It's no longer available from three or anywhere in the UK.


does anyone knows if it will be at all?
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