Indian smartphone market is witnessing a major change of preferences. Earlier people demanded top-notch specs, but now, their preferences are shifting towards premium design at a reasonable price bracket. The change has become apparent, and stunning design language has become a key element of every budget and mid-range smartphone. Players like OnePlus X and Xiaomi Mi4 were the first ones to incorporate improvements in design, and now, after a long wait, Lenovo also been embraced in this list with its classy Vibe S1 mid-ranged smartphone.
Designed meticulously, Lenovo Vibe S1 features a perfect union of top-notch specs and stunning form-factor. The device flaunts an impressive metal body with diamond cut-edges and gives a great grip while carrying around. It looks far better than standard mid-range players, and has a lot on offer for non-stop work and play. Motorola certainly has an influence on Lenovo, and here’s what we’ve to say Vibe S1 in detail!
Design and Build
Stunning design and incredible build quality is one of the most essential USPs of Lenovo Vibe S1. The metal-built device follows Samsung Galaxy S6 and OnePlus X, and packs a beautiful curved glass on its rear and front-panel. It ships in White and Blue color options, and includes a curved back as seen commonly on most Motorola smartphones. It fits perfectly in hand, and is barely 7.8mm thick and 132 grams heavy. The rear panel of Vibe S1 is susceptible to smudges and fingerprints, yet it makes one of the best crafted smartphones in the sub-20k price category.
The display panel of this mind-boggling handset creates a perfect ecosystem for gamers and movie-buffs. The device features a screen-resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels, and delivers crisp and vibrant images even in broad daylight. Normally, a 1080p display panel with IPS technology endows a picture-perfect viewing experience, but in this case, the screen of this handset looks a little dim and weak. You cannot call it bad, but it’s certainly not at par with OnePlus X and Moto X Play.
Hardware and Performance
On the hardware front, Lenovo has given best of its efforts to retain top-of-the line performance with an impeccable form-factor. The newest smartphone from the company powers up by a MediaTek MT6752 chipset and offers seamless performance with 2GB RAM and Mali-T760MP2 GPU.
Although it does not offer groundbreaking performance, yet it can easily take on Snapdragon 615 and Snapdragon 801 SoCs featured with leading budget smartphones. It handles multi-tasking and heavy usage seamlessly, and makes up a tough competition for the OnePlux X and Meizu MX5 at a reasonable price bracket!
The operating system of this smartphone is very clean and easy to use. It runs the latest Android 5.0 Lollipop with Lenovo’s highly customized Vibe UI on the top. In terms of look and feel, Vibe UI looks completely different what stock Android has on offer. It is full of colors and has no app drawer, which is now very common in Android smartphones. The performance of the UI is also very slick. You can switch seamlessly between apps, and can play your favorite games without any lags or glitches. On the plus side, Lenovo also offers a plethora of apps such as, SHAREit, SYNCit, WeChat, Truecaller, and Evernote.
The camera of Vibe S1 is the biggest highlight, especially for on-the-go selfie-lovers. The device creates an ideal system for photography with the setup of 13-megapixel main camera and duo front-facing cameras. It captures crisp and vibrant images in all environments, and performs far better than standard mid-range players rolling in the market. It can easily give OnePlus X and Moto X Play a run for their money.
On the other end, the duo camera setup of 8MP+2MP gives vibrant and vivid selfies. It tends to soften the images, but color production is absolutely perfect in all environments. In low light, it stutters a bit, but gives passable results every time.
There is nothing to complain about storage on Lenovo Vibe S1. The dual SIM based devices uses second SIM card slot as microSD card slot, and features 32GB of internal memory with the additional advantage of expandability via microSD card. You can enhance the storage on this handset up to 128 gigs, and can keep a rich collection of files to cater standard or heavy usage needs with complete perfection!
As far as power efficiency is concerned, Lenovo Vibe S1 offers sufficient amount of juice with its 2,420 mAh battery. The metal clad handset is not the best in this category, but it can keep things up and running throughout the day. Considering “Lenovo standards” a small battery was perhaps the biggest tradeoff that the company had to make to make for making sleek and compact smartphone. It will not suite on-the-go users, but can easily give you 7 to 10 hours of charge on standard usage. Therefore, if you’re planning a long-weekend trip with this handset, better get a decent powerbank as well!
Lenovo Vibe S1 is hitting the shelves exclusively via Amazon India at a tempting price tag of Rs. 15,999. The device comes bundled with a slew of bank offers, and is currently up for grabs online. For this handset, the company has ditched to flash sale model, and has kept an open sale for all buyers.
At Rs. 15,999, Lenovo Vibe S1 is definitely worth buying. The device unifies an incredible design with top-notch features, and can take on the likes of OnePlus X and other leading players. Its curved back-panel feels great, and the entire deal cannot get any better at a price just around 15k. So, if you’re shopping for a phone with good camera and stunning looks, better go for Lenovo Vibe S1 instead of the famous OnePlus X, Xiaomi Mi4, or Moto X Play. It will fit in your lifestyle, and will cater all your needs with complete and utter perfection.