Lenovo at the ongoing IFA 2015 in Berlin has already revealed new ThinkPad, IdeaPad, IdeaCentre, and Yoga Tab 3 devices. The Chinese company also took the wraps off its new Vibe smartphones – the Vibe S1, Vibe P1, and Vibe P1m. Additionally, Lenovo announced the new Phab-series smartphones – the Phab and recently unveiled Phab Plus.
To start off, the Lenovo Vibe S1 will be available from November at a starting price of $299 (approximately Rs. 19,800) excluding tax or shipping charges. The Lenovo P1 will be available starting early October at $279 (approximately Rs. 18,500) and Lenovo Vibe P1m (see above) will go on sale in mid-September at $159 (approximately Rs. 10,500). The company has announced that the new Vibe-series handset will be launching only in countries where Lenovo smartphones are sold. The company however points out that Vibe S1 will not be made available in North America.
The Lenovo Phab Plus and Phab (see below) smartphones will be available in select countries starting September at $299 (approximately Rs. Rs. 19,800) and at $179 (approximately Rs. 12,000) respectively. Lenovo late last month had announced the Phab Plus smartphone in China.
The Android 5.0 Lollipop-based Lenovo Vibe S1 features a 5-inch full-HD (1080×1920) display. The highlight of the smartphone are its dual front cameras. It sports 8-megapixel and 2-megapixel front-facing cameras. The company explains, “The 8-megapixel primary front camera takes the sharpest photos and a 2-megapixel secondary front camera analyses depth of field information.”
The handset also sports several built-in photo editing tools such as Blur, which allows refocusing anywhere on the selfie (up to 3 focal plains), and Cut Out, allows users to cut out people from a selfie and then superimpose them on another image. There Lenovo Vibe S1 also sports a 13-megapixel rear camera. It sports a 7.8mm thin profile and weighs 132 grams. Under the hood, the smartphone is powered by a 64-bit quad-core MediaTek processor coupled with 3GB of RAM. The smartphone offers 32GB of built-in storage and supports expandable storage via microSD (up to 128GB). Running Android 5.0 Lollipop, the smartphone supports 4G LTE connectivity, features a 2500mAh battery, and will be available in Pearl White and Midnight Blue colours.
Lenovo’s new Android 5.1 Lollipop-based Vibe P1 and P1m smartphones feature massive batteries. The Vibe P1 packs a huge 5000mAh battery while the P1m includes a 4000mAh battery, the highlight for both the handsets. Notably, Vibe P1 handset, ahead of its IFA launch, was listed by an online retailer. For specifications, it features a 5.5-inch full-HD (1080×1920 pixels) IPS display with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 for protection; Snapdragon 615 octa-core processor clocked at 1.5GHz; Adreno 405 GPU; 3GB of RAM; 16GB storage; expandable storage support via microSD card; NFC; USB OTG; 13-megapixel rear camera; 5-megapixel front camera; dual-SIM with dual 4G LTE support, as well as 24-watt charging capability that’s claimed to the smartphone a bit faster. The Vibe P1 (see below) will be available in Platinum, Graphite Grey and Gold colours.
The Lenovo Vibe P1m is a ‘lite’ variant of the Vibe P1, and features a 5-inch HD (720×1280 pixels) display. It is powered by a 64-bit quad-core MediaTek MT6735 processor with 2GB RAM and 16GB storage. The smartphone supports expandable storage. It will be available in available in Onyx Black and Pearl White.
Lenovo’s Phab Plus sports a 6.8-inch full-HD (1080×1920 pixels) display offering a pixel density of 326ppi, the highlight of the smartphone. The Lenovo Phab Plus packs a 64-bit octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 processor clocked at 1.5GHz coupled with an Adreno 405 GPU and 2GB of RAM. It comes with 32GB inbuilt storage and also supports expandable storage support via microSD card. Running Android 5.0 Lollipop with the Vibe UI skin, the Phab Plus sports a 13-megapixel rear camera with dual-LED flash and also comes with a 5-megapixel front camera. The dual-SIM based Phab Plus supports one Micro-SIM card and the other Nano-SIM. It packs a 3500mAh battery and supports 4G LTE connectivity. The Lenovo Phab Plus measures 186.6×96.6×7.6mm and weighs 220 grams. It has been launched in Gunmetal Grey, Titanium Silver, and Champagne Gold colours.
The new Lenovo Phab smartphone also features a 6.98-inch screen though it comes with HD resolution (720×1280 pixels). The handset is backed by a 4250mAh battery and powered by an octa-core Qualcomm processor (unspecified chipset) coupled with 1GB of RAM. The Phab smartphone measures 8.9mm thin and weighs 250 grams. It will be available in Tuxedo Black, Polar White, Aqua Blue, and Cherry Red colours.