Unboxing and First Impressions: Lenovo Vibe S1

I must say that Lenovo is on the roll this year. It all started with the success of the Lenovo A6000 and ever since Lenovo has launched dozens of mobile in India. The K3 Note was another success story for Lenovo. As much as the A series, the Vibe series has not been able to penetrate the market in volumes. Lenovo now aims to break that jinx with the new mobile: The Lenovo Vibe S1. Predominantly the Vibe series has been more about design and the S1 boasts design excellence all over. The S1 has a curved glass back with aluminium metal alloy rims. The curved glass seamlessly merges to the metal parts of the body and the design makes it look easy, but in reality, it has been a great technical challenge for Lenovo. The S1 is made for the selfie lovers. It has dual front facing cameras. There is an 8 MP camera and a 2 MP camera.  The 8 MP sensor is the one which shoots the picture, while the 2 MP sensor measures the depth of focus. With the resultant image, you can do a bunch of crazy tricks. You can blur the background for a great looking selfie or you can totally cut your selfie out and place it in another other image of your choice.

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On the front along with the dual camera, you would find the ear piece and sensors. The display is 5 inch IPS LCD panel capable of FULL HD resolution. The menu keys are not backlit. At the bottom you have the single speaker, but dual speaker grills flaunting the micro USB socket. At the top you have the 3.5 mm audio jack and a noise cancelling mic. The volume and power buttons are at the right. They are made of metal and have good tactile feedback. The SIM tray is on the left. It is a hybrid tray that takes in 2 nano SIM or 1 nano SIM and a microSD card.

 

As usual, Lenovo has packaged a screen guard and a transparent hard back case along with the box. It is only of nicest looking device I have seen this year. The design is sleek and looks premium and stylish. The front view of the mobile is boring and does not attract much attention, but the curved glass back gives it a nice style presence, and it is very slippery. The white color does not show fingerprint smudges, but the dark blue variant shows smudges all over.

Specifications of the Lenovo Vibe S1

Specifications
Lenovo Vibe S1
Dimensions 143.3 x 70.8 x 7.8 mm
Weight 132 grams
SIM Dual SIM (Nano-SIM)
Display Size 5.0 inches with 1080 x 1920 pixels (~441 ppi )
Protection Corning Gorilla Glass 3
OS Android OS, v5.0 (Lollipop)
Chipset Mediatek MT6752
CPU Octa-core 1.7 GHz
Memory Card microSD, up to 128 GB
Internal Memory 32 GB
RAM 3 GB
Primary Camera 13 MP, dual-LED (dual tone) flash
Secondary Camera 8 MP & 2 MP
Battery  Li-Po 2500 mAh battery
Price  Rs 15999

I have been using the mobile for a few days now and yet to arrive at a conclusion on this device. The UI is Lenovo Vibe UI running on top of Android Lollipop. The UI has no lags and is very smooth. This is the same UI which we have seen in the other Lenovo devices. The display is also very responsive. The camera UI looks the same as other lenovo device, but it has certain features specific to the Vibe S1. The front camera UI has a switch to toggle between single and dual cam. The primary camera’s UI looks familiar but has only panoroma mode along with the auto mode. The manual mode is not present, like we saw in the Vibe Shot.

Benchmark score
Antutu 45650
Basemark X 13887
Velomo Multicore 1417
Velomo Metal 1071
Basemark OS 967
Quadrant 15298
Geekbench Single  811
Geekbench Multicore  4135

Check my detailed review at GadgetDetail.com. At Rs 15999 is it pitted directly against OnePlus X. In my opinion the Vibe S1 has got good design and decent specifications. Do let me know if you have any queries on the Vibe S1 and I will address it in the detailed review. It will be available from Amazon India, exclusively.

Lenovo P1m to go on open sale

Last month, Lenovo launched two new smartphones in its Vibe P Series, the Vibe P1 and Vibe P1m. The Vibe P1 comes with 5.5-inch 1080p display. It is powered by an Octa-Core Snapdragon 615 with  2GB of RAM. It has aluminum frame and also a fingerprint scanner embedded on the Home button. It has a huge 5000 mAh battery. Its little brother, the P1m comes with a 5 inch HD display. It is powered by a Quad-core MediaTek MT6735 and 2GB of RAM. It includes a 3900 mAh battery. Both these smartphones support 4G connectivity on dual SIM slots with support for Indian bands.

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In addition to this, both these devices lets you charge other devices using the included USB OTG cable. The Lenovo Vibe P1 has 24W quick charge function that can rapidly charge the 2000mAh of phone’s battery in just 30 minutes. These also have a OneKey Power Saver switch on side to improve the battery life. The Vibe P1m has Splash Proof Nano Coating for protection from water splashes. We have the test unit and will be reviewing the device in detail soon.

Lenovo announced today that the P1m will go on open sale on November 09, 2015 starting 10 a.m on Flipkart. SBI card users can avail an extra 10% discount from the retail price of Rs 7999.

Lenovo Vibe P1m Specs

  • Display : 5 inch  HD IPS display with Gorilla Glass 3 protection
  • Processor : 1 GHz Quad-core MediaTek
  • Storage : 2GB RAM with 16GB internal memory, expandable memory up to 32GB with microSD
  • OS : Android 5.1 with Vibe UI
  • Rear Camera : 8MP  with LED Flash
  • Front Camera : 5MP
  • Battery : 3900mAh

The Vibe P1m comes in Onyx Black and Pearl White colors, is priced at Rs. 7999.

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Motorola launches Moto X Style in India, price starting from Rs. 29,999

After bring the new Moto X Play to India, Motorola has now launched the Moto X Style. The all new Moto X Style packs a 5.7 inch QHD LCD display with Gorilla glass protection. Moto X Style is powered by 1.8GHz hexa-core 64-bit Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 chipset with Adreno 428 GPU and 3GB RAM. It comes in two variants of 16GB and 32GB internal storage which is expandable upto 128 GB with a microSD card. Moto X Style running on Android 5.1.1 out of the box. The Moto devices are known for their Nexus like pure andorid experience and quick updates. The black and white color variants will be available in India. With the Moto Maker not being made available for India, the back covers will soon be available for purchase. But we really doubt if the leather backs will ever make it to India. It will be water resistant like the other Moto devices. It is a single SIM device and supports 4G LTE network.

Display 5.7-inch TFT LCD Corning Gorilla Glass 3
Resolution 1440 x 2560 pixels with ~520 ppi pixel density
Processor  1.8 GHz Hexa-Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 808
RAM 3 GB
Storage 16/ 32/ 64 GB and Expandable upto 128 GB with microSD card
Rear Camera 21 MP with LED Flash and 4k recording
Front Camera 5 MP with flash
Battery  3,000 mAh

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Moto X Style comes with ” World’s fastest Turbo Charging Technology” which Motorola says it can give 10 hours of battery life from a 15 minute charge. The price of Moto X Style in India is Rs. 29,999 for the 16GB model and Rs. 31,999 for the 32GB Model. The 64 GB is not yet announced in India. The smartphone will be available exclusively on Flipkart and pre-orders start from October 15.  Flipkart and Motorola have also got some launch offers for customer which included exchange offers, cashback, Rs 5000 MakemyTrip vouchers along with Rs 1000 FlipKart vouchers.

From the position of a flagship device, it will compete with OnePlus 2, Zenfone 2 and the Lenovo Vibe Shot. But it will be the costliest of all the competitors in the segment.

 

Microsoft Band 2 is now official

Is it a fitness/activity tracker or a smartwatch? I am not sure. But the new Microsoft Band looks promising. The Microsoft Band 2 comes in 3 different sizes. It has a curved glass display protected by Corning Gorilla Glass. The band is flexible and the design does not have any hard edges. It is designed to curve nicely around the wrist. It has inbuilt GPS tracker. It monitors the UV levels. It has guided workouts, sleep tracking, calorie tracking, etc. It 11 sensors which includes Barometer to sense elevation changes. It is deeply integrated with Cortana. Cortana in the Band can tell you if have missed a workout. It even has a mechanisim to measure the max oxygen your body can process in a min. That is called the VO2 max. It is used in advanced training for sports persons and now it is available for any Microsoft Band 2 user.

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Lindsay Matese announcing the Microsoft Band 2

If you decided that it is a fitness tracker, the Band 2 can give you notifications from your mobile. It can sync up with any smartphone running on Android, iOS and ofcourse Windows. So is it a Smartwatch? I think its a Hybrid watch. Availability and pricing in India is not yet known. But in the US, it retails for $249 and is available from october 30 this year.

Microsoft Lumia 950 and 950 XL

With over 110 million device already running on the Windows 10 since its launched 10 weeks ago, the Lumia 950 and 950 XL are here to add flavor to the menu. The 950 has a 5.2 inch WQHD display while the 950 XL has a 5.7 inch display. The 950 XL is powered by a Snapdragon 810 processor and the 950 is powered by a Snapdragon 808 processor. Both the mobile have 20MP camera with Optical image stabilization and support for 4K video recording. The primary camera is assisted y a tri color LED flash. These devices come with 32 GB internal storage. If 2TB of cloud storage is not enough, you can expand the storage capacity using a microSD card by upto 256 GB on both the devices. The USB C port is slowly gaining popularity. Both the mobile have USB C type port and also support fast charging. The devices can be charged by 50% in 30 min. These are just the specifications that may or may not impress you. But wait till you read this.

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These devices are liquid cooled. Yes, its not a typo. You read it right. The heating of the mobile phones have warranted for a better cooling system and the Lumia 950 series will be liquid cooled. Also they unlock based on voice recognition. The best is reserved for the last. The Lumia 950 and 950XL support Continuum. Now thats a fancy term used by Microsoft for products that can be a mobile and a PC at the same time. It makes perfect sense. Mobile devices are more powerful than most PCs these days. So why not use them as PCs. Microsoft also showcased a display dock that can compliment the Continuum. All you have to do is to connect the mobile to this display adapter. The display adapter can be connected to any external display and now your mobile is your PC. The apps, the files, the UI everything projected on the display looks and behaves like on a PC, while the same still gives you a mobile experience on the mobile. The Microsoft display dock has HDMI and display port along with 3 USB ports. The display adapter is also a USB port for plugging in your mass storage. You can then connect a keyboard and mouse, wirelessly and now you have a full fledged PC. Truly, Microsoft have taken the game to the next level. It time for other players to catch up.

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Lumia 950 Lumia 950 XL
4G Network LTE band  3(1800), 40(2300) LTE band  3(1800), 40(2300)
Dimensions 145 x 73.2 x 8.2 mm 151.9 x 78.4 x 8.1 mm
Weight 150 g 165 g
SIM Single Nano-SIM Single Nano-SIM
Display Size 5.2 inches AMOLED 1440 x 2560 pixels (~564 ppi pixel density) 5.7 inches AMOLED 1440 x 2560 pixels (~518 ppi pixel density)
Protection Corning Gorilla Glass 3 Corning Gorilla Glass 4
OS Microsoft Windows 10 Microsoft Windows 10
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 Qualcomm Snapdragon 810
GPU Adreno 418 Adreno 430
Memory Expansion microSD card upto 256 GB microSD card upto 256 GB
Internal Memory 32 GB 32 GB
ROM 3 GB 3 GB
Primary Camera 20 MP, optical image stabilization, autofocus, triple-LED RGB flash 20 MP, optical image stabilization, autofocus, triple-LED RGB flash
Video 4K video 4K Video
Secondary 5 MP 5 MP
NFC Yes Yes
USB Type-C 1.0 reversible connector Type-C 1.0 reversible connector
Battery Li-Ion 3000 mAh battery Li-Ion 3340 mAh battery

The Lumia 950 is priced at $549 while the 950 XL is priced at $649. The price in India and availability is not yet known.