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Lenovo Vibe S1 first impressions: Stunning design with mid-range price

Lenovo's Vibe S1 has just been launched in India for a price of Rs 15,999 and here's our first impression of the smartphone.

Written by Karthekayan Iyer | Updated: November 25, 2015 9:29:45 am
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Lenovo’s Vibe S1 has just been launched in India for a price of Rs 15,999 and comes with a solid spec sheet to complement its great design.

Lenovo itself has been flooding the market with smartphone after smartphone. After announcing the Vibe P1 range of smartphones for the battery conscious audience, Lenovo is now going after those who crave for some genuine design with the Vibe S1. Here is our first impression of the new Lenovo Vibe S1.

Design & Display:

Lenovo Vibe S1 has a design that sets it apart from anything Lenovo has launched till now. It has a curved-glass back and our review unit has an impressive blue colour texture. It comes with distinct 12 machine-drilled speaker grills and unibody design.

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The front is dominated by the 5-inch display along with dual front camera, receiver, light sensor and Android navigation buttons. These buttons are not backlit, which could disappoint many buyers.

The back of the device is curved like Motorola’s 2013 Moto X and features curved Corning Gorilla Glass. The use of glass at the back makes it attractive. But this also makes the Vibe S1 one a fingerprint magnet and slippery. To cover up, Lenovo is adding a transparent back panel right out of the box. The 13-megapixel rear camera, LED flash, Vibe and relatively smaller Lenovo branding round out the back side of the device.

Watch video of first look of Lenovo Vibe S1

The right side of the device hosts the power button and volume rocker while the left side is home to dual Nano-SIM or Nano SIM and microSD slot tray. The headphone jack is placed at the top while the microUSB slot is at the bottom.

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Lenovo Vibe S1 is not very thin, but at 7.8mm if offers solid grip and nicely fits in your palm. At 132 grams, the Vibe S1 is easy to carry around too.

Lenovo Vibe S1 features a 5-inch display with a resolution of 1920×1080 pixels which translates to impressive pixel density of 441ppi. The display is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 3 and offers nice viewing angles.

Processor, Memory and Battery:

Under the hood, the Lenovo Vibe S1 is powered by an octa-core MediaTek MT6752 processor clocked at 1.69GHz. The device comes with 3GB RAM and 32GB internal storage which is further expandable up to 128GB.

The Lenovo Vibe S1 is backed by a 2500mAh battery with a standby time of 240 hours. This is a dual-SIM device which supports 4G LTE bands. Lenovo has added accelerometer, proximity sensor, ambient light sensor, gyroscope and gravity sensor to the mix.

Camera:

The Lenovo Vibe S1 sports a 13MP rear camera with LED flash and so far it has been impressive. While it is not the fastest camera in any smartphone but it does take photos with nice and natural colours.

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But the USP of this phone is the dual 8MP and 2MP front camera. While the 8MP camera is meant to focus the subject, the second 2MP camera is meant for capturing depth. It’s exactly the same concept HTC tried with its One series flagship smartphone last year.

The phone lets you click pictures and change the background like HTC did with its now scrapped feature for the Eye series. The selfies with the blurred backgrounds come out impressive, but sticking a cutout of yourself to a different background is almost childish.

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OS:

Lenovo Vibe S1 runs Android 5.0 Lollipop with Lenovo’s not so appealing Vibe UI on top. Undoubtedly Lenovo is improving the aesthetics of its UI and with Motorola acquisition, the transition to near stock Android is widely visible.

Wrap-Up:

Lenovo Vibe S1 is an amalgamation of beautiful design, good specs and respectable camera hardware. It needs little work on the software which Lenovo can easily push via OTA and with such genuine design, this could well be the best looking smartphone under Rs 20,000.

Stay tuned for our full review

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