Lenovo Vibe S1 First Impressions

Lenovo Vibe S1 First Impressions
People go crazy lengths to take a great selfie, and the Lenovo Vibe S1 is an ode to the selfie generation. It comes with a dual front camera setup - 8-megapixel primary shooter, and a 2-megapixel camera that senses depth information. This setup, of course, is not dissimilar to what we've seen on the likes of the HTC One M8, but that was on the rear camera. Lenovo Vibe S1 brings the same technology to the front shooter.

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This means that you can take a selfie and using the depth information captured by the secondary camera, you can then refocus it any object in the image - if you stay awake at night thinking about blurry selfies (it takes all kinds to make the world), then you can rest easy after getting the Vibe S1. Lenovo has included the usual software tricks you'd expect - the software comes with object detector, which means it can cut you out from an image taken in Borivali and place you in front of the Eiffel Tower, a feature budget travellers will really appreciate.

Though we are not as selfie-obsessed as some of our peers, we got a chance to test the software features of the Lenovo Vibe S1 and they work as advertised. The phone sports a run-of-the-mill design but feels solid and has a good display. It is backed by an impressive package - a 13-megapixel camera, a 64-bit octa-core processor, 3GB RAM, 32GB in-built storage (expandable by another 128GB via a microSD card), 4G/ LTE connectivity (no word yet on India bands support), and a 2500mAh battery. The only disappointment is the presence of the dated Android 5.0 Lollipop.

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The Lenovo Vibe S1 carries an international price of $299 (approximately Rs. 20,000) but there's no word on the shipping date yet. Note that India price and availability details haven't been announced yet.

  • Design
  • Display
  • Software
  • Performance
  • Battery Life
  • Camera
  • Value for Money
  • Good
  • Great design and build quality
  • Good display
  • Good cameras with interesting features
  • Decent performance
  • Bad
  • Software could use some improvement
  • Non-backlit capacitive keys
  • Average battery life
  • Hybrid SIM slot
Display 5.00-inch
Processor MediaTek MT6752
Front Camera 8-megapixel
Rear Camera 13-megapixel
Storage 32GB
Battery Capacity 2420mAh
OS Android 5.0
Resolution 1080x1920 pixels

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