Lenovo is not recognized to draw back from experimenting with its telephones. We have had the ‘layered’ Vibe X2 (Evaluation | Photos) previously and, extra just lately, the overgrown Phab Plus (Evaluation | Photos).
At this time, we’ll be reviewing its camera-centric Lenovo Vibe Shot. We first noticed this cellphone at its announcement at MWC 2015, and it then launched in India in September. The Vibe Shot is an upper-mid-range providing that goals to seize the hearts of pictures lovers with its compact-camera-like design and options. Let’s examine if it is worthy of its Rs. 25,000 price ticket.
Appear and feel
Lenovo has carried out a wonderful job with the design and construct of the cellphone. The monolithic look with an aluminium body and glass on the rear oozes model. It is fairly slim at 7.6mm and does not weigh your pockets down an excessive amount of. The 5-inch type issue additionally makes it simple to grip and use with one hand more often than not.
Lenovo Vibe Shot
The 5-inch, full-HD IPS show produces sharp photographs with punchy colors. There’s additionally Gorilla Glass three for added energy. Nonetheless, the panel is very reflective which causes loopy reflections and is a magnet for fingerprints. Fortunately, the show has excessive brightness ranges so you’ll be able to truly use this cellphone below daylight. There are capacitive buttons beneath for navigation which are backlit.
The left aspect two slots at reverse ends for the twin Micro-SIM tray and a microSD card. There’s additionally a lanyard eyelet on the underside nook, for a real compact digicam impact. The underside has a mono speaker and a Micro-USB charging port.
The best aspect is the place issues get attention-grabbing. Aside from the ergonomically positioned quantity and energy buttons, we even have a two-stage digicam shutter and a bodily change to toggle between Auto and Professional capturing modes. It is a considerate addition that permits you to shortly dive into the specified capturing mode earlier than firing up the digicam app.
The rear is designed to appear to be a digicam and Lenovo has definitely succeeded right here. We’ve got a 16-megapixel sensor with infrared autofocus, optical picture stabilisation (OIS) and a triple-LED dual-tone flash unit. It is a fairly spectacular bundle and works nicely because the cellphone’s most unusual promoting level.
Within the field, you get a charger, headset, knowledge cable, and a display screen guard. Oddly, all of the equipment that we acquired had been white, when the cellphone itself is black. The standard of the equipment is nice and they need to final.
Specs and software program Lenovo Vibe Shot
The Vibe Shot options typical mid-range specs together with an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 SoC and 3GB of RAM. There’s 32GB of onboard storage which could be expanded by as much as 128GB. You additionally get Wi-Fi b/g/n, Bluetooth four.1, GPS, FM radio, GPS, and USB OTG. We’d have preferred to see Wi-Fi ac and NFC too contemplating this cellphone’s positioning, however sadly, they don’t seem to be current. Each SIM slots help 4G LTE on Indian bands.
The cellphone runs on Android 5.1.1 with Vibe UI working in prime. It is pretty simple to make use of and there are a ton of customisations available. Nonetheless, Lenovo’s present launch is kind of buggy and will use a serious overhaul. Our unit had a problem with the Play Retailer randomly crashing whereas trying to find an app. We additionally discovered that the battery proportion readout within the notification shade would intermittently present totally different numbers on the lock display screen and when the cellphone was unlocked. It appears different customers have been dealing with comparable software program glitches as nicely.
The Vibe Shot contains a host of bundled apps and fortunately, you’ll be able to do away with most if wanted. You’ll be able to customise the look of the cellphone with Theme Centre; ShareIt enables you to switch information over Wi-Fi Direct; and SyncIt enables you to again up your messages and contacts to the cloud. Lenovo additionally bundles some social media apps, Guvera Music for streaming, WPS Workplace, Route 66 for navigation, UC Browser, and Lenovo Companion.
There is a safety characteristic referred to as Safe Zone, which helps you to change to a different profile (like Visitor mode, solely safer) and run separate situations of apps and information. Incoming emails and different alerts from Safe Zone present up within the notification shade with a purple dot subsequent to the icon. You’ll be able to view these in the usual mode or ‘Open Zone’ however they’re solely accessible as soon as you turn to Safe Zone.
The Lenovo Vibe Shot is a easy operator in the case of each day operations. Regardless of the heavy pores and skin, the interface is fluid with no noticeable lag or stutter. Name high quality can also be good and the loudspeaker has first rate quantity ranges for alerts. 4G additionally labored nicely on each SIM slots.
In benchmarks, the cellphone put up a superb present, scoring 35,817 factors in AnTuTu and 5,360 in 3DMark Ice Storm Excessive. The Vibe Shot handles most apps and video games with none hiccups, particularly taxing ones equivalent to Lifeless Set off 2.
The cellphone fares nicely in multimedia playback too. Excessive bit-rate full-HD movies are dealt with nicely and are literally enjoyable to observe, due to the sharp show. The auto-brightness setting may use some fixing although; we seen it tends to dim the display screen greater than it ought to and is barely sluggish to react to altering lighting circumstances. The mono speaker is decently loud indoors however is well drowned out by exterior noise. The bundled headset handles ambient noise isolation nicely and suits snugly in your ear.
We now come to the of the piece de resistance of the Vibe Shot – its digicam. The 16-megapixel shooter does a superb job in daytime landscapes and macros. Element stage is nice and so is the color replica, though it does are likely to oversaturate a bit in panorama pictures. Indoor pictures below synthetic lighting will not be as sharp however that is solely noticeable once you see the picture at 100 p.c. Video is regular, with good element due to the optical picture stabilisation. The infrared auto-focus system helps preserve focus pace constant, even in much less beneficial lighting circumstances.
The interface is nicely designed and straightforward to navigate. Professional mode provides you a number of capturing choices for low-light pictures, depth of subject, HDR and panoramic selfie. What’s lacking is a burst mode and video modes equivalent to slow-motion, timelapse, and many others.
In Auto mode, you’ll be able to allow a characteristic referred to as ‘Good Composition’, which helps learners discover ways to body pictures. The ‘Metropolis Visitors’ setting in Professional mode enables you to use very lengthy exposures, which could be a great deal of enjoyable. The triple-LED flash unit does a superb job at illuminating close by objects evenly. The front-facing Eight-megapixel digicam does a superb job with selfies in daylight however struggles below low gentle.
We managed to get good battery life out of the Vibe Shot with common use in addition to in our video loop check. The cellphone ran for 9 hours and 11 minutes within the video check, and through common use, with 4G energetic, we simply managed to get by way of a full day. This cellphone additionally holds up nicely with heavy use of the digicam.
The Lenovo Vibe Shot is a superbly crafted smartphone for shutterbugs. The construct and end are nice, and also you get a vivid show, good battery life and a full-featured digicam system. The software program, whereas fluid for probably the most half, does have numerous glitches which Lenovo wants to repair quickly. It could even have been good if we had some modes for video recording apart from the usual one. Lastly, the cellphone is a fingerprint nightmare so holding it clear will not be the best factor to do.
If you happen to’re trying purely at picture and video high quality then there are older choices such because the Samsung Galaxy S5 (Evaluation | Photos) and the Sony Xperia Z3 Compact (Evaluation | Photos), which nonetheless pack a punch and are priced the identical and even decrease. Nonetheless, they lack options such because the infrared focus system and OIS.
Given its software program bugs and restricted video capabilities, the Vibe Shot feels a bit costly at its present worth of Rs. 25,000. If Lenovo can repair these items with future software program updates and drop the worth a bit of, then it should have a powerful probability of disrupting the mid-range section.
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