Earlier, Lenovo Mobile Philippines introduced 3 new Vibe smartphones. One of them called the Lenovo Vibe S1 caught most of my attention as it boast one unique feature that's never before seen in a smartphone, a dual selfie camera setup.
|Lenovo Vibe S1 quick impressions|
Lenovo Vibe S1 Specs
Display: 5 Inch FHD 1920 x 1080 resolution w/ Gorilla Glass 3 protection at 441 ppi
CPU: 1.7 GHz MT6752 octa core processor
GPU: Mali T760
RAM: 3 GB
ROM: 32 GB expandable via micro SD card slot
Back Camera: 13 MP w/ dual LED flash and phase detection auto focus
Selfie Camera: 8 MP and 2 MP dual front cameras
Battery: 2500 mAh
OS: Android 5.0 Lollipop w/ Vibe UI and guaranteed Marshmallow update
Connectivity: WiFi, 3G, LTE, Bluetooth, GPS, A-GPS, dual SIM, OTG
Others: Aluminum frame, Gorilla Glass 3 back, Color: white, gold
Dimensions: 143.3 x 70.8 x 7.8 mm
Weight: 132 g
Price: 15,999 Pesos
Build Quality / Design
|The gorilla glass 3 back|
|True dual speakers below together with the micro USB port|
|Check out how slim it looks at just 7.8 mm|
Visible here is the power button and volume rocker
Aesthetically, the Vibe S1 feels just okay. It features decent build quality with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 on both front and back. The frame of the device is made out of rounded metal frame with curved backed design that feels great to hold even with 1 handed use. What I like there is the device doesn't feel heavy at all at just 132 grams.
Clearly, the Vibe S1 by Lenovo is a camera centric smartphone. It boast a pretty capable 13 MP sensor with phase detection auto - focus. From what we saw earlier, it was able to take great shots with good accuracy and details. The focus is also lightning fast thanks to its phase detection AF sensor embedded.
|A view on how sharp the 441 ppi display of this phone is together with the dual selfie camera on top|
But, that's not the main highlight of this smartphone. The Lenovo Vibe S1 is arguably the very first smartphone in the world to boast two cameras in front. The first sensor is an 8 MP snapper while the second camera is a 2 MP depth camera. It works just like the dual rear camera setup Honor 6 Plus that lets you refocus add blur and several effects to your subject even after taking the photo. This type of technology also lets you add more light compared with single camera sensors and will give you better depth of field.
|You can even adjust the blur, beautification and change background! :)|
For me what's missing with the features of its front camera is the lack of selfie flash unlike most of the modern selfie centric phones.
Selfie Camera Samples
|Hey, I took a groufie with the ladies! It looks nice even under bad lighting condition|
|Selfie with Jonathan of Gizmo Manila|
|I tried beautify function at dual camera mode setup (feeling pogi mode)|
As of the moment
I like most of the things I saw with this smartphone. It packs powerful specs that even most gamers would love, good rear camera and a potentially great selfie camera. Some may say that it's priced a bit high at 15,999 Pesos, but if you wanted to get a great phone with top notch selfie quality this might be a fantastic buy.