lenovo vibe p1

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It is purely coincidental that just a couple of days after Lenovo Vibe k4 was reviewed here, we are now looking at another Lenovo Vibe smartphone. This time around, it is the Lenovo Vibe P1. Fact is, Lenovo Vibe P1 was already in the queue in our review of Chinese phones with huge battery capacity. Incidentally too, Lenovo Vibe P1 is the last in the series. Next we are going to do a series of smartphones under a $100. All Chinese brands. And believe it, with some decent specs too.

lenovo vibe p1

One of the recurring themes of this series is that the phones, in addition to wonderful specs and huge battery capacity are very cheap. So cheap that you sometimes wonder if there is a catch somewhere. The Innos D6000 was the only phone that was relatively expensive. The same can be said of the Lenovo Vibe P1. On Gearbest, it is sold at $270, with free shipping. On other e-commerce sites like this one, you can get it for about $224.

Lenovo is one of the most recognizable brands in the smartphone world so you’d expect to pay more. However, it is still a good bargain for a phone with a battery capacity of 5000 mAh and specs that are also impressive.

lenovo vibe p1At a screen display size of 5.5 inch and thickness of 9.9mm, the Lenovo is both large and a bit chunky. Call it a chunky phablet if you wish. It comes with a display resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels at a PPI of 401 pixels per inch. For added protection, Corning Gorilla Glass 3 covers the display.

The camera specs stands at 13 MP rear camera and 5 MP secondary camera. However, at f/2.2, the aperture is a bit small, but the presence of other features like face detection, Geo-tagging, HDR and panoramic capture would hopefully make for some sharp, clear photos and videos.

The Lenovo Vibe P1 has two variants as far as the processors are concerned. One variant is powered by a quad-core 1.5 GHz Cortex A-53 processor while the other variant has a quad-core 1.1 GHz Cortex-A53 processor. Both variants use the Snapdragon 615 chipset. Not the latest Qualcomm chipset but still impressive for a budget smartphone.

The memory of this Android 5.1 lollipop smartphone has a RAM rating of 2GB and internal storage of 32GB which can be expanded with a microSD card. The maximum capacity of the extra storage is pegged at a decent 128GB.

Like stated earlier, the Lenovo Vibe P1 comes equipped with a 5000 mAh Li-Po battery which is non-removeable. According to the specs, maximum talk time is 49 hours on 2G and 44 hours on 3G. While you can get a standby time of over 600 hours whether on 2 or 3G.

photo credits: phonesdata.com; cnet.com

Full Specifications

Release date October 2015
Form factor Touchscreen
Dimensions (mm) 152.90 x 75.60 x 9.90
Weight (g) 189.00
Battery capacity (mAh) 4900
Removable battery No
Colours Grey, Silver
SAR value 0.67
Screen size (inches) 5.50
Touchscreen Yes
Resolution 1080×1920 pixels
Pixels per inch (PPI) 401
Processor 1.5GHz  octa-core
Processor make Qualcomm Snapdragon 615
Internal storage 32GB
Expandable storage Yes
Expandable storage type microSD
Expandable storage up to (GB) 128
Rear camera 13-megapixel
Flash Yes
Front camera 5-megapixel
Operating System Android 5.1.1
Skin Vibe UI
Wi-Fi Yes
Wi-Fi standards supported 802.11 b/ g/ n/ ac
Bluetooth Yes, v 4.10
Infrared No
Headphones 3.5mm
FM Yes
Number of SIMs 2
SIM Type Nano-SIM
3G Yes
4G/ LTE Yes
Supports 4G in India (Band 40) Yes
SIM Type Nano-SIM
3G Yes
4G/ LTE Yes
Supports 4G in India (Band 40) Yes
Compass/ Magnetometer Yes
Proximity sensor Yes
Accelerometer Yes
Ambient light sensor Yes
Gyroscope No
Barometer No
Temperature sensor No