IFA 2015: Lenovo Vibe S1, Vibe P1 and Vibe P1m

Lenovo’s keynote for the most part was mainly about laptops and gaming equipment, but you might be forgetting that the Taiwanese tech giant also makes smartphones and tablets. So, it doesn’t come as a surprise that the company has made several smartphone and tablet announcements at the German event.

To be more specific, Lenovo has announced three new Vibe phones – the Vibe S1, Vibe P1 and Vibe P1m.

The first phone that was introduced at IFA was the Vibe S1. The handset tries to compete with selfie phones from other manufacturers such as Asus and Sony. However, instead of competing in the megapixel race, the Vibe S1 goes after the competition through software improvements.

For instance, the camera has two front-facing cameras – an 8MP and a 2MP snapper that analyzes depth of field information in order to replicate human binocular vision. Images taken using these cameras can be edited on the fly using several photo filters pre-installed on the handset including bokeh and a “cut out” effect that allows users to crop people out of a selfie and paste them onto another image.

As for the performance department, the Vibe S1 is powered by a MediaTek chip with an octa-core processor, 3GB of RAM and 32GB of expandable storage. The handset also comes with a 5-inch Full HD display, a 13MP camera at the back, a 2500mAh battery and LTE connectivity.

Lenovo will be shipping the Vibe S1 starting November for $299. It will be offered in two color options: pearl white and midnight blue.

Next, we have the Lenovo Vibe P1 and P1m. Both phones are actually designed with a specific audience in mind – battery guzzlers.

The larger Vibe P1 has a 5000mAh battery and is said to last up to 81 hours on standby. The phone’s’ battery also supports fast charging and features a “rocket charge” function that monitors the battery to prevent overheating. The large battery also allows the handset to charge other device via USB OTG.
It also has a OneKey Power Saver button that activates a power saving mode in order to double the battery life.

In terms of specs, the Vibe S1 has a 5.5-inch Full HD IPS display, an aluminum body, a Snapdragon 615 chip and 2GB of RAM. It also comes with a 13MP camera at the back, a 5MP selfie snapper, dual-SIM functionality, LTE connectivity, Wi-Fi ac and Bluetooth 4.1.

The Vibe P1 will be available starting next month for $280.

Then there’s the smaller Vibe P1m, which has a 5-inch 720p display and a 4000mAh battery. The rest of the device’s specs are watered down versions from the P1m including a polycarbonate body instead of an aluminum and a MediaTek chip with a 1GHz quad-core processor.

There’s still 2GB of RAM inside as well as dual-SIM functionality, LTE connectivity, Bluetooth 4.1 and the ability to charge other devices via USB OTG.

The phone will be on sale in a couple of weeks starting at $160.

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