15,999 rupees Lenvo vibe s1 The smartphone is the company's new offering in the mid-range segment. It has everything that a good mid-range handset should have. From superb specifications to dual-camera setup on the front. Let us know in detail about the Lenevo Vibe S1.
Look and design
Although many mid-range smartphones do not have a special aesthetic appeal, the Vibe S1 has managed to make a distinct identity. Its frame is of metal. The phone is available in blue and white color. We got the blue colored handset for review and we liked its look.
The Vibe S1 comes with a curved back, which makes it more slim on the edges. Layout is common. The power and volume buttons are on the right. USB port and speaker grill at the bottom. The SIM tray is on the left and the audio socket on the top.
Corning Gorilla Glass 3 has protection on the front and back panel of the phone. Like the OnePlus X, its rear is also reflective and you will like it. Lenevo has not tampered with the design profile much. Have not tried anything that would prick the eyes.
The front panel is also very clean. No logo exists. Only three capacitive buttons are visible, which are not backlit. This is a major flaw in its design. The screen occupies 68 percent of the front panel, with a dual-front camera on the right side. The primary sensor in the dual-camera setup is 8 megapixels and the depth-sensing sensor is 2 megapixels.
The Lenevo Vibe S1 features a 5-inch full-HD IPS LCD panel with a pixel density of 441 PPI. Screen detailing is excellent. However, it is not as vibrant and capable as the OnePlus X screen. Despite this it is one of the best full-HD screens we have used. It is very bright, for this reason the handset does not have any problem in using sunlight. Watching movies and videos on the Vibe S1 is a pleasant experience.
Specification and software
Despite being a mid-range device, the Vibe S1 is the best in the specification department. It has a 1.7 GHz octa-core MediaTek MT6752 chipset, 3 GB RAM, 32 GB inbuilt storage, microSD card support (up to 128 GB), 2420 mAh battery and 4G LTE support. Being a hybrid SIM slot, you will be able to use only one of the other SIM or microSD cards. Fast-charging, NFC and gyroscope sensors are not present in the handset.
The Vibe S1 handset runs on Android 5.0, above which the company's Vib UI is present. It is a single layer user interface. It is very similar in appearance to the Android UI. It has some drawbacks. You will not be able to delete many pre-installed apps. The interface is not great in appearance, but the performance is much improved. As before, the interface no longer uses most of the handset's resources. Apart from this, the user gets many controls.
With the Secure Zone feature, you can create a special zone of trusted apps. The user interface gives good response and most apps and games run smoothly without any problems.
The Lenevo Vibe S1 has a 13-megapixel primary camera with dual-tone LED flash. There is a dual-camera setup in its front part. The primary front camera is 8 megapixels and is coupled with a 2 megapixel sensor, which determines the depth-of field. With the front and rear cameras, you will be able to record videos in full-HD resolution. With the front camera, you can give unique photo effects by using the depth-of-field capability. Camera app is excellent. Many controls and features are available. It includes manual settings. You can control the resolution in photos and videos. HDR mode, flash and camera switcher are easily accessible. Video recording is a step process. With this you also get Panorama mode. On switching the front camera, you will get the option to activate dual-camera mode. Video recording is not possible in dual camera mode. You will be able to see the dual-camera effect in the gallery itself.
Dual-camera effects are very simple, but also interesting. The depth of field gives the camera the option to set the foreground and background. For this reason, the camera is able to make sure that in which part of the selfie you are present. You can use it to blur the background or you can cut it and use a new picture. You can superimpose graphics in the background, or you can also apply an old picture. This way you will be able to take some interesting selfies from the camera. If seen, the lovers of selfie will surely like this feature.
The 13-megapixel rear camera also gives good performance. It is fully capable of taking crisp and accurate shots. You will be able to take pictures in all Lightning conditions. Photographs taken in appropriate lighting are of good quality, especially in terms of color and lightning reproduction. The crispness of the picture remains intact when zoomed in. The front camera works well in terms of detail and accuracy, but the absence of flash can disappoint many buyers.
The Lenevo Vibe S1 is a strong performer in common use. The credit goes to the improvement in the user interface. The MediaTek MT6752 chipset ensures that the phone works fast, especially in graphics-related tasks. Games and videos play smoothly. However, the problem of overheating of the device was encountered while playing interactive games.
Talking about the benchmark results, this phone gave better results than other smartphones equipped with MT6752 chipset. The score is very similar to OnePlus X. It is clear that the company has improved in terms of performance.
The Lenevo Vibe S1 is an effective and capable handset. Call quality is good. Connectivity to 3G and 4G networks will also be considered good. The sound coming from the single speaker is slightly lower, but there is no such problem with headphones. In the video loop test, the phone battery lasted 8 hours and 15 minutes. Even after common usage, we had to connect the phone to the charger until evening.
As far as the look is concerned, the Lenevo Vibe S1 gives a tough challenge to its twice priced handset. Vibe S1 is very sleek and beautiful. And quality has also been taken care of while making it. Its screen is good. The performance is excellent and it is equipped with a great camera which many selfie enthusiasts will like.
However, the handset also has some drawbacks. Capacitive buttons are not backlit. The UI does not captivate the eyes too much. Due to the hybrid SIM slot, you will have to choose between dual-SIM connectivity and microSD card. And battery life will be considered average. Nevertheless, the Lenevo Vibe S1 is a capable smartphone that will appeal to camera and selfie enthusiasts. It will also be liked by those who favor style.