We managed to get our hands on the Lenovo Vibe P1 and here’s a quick overview.
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The Vibe P1 has a nice glossy body with a nice sturdy feel to it although it does feel a tad heavier than most phones nowadays thanks to the 5000 mAh battery.
The volume and power buttons are on the right side while the left side has a Power-saving button that instantly kicks the phone into diet-mode to conserve battery usage. The top has a 3.5mm audio jack and the bottom has the micro-USB port along-with the Speaker grill and the microphone. The only physical button at the lower edge of the phone is the Home button that doubles up as the Fingerprint reader and has a nice feel to it.
Unlike the Meizu MX5, the micro SD card is not directly accessible and it takes up the second SIM card slot. Completing the setup is the 5.5″ IPS capacitive display that has really clear and vibrant colors thanks to the full-HD 1080 x 1920 resolution with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 to protect it.
The Vibe P1 runs on the Lenovo Vibe UI which is based on Android Lollipop 5.1.1 just like its other siblings announced at IFA 2015. There are noticeable changes to the icons and the way the OS interacts as compared to your traditional Lollipop experience but nothing that’s a deal-breaker. While the app drawer is absent here, this can be dealt with by using any of the several launcher apps available on the Android Play Store.
The Primary camera on the Vibe P1 is a 13 Megapixel camera (4128 x 3096 pixels) with dual-LED (dual tone) flash. While it doesn’t have the Optical image stabilization that came with older models, it has something called a Phase detection autofocus that helps it to focus rapidly.
Unlike the Vibe S1 which we reviewed earlier, the front sports a single 5 Megapixel camera which should satiate most selfie-enthusiasts.
Price & Availability
The Lenovo Vibe P1 is expected to release sometime in October 2015 and sources tell us that it will retail around $279 (approx 19,000 INR).
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Our initial observations suggest that the Vibe P1 can expect stiff competition from the likes of the Meizu MX5, OnePlus 2, Xiaomi Mi4, and Asus Zenfone 2 where for the same price range, you get 3 GB of RAM and better camera specs although it clearly has the upper hand with its 5000 mAh battery.