Ahead of the IFA 2015 in Berlin, Lenovo have already announced their latest SmartWatchPhablets, and Tablets in addition to a new lineup of Vibe Smartphones.

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We managed to get our hands on the Lenovo Vibe P1 and here’s a quick overview.

Key SpecsLenovo Vibe P1
Display5.5 inch, Full HD (1080p)
Processor Quad-core 1.5 GHz Cortex-A53
ChipsetQualcomm MSM8939 Snapdragon 615
RAM2 GB
Operating SystemVIBE UI based on Android Lollipop 5.1
Storage 32 GB, Expandable to 128 GB (second SIM slot)
Primary Camera13 MP with Dual LED Flash
Secondary Camera5 MP
Battery 5000 mAh Li-Po , Non-removable
Price $279

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Physical Overview

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.

User Interface

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.

Camera Overview

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 Thoughts

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.