MWC 2015: Lenovo Vibe Shot
Lenovo has got some limelight in the Mobile World Congress 2015 (MWC) with their new unveiling for the Vibe family line. Of course they get less attention than Samsung this time around as well and that is well expected. Also the new smartphone may not be meant to compete with the top liner Samsung just released. They did however turn quite a few heads when they did their first announcement with a smartphone that looks a lot like a digital point-and-shoot camera.
So what exactly is this new smartphone? They call it the Lenovo Vibe Shot. They describe it as a “2-in-1 camera smartphone” that “combines the best of both” the point-and-shoot camera and a smartphone in one device. That is no moniker as they actually fitted a full frame 16:9 ration 16-Megapixel camera that with 6-piece lens, OIS, and a low light sensor. Software wise, other than optimised to take professional grade photos you can adjust exposure, white balance, focus mode, saturation, and much more.
Other features of this smartphone though are pretty much like any other smartphone that you can find on the market. First of all you will notice the 5-inches Full HD 1080p IPS screen on top of everything; almost a standard with premium smartphone these days. On top of the screen you would find an 8-Megapixel front facing camera. The rest of the specs though did not imply it to be the top of the line Vibe. It runs on a 1.7GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 paired with an Adreno 405 GPU and 3GB of RAM. They do not sound like much but we are pretty sure they would be enough to keep things running smoothly. I will come around with 32GB internal memory expandable up to 128GB via MicroSD card, 4G LTE capabilities, and dual nano-SIM card. Keeping the Android 5.0 Lollipop smartphone powered is a 2900mAh non-removeable battery which should give it a whole day worth of use in the real world application.
On another announcement by Lenovo as well (yes, they had two announcements in MWC 2015) they revealed a Lenovo A7000. This will actually be Lenovo’s more budget friendly smartphone in their stables. It is modestly specced with a 1.5GHz octa-core MediaTek MT6752m processor paired with ARM’s Mali760 MP2 GPU and 2GB of RAM; should be enough to run everyday task that that matters though. Note that the MediaTek processor is also 4G LTE capable. It has 8GB of internal storage and can support 32GB MicroSD card. It has a 8-Megapixel camera out the back and 5-Megapixel front facing camera. Wrapping all that is a 5.5-inches IPS screen with 1280 x 720 HD 720p resolution. It supports dual-SIM too with an Android 5.0 Lollipop running the whole show. Juice comes in the form of a 2900 removeable battery like the Vibe Shot, which should last a whole day of use as well we are guessing. Its party piece though is that it is fitted with Dolby ATMOS audio technology which should make sounds and music richer.
Lenovo claims that Lenovo Vibe Shot will be available in June at US$349.00 (MYR1288.00) with three different colour options; white, red, and grey. We expect that it arrives in Malaysia somewhere within the month of its official release. The Lenovo A7000 should be available earlier though as Lenovo claims that it will begin sales of the device within this month itself at US$169.00 (MYR624.00). We are guessing a release of April in Malaysia for this device.