Lenovo unveils three new smartphones and two phablets
At the ongoing IFA 2015 tech expo in Berlin, Lenovo has launched the world’s first smartphone with two front cameras for selfies. The front panel of Lenovo Vibe S1 has 8MP and 2MP resolution; the former captures the image while the latter adds the depth-of-field effect to the image by blurring the background. We have seen a similar setup earlier too, but only in rear cameras.
In a statement, Lenovo said, “After taking a selfie with both cameras, there are various options to modify the selfie by selecting from a number of built-in photo editing tools. ‘Blur’ allows refocusing anywhere on the seflie (up to 3 focal plains) or adding a ‘bokeh’ effect to the background to stylize a selfie or simply to get rid of a photo bomber. With ‘Cut Out’, people can be cropped out of a selfie and then placed on any other image, and even on a photo taken with the rear camera of the Vibe S1 smartphone.”
The Lenovo Vibe S1 smartphone features a 5-inch full-HD (1080×1920) display and runs on Android 5.0 (Lollipop). Powered by 64-bit octa-core MediaTek MT6752 processor and 3GB RAM, the phone comes with 32GB internal storage. Users can slip in microSD cards of up to 128GB capacity for more storage space.
While the front camera setup of Vibe S1 is quite unique, Lenovo has gone with a pretty standard 13MP camera, backed by dual-tone flash, on the back. This metal-body smartphone measures 7.8mm in thickness, weighs 132 grams and packs a 2,50mAh battery. Lenovo Vibe S1 will be available in Pearl White and Midnight Blue colours and supports 4G connectivity.
Lenovo said that Vibe S1 will hit the market starting November at $299.
Along with Vibe S1, Lenovo also launched two Android 5.1 (Lollipop)-based smartphones, named Vibe P1 and P1m, at IFA 2015. The key feature of the two smartphones are their battery packs: While Vibe P1 has a 5,000mAh battery, the Vibe P1m smartphone has a 4,000mAh battery, with fast-charging function.
Vibe P1 is a dual-sim handset that sports a 5.5-inch full-HD (1080x1920p) IPS display with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 and is the only one of the three to come with an integrated fingerprint sensor. It is powered by a 1.5GHz Snapdragon 615 octa-core processor with 2GB RAM and comes with up 32GB of in-built storage; the smartphone can hold microSD cards of up to 128GB capacities.
The rear camera of Vibe P1 has 13MP resolution, whereas the selfie shooter is rated at 5MP. Available in platinum and grey colours. Lenovo Vibe P1 supports 4G networks and weighs 189 grams. The aluminium back of the smartphone is curved, such that it measures 4.6mm at its thinnest point and 9.9mm at its thickest.
Lenovo’s Vibe P1m has a 5-inch IPS HD (720p) screen and has a splash-proof nano coating on its polycarbonate body to protect it from water damage. The dual-sim 4G smartphone is powered by a 64-bit quad-core 1GHz Mediatek MT6735P processor with 2GB RAM, and comes with 16GB internal storage. It can support microSD cards of up to 32GB capacity for storage expansion.
The back panel of Vibe P1m has an 8MP camera, while the front camera’s resolution is 5MP. Available in black and white colours, the smartphone is 9.3mm thick and weighs 148 grams.
Both smartphones have a ‘OneKey Power Saver’ feature that provides users up to twice the regular battery life with just the “flick of a switch.” While Vibe P1m will be available in mid-September at $159, Vibe P1 will hit the market in October at $279.