Lenovo Vibe X First ImpressionsDecember 23, 2013
Recently we had a chance to experience Lenovo’s latest flagship Vibe X. Lenovo has worked on the feedback it received for their previous flagship, K900 to ultimately bring out the Vibe X.
The first time I took the handset in my hands, it felt very premium. The back is actually made up of polycarbonate but the finish it has got is unbelievable. It comes close to the aluminum back of the K900. Another thing that has changed from K900 to Vibe X and which is very important also is the edges on the handset. The edges on the K900 were very sharp and was the concern while prolonged usage. This time Lenovo has chosen tapered edges which while giving you a good grip should also not hurt your palms.
Vibe X is very lightweight, just 121g and slim too, 6.9mm in width. You wouldn’t feel it in your pockets.
The interesting feature on Vibe X is swipe to wake up the device. Phones usually wake up when you press the power key or now double tap (LG G2). The technique on the Vibe X works this way – just where the screen ends, you need swipe across it to wake up the device.
Talking about the hardware, it’s been also completely changed. This time around Lenovo has gone with MediaTek SoC instead of Intel. To be specific it’s MediaTek 6589T processor running at 1.5GHz which is found inside many other phones in the market. We think, Qualcomm or Intel processor would have been perfect for the price tag of Vibe X. Then there’s 2GB of RAM as well. The display is 5 inch Full HD with 440 ppi. There’s a 13 MP camera with BSI sensors and a 5MP front camera with wide angle lens. The camera UI is expansive as well.
If there’s anything that Vibe X falls short of then it’s the memory department. It has only 16GB of internal memory with no option to expand it. Given the increased multimedia consumption on phones, 16GB could be very little for many.
Vibe X runs on Android 4.2.2 out of the box which is still relevant. As usual Lenovo has customized the UI heavily. The UI is very much similar to MIUI Launcher. There’s no separate app drawer; instead everything is on the homscreen panes,put right in front of you. Lenovo has put lots of apps on the phone including an antivirus and device tracker.
We surely liked the Vibe X but if anything that would hold us back from buying one is its price. The same package nowadays can’t be bought for less than 20K. Surely you wouldn’t get the same package in equally premium,slim and lightweight chassis but Lenovo is asking a bit too much for Vibe X. Rest will be decided by the markets or rather consumers. The phone is up for pre-orders at Rs.25,999.