- Huge battery with great battery life
- Hot swappable sims
- Fast charger
- Average camera
- Ram seems insufficient
The Lenovo Vibe P1 is a mid range smartphone from Lenovo with specs that seem pretty normal for the mid range phones available in the market right now. What helps this phone stand out among the rest of the pack is the huge battery coupled with what Lenovo claim to be the fastest charger out there.
Design and Build:
The phone has a metal backside except for the removable plastic top, which gives the phone a premium feel and is good to hold in hands. The phone has dual sim support ( both nano) , but the good thing is that the sims are hot swappable. The phone also has a fingerprint scanner reminiscent of the ones seen on Samsung devices on the home button. The scanner isn’t the best nor consistent but it works decently more often than not. The 5000 mAh battery means that the phone is on the heavier side considering devices with 5.5 inch screens, but at 189 grams it’s not super heavy either. The loudspeaker is rather loud and has good sound output.
The P1 has a 13 MP rear camera and a 5 MP front facing camera. The pictures taken in normal lit or outdoor conditions come out really good like most other mid range smartphones in the market right now. The pictures taken in low light are not the best and noise certainly creeps in quite a bit. The front facing camera also performs pretty similarly with the selfies taken in outdoor conditions coming out good while the ones taken in indoor conditions are not that great and are susceptible to the slightest of shakes. Overall the camera is decent, as it’s not that bad or good.
The P1 has a 5.5 inch 1080p IPS LCD screen which is actually really good. The IPS LCD screen has good brightness levels and the clarity is really good. There’s also an option called Smart brightness which makes the phone screen easily visible even in direct sunlight which is always great to have on a screen. IPS LCD screens are known for natural colors and great viewing angles and this phone performs as expected in that department.
The Vibe P1 is powered by Snapdragon 615 Octa core processor along with the Adreno 405 GPU which is a decent hardware and performs well in most cases. The phone has 2 gigs of RAM and has 32 GB of internal storage, with an option of expansion upto 128 GB with a dedicated SD card slot. The phone can handle most games, but heavier games tend to lag a bit now and then. So if you’re a gamer, you might want to overlook this phone, as it can’t give you the best gaming experience.
The P1 runs on Lenovo’s Vibe UI, on top of Android 5.1. The UI is actually close to stock though not entirely, and cause of which you may encounter lags once in a while. The 2 gigs of RAM is sufficient for normal day to day usage as it runs smoothly. The SD 615 chip is a midranger so the performance of the phone is pretty decent normally, but the UI maybe bogging down the phone a bit as you only get under 1 GB of free RAM with no apps running.
The standout of the Vibe P1 is it’s battery, and who wouldn’t take notice of a 5000 mAh battery. The huge battery size means the phone easily lasts 2 days under normal usage and even a full day under heavy usage.
Even though the phone has such a huge battery which gives a really great battery life, the phone has a button on the left side, which is for power saving mode, which toggles the phone into a black and white mode meaning it’ll improve the battery life drastically. The 5000 mAh battery means that the phone doubles up as a power bank as well, you can use this phone to charge other smaller battery phones for a quick charge. Another really good thing is that the charger provided charges the phone to full charge around the 2hr mark, which is amazing for a battery of this capacity.
The P1 has one of the biggest batteries you can find in a smartphone and with that comes great battery life as expected. Bigger batteries tend to take longer to charge but thanks to the provided “rocket charger”, the phone get charged to full in about 2 hours. The camera is just average, and the fingerprint scanner also performs decently. The device for a SD 615 device doesn’t have that much of a heating problem and the Aluminium body helps dissipate heat as well.