Review Lenovo Vibe S1 (S1a40)

Review Lenovo Vibe S1 (S1a40)

There is now Lenovo’s confusion and vacillation, the manufacturer modifies the line, come up with new names and does not know what will be the line-up in 2016. Most likely, it was strongly reduced, focus on models that have the greatest potential, they will illuminate. One of the findings in the past year has become a model S90, she got front flash for self that sets it apart from most devices on the market. Today it is difficult to stand out, besides this unit was the most similar to the iPhone 6.

Perhaps the main reason why S90 excellent sales, is the low cost of about iPhone 6 and almost completely matching design. Flash to the front camera can be seen as a marketing gimmick, designed to attract the attention of a large influence on the decision of the buyer it does not have. The appearance of the model Vibe S1 can be regarded as the epitome of the best finds of Lenovo S90.

Now, attention is drawn by the two chambers of the front and externally became a cross between a machine and iPhone 6 Galaxy S6. In the past, this trick worked for the S90, why would it not work now? The company tries to give approximately the same set of features for less money. Of course, to say that this functionality is similar solutions with the same Galaxy S6, it is impossible, the components easier. But for the price the buyer gets a very interesting solution, which looks very attractive.

Starting to use this phone, I radically revised its opinion on … no, not on the self, and that can make Lenovo in the middle price segment. The company began to receive visits from time getting better and better, this model looks promising, and its bright future. However, let’s deal with why I think so.

Review Lenovo Vibe S1 (S1a40)

Lenovo Vibe S1: Design and controls

The size of the device is entirely the same as the Galaxy S6, S6 EDGE – they look proportionate, and hence, the iPhone 6 this device is similar. There is not so important who first started, who went on to create devices in such amount – it is important that they are now treated as a standard and compact phone. A sort of a typical average of 5 inches.

Compared to the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge

The phone looks familiar, the lateral edge, as in most modern devices, metal, familiar slot Speaker (he here alone, but on the lower end of the slot made symmetrical – for beauty). On the right side – the volume rocker, slightly below – on / off button. On the left side of the rendered card slot, it supports two nanoSIM-cards, instead of one of them, you can set the memory card.

It will be available in different colors, for planned Russian white (milky color as in the survey), and dark blue. In China, the color choices will be more.

The back wall is made of glass, something that reminds solution from Samsung, but the back is curved, and the phone fits well in hand.

Review Lenovo Vibe S1 (S1a40)

In the apparatus, two microphones, noise reduction system is working quite decently.

The aesthetics of the machine is not unique, but, oddly enough, this is its charm. It is typical for the market and, therefore, will be in demand. No iPhone, no Galaxy, but something in between. Practice shows that many people are solutions for everyone.

Lenovo Vibe S1: Screen

Explicit leap over the current generation of devices from Lenovo – IPS-matrix has become more vibrant, smooth picture, visible in various conditions. But the stock of brightness on the street is not enough, however, see ourselves in comparison with the same Galaxy.

Review Lenovo Vibe S1 (S1a40)

The screen is readable in direct sunlight, but it is necessary to peer. The room is much better, automatic backlight adjustment works on hurray, the brightness can be set in half. There are more subtle display settings for themselves, as well as fonts. The screen is good for the level of the device.

Lenovo Vibe S1: Battery

Full charging time Li-Ion battery – about 2 hours, while its capacity – 2400 mAh (preliminary data later this issue will be clarified in the review). Quite modest, non-removable battery – like it or not, but it should not be missed for a long time. In practice, my phone works from dawn to dusk during 3-4 hours screen to an hour of calls.

Review Lenovo Vibe S1 (S1a40)

I note there is one thing that bothers me – great power comes when calls connect to LTE. Then the phone becomes voracious and even heated. But if we restrict the 3G, the hours of work are achievable.Not a champion, but the unit focused on ordinary business. Check how much it loses on time video (unconverted file, the maximum brightness, MX Player), showed a sad – only 5 hours.

Changing the brightness half time increases to 6.5 hours of viewing. Far from ideal results, which do not tally with the normal work during the day. The explanation is that constantly come out with new firmware update and they strongly affect the energy consumption. Expect the phone somehow change much, it is not necessary, but it is not as dead as the S90, work a little longer. In general, I am satisfied with the work time Vibe S1, as strange as it may sound. Based on the profile of a potential buyer that is more than enough.

Lenovo Vibe S1: Connectivity

Nothing special device can not boast. But should it? Support for Bluetooth, Wi-Fi is typical, all sold at the normal level.

Review Lenovo Vibe S1 (S1a40)

Lenovo Vibe S1: Memory, memory card, chipset and performance

The model is based on the chipset MediaTek MT6752, 64-bit, it is an 8-core, 1.7 GHz to the graphical coprocessor MALI T760. Stars from the sky is not enough, but in conjunction with 3 GB of RAM shows good performance.

32GB of internal memory, you can also insert a memory card.

Review Lenovo Vibe S1 (S1a40)

Lenovo Vibe S1: Cell

Self-powered smartphone with two cameras – at least it sounds ridiculous and shows the race even megapixels, and the number of cameras. One camera is 8 megapixels, the second is 2 megapixels.They work in tandem when you take a picture of a loved one, the camera makes a low-resolution picture background.

In the gallery you can see the icon at the photos taken by the camera on the front, you can cut a person (detach from the background, there are some tools in the video I have to show them), you can also blur the background (two effects). In general, it is a toy, and treat this cell should be so. Activate recording yourself can be gestures, someone is nice. For special lovers of self, even sold separately flash to photograph appears even brighter.

Main camera 13 megapixel, autofocus with a phase shift. It’s pretty fast, but the camera is that misses shots, rarely, but it happens. Under ideal conditions, the camera takes quite decent. However, a look at the pictures in comparison with Note 5 and Galaxy S6 EDGE.

Lenovo Vibe S1: Software

Despite the fact that there is Android 5, you’ll see it only in the notifications curtain, in all other cases in front of you will Vibe UI, which has not changed much over the past year.

I like this jacket is not something to enjoy, it has both good and bad. I would like to get a clean Android or most lightweight shell, but this is impossible. Describe all the possibilities the shell will not, it is done in the review link will focus on only one function.

You can set up a safe zone, then at the entrance to it (for example, office or home) your phone is switched to another mode, closes or, on the contrary, provides access to applications and data. A good option is that the audience of this device is unlikely to be needed.

Review Lenovo Vibe S1 (S1a40)

Lenovo Vibe S1: Impression

In China, the model will be available in October, the price will be between $ 300 and above. This is an adequate price for such a device, which can be perceived as a phone for every day for the average consumer – calls, social networks and the like, without much stress.The price is adequate, and that’s the biggest plus of the phone, even though someone may seem that it is high. In my opinion, this is not true – in November, these prices will seem low.

Review Lenovo Vibe S1 (S1a40) updated: September 6, 2015 author: Jonathan Davis