Today, Lenovo announced at IFA a number of items including the newest smartphones in Lenovo’s VIBE series. The VIBE P1, VIBE P1m and VIBE S1 devices are for those who take selfies and those who aren’t near a charger for much of the day.
The VIBE S1 is geared toward selfie-aficionados. The device packs an 8MP primary front-shooter in conjunction with a 2MP front-facing camera. Lenovo calls it the first dual-selfie camera smartphone. The technology package will allow device users to mix, as well as swap-out, a variety of photo backgrounds to create entirely new photos. You’ll also be able to blur backgrounds and so on. The dual cameras also offer better low-light photos.
“Selfies are now the most popular type of photos snapped on a smartphone, with over a million selfies taken a day and 48 percent of that are shared on Facebook alone,” said Jerry Hsiao, Vice President of Lenovo Phone Product Management & Operations, Lenovo Mobile Business Group. “People expect more from their smartphones today. Capturing precious moments alone or with friends and family is not enough anymore. They want their selfies to stand out in their social media circles. We carefully listened to the consumers’ desires and designed the VIBE S1 based on those insights.”
The device also comes with a 5-inch display, a 13MP rear-shooter, a 64-bit MediaTek octa-core processor, 3GB of RAM, 32GB of internal storage and a MicroSD-slot that supports cards up to 128GB. It also comes with Android 5.0 on board.
Both the VIBE P1 and P1m are designed with the power user who can’t get to a charger in mind. The P1 rocks a 5,000mAh battery, OneKey Power Saver and Rocket Charge. The P1 also sports WiFi Boost, which gives the phone support for 5Ghz connections. The P1 comes with a 1.5GHz Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 615 octa-core processor. It comes with a physical battery saver power switch, NFC and a built-in fingerprint scanner in the home button. It comes with a 13MP rear shooter and a 5 MP front-facing camera.
The 5-inch P1m takes the the fast-battery charging features of its bigger sibling and adds a splash-proof nano-coating. The device comes with a 4,000 mAh battery and a 64-bit MediaTek quad-core processor.
None of the devices are available in North America and we’re not sure if they ever will be. The S1 will retail for $299 USD, while the P1 and P1m will come in at $279 and $159 USD respectively. The P1 will be available in platinum, graphite gray or gold. Gold appears to only be available in China. The P1m will come in onyx black or pearl white while the S1 will come in pearl white or midnight blue.
Lenovo has been on a roll as of late, announcing a number of devices ranging from laptops to smartphones. So even though Lenovo’s smartphone division moved into Motorola, it looks like the company is still pushing the envelope with its newest smartphones.
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