Lenovo Vibe X2 Review

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Lenovo Vibe X2

The Vibe X2 is another product from Lenovo that owns unique personalities with innovative appearances targeted at the younger generation. The device also provides impressive hardware on par with the design at a very attractive price. Lenovo might not have the same command respect among other Android devices but that the challenges Lenovo have to faces in competing with Sony or Samsung’s smartphone. Recently, in IFA 2014, the phone has been claimed to be the first LTE smartphone equipped with an octa-core MT6595M processor and boasted a unique layered design.

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Appearances and Designs

The device has the most distinctive designs and it really stand out among other standard designs of smartphone devices. It features four different coloured layers that are blended together smoothly to give the ‘multi-layered’ look and even the sides of the devices has been made straight to enhance the colours of the layers comprising gold at the rear layer, peach and fiery orange at the middle layers while the front-most layer is black. The phone could be a bit awkward to hold but it weighed 120 grams which make the device definitely light.

The front face is free of branding and has the 5.0 inches display, a speaker grille, and three soft touch capacitive buttons for Home, Back and Menu when they light up. The right side of the device sports metallic keys for volume rocker, and power with display keys, where these keys are equivalent with the colour of the layer they’re placed on and also offer great tactile feedback. On the left side, the device provide two SIM card tray slots for a Micro and a Nano beneath the 3.5 mm headphone jack and a micro USB port on the base of the device.

The back of the device offers uniform colour with a smooth metallic finish made of Magnesium alloy which is not very prone to smudges. There are also a small speaker grille at the bottom left of the back, some Lenovo branding, and three dots for connecting to wireless charging cases and other optional clip-on accessories, such as speaker case that Lenovo plans to add on to the device in the future. Unfortunately, there would be no micro-SD slot.

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Display

The 5.0 inches display provided bright and vivid look by the device is a full-HD IPS display that delivers a pixel density of 444ppi. It also offers wide viewing angles and allows a great display when using outdoor under direct sunlight.  The sharp and crisp images and text are also accurately colours while the use of Gorilla Glass 3 helps to protect the display panel from minor scratches alongside good touch response. The built-in screen contrast and saturation control would make the intensity of the display according to the like of the users.

Specifications and Software

The 2GHz MediaTek MT6595M True Octa-Core processors used by Lenovo Vibe X2 is only for 32-bit and incorporates a PowerVR 6200 GPU from Imagination. It has been paired with 2GB of RAM, 32GB of internal storage and dual SIM connectivity that integrates various cellular radios to support voice, 3G, 4G LTE data as well as the routine Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and GPS. The MT6595M would also deliver a Heterogeneous Multi-Processing (HMP) platform, where it could enhance multi-tasking performance while saving power at the same time.

The device runs on heavily customized version of Android 4.4.2 KitKat with Lenovo’s Vibe UI 2.0 as its interface to enhance the features and customization options. However, it might appear quite clunky and the home-screens which are inspired by iOS7 containing icons and widgets tend to be broken once the phone is filled with apps. Nevertheless, the Vibe UI 2.0 allows users to mix and match the elements from different themes, and to get through commons apps right from the lock-screen. Users could found some interesting handy tricks with the device including waking up the phone from sleep by double-tapping the blank screen.

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Performance and Camera

Performance of the device is snappy and offers pleasant experience to the users. It could play heavy HD videos without flaws but the internal media speaker of the device can be quite awful due to the lacks of “richness” and bass. Luckily, the sound quality improves when connected to a wired speaker or a decent pair of headphones. The built in battery of Vibe X2 offers 2300mAh and can be quite disappointing as it could lasted for only 5 hours but it comes with a battery pack to double the battery life.

The reception quality is outstanding and providing a very high signal strength for Wi-Fi apps and call networks. The Vibe X2 features 5MP front facing camera and 13MP f/2.2 rear camera accompanied by LED flash in the top left corner. The noise coming from the picture taken is quite loud due to the bug of the device, and lacks optical image stabilization. There are a few filters and effects such as HDR, Panorama and Timer modes. Colour reproduction and contrast levels of the camera’s images are decent. On the other hand, the video is capable of recording 1080p videos while the front camera offers good quality selfies.

Conclusion

The device is far from perfect. Nonetheless, Lenovo Vibe X2 is a unique and beautiful phone that has good performance and excellent screen for browsing the Web, reading and doing tasks like mails and messaging. All in all, Lenovo Vibe X2 is a good phone at a good price for a mid range smartphone and the flaws had been slowly changes as Lenovo keep updating the firmware.

Price

The Lenovo Vibe X2 32GB is priced at RM 899.00.

Pros and Cons

Pros

  • Attractive ‘layered’ design
  • Blazing fast CPU performance
  • Vibrant display
  • Relatively low price

Cons

  • Mediocre camera
  • Below-average battery life
  • Problems within the interface

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