- A shining bright 1080P display
- Fairly good camera
- A radically different design
- Good performance
- Average battery life
- UI may be a little cumbersome to handle
Overview: Innovative but….
While Lenovo has produced some really good laptops till date, it is yet to achieve that feat when it comes to producing some great smartphones. In order to do away with this, Lenovo has been working on changing the size of the screen, customising the UI as well as the material and as a result of this there are tons of improvements that are already appearing on the phones.
One of the results of this constant innovation is the Lenovo Vibe X2. It looks great and delivers fairly good performance as well. However, the phone seems to lose out on the battery front and this might be the deal breaker in a market where the competition is extremely high and becoming number one is almost impossible. But before giving a final judgement, let’s have a look at all the features that this phone comes with.
Average Design, Average Build Quality
The Lenovo Vibe X2 literally takes the candybar smartphone idea and implements it in terms of design. It has a gorgeous looking colourful and striped exterior and resembles a candybar in itself. The idea of going with a design that is different has definitely worked for Lenovo as the phone can be quite a source of attention for customers. The body itself is flat and slim though, which gives it one small problem. It becomes difficult to pick it up from flat surfaces. However, this notwithstanding, the phone overall does appear to have a certain element of sweetness in all.
Now while the design may be new, the Lenovo Vibe X2 can be a tab difficult to hold at times with the edges digging into the palms of the user. There are three contact points on the back of the phone and with those the phone connects to accessories such as JBL speaker case or the battery case. The phone works on this idea of “layers” with different layers helping it do different things. While the conception is great, the execution itself isn’t very good and will require more refinement. Overall though, the build quality is quite sturdy and it feels good holding the phone in your hand.
UI and Display: Best and worst
This includes the best and the worst of the Lenovo Vibe X2. The screen is a brilliant 5-inch 1080p wonder and it has great colours as well as pretty decent viewing angles. The screen itself comes complemented by bezels which make the viewing experience better as a whole and while the screen itself may cause visibility to go down in bright and direct sunlight, the navigation buttons practically disappear at those times.
The UI onboard the Lenovo Vibe X2 is a custom UI and comes without an app drawer that will come as a surprise to most Android phone users. While this is not an indictment of the UI on the phone, it feels different and largely unnecessary, much like most of the bloatware that the phone comes with. There are some features however that work quite well – such as answering calls simply by putting the device to the ear.
Battery Leaves a Lot to be Desired For
The Lenovo Vibe X2 India comes with a brand new MediaTek octa-core chip that suits the hardware beautifully in terms of performance. It moves superfast for all actions be it playing high-end games or just checking mail.
However, the complaint here is that while the processor is great, the battery life does not match up and the phone tends to heat up in case of too much use. It may not be just the battery but the chip as well as this has been a constant grouch with MediTek powered phones. But battery issues and heating aside, the Vibe X2 is a great performer which can pack a punch when it comes to competition.
Touch performance as well as call quality on the phone are very good as well and no reception issues were felt on use. While the video quality is fantastic on the phone, the audio quality isn’t the best – be it through loudspeakers or even through headphones.
The battery though continues to be the major cause for concern and may not even last an entire day depending upon the screen on time as well as gaming habits.
Good Enough Camera
The Vibe X2 comes with a 13 MP camera that is fairly basic and simple and does a fairly good job. It has options of advanced settings as well as grid lines & pictures taken with the camera were quite good, but appeared to be on the cool side in terms of the colour palette.
The video quality again is quite excellent but there was slight disappointment in terms of ambient lighting where it appeared to be a tab bit oversaturated.
The phone comes with an adequate 5 MP front facing camera which does a decent job of taking occasional selfies.
Value for money
The Lenovo Vibe X2 Price in India is set at a good Rs.19,999. At this price point it competes with phones such as the Xiaomi Mi4 and the Huawei Honor 6. The phone offers good value for money at the price but still has a long way to go before it can be called a complete package.
The features though are as good as any high-end smartphone from a big manufacturer and this phone is perfect for those who think design is of prime importance and are looking to make a statement with their phone.
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The Verdict: Good Enough for the Price Range
Lenovo appears to have taken a radically different approach with the Vibe X2 and this works in parts. With regard to the layered design, it is innovative but one feels it hasn’t been exploited to its full potential. The design is also one that would make the Lenovo Vibe X2 stand out in a crowd but there are still some obstacles it has to cross.
The phone comes with a pretty good screen with good viewing angles making accessing media on the phone a breeze and the camera too is fairly well equipped. The UI too needs some work and it appears to be trying to ape the iOS, but doesn’t do much good overall.
However, the biggest negative is the battery life which is well below average and a lot of blame for it can be attached to the processor which just requires too much power to run.The phone is extremely well thought out and combines great hardware with good software but the battery life being an issue, it could have been much better if it had a slightly bigger and better battery.
Overall a good phone, the Lenovo Vibe X2 would probably need some significant upgrades to become a real player in the market as phones like the Huawei Honor 6 offer much better alternatives at similar prices.
So Lenovo will have to go back to the drawing board and make sure their next offering is even better.
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