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Key Features

  • 16-megapixel BSI sensor
  • 8-megapixel front-facing camera
  • Snapdragon 615 1.7GHz octa-core processor
  • Android 5.0
  • Gorilla Glass 3 and Aluminium construction
  • 5.0-inch full HD screen
  • Manufacturer: Lenovo
  • Review Price: to be confirmed

Hands on with the Lenovo Vibe Shot

Photography fans are increasingly spoilt for choice when it comes to quality smartphone cameras, and the new Vibe Shot from Lenovo is the latest reason why. With a Samsung-developed 16-megapixel back-side illuminated sensor, supported by a tricolour flash module and infrared AF, the Vibe Shot also has optical image stabilisation, meaning its camera should be ideal for low light shooting.

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On the top plate of the phone (when held in landscape orientation) you’ll find a switch and shutter button. The switch puts the camera in either auto or pro mode. Auto mode worked well enough, with Face tracking and smile detection following people’s faces stubbornly. But if you want a bit more control over your image, the pro mode gives you control over shutter speed, exposure compensation, ISO, White balance presets and drive mode.

The camera interface isn’t particularly complex either, in fact it’s almost identical to the Lumia camera found in the Microsoft Lumia 640, so you won’t have to be an expert to find your way around and start capturing pictures manually. Selfie takers will love the 8-megapixel front-facing camera as well.

I love the design of the phone, too. Measuring 142 x 70 x 7.3mm and weighing 145g, the Vibe Shot is a mix of tough Gorilla Glass 3 and aluminium, giving it a high-end feel.

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Aside from the camera, the Vibe Shot is a highly capable phone with a 5.0-inch full HD IPS LCD display and the Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 1.7 GHz octa-core processor with 3GB RAM, running Android 5.0. There’s 32GB of internal memory which is plenty, but happy snappers will be pleased to know that up to 128GB of addition storage can be added via micro SD.

The phone’s 2,900mAh battery should be able to survive a day’s photography mixed with regular use and 4G data speeds will make it easy to share content on social media.

Early Verdict

I’m impressed with the Lenovo Vibe shot, its specs read more like a dedicated digital compact camera than a phone. But its phone capabilities are top-notch as well. The Vibe Shot is a sophisticated looking smartphone with a good camera to match.

Available from June in countries lucky enough to have Lenovo mobile distribution, the Vibe Shot seems like an absolute steal at only $349 USD.

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Deb Datta

October 8, 2015, 7:48 am

I am using the Vibe Shot for a week now and this is what I feel:
1. Comfortable size (though it feels a little heavy in one's hand)
2. Applications run smoothly
3. Lenovo's Vibe UI is clean and simple while covering all the essential features.
4. "Super Power Saver" mode converts the phone into a dumb phone and helps conserve battery.
5. The buttons are all made of steel. I really appreciate having a dedicated shutter button for the camera.

1. The camera could have been a lot better ... considering that this is, kind of, being marketed as a camera first and phone second.
2. The LED indicator only works to indicate battery charging and NOT missed notifications. This is a real real negative for me. If they do not update the OS to take care of this, I may even consider selling the phone.
3. The metal band around the phone feels really good, but it is way too slippery.
4. The glass on either side are fingerprint magnets.
5. Wish it supported wireless charging...


July 19, 2016, 5:20 am

Thanks a lot for clarifying this aspect about the led only working for battery level and not actual notifications!!! I think it's really a crazy miss for this phone, can't believe how Lenovo left this out!!! Yes, I would consider selling if I was you, or maybe you can consider using apps that might partly mitigate this by quickly turning the screen on and off every 10 minutes or so when you have a notification... By the way, can you confirm the voice that it doesn't have a gyroscope, as I've read in some forums? Thanks a lot...!

Deb Datta

July 19, 2016, 5:41 am

I am using the phone with Light Flow app installed to make up for the lack of LED. Am not sure about the gyroscope. The diagnostics module has a Gravity Sensor listed and it works.


July 19, 2016, 5:50 am

maybe you could try installing one of the app requiring gyroscope to see if has got one? Many of those apps have to do with augmented reality, if you search for that you could soon find it out... Thanks though, I hope Lenovo will fix the LED with future updates...

Deb Datta

July 19, 2016, 6:32 am

Good idea. Checked with Sensor Kinetics app and confirm that gyroscope is not available on the device.


July 19, 2016, 7:42 am

Thanks! Appreciate! I hope our conversation will be helpful to other people trying to make a choice! Cheers.

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