The world’s most successful PC manufacturer doesn’t look ready to throw in the towel as far as in-house smartphone production is concerned either, despite ongoing reorganization efforts, an increased focus on Motorola-branded gadgets, and rampant rumors of imminent Vibe extinction.
Forget all that, as the Vibe family grows by one today, after the somewhat low-profile CES 2016 introduction of the S1 Lite in jam-packed Las Vegas. Oddly enough, we’re hearing the $200 Android mid-ranger will only go on sale “early this year” in countries “where Lenovo smartphones are sold”, i.e. not the US, which remains Moto’s main turf.
In a way, that’s understandable, since the Lenovo Vibe S1 Lite would directly compete against the third-generation Moto G, with a superior 5-inch Full HD IPS display on deck, slightly larger 2,700 mAh battery beneath the hood, and greater emphasis on photography skills.
As the name suggests, a number of downgrades compared to the non-Lite Vibe S1 unveiled last fall are part of the deal, though you’re probably not going to miss the gimmicky front-facing dual camera. Mostly because the new guy should produce exquisite self-portraits too, courtesy of a single 8MP secondary snapper with a 5-piece lens for “zero-distortion”, Sony image sensor, and built-in “selfie flash.”
The primary, rear-facing cam is obviously even better, boasting a 13 megapixel sensor and dual LED flash, while everything else looks decent but short of mind-blowing on paper: 2GB RAM, 16GB expandable storage, Android 5.1 Lollipop pre-loaded, 4G LTE connectivity, dual SIM support.
All in all, the bang for your buck is satisfying, unless you’re not that into selfies and live in a country the K4 Note could also be an option.