It’s always wise to wait for a phone’s official announcement, even when online retailers jump the gun and seemingly let the cat out of the bag, fully revealing the specifications. The Lenovo Vibe P1 managed to keep a few surprises under wraps for its IFA 2015 debut, targeting “consumers who never stop to plug in” not just with a gigantic 5,000 mAh battery.
Don’t get us wrong, the twice-as-large cell than that of Samsung’s Galaxy S6 is hands down the hardware highlight. But at the same time, Lenovo wagers on a series of energy-enhancing functions and technologies, plus Vibe P1’s ability to charge other phones in need.
A physical power saver switch promises to provide up to double the typical endurance with certain compromises and limitations, while the Rocket Charge feature works like no quick charge technology we’ve heard about before, giving you close to 3-hour talk time autonomy after only 5 minutes of plug-in activity.
Of course, a massive battery and ingenious power-saving functions do not a great Android handheld make, which is why you should be that much happier to hear the Lenovo Vibe P1 further sports a sharp 5.5-inch Full HD screen, relatively fast 64-bit octa-core Snapdragon 615 SoC, generous 2GB RAM, adept 13 and 5MP cameras, and modern 5.1 Lollipop software.
The upper mid-range 5.5-incher is also cheaper than expected, starting at $279 in early October in “countries where Lenovo smartphones are sold”, not to mention it’s quite the looker, thanks to a slender aluminum frame, and “subtly curved rear metallic cover.”
But wait, there’s more. More than the Vibe S1, P1, Phab Plus, new Yogas, Moto 360 2015, and a slew of Windows tablets, laptops and convertibles. The Vibe P1m is the smaller, lesser brother of the P1, priced at $159, with a 5-inch 720p display, quad-core MediaTek MT6735P chip, 2 GB RAM, 4,000 mAh battery, 8 and 5 MP cameras in tow. Not a bad bang for your buck either, at least not at a first glance.