Lenovo Vibe S1 Lite first look

by: Joshua VergaraJanuary 5, 2016
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Enjoying our time at the pre-show events surrounding CES 2016 in Las Vegas, we got to spend some time with Lenovo and their newly announced Vibe S1 Lite. The name is fairly accurate as well, as the device is one of the lightest weighing phones around.

We put our hands on the new selfie focused phone, joins us for a quick hands-on of the new Lenovo Vibe S1 Lite.

See also: Lenovo Vibe P1 and S1

Design

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We explain it as being a very nimble device with a 5-inch display with 1920×1080 pixels of resolution. Our demo model was white on white and is a fairly simple phone that packs a decent set of features for the price.

Expect the usual set of buttons and ports, with a little trick up its sleeve for the selfie lovers in the crowd, a front facing flash to take the 8MP front camera to the next level.

Finally, we mentioned that the Lite is very light, weighing in at just 0.28 lbs (127g.)

Specifications

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Fans of flagship devices may not consider this phone to be the right fit for their needs. Packing a MediaTek MTK6753 1.3GHz OCTA processor, backed by 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage. That 16GB of internal storage is expandable by up to 32GB microSD card and keeping the lights on is a 2700mAh battery.

Android 5.1 Lollipop will keep you ticking along, with no mention of an Android 6.0 Marshmallow update as yet.

Getting back to those photography features, the Vibe S1 Lite packs an 8MP front facing camera and a 13MP rear sensor. As mentioned, that front facing camera is complimented by an LED flash. On top of this, Lenovo’s camera software brings a little more than just the stock camera experience, with simplified features for facial recognition, Live Photo mode and more.

Pricing and final thoughts

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Designated to launch in the Asia-Pacific market this spring, the Lenovo Vibe S1 Lite has a price tag of just $199. This is a superb price tag for a decidedly low-mid range phone, it is just unfortunate that this phone is not likely to make it to the U.S. market, where it could ride the curtails of the success of Motorola’s Moto G and Moto E low-mid range phones.

In the end, this is a selfie-centric device that should do well for younger users, or for those that just need a fairly basic phone to get through their day.

Stay tuned for more from CES 2016, and more from Lenovo, if nothing else, we are excited for their announcement with Google concerning Project Tango.

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  • fonix232

    With that CPU, the price is laughable. You can get similar quality devices, same spec, around 80-120$.

    • Tortionarul Rosu

      Maybe in the US, but in Europe this price is more than decent .

  • Adrian Galis

    Interesting device to say the least…

  • ZeeShan Ali

    64 bit or 32bit
    Infinix Note 2 has almost same specs but battery is 4040mAh with Fast chargind.Back Camera is 13mp with PDAF and Front is 2mp.and 64bit and 5.9 inch screen.

    • Usman

      But don’t have this beauty!

  • Walter Zobernig

    I have this phone. Took it at a very reasonable price of about 236 USD from my romanian phone carrier. I am happy with this phone. It looks nice, has a good display and performs good. There are however 3 issues that I would like to mention, 1 of them major. Eventhough the phone has a battery of 2700 mAh it does seem to drain quite fast. A small or medium Powerbank and a car charger are absolutely necessary to get properly through the day. The phone also gets very hot. Hopefully the heating issue will not have any long term consequences. The biggest downside that I found however is the poor GPS accuracy. The lacking accuracy of the GPS takes GPS navigation to the limit of being useable. You drive along and suddenly the GPS snaps to a road several dozen meters away. Navigating to your location in a dense neighbourhood can get tricky as the GPS jumps around like crazy and keeps snapping to roads you are not in. I never had this issue with any other phone. I hope Lenovo is aware of this problem and provides an update as soon as possible!!