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Lenovo Vibe P1 Review




Performance and Benchmarks

Powering the device is a 1.5GHz 64-bit Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 Octa-core CPU, Adreno 405 GPU, and 2GB RAM – the same configuration as the Lenovo PHAB Plus, Sony Xperia M4 Aqua and Starmobile Knight Elite. As expected, performance is good as it can handle light to heavy tasks well including gaming. Warming can be felt but usually when it’s quick charging and playing games.

* AnTuTu – 36,631
* Quadrant Standard – 20,819
* Vellamo – 1,173 (Multicore), 1,035 (Metal), 1,948 (Chrome)
* 3D Mark – 164 (Sling Shot ES 3.0)
* Gaming Temp – 40.7 C

Connectivity and Call Quality

We are satisfied with what the Vibe P1 has to offer when it comes to connectivity. It has dual-SIM with support for 4G LTE, WiFi with WiFi Boost features which improve WiFi connection when signal is weak, Bluetooth 4.1, GPS, FM Radio, and NFC.

We had no problems when it comes to call quality as voice calls are loud and clear. Mobile data also works well as it is able to connect to 4G and 3G networks as long as signal is abundant.

Battery Life

The Vibe P1’s main arsenal is its 5,000mAh non-removable battery. This is only the second time we’ve encountered a smartphone with this capacity (the first was the Starmobile UP Max). Make no mistake, the Vibe P1 can outlast most smartphones out there even with heavy usage. It can even charge other smartphones with its OTG Charging feature. A USB OTG adapter is included in the package.

Using PCMark’s benchmark tool, the Vibe P1 got a battery life rating of 13 hours and 41 minutes, ranking second in our battery rankings. As for our routine battery test (1080p video loop, in Airplane mode, at 50% brightness and volume with headset plugged in), it is capable of 20 hours and 12 minutes worth of playback.


It doesn’t stop there. The Vibe P1 also has a power manager that gives you control on how apps are utilizing the power, battery saver which is inherent in Android Lollipop, and power saving mode. Take advantage of those features and the Vibe P1 has the potential to last for days. And when the battery goes critical, Lenovo’s Rocket Charge takes care of the fast charging. Using its own charger, we can replenish the battery from 5% to full in just a little over an hour.

Conclusion

It’s difficult not to like the Vibe P1. It has a premium build with an attractive design, generous quality display, good CPU and RAM that can manage light to heavy tasks, good camera, fingerprint scanner, a slew of connectivity features, and a large 5,000mAh battery. It’s basically a tank! And you get all that for Php14,999 which is not bad.

As for the downside, and we’re nitpicking, Lenovo’s VIBE UI and its default icons could use a revamp to make it more in-line with Android’s Material design, and the device itself is thick and hefty, but you can easily sweep that under the rug considering the benefits mentioned above. To conclude, the Vibe P1 is a great phone overall.

Lenovo Vibe P1 specs:
5.5-inch Full HD IPS display, 401ppi
Corning Gorilla Glass 3
1.5GHz 64-bit Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 Octa-core CPU
Adreno 405 GPU
2GB RAM
32GB internal storage
up to 128GB via microSD
13MP rear camera w/ Phase-Detect AF, dual-tone flash
5MP front camera
Dual-SIM
4G LTE, 3G HSPA+
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Bluetooth 4.1
GPS, A-GPS
NFC
FM Radio
Fingerprint scanner
Android 5.1 Lollipop w/ Vibe UI
5,000mAh non-removable battery
152.9 x 75.6 x 9.9mm
187g

What we liked about it:
* Premium build and attractive design
* Good display
* Good performance
* Excellent battery life
* Fingerprint scanner
* 32GB storage with dedicated microSD card slot

What we didn’t like:
* Hefty and chunky
* VIBE UI icons looks toyish

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This article was written by Louie Diangson, Managing Editor of YugaTech. You can follow him at @John_Louie.

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24 Responses

  1. Filo says:

    I went to makati and alabang… Wala pa.. San Lenovo branch Ito available?

  2. Mang Tomas says:

    Bought mine today. Not one bit of regret.

    Oh, and VIBE UI can be replaced with the built-in Lollipop UI. Long press at the home screen, preference, default launcher, choose Android.

  3. Mang Tomas says:

    Got mine from Hello SM Bicutan. Swerte, kasi paisa-isa lang ang kuha nila ng P1.

  4. What’s the top 1 in your battery test?

  5. Wesley says:

    Nothing good about the camera, it is the worst that I have ever used on a phone (smart or not).

    Very poor indoors, low detail and bad focussing. Had to return it to the seller. Too bad about that, as the battery life and incredibly quick charging are amazing.

    • Mang Tomas says:

      There’s may be something wrong with the unit you got. Focusing speed on my P1 is superb (thanks to Phase Detection Auto-Focus). And yeah, 1h 20m fro 15-100% on a 5000mAh battery is aweome.

  6. hmm says:

    which one is better, vibe p1 zuk z1 or huawei g8?

  7. hmmm says:

    good camera, eh di sold! thanks for the review yugatech!

  8. genosaga says:

    review or preview?

  9. Gel Gavina says:

    @mang tomas kapag cc ang mode of payment sa hello my additional po ba? Thanks

  10. Redmond says:

    @ mang Tomas

    Can you comment on its camera quality? Also please enlighten us Sa experience mo sa battery life base sa usage mo. Salamat.

  11. confused says:

    Got my P1 last week, from Hello Mobile SM MOA. For 6months 0% interest. olryt \m/

    For me:
    ~ Camera = average lang, nothing special for me. (although ok lang sakin kasi hindi camera and priority ko hehe)
    ~ Performance = haven’t encounter any lags, hindi din xa mabilis maginit.
    ~ Battery = SUPERB! last up to 1.5 to 2 days of medium to heavy usage. 5-100% of charging in less than 1.5 hrs.

  12. Jim Marius says:

    Got mine last week. OK naman so far. Ayus! May question lang ako sa GPS. Musta po ang GPS nung senyo? Pag google maps OK lang. Pero page Waze laging “no GPS”.

  13. My name is Potato says:

    Does it have a gyroscope?

  14. jll says:

    Both sim LTE capable?

  15. Mr.Kritiko says:

    *7 to 8hrs of screentime out of 28hrs battery life.
    *Not more than 2hrs of charging time from 5% to 100%.

  16. Eliboy says:

    Maganda pa ba ngaung 2017 nito? Anu mas magandang camera ung asus 3 max or ito?

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