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Lenovo Vibe X3 Review


Performance and Benchmarks

Inside the device is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 chipset that has a quad-core 1.2GHz Cortex-A53 and dual-core 1.8GHz Cortex-A57 for a total of six cores packed together. The GPU is an Adreno 418 and there’s 3GB of RAM onboard. These are specifications for an “almost flagship” device but everyday performance is nothing short of fluid.


Also, gaming and intensive tasks like a quick photo edit or FHD video playback is not a burden. Asphalt 8 and Mortal Kombat runs smoothly, and multitasking is a breeze as long as you keep things monitored.

We ran our usual benchmark tests and the results are:

  • 3DMark – 1272 (Using ES 3.0), 504 (Using ES 3.1)
  • Antutu Benchmark v6.1.2 – 67231
  • PCMark – 3690 (Work Performance)
  • Quadrant — 25935
  • Vellamo – 2924 (Chrome), 1709 (Metal), 2462 (Multicore)

Call Quality and Connectivity

A phone is still a phone we used to make calls. According to Lenovo, the Vibe X3 has three microphones built-in – two beneath the speaker grilles and another at the back. Our quick calls on the device came out clear through the earpiece/loudspeaker and we can be heard well by the recipient. LTE signal is also strong given that we are around the Metro.


Apart from traditional calling, there’s dual-band Wi-Fi to gather higher 5GHz bands, Bluetooth 4.1, GPS w/ A-GPS, GLONASS, and NFC located in the area of the rear camera. There’s also the traditional FM radio for some tunes on the go.

Battery Life

The 3500mAh non-removable Li-Po is already enough to keep the phone going through a full day. With our casual use that includes a lot of texting, a bit of calls, whole day Wi-Fi on with long SNS apps usage, and ample data use when there’s no Wi-Fi around, it was able to last for more than 16 hours before reaching the low-battery level of 15% with a screen on time of around 4 hours and 15 mins.


While a more definite test like PCMark battery gives it an impressive 9 hours and 15 mins. With our traditional video loop test, it was able to garner a lasting 9 hours and 5 mins.


After being able to use the Vibe X3 for a week, we can say it’s able to give the Lenovo the pride to have a flagship worthy handset. Although, the SRP of the 32GB variant the Philippines has is quite steep at Php 22,099 but then, you’re getting an inspiring handset with top specifications. If this is too much, you can check out the K4 Note, which is a cheaper and tone-downed version of everything about Vibe X3. Both are bundled with an ANT VR headset.


Lenovo Vibe X3 specifications:

5.5-inch Full HD IPS display, 401ppi
Corning Gorilla Glass 3
1.8GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 hexa-core CPU
Adreno 418 GPU
32GB internal storage
Up to 128GB via microSD (via SIM 2)
21-megapixel PDAF rear camera Sony IMX230 sensor w/ dual-tone LED flash
4K video support
8-megapixel front-facing camera
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Bluetooth 4.1
IR blaster
FM Radio
Fingerprint scanner
Dual front-facing speakers w/ Dolby Atmos
Android 5.1 Lollipop w/ Vibe UI (upgradeable to Marshmallow 6.0)
3,500mAh battery
154 x 76.5 x 9.3 mm
175 g


What we liked about it:

  • Well saturated display
  • Impressive build quality
  • Great performance
  • Excellent sounding speakers
  • Good camera with 4K recording

What we didn’t:

  • Narrow FOV of front camera
  • Unlit capacitive keys

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This article was contributed by Daniel Morial, a film school graduate and technology enthusiast. He's the geeky encyclopedia and salesman among his friends for anything tech.

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4 Responses

  1. jcode2016 says:

    selfie pa more papa Daniel gwapo mo

  2. XY says:

    mabilis ba yung fingerprint scanner?
    nakita ko youtube mejo mabagal daw yung fingerprint scanner unlike sa huawei devices.

  3. lalalalala says:

    may FM radio po ba ung review unit nyo? ung nagtanong kasi ako sa lenovo wla daw FM radio, meron kasing ibang unit na may radio merong ring wala…

  4. Wet says:

    Hindi mo na kailangan ng beautify, Dan. Pogi pag natural ang freckles, ang sarap dilaan. Hihihi #respect

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