Lenovo has released two phones for this year, the K4 Note for mid range and the Vibe X3 as its flagship. The Lenovo Vibe X3 is a head turner but it’s what’s on the inside that matters. Just like falling in love.
A flagship model that is priced very competitively compared to other flagship smartphones. At P22,099 it’s bundled with a Free VR headset, screen protector, and a transparent back cover. It only comes in one color though, Pearl White. Inside the box are the usual contents – power adapter, usb cable, ear phone, and a booklet.
The Lenovo Vibe X3 is well design phone ,the curved back reminded me of the Zenphone, I like the grip it provides. It comes with an aluminum frame and a plastic rear cover. The power button and the volume rocker is located at the right, the dual sim / micro SD slot is on the left. The top is where the audio jack and an infrared blaster while the bottom has the micro USB port.
The has the fingerprint scanner is just below the camera and its two-tone led flash. I recorded two fingers in the scanner for my left and right hand in case one of them is preoccupied. The fingerprint scanner is responds quickly and it can also be used as a shutter button if you’re taking selfies.
The front comes with a 5.5 inch full HD display with IPS LCD that provides good viewing angle and is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 3 . The colors appears natural and unsaturated 16M colors with Lenovo Screen color optimization. There are two stereo speakers located at the top and the bottom of its screen and it boasts the Dolby ATMOS® certification.
The viewing experience is much better than the previous phone I’ve handled because of the colors it produces. Watching a movie on the Vibe X3 is better specially if you use the VR headset. Inside the Vibe X3 is a powerful 64-bit Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 808 hexa-core processor and with 3GB of RAM. It runs on Lollipop and topped with Vibe UI.
he processor and ram is more than enough to process my daily social media tasks and multitasking with a couple of other apps. Gaming gets a bit of hiccups when handling heavy 3D games. I’m not into heaving gaming on a phone because I’d rather do it on the big screen. On mobile, I’m more of a Plants Vs Zombies, Marvel Future Fight, and Angry Birds Epic kind of guy so the way it handled my games are very satisfactory.`
The Lenovo Vibe X3 boasts a 21 megapixel Sony IMX230 sensor with hybrid autofocus and an 8MP selfie camera. The camera has a lot of cool features including the Smart Auto Mode that adjusts the camera settings according to scene detected, it’s just that the camera didn’t live up to the expectation. It takes decent photos of but not enough to overwhelm me with. There’s just too much noise on the photos and the image quality is not much to be proud of. The camera supports 4K video recording and has slow mo and time lapse feature as well.
Vibe X3 comes bundled with a VR headset on a promo, you will be able to take advantage of its VR mode where in the screen is split in to two. It’s great for watching a movie on your phone because the colors look natural and the two front speakers adds up to an awesome viewing experience.
Its 3,500mAh battery can last 8-10 hours for those heavy users (data, games, multitasking), and can go for days if you use it lightly like my lola. Overall, the Lenovo Vibe X3 would have been a suitable phone for me if not for the camera. As a fan of mobile photography, the decision making for me is the camera. A lot of phones are coming out with almost the same specs, design and sometime UI. It’s the camera that becomes the deal breaker for me.
If you’re looking for form, function, and features, the Lenovo Vibe X3 should be included in your shortlist.