The Lenovo VIBE S1 Lite seems to deliver a ton of camera for your $199
posted by Luis D.
Jan 04, 2016, 9:30 PM
Lenovo wastes no time throwing itself in the 2016 smartphone races, for it just announced the new VIBE S1 Lite, which is supposed to put together affordability, performance, and entertainment. At a glance, the $199 handset seems like a bargain indeed, with its 5-inch 1080p-resolution display, octa-core CPU, and high megapixel camera setup. The latter is of particular interest, mind you, as it comprises two surprisingly elaborate units. The 8MP front camera comes complete with a Sony imaging sensor, a 5-piece lens, and a built-in selfie flash. It also stands out with its "panorama selfies" feature, which Lenovo touts as ideal for taking group shots.
There's more where that came from, though, as the S1 Lite also features a 13MP rear camera with phase-detection auto-focus and dual-LED Colour Correlated Temperature (CCT) two-tone flash — this one may be familiar to some of you from Lenovo-owned Motorola's last year Moto X and Moto Play handsets. It's a high-quality flash for sure, and we certainly aren't used to finding this kind of camera hardware mojo in sub-$200 smartphones. Then again, what sounds great on paper doesn't necessarily translate to excellence in practice, especially if the camera algorithms aren't up to snuff! So we'll have to see about this crucial part of the equation before we consider any judgement.
Moving further down the list of things supposed to pique your interest in Lenovo's latest, we reach a metallic frame and an ergonomic curved back which contribute to a sophisticated appearance. Speaking of design, the smartphone will be available in Matte White and Matte Blue. You will also find a 2700mAh battery & LTE connectivity in all models, along with 16GB of expandable storage in the base model.
The Lenovo VIBE S1 Lite will be available in all countries where the brand's smartphones are sold, except the United States. Hopefully, dear ol'Len will change its mind, for the S1 Lite sure seems competitive at its $199 price point.
Lenovo VIBE S1 Lite
Take Great Selfies and Groupies in the Dark with Lenovo VIBE S1 Lite
Las Vegas, NV – January 2016: Today at CES in Las Vegas, Lenovo (HKSE: 992) (ADR: LNVGY) announced the new Lenovo VIBE S1 Lite – proving affordability, performance, and entertainment go hand-in-hand.
Not all photo ops happen in bright light and sometimes the perfect selfie suffers in dim lighting. So we gave Lenovo VIBE S1 Lite an 8MP front camera with a 5-piece lens for zero-distortion, a Sony image sensor, and a built-in selfie flash to increase the amount of light captured. Looking to take a ‘groupie’? The panorama selfies feature will get the entire crew in and, retouching software ensures everyone is social sharing ready. We didn’t stop at selfies; we also added a 13MP PDAF rear camera and dual LED CCT rear flash to deliver crisper-colored images every time the sun sets.
Primed for all types of entertainment, Lenovo VIBE S1 comes with a 5.0” wide-view Full HD display, and it keeps users mobile with its powerful 2700mAh battery capable of playing movies or music videos for hours. We’ve designed it to handle the streaming, downloading and multitasking users expect, thanks to its 64-bit MTK 6753 octa-core 1.3 GHz processor and LTE connectivity. And 16GB of built-in memory, plus up to 32GB expandable through microSD storage, means lots of room for music, movies, games and images.
That’s not all. Lenovo VIBE S1 Lite looks good and feels good too with its wrapped metallic frame and ergonomic curved back making it extremely comfortable and sleek looking. It will be available in Matte White and Matte Blue.
Pricing and Availability Priced at $199 (USD) Lenovo VIBE S1 Lite will be available starting early this year in countries where Lenovo smartphones are sold. Prices may vary from country to country for all models stated above.
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