Lenovo has been releasing some really nice phones recently. Their Vibe line-up of smartphones has always been one of the best selling and best performing phones in India. Initially announced at the IFA, Berlin back in September of 2015, Lenovo Vibe P1m phone carried some really good specifications.
This phone has finally entered the Indian markets with a price tag of Rs. 7,999. The specifications of this smartphone might be a bit outdated as compared to the current gen smartphones, but since it is coming from a brand that carries the name of Lenovo, it is going to be a tough competitor in the Indian market. This is a quick review of the phone in which we will take a quick look at all the aspects of the device.
Build & Design
The first thing that someone notices after holding the phone in their hands is the plastic build of the device. But at a price tag of Rs. 7,999 it is a fair choice for Lenovo to go with the build material. The phone carries a 4000 mAh battery and that shows when you notice the weight of the device. The phone is of apt-size but feels very solid due to the weight of the 4000 mAh battery.
The phone has a P2i nano-coating all over it which makes it splash proof. But that doesn’t mean you can give your phone a good bath. It is not waterproof at all. The most it can take is a situation in which it gets wet in the rain.
Coming to body features, the phone has a plastic band running around it which looks quite good. The volume button along with the power lock and unlock button is situated on the right side on the phone. Interestingly, the left side of the phone carries a toggle which when slid enables an extreme power saving mode.
The top of the phone houses a 3.5mm audio jack along with the microUSB port. The front has a 5 inch 720p display with a pixel density of 294 ppi. Below the screen you will notice 3 touch sensitive buttons that will be used for navigation.
The screen of the Lenovo P1m is a 5-inch IPS touchscreen panel with a resolution of 1280×720 pixels and the pixel density is 294 ppi which is not great but not bad at all. This is a good screen for a device that is priced at Rs. 7,999. With the 4000 mAh battery, the screen will provide an amazing screen on time.
The primary camera on the Lenovo Vibe P1m is 8MP and comes with an LED flash for low light conditions. The camera UI is different from Google’s stock camera UI and comes with some new features too. The back camera works very well and it captures images with lot of details and clarity. The front facing camera of 5MP is good for taking selfies, but it won’t perform well in low light conditions.
Battery – 4000 mAh
The battery on this phone is 4000 mAh and it provides amazing battery life to the phone. But there are some tradeoffs that one needs to make when having a phone with such a huge battery. The battery makes the phone quite thick and also a bit heavy that some people might not like. But if you need a great battery backup, then this can be one of the best smartphones in this price segment.
Software & Interface
Currently, it runs on Android 5.1 Lollipop with Lenovo’s very own skin on top i.e. Vibe UI. The skin on top of the Android version not only provides a different look but also provides some new features. The home screen doesn’t have any apps drawer, but all the apps are displayed on the home screen itself.
As per Lenovo, the Android 6.0 Marshmallow update will be coming to the phone but no fixed timeline has been mentioned.
Hardware & Performance
The phone is powered by a 1Ghz Quad Core Mediatek MT6735P processor which should be enough for using the device. The phone is backed by 2GB RAM which is a standard amount of RAM in this range.
The phone has an internal storage of 16 GB but it can be expanded up to 32 GB by microSD card. But there is a downside of using the microSD card as you won’t be able to use two SIMs at once. The phone is good enough for running normal apps and moderate multi-tasking. You can enjoy casual gaming on the device but you will notice lag while running high end games.
All in all, the Lenovo P1m is good for the price you are paying, but the processor is not very powerful. There are better phones in the market which not only provide better specifications in this price range but also perform well like Lenovo K3 Note. But then, this phone is good for people who want a smartphone with a huge battery.