Some years back, Lenovo has no stake in the smartphone market outside China. But with the latest revamping of the brand, especially the adjustment of the prices of their phones, it has made some strides in price sensitive markets like Nigeria where the phone is seen as a durable yet affordable smartie.
Also with the acquisition of popular brand Motorola, coupled with Lenovo ‘s proven track record in the manufacture of portable computers, the brand is growing stronger and is seriously taking on the smartphone market with zest and vigour.
The latest in Lenovo’s line of smartphones is the Lenovo Vibe X3. A cool piece of device which happens to be a flagship device from the Chinese phonemaker.
The Lenovo Vibe X3 was launched recently and once again, Lenovo is offering users great value for their money with this product.
Lets take a quick glance at what Lenovo has got to offer with the Vibe X3.
The Vibe X3 is very much similar in looks to the K4 note with just a slight differential between the two, the most notable being the aluminium frame on the Vibe X3 which gives it a sleeky look.
The front of the device has the stereo speakers at the top and the bottom. Between the speakers is the Gorilla Glass 3 panel covering the display in the middle, the front-facing camera at the top, and the three capacitive buttons below. The buttons aren’t backlit, which has become an increasingly common cost cutting measure among manufacturers. It’s not a huge inconvenience but having the keys backlit takes out some of the guesswork when using the phone in the dark.
The device can hold dual SIM cards and has a tray that can hold either two nanoSIM cards or one SIM card and one microSD card.
The hybrid slot is a fairly typical arrangement these days and makes the dual SIM claim somewhat disingenuous as there is no way to have two SIM cards if you also want to use a memory card. On the other way round, a memory card is out of the question if you choose to use two SIM cards, forcing you to rely on the limited 32GB internal memory.
The back of the phone is white and by the way, white is the only color option available. The back of the phone is smooth plastic surface, with the camera area being made out of metal and slightly sticking out. It also houses the two-tone LED flash, along with the fingerprint sensor.
The Lenovo Vibe X3 runs on Android 5.1.1 Lollipop. The phone runs on the Vibe User Interface(UI) which gives the display a not-so-spectacular look in the sense that you can find that in other range of android phones. Some critics think Lenovo could have just gone ahead and use google’s stock Android UI instead of trying to make the Vibe UI look similar to the stock Android UI.
Let’s take a look at the performance, the Lenovo Vibe X3 does well in day to day task. Spotting a Snapdragon 808 chip set, its got more than enough power for your messaging and social networking apps to work hitch-free. But when it comes to gaming, there’s a let down. Heavy 3D games don’t run as smooth as you’d love it to but the lighter 3D games as well as 2D games don’t experience any issue running.
The performance during intense use doesn’t make the phone to become very hot per se except when you running a heavy 3D game. This should be expected because of the large pixels of display being used by the games.
We’re in the selfie era so camera is one thing most people pay attention to when shopping for a new phone. The Lenovo Vibe X3 doesn’t disappoint in this regard.
The Vibe X3 has a 21 megapixel Sony IMX230 sensor with hybrid autofocus, which has added phase detection autofocus. It’s, essentially, the same sensor as on the Moto X Style but the results aren’t quite as good, a fact we are willing to attribute to Lenovo’s take on image processing.
The front facing camera spots an 8 megapixel camera which is not bad for a selfie camera.
The phone also supports 4K video, and while the quality is decent, it’s not an exception and we have seen better before. The lack of optical image stabilization(OIS) also doesn’t help the video quality.
The Vibe X3 sound output is loud and clean when played through its headphone jack and could accommodate bigger and more demanding headphones.
Lenovo made a good addition in the volume bar which makes it easy to adjust the volume to get a finer volume. But then, its still not comparable to Apple’s iOS devices.
There’s no equalization tuning in the music player but there is a Turbo Hi-Fi mode that tries to increase the clarity for a more “Hi-Fi” experience. But the default volume is just perfect.The sound was noticed to drop any time a notification enters the phone.
The Lenovo Vibe X3 has a 3,500mAh cell which is removable. The battery can do about 4-5 hours of on-screen time and around 20 hours of overall before it gets to 0%. Unfortunately, the phone has been confirmed not to support Quick Charge 2.0. It also takes two and a half hours to charge completely from 0%.
At roughly $300 in India, the Vibe X3 could be said to be great value for more considering what the phone offers.
In Nigeria, when available, the phone will be in the range of N60,000. No doubt, better smartphone options could be gotten in Nigeria at that same range or even lower.
But then the Vibe X3 offers a combination of sturdy build quality, excellent display, class-leading audio quality through both headphones and speakers, and great performance, and that’s what makes it a rather tempting proposition.