It comes with twos in the world of smartphones these days. So Lenovo joined the bandwagon with the Lenovo Vibe P1 and Vibe P1m. Today we are reviewing the Lenovo Vibe P1m, the smaller sibling of the two. Is it worth your time and money? Read on.
Lenovo Vibe P1m:
- 1GHz Quad Core Mediatek MT6735P processor
- 2GB RAM
- 16GB internal storage expandable via MicroSD up to 32GB (uses SIM 2 slot)
- 5-inch HD IPS LCD display (1280 x 720 pixels)
- 8 megapixel rear facing camera with aufotocus and LED flash
- 5 megapixel front facing camera
- Dual SIM, Dual Standby
- 4G/LTE, WiFi, Bluetooth 4.1, USB OTG
- GPS, A-GPS
- 4,000 mAh battery
- Android 5.1 Lollipop with Vibe UI
- SRP: P7,999
- Status: Available at Lenovo stores and retailers
HARDWARE AND DESIGN
There are still benefits when you own a smaller device. Compared with its bigger sibling, the Lenovo Vibe P1m is more manageable to hold with one hand. We do like the soft touch matte plastic back that gives the device some added grip. Just like the Lenovo Vibe P1, it also has the same flip switch. Flip the switch upward and it will reveal quick menus such as phone, contacts and SMS. This is indeed perfect for first time smartphone owners.
Audio quality coming out from the bottom firing speakers are quite tiny but definitely louder than the smartphones with similar price tag.
The 5-inch display has noticeable cooler tones as compared with the bigger Vibe. Though we don’t like its auto brightness set up, good thing you can control the brightness according to your liking manually. It struggles a bit when using the phone under direct sunlight though its quite tolerable.
SOFTWARE AND PERFORMANCE
Unlike the bigger Vibe, the custom Vibe UI here has no app tray. All your apps are on the homescreen. Changing the look of your UI is possible via Lenovo’s own theme store or if you hate the UI itself, you can download a launcher at the Google Play Store.
The Lenovo Vibe P1m performs very well on daily tasks. We never noticed the Mediatek chipset get stressed unless you are playing games. We noticed slow animations when playing Clash Royale.
Photos taken from the 8 megapixel rear camera appeared to be sharp and bright. We do notice, however some lack of color detail and some amount of vibrancy and life. Take a closer at our sample photos below.
LTE, WiFi and Bluetooth comes in standard. We didn’t have any issues with the quality of LTE we are getting plus calls from both ends of the line are clear.
Of course the battery is the phone’s main selling point. The 4,000 mAh battery will take you about two days of moderate usage. On our heavy usage, we managed to get around 15 hours until it gets red on us. Not bad!
It doesn’t mean when you buy less you get less as well. The Lenovo Vibe P1m proves that you get the same battery endurance like the bigger Vibe on a smaller package. Priced at P7,999 and that big battery, its hard to beat what this phone can offer to the table. We strongly recommend this to those who are on the go all the time and doesn’t want a big smartphone but with less budget. 🙂