Lenovo Vibe P1m first impressions: a compact phone that hates power sockets

“The Lenovo Vibe P1m is an affordable smartphone with a massive 4,000mAh battery. We go hands on”

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Apart from its selfie smartphone, the Vibe S1 (first impressions), Lenovo also launched two additional Vibe series smartphones at IFA 2015, the Vibe P1 and Vibe P1m. Both smartphones feature large batteries, and are targeted at users who need all-day (and more) battery life, without compromising on other key specs. While the Vibe P1 is a premium phablet, the P1m is a compact, affordable smartphone. Here are our first impressions of the latter. 

In terms of design, the Vibe P1m is pretty boring. It doesn’t feature the all-metal body of the P1, and opts for plastic instead. The front is taken up by the 5-inch display, which features HD resolution, equating to a pixel density of 294ppi. The screen is reasonably sharp, although colours appeared a tad washed out. Lenovo has added a splash-proof nano coating to the device to safeguard it from accidental liquid spills. 

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Above the screen you’ll find the sensors, an earpiece, the front 5MP camera and a notification LED. Below the display, you’ll find a trio of capacitive Android navigation keys. The edges of the smartphone sport a metal finish, and hold the volume rocker and power button on the right, the loudspeaker grille and primary microphone at the bottom, and the 3.5mm audio jack and micro-USB port on top. On the left edge you’ll find a dedicated switch to put the smartphone into a power saving mode when you’re low on juice.

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The matte-finish plastic rear panel features an oval metal strip on top that encases the primary 8MP camera, LED flash and secondary microphone. You’ll also find Vibe and Lenovo branding plastered on here. The back panel is removable, and conceals the fixed 4,000mAh battery, and a pair of SIM card slots. The secondary slot is of the hybrid variety, and can also accept a microSD card instead of a SIM card.

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Ticking inside the smartphone is a 64-bit quad-core MediaTek MT6735P processor clocked at 1GHz, working in tandem with 2GB of RAM. There’s 16GB of internal storage, out of which around 9.7GB was free on our demo unit. The Vibe P1m runs Android 5.1 Lollipop as a base, but this is completely masked by Lenovo’s Vibe UI skin. In terms of connectivity, you get 4G LTE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS and USB OTG. The 4,000mAh battery on the device supports quick charge, and can also be used to charge other devices via USB OTG. 

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The Vibe P1m is available in Onyx Black and Pearl White hues. It has been priced at $159, approximately Rs 10,425. Lenovo is expected to launch the device in India sometime this year, although we don’t have an exact date as of now. 

Disclosure: This writer attended IFA 2015 in Berlin on Lenovo’s invitation 

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