“Do not be fooled by its glittery looks, as this new smartphone’s beauty isn’t just skin deep”
Gone are the days when mobile devices used to be chunky, boxy and ugly-looking pieces of technology. Today companies are spending considerable time designing devices rather than on just beefing up their innards. The new Lenovo Vibe X2 is a classic example of this phase shift when a company pays equal amount of attention to both the look and feel of the device as well as the hardware configuration. The Vibe X2 comes with a brilliant look and feel while offering some juicy hardware specifications as well. We have the device with us. Join us as we unbox it and go on to present our first impressions.
A layered phone inside a layered box
The Vibe X2 comes packed in a tastefully-designed box that has been given the same layered treatment as the device.
The box comes coloured in the device’s base colour and inside the box you would find two different layers, out of which the top most layer houses the smartphone along with a small cardboard box holding the SIM ejector pin, a screen protector, and a polycarbonate case along with documentation such as the warranty guide and the quick start guide.
Under this, you will see another box in which you will get a USB cable for both charging as well as data transfers, an audio headset and the standard wall charger with a 1.5A current output rating. Although you can use a standard 1 Amp charger to charge the device, it is advised to use the supplied charger so as not to damage the battery and ensure its safe and prolonged use.
Looks good and feels good too
The Lenovo Vibe X2 is definitely one of the better-looking smartphones that are available today in the market bearing a sub-Rs 30,000 price tag. The company has paid special attention to details and the treatment for this smartphone to make it stand out from the crowd as well as making it durable at the same time. For this, the choice of construction material as metal is obvious and that has been done beautifully. The Vive X2 gets a unibody design with metal at the back and glass on the front, while special attention has been paid in making the device lightweight and suitable for one-handed usage.
The metal back cover gets a sand-blasted finish that looks good as well as makes the device immune of smudges and fingerprints to some extent. In addition, this rough, matte finish also enhances the grip.
Small little design innovations have been adopted to ensure longevity of the device. For instance, metallic bands have been provided around the edges on the connectors, which would ensure that the connectors do not loosen even after heavy usage. So rest assured your USB connector would stay put even after using the device for a year or more.
The front of the handset features a glass-based construction, with Corning’s Gorilla Glass protecting it from scratches and accidental knocks. The back is metal and even to protect that the company has included a polycarbonate case. Being transparent and slim, it does not take away much in terms of the look and feel of the device as well.
The Vibe X2 features a three hardware button control system with the three capacitive type backlit keys providing the standard Android functionality. Along with this, the device also sports the volume and power keys on the right.
With many smartphones going with 5-inch plus 2K resolution displays, the Vibe X2 still features a humble 5-inch full HD screen offering a pixel density of 441ppi. The display is vibrant and there is zero pixelation due to the higher pixel density.
For its computing power there is a lot to flaunt, as the device comes powered with the new MediaTek 6595 2GHz octa-core processor. Now this processor is the latest generation processor featuring the use of the new ARM cortex A17 instruction set, promising faster performance – as 30 percent better than its predecessor. Therefore, for heavy-duty computing, the device utilises a quad-core cluster based on ARM Cortex A17 running at 2GHz, and for power savings and lower computing requirements, there’s a separate quad-core cluster running at 1.6GHz.
To complement the processor, there is 2GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage on the device. However, there is no option of adding more storage. For connectivity, the smartphone supports both 4G and 3G networks for calling and data access. Wireless connectivity is offered through Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, while for file transfers, the device offers a USB connection as well in addition to Bluetooth. Interestingly the device features support for Indian 4G networks and has dual-SIM active function as well, which means users can be available on the other number even when there is call connected through one of the SIMs
For cameras, the device relies on a 13-megapixel camera at the back that comes supplemented with an LED flash and at the front, it sports a 5-megapixel camera with an anti-distortion lens for better selfies.
Though we’re fairly impressed with the way it behaves and performs, we would reserve our final say on the new Vibe X2 smartphone from Lenovo for now. To find out more in-depth information and how well the device fares in the real world, do check out the full review that we will be bringing to you in the coming days.