By now, you are well aware of my obsession for latest gadgets, mostly phones. There is some attractive gadget being released almost every month now, so no dearth of temptation for people like me. After using and reviewing the Asus Zenfone Zoom, I got lucky again and this time it is the Lenovo VIBE X3. Lenovo launched two smartphones in 2016, and the Vibe X3 is one of them. So naturally, its review time! *drum roll*
A little background on brand Lenovo: After taking the laptop market with storm, Lenovo is aggressively developing and launching products in the mobile phone segment. As they say better late than never, right? And it should not come as a surprise that Lenovo is doing quite good in this segment too. I’ll be honest, I have never used a Lenovo phone before the Vibe X3, but this got me interested as hell. After the launch of Lenovo K4 Note (which supposedly gives a good VR experience) the brand is looking to get a stronger hold on the market, and now the latest edition to its smart phone series is Lenovo Vibe X3.
The Lenovo Vibe X3 falls under the category of INR 20,000 division/segment.
No doubt this segment which is defined by price, is experiencing a cut throat competition in current times, and Lenovo just might prove to be a game changer due to its unique features – be it the camera, the finger print scanner that, for some reason, I am very intrigued with, or the VR headset compatibility.
The world loves metal and it is needless to say that the Lenovo Vibe X3 comes with a solid metal body with smoothly curved edges and feels premium. The speakers are packed in the front side which further enhances the looks.
The detailed features can all be looked up on the official Lenovo website, but here’s a quick look of features that I liked the most:
Display 5.5 inches Full HD Display
Resolution 1920 x 1080 Gorilla Glass 3
Dimensions 154 x 76.5 x 9.3 mm
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 SoC
GPU Adreno 418
Storage 32GB flash storage
Rear Camera 21 MP, f/2.0, 27mm, phase detection autofocus, dual-LED
Front Camera 8 MP
Expandability 128GB via microSD
Battery Li-Po 3500 mAh
Connectivity 4G+, Wi-Fi 802.11ad, VoLTE, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot, Bluetooth v4.1, A-GPS, GLONASS, NFC, VoLTE
OS Android 5.1.1 Lolipop with MIUI 7
I prefer to review my gadgets like I review my travel destinations or my hotel/resort review blog posts – by keeping it real and talking about feature that affect me directly. So, this is a first-hand review of the Lenovo Vibe X3, of things I like and those that I didn’t – so let’s get on with a quick review of what the X3 has to offer.
User Review of the Lenovo Vibe X3:
I liked the design – the Lenovo Vibe X3 is stylish and thankfully not boxy and boring. The ceramic back is good to look at, however, it’s a good thing Lenovo packed a back cover with the phone because I tend to drop my phones a lot and the ceramic makes this one a little slippery. A good camera means a lot to me because I tend to reply on my smart phone for pictures for my blogging, and the Lenovo Vibe x3 doesn’t disappoint as the camera is pretty good. In fact, the Pro Mode this camera might have one of the best Macro shots at in this price bracket. This phone is obviously a multimedia dream come true, and is feature packed. Lenovo hasn’t yet been able to dominate the smart phone market, but the Lenovo Vibe X3 might just be the brand’s break into the mid-range market. Let’s get to brief highlights in my opinion:
Pros of the Lenovo Vibe X3:
5.5 inches Full HD Display(1080 x 1920 pixels with 401 PPI) which is crisp and bright even in day light.
Gorilla Glass 3, which is the best option for people like me, as mentioned above. Not proud of it, but my phones fall a lot.
32 GB of Flash Storage
21 MP Camera is one of the best in this segment and takes decent pictures. You can also shoot 4k videos.
Powerful and Impressive Audio and Sound hardware – one of the best features in my opinion. Vibe X3 is packed with Dolby Atmos and also has a mix of the best DACs around for amazing sound reproduction on speakers as well as on headphones.
Long Battery life (3500 mAh)
Compatibility with VR headset using theatremax technology
Finger print scanner
Cons of the Lenovo Vibe X3:
A bit bulky to operate on the go
Lenovo UI can be buggy at times
Slightly weak 4G capability
Priced a little higher, but maybe it’s just me.
Lenovo could have gone for an Octacore processor
I’d like to mention here that during the two weeks I used the phone, it did not heat up at all, even during games and Skype sessions with my sister in Hong Kong. Also, the battery lasts up to ten hours.
Overall, it looks like Lenovo is in for giving a tough competition to its peers. With such great under the hood specifications and overall features, Vibe X3 is for sure a good option. The only glitch appears to be the price range in which this device has been launched. At a price of INR 19,999 Vibe X3 can be overlooked to the likes of Xiomi or OnePlus. But the extra features takes Vibe X3 to possible a next level. All in all it’s a great buy with the given specs, premium looks and a brand name to go with it.
In the end, I’ll say that the Lenovo Vibe X3 is a good choice in the given segment if you’re looking for a break from Samsung or Sony Xperia, or just want to try something new. Go for it.