If the tech trends of last year were anything to go by, the sub-$250 mid- to budget-range smartphone was king, and it doesn’t look as if this is going to go away anytime soon. In similar fashion, Lenovo has launched (and loaned us) the Vibe P1ma40 which is essentially a lite version of their higher-range Vibe P1.
The Vibe P1m is a dual-SIM enabled smartphone with a 5-inch diagonal HD display and itt boasts of a huge 4000mAh battery, Quick Charge technology and an interesting OneKey power saver button, all of which point to the promise of extended battery life under heavy usage.
Where looks are concerned, the Vibe P1m comes in black (there is also a white model) and has a removable polycarbonate shell at the back. This gives access to a microSD card slot for expandable storage as well as two micro-SIM card slots. The 4000mAh Li-ion battery mentioned earlier however is non-removable and non-user serviceable.
An uninterrupted chrome-like rim runs around the perimeter of the phone with similar metallic volume control buttons on the top third of the right side and a power button just below that. The lefthand side houses the OneKey Power Saver slide key which as its name implies, interestingly puts the phone into a battery-saving mode that switches the display to monochrome and turns off virtually every unnecessary app.
Micro-drilled dots grace the bottom speaker outlet while the 3.5mm headphone jack and the microUSB port are at the very top. The Vibe P1m uses capacitive touch buttons on the front bezel just below that 5-inch display and thankfully they are backlit.
The usual assortment of earpiece grille, proximity sensors and a 5MP front-facing camera complete the front lineup while an 8MP camera with auto-focus and LED flash can be found behind, just above the VIBE branding.
Running the show is a 64-bit Quad-Core MediaTek processor rated at 1.0GHz coupled with 2GB of RAM and 16GB internal ROM storage for your apps and media. On the software front, Android 5.1 Lollipop powers the Vibe P1m layered over by Lenovo’s proprietary Vibe UI. It is worth noting that the phone has a 1GB plus update waiting when you launch it so it should be interesting to see if this contains a more-recent Google OS version.
Thrown in with every Vibe P1m is a free back cover and a protective film screen guard as well as the rudimentary user manuals, documentation, earphones, A.C. adaptor charger block and USB cable.
You can check out unboxing photos below to make your own impressions and we will keep you updated with a review when we are done with the Lenovo Vibe P1m.
In the meantime, we are off to install that update and give the P1m a test run.