Lenovo Vibe S1 and P1 bring imaging flair and (almost unlimited) power to the table

Two front cameras and a massive 5000mAh battery make these Android smartphones stand out

A smartphone buyer usually asks two questions - is the camera amazing and can the phone last through a day? Lenovo’s new Vibe S1 and P1 smartphones solve these first world problems separately.

On the imaging front, it has the Lenovo Vibe S1, equipped with two front cameras. The first of which is an 8MP snapper, designed to bring more details to your selfies. The second 2MP snapper measures the distance between the lens and its subject, mainly to reproduce the blurry bokeh effect of DSLR fame. Night-time selfies? Not a problem, the backside illumination (BSI) sensor equipped on the front camera makes low-light shots better.

Oh, before we forget to mention, there is a 13MP rear camera, complete with phase-detection autofocus that improves autofocus speed.

Other than its purported imaging prowess, the Vibe S1 is powered by a 64-bit MediaTek octa-core processor and 3GB of RAM. Internal storage clocks in at 32GB and you can add up to 128GB of microSD storage to the phone. Interaction with the Google Android Lollipop OS is done through its 5in full HD screen.

The Vibe P1 plays ball differently, presumably the P meaning power here. Because it’s topped up with a 5000mAh battery, one of the largest we’ve ever heard of in an Android smartphone. Rated at 81 hours or more than three days of usage, the Vibe P1 is also capable of quick charging. A much needed feature, really, if you want to fill up that 5000mAh battery quickly before you head out.

While its key feature lies in its ridiculously huge battery, the Vibe P1 has a few other tricks up its sleeve. A fingerprint sensor on the home button, for one, keeps it safe from prying eyes. The same phase-detection autofocus technology on the Vibe S1 is also replicated on the Vibe P1’s 13MP camera. To round off the feature list, it makes itself heard with its audio delivery, complete with a sealed sound chamber for improved resonance and better bass.

The Vibe S1, currently available in either blue or white colour, is priced at S$429. Its powered up sibling, the Vibe P1, will be available later in December for S$399. You’re in luck if you prefer silver, because that’s the only colour available.