Lenovo P780 at one time was almost the most recognizable smartphone from the company of the same name. Its peculiarity consisted in remarkable autonomy combined with good characteristics. Now the P780 has been discontinued, and other “long-livers” are trying to take its place. For example, a smartphone Lenovo Vibe P1 Pro, which is also known as Vibe P1 Turbo. The model was announced in 2016, attracting attention due to the battery of impressive capacity.
Changes in the Pro-version, in comparison with the usual ones, are reduced to an increase in the amount of RAM. In this review, the modification with model number P1a42 will be considered. Distinctive features – support for NFC, 3 GB of RAM and 32 GB of ROM. At the time of this material, the cost of the device varies from 219 USD to 296 USD.
The metal surface of the case turned out to be quite slippery. But the quality of assembly of censures does not cause: nothing lyuftit, no squeaks are audible. When used without a case, the metal part of the case does not collect scratches. And the front panel covers the wear-resistant glass Gorilla Glass 3.
Dimensions (75.6 x 152.9 x 9.9 mm) and weight (187 g) of the device are quite adequate, considering that a 5000 mAh battery is placed under the lid.
At the bottom of the screen is a mechanical “Home” button with a built-in fingerprint sensor. It does not work instantly, the delay in reading the print to unlock the screen is palpable. On the sides there are touch control buttons that become visible when the backlight is on.
On the back panel there is a pair of plastic inserts, ensuring unhindered operation of network modules.
The top plate is removable, under it you can find a separate connector for the flash drive and slots for 2 SIM cards.
On the lateral side of the left is a button-switch, used to activate the maximum energy saving mode.
The side edge of the right is occupied by the power button and the volume rocker.
The lower edge contains the holes of the main speaker, microphone and MicroUSB port (with support for OTG and Reverse Charging).
An audio jack of 3.5 mm and a second microphone, necessary for the operation of the noise cancellation system, have a place on the edge from above.
Lenovo Vibe P1 Pro is equipped with a 64-bit chipset Qualcomm Snapdragon 615. As part of the processor – 8 cores Cortex-A53 (4 to 1.5 and 4 to 1 GHz). Probably, the frequency of “fast” cores is cut from 1.7 to 1.5 GHz to reduce heating and improve energy efficiency.Processing graphics lies on the video accelerator Adreno 405. Benchmark AnTuTu evaluates the performance of the hardware component of this smartphone in 38-39 thousand points.
In real conditions, the performance margin is sufficient to ensure a comfortable performance when using the device. The smartphone perfectly copes with resource-demanding 3D games. Provided that they will be launched with optimized graphics settings for this hardware. At high loads, the case becomes noticeably warm, but does not overheat.
The amount of RAM is 3 GB. This is enough to ensure that running applications and switching between them is not wasted much time.Also, the user is provided with about 25 of 32 GB on the built-in drive. Available space is enough for free installation of all necessary applications and storage of music collection, captured photos and videos. Expansion of free space is possible due to a separate slot for MicroSD card (up to 128 GB).
When testing the battery in the application AnTuTu Tester smartphone demonstrates an impressive result: 16 thousand points. In practice, in order to defuse the battery in one day of intensive exploitation of Lenovo Vibe P1 Pro, you will have to try hard. In moderate intensity of use, you can expect from 2 to 3 days of battery life, depending on the features of operation.
Continuous video playback with an active Wi-Fi connection will consume power for 12 hours. You can play almost 7 hours in a row.Also, the device pleases very low energy consumption (from 2 to 2.5% per hour) in telephone conversations and in player mode. Due to the high capacity of the battery (5000 mAh) and technology OTG Reverse Charge charge can be shared with other USB gadgets.
A complete power adapter for 2A allows you to fully fill the charge for an hour and a half, or in an accelerated mode for 1 hour. In total, if you need an emergency extension of battery life for a couple of hours of economical use, the user is available 2 options:
Operatively to switch by means of the button-slider in a mode of the raised energy saving;
Use the power adapter to connect the smartphone to the network for at least 5 minutes using the quick charging function.
The main 13-megapixel camera is equipped with a phase autofocus and a dual flash, with two LEDs of different color temperature.The application for shooting differs pleasant, simple and rather convenient interface. The video capabilities are limited to FullHD resolution, at 30 fps. The quality of the captured photos and video is quite mediocre, as for a smartphone with a price tag above $ 200.
The images obtained can not boast of high detail. The sharpness of the frame drops noticeably along the edges, the effect of blurring appears.
In addition, the matrix has a narrow dynamic range. Therefore, in auto mode, in most cases, the user will encounter exposure errors.This is manifested in excessively darkened or overexposed sections of the frame, depending on the lighting conditions. To combat this problem, we will have to closely become friends with the HDR regime.
Surprisingly, even subject shooting is difficult: the object you are focusing on is obtained with insufficient level of sharpness and detail. With all of the above, in low light, the camera will not show itself on the best side.
With a front 5-megapixel camera, which has a fixed focusing system, not everything is so bad. With the proper level of lighting, you can count on quite tolerable in quality villi. With a good color rendition and acceptable sharpness, without pronounced “soap” in the foreground.
Lenovo Vibe P1 Pro is equipped with a FullHD (1080 x 1920) display, with a diagonal of 5.5 “and a pixel density of 401 ppi. Good viewing angles and high-quality color reproduction are provided by the IPS matrix, as well as the absence of an air gap between the display and the touch panel. However, the maximum brightness of the screen is not high. Therefore, on the street in clear weather the image will appear dim.
Manual color tone and saturation settings are supported. Also, you can use already ready profiles, including “Night mode”, with the optimal settings for comfortable reading without additional lighting. There are tools for one-handed operation, double-tapping is supported. Multitouch recognizes up to 10 simultaneous touches.
The smartphone works with 2 SIM cards in nano format, can connect to 2G, 3G and 4G LTE networks. Equipped with high-speed dual-band WiFi 802.11ac, as well as a Bluetooth module standard 4.1. Hardware support for the NFC chip depends on the version of the device, and the software support – from the firmware (there are Chinese and European). Lenovo Vibe P1 Pro is compatible with GPS (A-GPS) and GLONASS navigation systems. Outside the room within 10-15 seconds finds all available satellites, quickly connecting to them.
The main speaker shows a really loud sound. With well-defined middle frequencies and a light bass. Connected quality headphones will please the listener with a good volume margin and good sound quality. In musical compositions, the mid and low frequencies will prevail, while the upper ones will not be so strong. With loudness and intelligibility of speech, as well as with the sensitivity of the microphone during a telephone conversation, there are no problems.
Initially, the device was supplied with Android 5.1, at the moment it’s possible to update to Android 6. By the system VIBE OS shell is integrated, which has a slightly modified interface and advanced options for setting up the OS. The shell is fairly light and well optimized, which eliminates the increased load on RAM.
The manufacturer used the space under the removable plastic panel to install the cards. The solution is very non-standard, but most users will appreciate the opportunity to simultaneously use 2 SIM and MicroSD.
The presence of a mechanical switch on the housing allows one-click to activate the emergency power-saving mode. After that, the smartphone will turn into almost the usual “dialer”.
In the middle price segment, competition is very high. Options with a similar screen diagonal and similar characteristics are in Samsung, Meizu, ASUS, Huawei, HTC and even Nokia. However, the list of models is significantly narrowed, if you focus on the battery capacity. After all, most manufacturers, it varies around 3000 mAh (+/- a couple hundred hundred mAh). Therefore, among devices with good autonomy, there are 3 worthy alternatives.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 Pro 3/32, 4050 Mach . Significantly ahead of the quality of shooting, has a brighter screen. And the cost is lower: from 173 to 218 USD.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 4, 4100 mAh . Assembly is even better by minimizing plastic inserts. The choice is available with 3/32 or 4/64 GB RAM and ROM. Also features high performance and a pleasant price tag: from 162 to 228 USD.
ZUK Z1, 4100 mAh . Large amount of internal memory (64 GB), more powerful processor, support for USB Type-C version 3.0.It has the most affordable price among competitors: from 169 to 180 USD.
An excellent option for users who have good autonomy along with the attendant benefits (support for Quick Charge and the presence of a slide switch) is the # 1 priority list. Provided that Lenovo Vibe P1 Pro is not considered as a means for obtaining high-quality photos. Otherwise, it is advisable to look at the more balanced smartphones that were mentioned in this review.