Enjoying our time at the pre-show events surrounding CES 2016 in Las Vegas, we got to spend some time with Lenovo and their newly announced Vibe S1 Lite. The name is fairly accurate as well, as the device is one of the lightest weighing phones around.
We put our hands on the new selfie focused phone, joins us for a quick hands-on of the new Lenovo Vibe S1 Lite.
We explain it as being a very nimble device with a 5-inch display with 1920×1080 pixels of resolution. Our demo model was white on white and is a fairly simple phone that packs a decent set of features for the price.
Expect the usual set of buttons and ports, with a little trick up its sleeve for the selfie lovers in the crowd, a front facing flash to take the 8MP front camera to the next level.
Finally, we mentioned that the Lite is very light, weighing in at just 0.28 lbs (127g.)
Fans of flagship devices may not consider this phone to be the right fit for their needs. Packing a MediaTek MTK6753 1.3GHz OCTA processor, backed by 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage. That 16GB of internal storage is expandable by up to 32GB microSD card and keeping the lights on is a 2700mAh battery.
Android 5.1 Lollipop will keep you ticking along, with no mention of an Android 6.0 Marshmallow update as yet.
Getting back to those photography features, the Vibe S1 Lite packs an 8MP front facing camera and a 13MP rear sensor. As mentioned, that front facing camera is complimented by an LED flash. On top of this, Lenovo’s camera software brings a little more than just the stock camera experience, with simplified features for facial recognition, Live Photo mode and more.
Pricing and final thoughts
Designated to launch in the Asia-Pacific market this spring, the Lenovo Vibe S1 Lite has a price tag of just $199. This is a superb price tag for a decidedly low-mid range phone, it is just unfortunate that this phone is not likely to make it to the U.S. market, where it could ride the curtails of the success of Motorola’s Moto G and Moto E low-mid range phones.
In the end, this is a selfie-centric device that should do well for younger users, or for those that just need a fairly basic phone to get through their day.
Stay tuned for more from CES 2016, and more from Lenovo, if nothing else, we are excited for their announcement with Google concerning Project Tango.