“The new MediaTek 6595m processor on the Lenovo Vibe X2 has made this good-looking Android smartphone a flagship killer”
The Lenovo Vibe X2 is touted as the world’s first layered smartphone which makes it stand out from the flood of devices available in the market today. However, the smartphone is not all looks and no brains. The new MediaTek 6595m processor which the device flaunts comes with ARM’s Cortex A17 instruction set, which offers it performance that easily beats even the brand's flagship itself, the Vibe Z2 Pro by a good margin.
Priced at Rs 19,999, the Vibe X2 offers seriously good looks, and with the help of benchmarks we are trying to find out whether the device with its new gen innards is powerful enough to put more expensive devices to shame or not. In terms of core specs, the Lenovo Vibe X2 comes powered with the new octa-core MediaTek 6595 processor, clocked at 2GHz. This processor is the latest generation processor featuring the use of the new ARM cortex A17 instruction set promising of better performance and as much as 30 percent better than its predecessor does. Therefore, for power computing the device gets a quad-core cluster based on ARM Cortex A17 running at 2GHz and for power savings and lower computing requirement based tasks the chip gets a separate quad core cluster running at 1.6 GHz. Complementing the processor there is 2GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage on the device. However, there is no option of adding more storage to the device.
As one of the most popular and comprehensive mobile benchmarks, Antutu tests the device’s capabilities by stressing its hardware components including the CPU, RAM, GPU, I/O and then tries to estimate the user experience. By scoring 43,930, the Lenovo Vibe X2 beats the top-tier smartphones by a good margin. The most surprising bit is that despite being a mid-tier smartphone, the X2 manages to score a relatively high position in Antutu's rankings.
Vellamo is a benchmark application that tests the device’s performance in three main areas of performance including hardware performance, HTML 5 or web browsing related performance and multi-core integrity, since most phones today offer multi-core processors.
Even with each core of the Lenovo Vibe X2 clocked at a lower clock speed, the device surpasses other flagships in terms of overall scores and that shows with the Metal scores of Vellamo. Same is the case with its performance in the HTML 5 test and the multicore performance as well. The core pilot 2 technology used by MediaTek is responsible for this boost in performance and manages the device very well.
Geekbench 3 is a benchmark application that evaluates the core capabilities of the CPU. It measures both the single-core and multi-core performance by performing computing tasks including arithmetic calculations, compress and decompressing of JPEG images, zip files among others and several other tasks that devices perform on a daily basis.
Here too, the Lenovo Vibe X2 emerges as the device with one of the fastest mobile CPU’s currently selling in the market and it tops the charts in both the single-core and multi-core performance as well.
Gaming has emerged as one of the key uses of smartphones besides calling and web browsing, and with high-end specifications devices today offer near-console quality gaming to users. To check out the Lenovo Vibe X2’s graphics prowess, we ran GFXBench on the device. Along with evaluating hardware, the benchmark also provides an assessment on long-term performance, render quality and power consumption, which would matter to most users in the long run.
The X2 runs Manhattan at 6 fps and gets the score of 371, while it plays T-Rex at 16.6fps and achieves the score of 931. The scores here might be lower than the leading flagship smartphones, but the X2 is primarily a mid-ranger and compared to most mid-ranged or similarly-priced devices, there is hardly better that users can get in the market right now.
The benchmarks indicate that the Lenovo Vibe X2's beauty isn't just skin deep, and the fact that it that comes complete with 4G and dual-SIM capabilities make it a solid all-rounder. Its mid-ranged price makes it all the more desirable, though we will urge you to wait for our full review to know more details about the device. Meanwhile, check out the first impressions, unboxing and camera review of the Vibe X2 and if you have a few questions, then head over to the FAQs zone to find the answers.
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