Lenovo Vibe Shot first impressions: a digicam disguised as a smartphone

“The Lenovo Vibe Shot features an interesting design that makes it stand out from the crowd”

With a moniker like that, it’s quite obvious that the Lenovo Vibe Shot is a camera-centric smartphone. A 16-megapixel camera. Check. Optical image stabilisation check. Dedicated shutter key. Check. The brand hasn’t spared any effort in making sure it lives up to its name. It’s even got a tri-colour LED flash for natural-looking low-light images and infrared autofocus for fast focussing. A closer look at the design though, and you’ll realise how serious Lenovo is about the whole camera theme.

The noteworthy smartphone was launched at MWC, and that’s where we got to play with it briefly.


In terms of form factor, the Vibe Shot is a svelte, yet well-built smartphone featuring a metal frame around its 7.3mm thick body and Gorilla Glass protection on both the front as well as the rear. The front is rather ordinary, with the 5-inch full HD screen, sensors, earpiece and front-facing camera… but things get more interesting when you see how the device looks from the rear.


The glass-covered back sports a black look for the most part, with a strip featuring a brushed metallic finish on the side. This strip carries Lenovo branding on one corner and the camera lens and flash on the other – making the device look very similar to a slim point-and-shoot camera from the back. There’s an infrared sensor placed below the flash, and this helps in locking focus quickly.


The dedicated shutter key helps add to the feel too, apart from aiding in photography. In fact, there’s even a slider key right next to the shutter button that switches between Smart and Pro camera modes. The volume rocker and power key are also placed on the same side.

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On the left, you’ll find two ejectable trays for the pair of nano-SIMs and microSD card. The headset socket is on top, while the bottom is home to a micro-USB port and a speaker grille.

Inside ticks a 64-bit Snapdragon 615 octa-core chip clocked at 1.7GHz, mated to 3GB of RAM. There’s 32GB of internal storage, while that front shooter boasts an 8-megapixel sensor. The 2,900mAh battery is sealed and can’t be removed. You can also count LTE support among the loaded set of connectivity options the Vibe Shot offers.


In terms of software, the Vibe Shot runs Android Lollipop, with Lenovo’s Vibe UI on top. A quick look at the camera interface unearths a slew of tweaks and options, no doubt there to provide creative control to let you squeeze the most out of the snapper.


As of now, we don’t have an idea when Lenovo plans to bring the Vibe Shot to India. We sure hope we get to play with it in earnest real soon though, as it’s looking like a scorcher… especially in terms of shooting capabilities, and we just can’t wait to figure out how that camera performs.