Lenovo Vibe P1M review: Big on battery and performance, low on price

Lenovo is in a sort of frenzy since the beginning of this year. At least in India. After being relatively quiet in the smartphone market until the end of 2014, the company has launched phone after phone this year. Mostly, it has targeted the mainstream market, offering people devices that can be deemed value for money.

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It is a strategy that has worked, even though there is tough competition from companies like Xiaomi, Micromax and Motorola, which incidentally is also owned by Lenovo. Now the Chinese company is changing gears. There is a slight shift in the strategy. The focus is not only on giving people devices that they find good value for money but also on enticing them with a halo feature.

The Lenovo Vibe P1M and Vibe P1 are part of this strategy. The USP of these two phones is the battery life even though both are part of two different price brackets. The Vibe P1 is a more expensive phone with the price of Rs.15,999. But the Vibe P1M is affordable. It is priced at Rs.7,999 and for its price it offers a lot of value.

Features

All Day Battery Life
Fueled by a long-lasting 4000mAh battery, the Lenovo Vibe P1m is perfect for your always-on lifestyle. Whether you’re big on social media, an avid gamer, or simply enjoy chatting, this smartphone won’t slow you down.

Splash-Proof Coating
The Vibe P1m is the perfect phone for an active lifestyle. Splash-proof, nano-coating technology protects the phone from everyday splashes and spills. It also dramatically increases the reliability of the device. The hydrophobic layer ensures superior liquid repellency, leaving no weak points to attract moisture and corrosion.

Rapid Charging & Energy-Saving
When the VIBE P1m eventually runs out of juice, its quick charge feature gives you a few hours of talk time with just a 15-minute charge. In addition, a single flick of the power saver switch extends battery life.

Vibrant Display
The crisp 5.0″ IPS display with HD (1280 x 720) resolution lets you enjoy hi-res images, gaming, and video at their finest. And with in-plane switching, the Vibe P1m offers nearly 180° of wide-angle viewing – perfect for sharing with friends.

USB On-the-Go Charging
Through USB On-the-Go, you can tap into the Vibe P1m’s huge battery life to recharge your other devices and share data too.

Android™ 5.1 Lollipop
The Android™ Lollipop operating system includes a host of new features, a visual overhaul and numerous under-the-hood improvements. That means it’s faster, more efficient, and easier on your battery. It also works perfectly with all your favorite Google apps.

4G Speed
The Vibe P1m supports high-speed LTE (4G) networks for the fastest data connectivity – enabling you to enjoy websites, apps, and games at their best.

Sharp Snaps & Selfies
The Vibe P1m’s 8MP rear camera, enables you to capture life’s moments night or day. What’s more, the 5MP front camera lets you enjoy clearer video chats.

Expandable Storage
With a microSD card, you can expand the Vibe P1m’s internal storage by a further 32GB – more than enough space for all your photos, videos, and music.

Built-in Apps
Do more with preloaded apps like SHAREit with CLONEit, which lets you rapidly share files wirelessly across smartphone and other devices without network charges or a WiFi connection. You can also be more productive on the go with apps such as Evernote and Kingsoft Office.

Exceptional Performance
The Vibe P1m’s 1.0GHz 64-bit quad-core MediaTek processor delivers the optimal balance of performance and power. Together with 2GB of RAM, the Vibe P1m is able to take the fastest data connectivity and the latest Android OS in its stride.

Dual SIM
Two phone numbers in one smartphone is ideal when you want to separate business from pleasure or when travelling overseas. The dual-SIM feature also gives you the chance to save money by switching between different service providers.