I always look forward to every iteration of Lenovo’s Vibe series because they tend to be more affordable than flagships from other brands. The newly launched Lenovo Vibe X3 is no different and it even comes with a free VR headset! We were fortunate enough to get some hands on time with it at the local launch and here’s our impressions.
Interestingly, it would be accurate to describe the Vibe X3 as a more premium version of the K4 Note. They seem to share a similar design, although naturally, the Vibe X3 has a better build. There’s a noticeable heft to it thanks to its metal build.
Taking a look at the device, it does appear to be a little larger than it should be even for its screen size. This is because the capacitive keys in front have to be accommodated, not to mention the front-facing loudspeakers. It w
The company’s top spot has always been reserved for the Z series, so the Vibe X3 actually figures right at the midrange to high end level. The specs reflect the price point: 5.5 inch Full HD IPS display, Snapdragon 808 SoC, 3GB RAM, and 32GB of expandable storage. You’re also getting a 21/8mp rear-front camera setup, 4G LTE, and a fingerprint scanner, among other things.
One particular spec I’m interested in is its ESS Sabre 9018C2M DAC, which is one of the best audio chips that can be found on a mobile device today. Certainly not a bad addition to a phone that’s already loaded with features.
Sadly, the Lenovo Vibe X3 only runs Android 5.1 Lollipop rather than Marshmallow 6.0. This is a bit of a disappointment considering many of today’s mainstream flagships already come with Marshmallow 6.0 out of the box. Of course, Lenovo has promised a software update, but you’ll have to wait until sometime in Q3 of this year.
While it does have a couple of shortcomings, the Lenovo Vibe X3 is an awesome pickup, especially if you’re looking for top-tier features but not looking forward to emptying the bank. It retails for just Php22,099 and will come with a free VR headset, screen protector, and back cover for a limited time.
Lenovo Vibe X3 Specs
- 5.5″ Full HD IPS display (1080 x 1920 resolution, 401ppi) protected by Gorilla Glass 3
- 64-bit 1.8GHz Qualcomm MSM8992 Snapdragon 808 hexa-core processor
- Adreno 418 GPU
- Android 5.1 Lollipop with Vibe UI overlay
- 3GB RAM
- 32GB internal storage, expandable via microSD up to 128GB (uses 2nd SIM slot)
- 21mp autofocus rear-facing camera with phase detection, Sony IMX230 sensor and LED flash
- 8mp front camera
- 4G/LTE, dual SIM (2x micro)
- WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS
- 3,500mAh battery
- Price: Php22,099