The "1-Minute" Review
- Poor quality camera images
- Average battery life
- Some bright light legibility issues
Despite aggressively entering the smartphone and tablet market, Lenovo still trails far behind top manufacturers. In hopes of rectifying this situation, Lenovo has released the Vibe X2. Touted as the first layered phone in the world, the Vibe X2 features several different colored layers in a unibody form. Experts describe the phone as a "head-turner" with NDTV adding, "[it] looks like something that came out of a bakery or chocolatier, not a smartphone factory." While the layered look is certainly adds a bit of charm, experts found the phone a bit awkward to hold due to the sharp edges. Still, they mention it wasn't a deal breaker as the new look and sturdy build outweigh the poor in-hand feel.
Gracing the front of the phone is a 5-inch Full HD (1080p) IPS display. Experts describe it as "crystal clear" and crisp with excellent viewing angles. They did, however, experience some visibility issues under bright light, especially with the navigation keys at the bottom of the screen.
In terms of raw power, the Vibe X2 comes equipped with a 2 GHz octa-core processor and 2GB of RAM, which provided critics with snappy and lag-free performance. Benchmark tests put the Vibe X2 on par with flagship phones such as the Sony Xperia Z3 and Samsung Galaxy Note 4. Real-life tests back up the numbers as critics were able to breeze through basic tasks and even heavy multi-tasking without a hitch. They did notice though that the phone heated up significantly during heavy usage. To keep the phone chugging along, Lenovo equipped it with a 2,300mAh battery. Battery draining tests clock it at a little over 5 hours though experts were able to squeeze out 10 hours with moderate usage and lowered screen brightness.
The 13MP camera is the only feature that let experts down. Despite the high megapixel count images reviewers noticed their images lacked detail in both good and low light situations. They also had problems with the focus as it was neither quick nor accurate enough.
Despite some small flaws, reviewers consider the Vibe X2 the best phone for its price tag. Times of India states, "The Vibe X2 makes for a good buy…The phone looks good, has a good quality display and performs decently." Indian Express adds, "Lenovo has a winner, till the others catch up."
Prices (Where to Buy)
Lenovo released the Vibe X2 on October 31, 2014.
Lenovo backs up the Vibe X2 with a 1 Year parts & labour warranty.
If your Vibe X2 has problems and is still within its warranty period, you could contact Lenovo support or the retailer you purchased the phone from. You'll find Lenovo's contact information here. If your phone is off warranty and needs repair for a physical problem such as a broken screen or bad battery, you should visit an authorized service centre or a local phone repair shop. You can also connect with others in The Informr Community Forum to find and share answers to questions.