7.6/10
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The Lenovo Vibe X2 currently has an Informr score of 7.6 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 7 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

The "1-Minute" Review

What's good

  • Unique "layered" design
  • Full HD display
  • Lag free performance

What's bad

  • 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."


Operating system
Android
Processor
2 GHz
Screen Size
5"
Camera
13+ MP


What the Critics Are Saying...


Softpedia

Albeit being a beginner while smartphones are concerned, Lenovo has managed to do a very swell job with the Vibe X2, at least design-wise. The specifications are pretty capable too, and you’ll be getting a bunch of nifty features with the bundle as well, which other smartphones on the market...

- Alexandra Arici, Softpedia
UnleashThePhones

Whichever way you look at it, the Lenovo Vibe X2 is a steal at the Rs 20,000 it is selling for here in India.Sure the camera might not be too great, and the battery life is average at best, but the design is unique, the processor is powerful, and it boasts a 1080p screen which is uncommon in this pr...

- Clinton Jeff, UnleashThePhones
GSMArena

The Lenovo Vibe X2 is a nice break from the monochrome majority of mid-range smartphones that are available today. The colorful highlights are done just right without getting overboard. Many manufacturers aim to charm potential customers with looks, but not many succeed like Lenovo did with the Vibe...

- GSMArena team, GSMArena
Fone Arena

The Vibe X2 has a nice layered and sleek design, solid build quality, 4G connectivity that makes it definitely better than last year’s Vibe X. The camera quality is just average for a 13MP camera and the focus issues should be fixed. Finally the battery life is disappointing. There is a 2300mA...

- Srivatsan, Fone Arena
The Indian Express

In my books the Lenovo Vibe X2 is the best smartphone around the Rs 20,000 price point at the moment. Actually, the phone would have flown off the shelves even at a slightly higher price point. The phone that comes closest as far as specs go is the Nexus 5 which is at least 50 per cent more expensiv...

- Nandagopal Rajan, The Indian Express


Prices (Where to Buy)




Common Questions


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.




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Screen Size
5"

The Lenovo Vibe X2's screen size is 5 inches with 1080 x 1920 pixels resolution.

Processor
2 GHz

There is a MediaTek MT6595M Octa core 2 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on the Android 4.4 KitKat operating system (OS).

Camera
13+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 13+ megapixel camera.

There is also a secondary front facing camera with 5+ megapixels resolution.

Storage
32 GB

Internal memory is 32 GB. No external card slot is available for expansion.

Battery
2300mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 2300 mAh battery. Lenovo's performance ratings are 9.5 days standby time, 1020 minutes (2G), 1140 minutes (3G).

Vibe X2 Specs

Overview
Release date October 31, 2014
Regions available India
Networks
GSM:
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
UMTS:
850/900/1700/1900 /2100 MHz
LTE:
2100/800/1800/2600 MHz
Data:
GPRS, EDGE, HSUPA, HSPA+, LTE
SIM card Yes
Dual SIM No
Operating System Android 4.4 KitKat

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Processor MediaTek MT6595M Octa core 2 GHz
Internal Flash Memory 32 GB
RAM 2 GB
ROM No
GPS Type A-GPS
Digital compass Yes
Flightmode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible No
TTY/TDD No
Noise Cancellation Yes
SAR Unknown
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Manual
Power & battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 2300 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time Unknown
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Unknown
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Talk Time Up to: 1140 minutes
Standby Time Up to: 9.5 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Plastic
Colors White, Gold, Red, Dark Gray
Dimensions [H x W x D] 14.0 x 6.9 x 0.7 cm (5.5 x 2.7 x 0.3 in)
Weight 120 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (IPS)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 1080 x 1920 pixels
Pixel density 441 pixels
Size 5 inches
3D No
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer, Gyroscope
Graphics Yes
Themes No
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key Yes
Mute Key No
Input Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical keyboard No
Voicemail Key No
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling No
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) No
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Auto Answer No
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features Gmail
Messaging SMS, MMS, Google Talk
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB Micro-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 4.0
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, OPP/FTP, HFP, HSP
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot Yes
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot No
Expansion Slot Info
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out No
DLNA Support No
NFC No
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallett No
PictBridge No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Resolution
13+ megapixels
Dual lens
No
Zoom
Yes
Flash
Yes (LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info
Auto focus, Face detection, Geotagging, Panorama
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters
Front Camera
Resolution
5+ megapixels
Zoom
Yes
Additional Front Camera Info
No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MIDI, MP3, MP4, eAAC+, AAC+, AAC, WAV
Radio Unknown
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringtone Composer No
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration Yes
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List No
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch Yes
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Viewable document types No
Weather Yes
Stocks No
Maps Yes
NotePad No
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable ()
Included Software / Apps -
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Additional comments Also available in a dual-SIM model.
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Critic Reviews


Softpedia

An atypically looking smartphone

from Softpedia

Albeit being a beginner while smartphones are concerned, Lenovo has managed to do a very swell job with the Vibe X2, at least design-wise.

The specifications are pretty capable too, and you’ll be getting a bunch of nifty features with the bundle as well, which other smartphones on the market lack....

More

Albeit being a beginner while smartphones are concerned, Lenovo has managed to do a very swell job with the Vibe X2, at least design-wise.

The specifications are pretty capable too, and you’ll be getting a bunch of nifty features with the bundle as well, which other smartphones on the market lack.

It’s a decent step forward for Lenovo, so we expect more good things to come out of the Chinese manufacturer in 2015.

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UnleashThePhones

Boasts powerful specs to all-together create a very tempting package

from UnleashThePhones

Whichever way you look at it, the Lenovo Vibe X2 is a steal at the Rs 20,000 it is selling for here in India.

Sure the camera might not be too great, and the battery life is average at best, but the design is unique, the processor is powerful, and it boasts a 1080p screen which is uncommon in this price range. You’ll either love to hate Lenovo’s UI but you can always install a third party launcher. And hey, if you want more battery life, you could always just buy the battery pack attachment which doubles the battery life and doesn’t add much to the phone’s dimensions...

More

Whichever way you look at it, the Lenovo Vibe X2 is a steal at the Rs 20,000 it is selling for here in India.

Sure the camera might not be too great, and the battery life is average at best, but the design is unique, the processor is powerful, and it boasts a 1080p screen which is uncommon in this price range. You’ll either love to hate Lenovo’s UI but you can always install a third party launcher. And hey, if you want more battery life, you could always just buy the battery pack attachment which doubles the battery life and doesn’t add much to the phone’s dimensions.

The only real alternatives, are the Xiaomi Mi3 (which isn’t available in India right now), the OnePlus One, or the Huawei Honor 6. But Lenovo has a great customer service presence than these two brands, which is something worth thinking about. The only decent device close to this price is the 2013 Moto X. There’s also the (much cheaper) Lumia 730 if you don’t mind a Windows Phone.

At the end of the day, the Lenovo Vibe X2 is good value for money, at least at the price it is selling here in India. Definitely worth checking out. 

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GSMArena

stunning in its layered magnesium alloy body with equally impressive innards

The Lenovo Vibe X2 is a nice break from the monochrome majority of mid-range smartphones that are available today. The colorful highlights are done just right without getting overboard. Many manufacturers aim to charm potential customers with looks, but not many succeed like Lenovo did with the Vibe X2...

More

The Lenovo Vibe X2 is a nice break from the monochrome majority of mid-range smartphones that are available today. The colorful highlights are done just right without getting overboard. Many manufacturers aim to charm potential customers with looks, but not many succeed like Lenovo did with the Vibe X2.

Similarly to its more upmarket brother, the Vibe X2 is built to last. We're yet to see if the colors will wash away, though. Just kidding, but a water-resistant body would've been the cherry on top of the cake for the Vibe X2, alas it does without this extra protection. 

Given the right pricing, we would have had no problems recommending it whole-heartedly. It has a lot going for it and it effortlessly manages to look awesome from any angle. 

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Fone Arena

Good display and build quality but lags occasionally

from Fone Arena

The Vibe X2 has a nice layered and sleek design, solid build quality, 4G connectivity that makes it definitely better than last year’s Vibe X. The camera quality is just average for a 13MP camera and the focus issues should be fixed. Finally the battery life is disappointing. There is a 230...More

The Vibe X2 has a nice layered and sleek design, solid build quality, 4G connectivity that makes it definitely better than last year’s Vibe X. The camera quality is just average for a 13MP camera and the focus issues should be fixed. Finally the battery life is disappointing. There is a 2300mAh charging case for the smartphone that lets you extend the battery life. On the launch day the company offered the charging case for just Rs. 99, but now it costs Rs. 1,999. If you are looking to get the smartphone, the charging case is a must have accessory. If you can live with these disadvantages and can spend on the charging case for extra battery backup, go for it.

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The Indian Express

The best smartphone at its price point at the moment

from The Indian Express

In my books the Lenovo Vibe X2 is the best smartphone around the Rs 20,000 price point at the moment. Actually, the phone would have flown off the shelves even at a slightly higher price point. The phone that comes closest as far as specs go is the Nexus 5 which is at least 50 per cent more expen...More

In my books the Lenovo Vibe X2 is the best smartphone around the Rs 20,000 price point at the moment. Actually, the phone would have flown off the shelves even at a slightly higher price point. The phone that comes closest as far as specs go is the Nexus 5 which is at least 50 per cent more expensive and still is short on some features. Lenovo has a winner, till others catch up.

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The Mobile Indian

It has much more than simple layers

from The Mobile Indian

Is it worth buying? Despite the battery and camera issues, I would recommend this smartphone to our readers because both the issues can be addressed. For better battery back up, you have to spent another Rs 2,000 while Lenovo in all likelihood will issue a software update to solve the camera issu...More

Is it worth buying? Despite the battery and camera issues, I would recommend this smartphone to our readers because both the issues can be addressed. For better battery back up, you have to spent another Rs 2,000 while Lenovo in all likelihood will issue a software update to solve the camera issue. Apart from smooth performance, Lenovo Vibe X2 has a new refreshing design and has price tag to impress. It is has much better specification, not just on the paper, as compared to other smartphones which are priced around Rs 20,000. The only competitor I can think of Vibe X2 in this space is Huawei Honor 6 which has plenty of muscle to take on this Lenovo beauty.

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Digit

A different, good looking phone with potential

from Digit

Lenovo has taken a different approach with its Vibe X2 on the design front with its layered design, making it quite different from an orthodox candybar smartphone. The phone has a good screen, a good camera, a custom UI which tries desperately to look like iOS which we won’t crib about and...More

Lenovo has taken a different approach with its Vibe X2 on the design front with its layered design, making it quite different from an orthodox candybar smartphone. The phone has a good screen, a good camera, a custom UI which tries desperately to look like iOS which we won’t crib about and a powerful Mediatek chip, but the deal breaker here is below average battery life in which the processor plays the main culprit. It looks like the phone has the brawns as well as the brains but could have done better with a bigger battery. Consider the Huawei Honor 6 as a better alternative but remember that the Huawei also faces some problems such as poor audio quality and an average camera.

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