*This is a review of a sponsored product unit from Lenovo Malaysia*
If you follow me on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, you’d notice that I’ve been trying to clear some gadget clutter in my life. Over the years, I’ve accumulated a lot of gadgets from smartphones to tablets and other accessories. In my quest to be minimalistic, I am now left with just a few essentials that I use daily.
I have been using a bunch of Lenovo products of late. My primary tablet is now the older Lenovo Yoga Tablet 8 and my primary smartphone is this… the Lenovo VIBE X2 that I’ve been meaning to review for awhile.
The Lenovo VIBE X2 is a flagship in Lenovo’s premium VIBE series smartphone – what they call “the world’s first multi-layered smartphone“.
What do they mean by “layered”? Well, let me get to it.
First up, here’s a quick specs overview of the Lenovo VIBE X2 :-
- 5″ Full HD IPS LCD display (1920 X 1080)
- 2 GHz octa-core MediaTek MT6595 processor
- 32 GB internal storage (no expandable microSD) + 2 GB RAM
- Powered by Android 4.4 “Kit Kat” OS
- 13 megapixel 1080p rear camera; 5 megapixel front facing camera
- 7.27 mm thin, weighing only 120 grams
- 2,300 mAH non-removable battery (up to 19 hours of 3G talktime)
- Connectivity : Dual SIM (microSIM & nanoSIM) 4G LTE/3G HSPA+, WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0
- Available in 4 colours : White, Gold, Red and Charcoal
For more information and specifications, check out the Lenovo VIBE X2 Malaysian product page at http://shopap.lenovo.com/my/en/smartphones/vibe/vibe-x2/
This will be Part 1 of a 2-part review of the Lenovo VIBE X2. This one being the Unboxing post, and the next post will be my full review after I get enough use and test of the smartphone.
Let’s get to the unboxing then…
Unboxing the Lenovo VIBE X2
As you can see in the Instagram picture above, the box packaging of the VIBE X2 is pretty. A while cardboard sleeve, over the box that houses the device and its accessories.
Look at the box packaging!
The unit I have at hand is the Gold coloured version, as indicated on the serial sticker on the side, and carried through the box packaging. The sides of the box even carries the theme of “multi-layer” showcasing the gold, bronze and orange colour stripes. More on this “multi-layer” design later.
In the box, you find your standard affair – the smartphone, 3-pin power adapter, USB to microUSB charge/sync cable, standard headphones, user manuals and warranties. On top of that, Lenovo has also bundled in some extra goodies, to my delight.
You’ll find included in the bundle a clear screen protector, and a clear hard back case!
I love this. I am one who protects my gadgets very well, to ensure tip top condition when I eventually want to resell in future. To have an included screen protector (to avoid scratches) and a hard back case is awesome! I am a major phone case addict. So this is a very welcomed inclusion. Well done, Lenovo.
Now, let’s take a closer look at the phone itself.
The VIBE X2 houses a 5″ display, which in my opinion, is the perfect sized smartphone these days. Not too big encroaching on the phablet category, and not too small which still gives you ample screen real estate for videos and web browsing.
This is what Lenovo meant by the multi-layer design. The side of the phone is actually 3 different layered colours – gold, bronze and orange – just like the box packaging. And of course, the black is the screen itself.
You might think this is a little gimmicky. Well, it can be. But considering Lenovo is not exactly the first brand name that comes to your mind when you think of an Android smartphone, this is a design element that Lenovo has excelled in placing their name out there.
Here’s a video showcasing more of the VIBE X2 design elements.
Personally, I kind of like the multi-layer sides design element. It certainly stands out, and looks very nice indeed.
The phone houses the 3.5 mm headphone jack at the top, volume rocker and power on/off button on the right (which is ergonomically accessible), SIM card slot (accessible with a pin provided) on the left, and microUSB port at the bottom.
With the clear hard back case snapped in place, it still allows the gold coloured back with the metal Lenovo branding to show through. It also doesn’t obstruct the view of he beautiful tri-colour layer on the side of the phone. I like this.
Dual SIM smartphone FTW!
One thing that I really like about past Lenovo phones that I have reviewed (like the Lenovo S820 here) is that it’s a Dual SIM smartphone. Dual SIM smartphones have worked very well for me as a travel phone. I can have my home SIM reachable and a foreign country SIM active simultaneously, so I can enjoy local rates for mobile data.
VIBE X2 is also a Dual SIM smartphone. The back of the phone when you first open the box, will have an info sticker at the back to inform you that it supports microSIM and nanoSIM.
Using the pin provided, when you open the SIM tray, you’ll find that it fits 1X microSIM and 1X nanoSIM side by side.
Dual SIM smartphones FTW!
The perfect sized phone for me with a 5″ screen, really. The VIBE X2 fits comfortably in my hands, although the clear hard back case can be a bit of a fingerprint magnet and gets slippery at times.
However, I do enjoy showing off the multi-layer coloured sides to people.
The phone feels solid and premium, as you would expect from a flagship phone. But the good news is – the VIBE X2 is not priced above the RM 2,000 range that most flagship phones are today.
The Lenovo VIBE X2 is available on sale at authorised Lenovo Malaysia retailers, at a Recommended Retail Price (RRP) of RM 1,199.
For this price tag, it is truly refreshing to get such good hardware and amazing specs and features in the VIBE X2.
Some of the killer features highlighted for Lenovo VIBE X2 includes:-
- First multi-layer smartphone in the world
- Octa core power – 8 core of processing power, with enhanced processing power
- Selfie cam – 5 megapixel front facing camera (rear camera houses a 13 megapixel shooter)
- …and more to be discovered soon
Things are definitely looking positive so far, but I’ve only been using the VIBE X2 as my primary phone for a day. I’ll continue to review it as I go along in the next weeks, testing all these features along the way.
In my initial impression, it doesn’t quite perform as I would expect a high-end flagship phone to work. There are small lags in performance here and there (power user like myself stress testing it, of course). But I shall reserve my final judgement for later, once I get to experience the phone to its fullest in my review.
Stay tuned for Part 2 of this Lenovo VIBE X2 review post coming soon. Meanwhile, let me know in the comments below, what you’d like to know about the smartphone and I’ll answer it in my full review.