After launching a bunch of computing devices at CES 2016, Lenovo has announced the Vibe S1 Lite, a selfie centric smartphone. The Vibe S1 was launched last September at IFA, but was made available in India only in November. However, unlike the Vibe S1, the Lite does not come with dual front cameras but instead it comes equipped with a 8-Megapixel Sony sensor accompanying a LED flash allowing users to capture selfies in low light conditions.

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The Lenovo Vibe S1 Lite is fitted with a 5-inch FHD display and will draw its power from an octa core MediaTek MT6753 processor clocked at 1.3GHz and paired with 2GB of RAM. The graphics processing unit shapes up in the form of a Mali-T720 GPU. The Lenovo Vibe S1 Lite boasts of a 13-Megapixel sensor as the primary camera and it comes with dual-tone LED flash and phase-detection auto-focus (PDAF).

On the storage front, the Vibe S1 Lite offers 16GB of Internal memory which can be expanded further with the microSD card slot. The device runs on Android 5.1 and will feature a dual SIM-microSD hybrid card. The connectivity features include the standard 4G LTE support, Bluetooth 4.0 and GPS. The Vibe S1 Lite seems to be well appointed design wise despite the fact that it is something we would not refer to as attractive or elegant. The metallic frame and the matte finish color schemes look better than the glossy finish.

The Lenovo Vibe S1 Lite will be offered in Matte White and Matte Blue color schemes and will be priced at $199 (apprx. Rs 13,250) and will start retailing from early this year. Recently we have been seeing a rise of devices in the sub 15K bring built to cater a certain niche, Be it the Lenovo’s Vibe P-series for battery or Gionee’s S series for style. This is a tell tale sign that consumers are becoming choosy even when it comes to affordable phones and are crystal clear on what their requirement is. The Lenovo Vibe S1 Lite will join a handful of other selfie-centric budget phones and will hopefully make a place for itself.


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Mahit Huilgol is a Mechanical Engineering graduate and is a Technology and Automobile aficionado. He ditched the Corporate boardroom wars in the favor for technology battle ground. Also a foodie by heart and loves both the edible chips and the non-edible silicon chips.