A couple of years ago, Lenovo hardly had any phone presence outside of China. But in the meantime, the company has made some serious strides, particularly in price-sensitive markets where multiple well-priced models follow one after the other. This strategy has helped bolster the company’s reputation as an affordable and reliable smartphone manufacturer. Reliable because The Lenovo name is well known and highly regarded in the portable computer industry, and as such enjoys that much more of a trust from consumers over some of the other Chinese phone brands. And now, with the acquisition of Motorola, the company is poised to take on the smartphone market with an ever greater confidence.

The Lenovo Vibe X3 is one of the company’s recent launches, and it’s a flagship device. As with Lenovo’s other offerings, the Lenovo Vibe X3 plays the value card instead of getting into the spec race. That’s not to say the phone isn’t well equipped, but as Lenovo would repeatedly tell you, it’s not about the specs with this one but rather the overall package that you are getting for the price. So let’s take a brief look at what you’re getting for your money.

Lenovo Vibe X3 at a glance

  • Hybrid DualSIM/microSD slot
  • Aluminum frame with Corning Gorilla Glass 3
  • 5.5-inch, 1920×1080 resolution, IPS LCD with 401PPI density
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 SoC, 4x 1.2GHz Cortex-A53 + 2x 1.8GHz Cortex-A57, Adreno 418 GPU
  • 3GB RAM, 32GB eMMC storage, support for microSD cards up to 128GB
  • 21MP rear camera with PDAF and 4K video, 8MP front camera
  • LTE Cat. 6 (300/50MBps), Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 4.1, A-GPS, GLONASS, NFC, IR
  • Fingerprint sensor
  • 2x 1.5W front stereo speakers with Dolby Atmos
  • 32-bit Sabre ES9018K2M DAC with 3-amp for music
  • Wolfson WM8281 Audio Hub for calls with a 3-mic noise cancelling setup
  • 3,500mAh Li-Polymer battery
  • Android 5.1.1 Lollipop

Lenovo Vibe X3 Technical Specification

2G bands GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 – SIM 1 & SIM 2
3G bands HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100
4G bands LTE band 1(2100), 3(1800), 5(850), 7(2600), 8(900), 20(800), 38(2600), 40(2300), 41(2500)
Speed HSPA 42.2/5.76 Mbps, LTE Cat6 300/50 Mbps
BODY Dimensions 154 x 76.5 x 9.3 mm (6.06 x 3.01 x 0.37 in)
Weight 175 g (6.17 oz)
SIM Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)
DISPLAY Type IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Size 5.5 inches (~70.8% screen-to-body ratio)
Resolution 1080 x 1920 pixels (~401 ppi pixel density)
Multitouch Yes, up to 10 fingers
Protection Corning Gorilla Glass 3
PLATFORM OS Android OS, v5.1 (Lollipop)
Chipset Qualcomm MSM8992 Snapdragon 808
CPU Quad-core 1.2 GHz Cortex-A53 & Dual-core 1.8 GHz Cortex-A57
GPU Adreno 418
MEMORY Card slot microSD, up to 256 GB (uses SIM 2 slot)
Internal 32/64 GB, 3 GB RAM
CAMERA Primary 21 MP, f/2.0, 27mm, phase detection autofocus, dual-LED (dual tone) flash
Features Geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection, panorama, HDR
Video 2160p@30fps
Secondary 8 MP
SOUND Alert types Vibration; MP3, WAV ringtones
Loudspeaker Yes, with stereo speakers
3.5mm jack Yes
– Dolby Atmos
– 24-bit/192kHz audio
– Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic
COMMS WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot
Bluetooth v4.1, A2DP, LE
Infrared port Yes
Radio FM radio
USB microUSB v2.0
FEATURES Sensors Fingerprint, accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass
Messaging SMS(threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Mail, IM
Browser HTML5
Java No
– Fast battery charging: 60% in 30 min (Quick Charge 2.0) – market dependent
– MP4/H.264 player
– MP3/WAV/WMA/eAAC+ player
– Photo/video editor
– Document viewer

Here is Video Review of The Lenovo Vibe X3