Performance & Battery Life
A super powerful chipset is not needed in the Vibe Shot due to a display with less than 4K resolution and only 3GB of RAM. The chipset’s core is Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 615 with four Cortex-A53 cores running a 1.7 GHz clock and additional four Cortex-A53 cores running a 1 GHz clock. The SoC is aided by the aforementioned 3GB of RAM and Adreno 405 GPU running at 550MHz. Its performance is comparable to the Adreno 320 and PowerVR G6200 processors. This means that the everyday experience of working with the Lenovo Vibe Shot is close to what flagship models have to offer and is more than good enough for the price.
In practice, everything runs smoothly on the Vibe Shot and complex applications and games load swiftly. Although this is not tied to the chipset, the camera application also offers extraordinary speed. This is all confirmed by synthetic benchmarks. The chipset inside the Lenovo Vibe Shot may not be up there with the competition’s flagship devices, but it surpasses mid-range phones by premium brands (like Samsung’s Galaxy A series, for example), as well as the other smartphones coming out of China. Solid performance by the chipset, OS and a display with good memory storage capacity results in a highly reliable hardware platform.
The battery also deserves some credit, as its 3000mAh capacity is not common to 5-inch phones this thin. As this device is intended for those who take a lot of pictures and video, naturally, its power consumption is greater. Still, even with frequent camera use and triple LED flash activation, users can rest assured that the Vibe Shot will last a whole day and night without the need to recharge.
The 16-megapixel back-facing camera comes with optical image stabilization, which is the Lenovo Vibe Shot’s main deal maker. It can be used in Auto and Pro mode, while a tiny rocker situated on the right side switches between the two.
Automatic mode does not leave any room for the user to make decisions apart from the flash, and it ensures rather good results, particularly with night shots. The images have plenty of detail, precise exposure and realistic imaging. The dynamic range is wide and compatible with the display. The same goes for the image format in maximum resolution, which has the aspect ratio 16:9. It is also possible to take 4:3 shots that are more suitable for traditional picture frames, but with a maximum resolution of 12 megapixels.
The two-tone triple LED flash helps produce above average images, along with the exceptionally fast infrared autofocus that is equally reliable in poor lighting conditions. This feature is not unique to this smartphone, as LG’s G3 and G4 both have it (LG calls it laser autofocus), as does the latest from Asus. Everything we mentioned about taking photos in auto mode can be reiterated for recording Full HD videos with 30 fps. Optical image stabilization is also active here. Recordings come up with plenty of detail, realistic exposure, and a low level of noise at night.
Pro, or manual mode, enables the user to set each shooting option by hand: the focus point, the length of the exposure and ISO sensitivity. This gives users a broader range of creative options, and although it cannot be compared to what DSLRs have to offer, the results often outdo images taken with high-end compact cameras.
Lenovo’s Vibe Shot has several predefined sets of options for specific shooting situations, which can speed up and facilitate the image taking process for those who are not used to manually selecting camera options. There are some problems with the HDR function, however, which removes too much noise and makes the images look unnatural (well, more unnatural than typical HDR output). Perhaps a better pick for HDR images would be one of many photo and camera apps which are available on Google Play.
The front-facing camera has 8 megapixels, which is above average even for a flagship phone, and it also secures the same results. The photographs aren’t directly comparable to those taken by the rear camera; however, they are more than satisfactory for selfies, especially those taken during daytime. Bottom line, taking images with the Vibe Shot yields results that match those offered by the best cell phones available today.