First impressions of Lenovo Vibe P1m – a 5-inch smartphone with 4000 mAh battery

Back in September Lenovo officially announced Vibe P1 and its smaller version – Vibe P1m. The latter is in our hands and we’re eager to put it through our in-depth tests and post its results in our full review. But before that, we’d like to share our first impressions for the short time we are using the phone.

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One of the most impressive features of the device is the 4000 mAh battery and we’re going perform all our tests to see exactly how durable it is and if it meets our high expectations. We also see a power saving mode for extreme situations when the charger isn’t nearby. It kind of reminds us of Samsung’s Ultra power saving and similar modes. Moreover, when turned on the background becomes black and the interface – more minimalistic and simplified. All of this leads to a tremendous increase in battery life. The interesting thing about this feature is that it can be turned on and off via a special physical button located on the left side of the phone.

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Unlike its bigger sibling, Vibe P1m’s housing is made from plastic, including the chrome strip that has a metal-like appearance. The rear cover can be easily removed, but the battery, on the other hand, is non-removable. Right above it, we find the two SIM card slots, along with the microSD card slot. Speaking of the back cover, we must also note that it easily attracts nasty fingerprints and smudges, even though it has a matte coating. Also, despite the large battery Lenovo has managed to keep the overall thickness and weight of the device in the normal range – 9.3 mm and 148 grams respectively. At the front, the phone features a classic appearance, excluding the slightly thicker screen bezels. Nevertheless, Vibe P1m is comfortable to use and feels good and secure in the hand.

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As for the software department, again we see Lenovo’s custom UI running on top of Android v5.1.1 Lollipop and as always it offers a different from the classic appearance. The menus and icons are remodeled and we also see a couple of themes that completely change the overall look of the UI. Even though there aren’t as many extra features as we’re used to seeing when reviewing Lenovo devices, the phone offers a wide variety of pre-installed apps grouped into folders. Among them, we find various social media apps, chat apps, an additional browser, GPS, office package, apps for taking notes, reading books, listening to music and many others.

The SoC in Vibe P1m is Mediatek MT6735P, which we are going to put trough our in-depth tests and compare the results to similar competitor models. For now we can only say that it offers fast, responsive and smooth performance. We’re also going to focus on the display and camera of the device, but more information on that will be available in our full review.

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Specs sheet


OS Android v5.1.1 (Lollipop)
CPU Mediatek MT6735P (4-core, 1.0GHz, Cortex-A53)
RAM 2GB
Storage 16GB
GPU Mali-T720
Display 5.0-inch IPS LCD capacitive multi-touch screen with 1280 x 720 pixels resolution
Connectivity Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth v4.1
Cameras 8MP (rear), 5MP (front)
Features
  • microSD memory card slot, supports up to 200GB
Battery 4000 mAh
Dimensions 141 x 71.8 x 9.3 mm
Weight 148 g

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