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Lenovo Vibe X2 Hands-on, First Impressions: The Prettiest Vibe Yet

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We go hands-on with Lenovo’s Vibe X2!

Today Lenovo launched their newest smartphone, the Vibe X2. The Vibe X2 is unique in the world of aluminum-bodied smartphones, dubbed by Lenovo as the world’s first multi-layer smartphone. Much like rainbow cakes, each layer of the Vibe X2 is has different colors and textures, making it a visual treat to anyone looking at it.

Lenovo Vibe X2 specs

  • 2.0GHz MediaTek MT6595m octa-core processor
  • 2GB of RAM
  • 5-inch full HD IPS display, 1920 x 1080
  • 32GB of storage, non-expandable
  • 13-megapixel rear camera
  • 5-megapixel front camera
  • Dual-SIM
  • 3G, HSPA+, LTE
  • WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS, A-GPS
  • 2,300mAh battery
  • Android 4.4 KitKat
  • 140.2 X 68.6 X 7.3mm

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Initial impressions: the layers make the Vibe X2 look really good

Beautiful smartphones are a dime a dozen these days, and for your product to stand out, it really has to offer something unique. This mantra has been taken to heart by Lenovo with the Vibe X2, and to be honest there really isn’t anything like their offering in the market today. Each layer of the smartphone is quite different to the one that comes before it, and while it won’t be everybody’s cup of tea, personally we think it looks great. Our hands-on unit, a grey, orange and red colored smartphone looked great and looks very different from the other devices that’s available in the market.

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The overall design is very angular, with few curves and plenty of edges, which kind of resembles Sony’s earlier Xperia Z smartphones. The phone is very light, and is easy on the hands, with the 5-inch full HD IPS display giving good color saturation and contrast even under direct sunlight. The device is quite thin as well – coming in at just a mere 7.3mm.

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Much like Lenovo’s other offerings, the Vibe X2 comes with their own Vibe UI overlay, layered on top of Android 4.4 KitKat. We’ve seen it before on Lenovo’s other offerings, and brings several of Lenovo’s DoIt apps to the fore.

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The Vibe X2 comes with MediaTek’s MT6595m processor, similar to another device that we’re currently reviewing, the Meizu MX4. The MT6595m has a few less features than its bigger brother (namely no 4K recording, up to 16-megapixel support in contrast to the MT6595’s 20-megapixel capability) but overall it should deliver roughly the same numbers in benchmarks. Unfortunately, the internet was wonky in the venue so we weren’t able to download apps on the hands-on unit that we had.

As far as performance goes, we noticed little to no lag with the Vibe X2, which is pretty much expected from the hardware combination in the device.

We’ve asked for a review device from Lenovo, as soon as we get it we’ll be posting an unboxing.

John Nieves

John is a veteran technology and gadget journalist with more than 10 years of experience both in print and online. When not writing about technology, he frequently gets lost in the boonies playing soldier.

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