The new Lenovo VIBE S1 is could be the world’s most selfie-tactic device on the market. The device offers two front cameras and a curved-glass back design that is available in two color options. This latest addition to the VIBE family combines the ability to take really creative selfies with a fashionable exterior.
“Selfies are now the most popular type of photos snapped on a smartphone, with over a million selfies taken a day and 48% of that are shared on Facebook alone,” said Jerry Hsiao, Vice President of Lenovo Phone Product Management & Operations, Lenovo Mobile Business Group. “People expect more from their smartphones today. Capturing precious moments alone or with friends and family is not enough anymore. They want their selfies to stand out in their social media circles. We carefully listened to the consumers’ desires and designed the VIBE S1 based on those insights.”
The VIBE S1 puts a lot of tech into the dual selfie camera system. The 8MP primary front camera takes the sharpest photos and a 2MP secondary front camera analyzes depth of field information to replicate human binocular vision. These two cameras, “work in tandem to unleash a myriad of new possibilities that can give selfies a creative twist,” according to the company’s announcements.
After taking a selfie with both cameras, there are various options to modify the selfie by selecting from a number of built-in photo editing tools. ‘Blur’ allows refocusing anywhere on the seflie (up to 3 focal plains) or adding a ‘bokeh’ effect to the background to stylize a selfie or simply to get rid of a photo bomber. With ‘Cut Out’, people can be cropped out of a selfie and then placed on any other image (from a wide selection preloaded on the VIBE S1 or downloaded from the internet), and even on a photo taken with the rear camera of the VIBE S1 smartphone.
Night or lowlight selfies are now possible with the VIBE S1’s front camera BSI sensor that improves the clarity and quality of after-dark selfies. And for the true selfie expert, the experience can never be complete without the VIBE Xtension plug-in selfie flash that allows up to 100 picture-perfect selfies on a single charge, at once achieving a more natural color tonality in the selfies taken in low-light conditions.
The VIBE S1’s 13MP rear camera, allows users to capture life’s moments with crystal clarity. The rear camera boasts of phase-detection autofocus that dramatically increases focusing speed. Plus, a dual-color flash optimizes color tones based on ambient lighting.
The curved-glass rear panel is made of the latest Gorilla Glass and the thin rounded metal frame goes round the side. With its thin 7.8mm profile and weighing only 132g, it’s designed to snuggly fit in the user’s hand.
The VIBE S1 is powered by a 64-bit MediaTek Octa-Core processor and offers 3GB of RAM. The device also boasts 160GB of storage (with up to 128GB of microSD external storage support) and comes preloaded with the Android 5.0 (Lollipop) operating system.
Selfies and photos look great on the vivid 5.0” Full HD display and can be easily shared through the VIBE S1 with Lenovo’s star SHAREit app, which comes preloaded. Finally, the VIBE S1 is capable of 4G LTE connectivity speeds. Lenovo VIBE S1 will be available in two attractive color options: Pearl White and Midnight Blue.
Pricing and Availability
The VIBE S1 will be available starting in November in countries where Lenovo smartphones are sold. Pricing for the model starts at $299 (USD). Prices may vary from country to country.