Lenovo launches VIBE S1 and VIBE P1 Android smartphones

The Lenovo VIBE S1 (left) and VIBE P1.
The Lenovo VIBE S1 (left) and VIBE P1.ST PHOTO: SHERWIN LOH

SINGAPORE - Computer maker Lenovo is introducing two more Android smartphones to the market, and this will also be the first time that Lenovo phones will be available in stores.

The Lenovo VIBE S1 has two front cameras for snapping selfies. The primary front camera is an 8-megapixel shooter, with the second 2-megapixel front camera used for measuring depth of field.

Announced at the IFA trade show in Berlin in September, the 5-inch phone runs on Android 5.0 (Lollipop) and is powered by an 1.7 GHz Mediatek octa-core processor.

The Lenovo VIBE P1, which was also announced at IFA, is a 5.5-inch phone running on Android 5.1 (Lollipop). It uses a Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 quad core processor, and its key feature is the extremely huge 5,000 mAh battery. Most smartphones pack a 3,000 mAh battery, which powers the phone for about one day.

While this is not the first time the China computer company has launched its range of Android smartphones here, all were sold exclusively via e-commerce store Lazada.

This time, the VIBE S1, priced at $429, will be sold at Lenovo stores, as well as Newstead and Challenger stores.

The VIBE P1 (Silver) will be available through the same stores from December 2015 for $399, while the gold version will only go on sale in 2016.

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