THE PHONE THATJUSTKEEPS GIVING
Lenovo VIBE P1
Battery life has been (and to a great extent, still is ) a sticking point for smartphones since the introduction of the iPhone back in 2007. Somewhere down the line, a number of companies got smart and created smartphones with larger capacity batteries that would effectively give users a phone that lasts longer than just a day and half, and the Lenovo VIBE P1 is one such device.
Getting straight to the point, the VIBE P1 isn't a flagship smartphone with top-of-theline specs, but to be fair, that wasn't Lenovo's goal when they introduced the device. Its performance is what you would expect of a mid-range model: in 3DMark, it scored 7,556 on Ice Storm Unlimited and a woeful 198 on the Sling Shot benchmark (we don't really expect mid-range phones to ace this particular benchmark). On PCMark, the phone gave a score of 3,588, and for AnTuTu and Quadrant, the phone scored 35,763 and 22,255, respectively. On Epic Citadel, the phone managed to hold an average on 28 fps, and that was on the Ultra High Quality setting
Instead, what its creators decided to do was to give it two useful, if not direly needed features: A whopping 5,000mAh battery and the Rapid Charging feature. You can pretty much see where the flow of paragraph is going, so we'll do you a favor and break it down for you: On a full charge, we used the phone as we normally would for a grand total of 10 days before you we even had to plug it back to the wall.
10 days – that's how long the phone actually managed to last before a recharge was required, and for the record, that includes the occasional YouTube viewing, constant Internet browsing, and Facebook viewing. We had genuinely forgotten about charging the phone that when we eventually did get around to doing it, the phone still had 22 percent of its battery left in it.
Of course, there is a price to be paid with the VIBE P1. As you'd expect, the phone actually feels weighty in our hands, despite the fact that it weighs less than 200g. To compensate for that huge battery, the phone's thickness comes in at 9.9mm which, while not the thickest, can still be felt in our hands considerably.
On a completely different note, the rear camera is, in this case, noteworthy. Despite the (now considered) meager 13MP camera sensor, the quality of the photos captured is sharp and they suffer from no drastic loss of detail. The autofocus is snappy, and only lags for a fraction of a second before eventually locking onto the subject.
One hour of running the game, and we barely lost two percent of the battery.