I had been looking for a new phone for a while, because my phone was always getting memory filled up and after a firmware upgrade to jelly bean my phone had stopped working on 3g networks. And when it would agree to work, it would heat up enough to pop corn!
I started by identifying this Lenovo X2 Pro, it was everything I was looking for. But Lenovo were playing games, by pushing the release date. I then started looking for alternatives, that’s when I saw the announcement for Lenovo Vibe Shot, after checking the specs, I knew I had found what I had been searching for all along. I started following the vibe shot and changed my goal posts from the X2 pro completely.
Finally the release was announced first in China, Lenovo guys are mean, or rather home first ey? The rest of the world version would take a while, and it sure too its sweet time. I decided I would buy the Chinese version and go to the Lenovo Russian forum to check if I could get a ROW ROM.
I start out at alibaba, and start looking for quotes. The phone is too damned expensive; I ask a local dealer how much they would get the phone for me at. They tell me to wait at least three months for the prices to stabilise. I cannot understand the logic at that particular moment but I am really desperate to get the phone. It is while I am rummaging through alibaba I discover aliexpress.
The main difference between alibaba and aliexpress despite them being under the same holding company is, with alibaba there is a lot of back and forth as you negotiate with the buyer. With aliexpress you can buy and checkout your item in one click. I bought some items to test whether the site would be legit and not give me problems like dx.com. My items arrived well after three weeks and now I was rearing to go. My biggest problem would be customs and I also had heard stories of things getting lost before they could reach the final recipients.
I remember that one of the amazing people I follow online, Savvy had mentioned she would be making a trip back to get her baby Jeremy. I reach out to her and sure enough she agrees to bring me the phone. I buy and use her address as I check out and then the wait. When Savvy was counting down coming back to reunite with Jeremy, I was also counting down haha. The day finally comes and She brings me the phone with a couple other stuff I had bought. Savvy is one cool lady from the first impressions I made that day :-).
Lenovo Vibe Shot
The main reason I got it was the internal storage, battery capacity and the camera. The additional details are as follows:
- Aluminum frame with Gorilla Glass 3 on the front and back
- Dual-SIM dual-standby capability
- 5″ 1080p IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 441ppi
- Octa-core Cortex-A53 CPU (4x 1.7GHz plus 4x 1.0GHz), 3GB of RAM, Adreno 405 GPU; Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 chipset
- 32GB of built-in storage; microSD card slot (up to 128GB)
- Android 5.1.1 Lollipop
- 16MP laser autofocus camera, triple-LED flash; HDR, Pro mode, Panorama
- 1080@30fps video
- 8MP front camera, 1080p video recording; wide selfie
- 4 LTE (150/50Mbps); dual-band Wi-Fi a/b/g/n, hotspot, Wi-Fi direct; Bluetooth 4.1 LE; GPS/GLONASS; microUSB
- 3,000mAh Li-Po battery capacity
- 5mm headphone jack, active noise cancellation with a dedicated mic
You can find the techie reviews on the phone on the leading review sites and can get it or arrange to get it from Avechi in Kenya.
Here are some photos from the lenovo vibe shot.