Lenovo may be in the process of streamlining its smartphone operation by merging the Motorola and Lenovo phone teams and putting them under the leadership of the folks who brought us phones like the popular Moto G and Moto X series.

But that hasn’t stopped the company from unveiling a bunch of phones with odd, possibly gimmicky specs at the IFA show in Berlin this week.

None of these phones are expected to launch in the United States, but if you’re in a rgion where you can buy a Lenovo phone, you may soon be able to get a phone with a 7 inch screen, two front-facing cameras, or a 5,000 mAh battery. Sadly none of the phones has all of those features.

lenovo phab plus

Lenovo PHAB and PHAB Plus

First up, we’ve got a series of phones with tablet-sized screens. The Lenovo PHAB and PHAB plus blur the line between phones and tablets big-time.

The PHAB Plus is the flagship of this series, with a 6.8 inch, 1920 x 1080 pixel display with 326 pixels per inch, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 processor, 2GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, dual SIM card slots (including a nano SIM slot which can also be used as a microSD card slot, and a 3500 mAh battery.

There’s also an entry-level PHAB with a 6.98 inch, 1080p display, 1GB of RAM, and an unspecified octa-core Qualcomm processor.

Lenovo VIBE S1 dual selfie phone

What’s better than having a camera on the front of your phone to snap selfies? Having two cameras on the front of your phone to snap selfies.

The VIBE S1 features a 13MP camera on the back, but on the front there’s both an 8MP primary camera and a 2MP secondary camera.

vibe s1

The idea is that the second camera helps analyze depth of field, allowing you to add special effects even after an image is snapped. For instance, a blur tool lets you refocus the depth. Other tools let you crop people out of your selfies.

We’ve seen other phones with dual-lens cameras in the past, but this is one of the first to have dual front-facing cameras.

Other specs include a MediaTek MT6752 octa-core 64-bit processor, a 5 inch, 1920 x 1080 pixel IPS display, 3GB of RAM, 32Gb of storage, a microSD card slot, and a 2,500 mAh battery.

Lenovo VIBE P1 and P1m with huge batteries

Sony may have new phones designed to get up to 2 days of battery life, but Lenovo says its new VIBE P1 can run for up to 3.5 days on a charge, thanks to its enormous 5,000 mAh battery.

lenovo vibe p1

The phone’s other specs don’t look bad either: it sports a 5 inch, 1920 x 1080 pixel IPS display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 processor, 2GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, a microSD card reader, 802.11ac WiFI, Bluetooth 4.1, and Android 5.1 Lollipop.

The phone has an aluminum frame, a Gorilla Glass 3 screen, a 13MP rear camera and a 5MP front camera.

Looking for something a little cheaper? The Lenovo VIBE P1m has a 5 inch, 720p IPS display, a MediaTek MT6735P quad-core 64-bit processor, 2GB of RAM, an 16GB of storage plus a microSD card slot.

lenovo vibe p1m

This model has an 8MP rear camera, a 5MP front camera, a polycarbonate case, and a 4,000 mAh battery.

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4 replies on “Lenovo launches a bunch of bizarre phones (with huge screens, dual selfie cameras, big batteries, etc)”

  1. Oh nice. Phones have finally broken the magical 7-inch barrier. Can’t wait for the 11-inch ones.


  2. Well, if nothing else, the new Moto management team will have lots of interesting sales data to pour through while trying to determine what the buying public wants.

    1. People are not buying what they want but what is available. I would buy a Lenovo phone but they have no interesting model. Everything is too big, with a lot of bloatware and missing some basic features (like compass, SD card, LTE 800 MHz etc.)

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