Remember when cellphones with cameras were still new and novel and people used to talk about “camera phones?” These days most smartphones include a camera or two… but some of those phones have better cameras than others.

Lenovo’s new phone has a 16MP camera with some pretty fancy features… so the company is positioning the Lenovo VIBE Shot as a “camera smartphone.”

It’ll be available in China this summer for $349.

lenovo vibe shot

The VIBE Shot has decent specs for a mid-range Android phone including a 5 inch, 1920 x 1080 pixel IPS display, a Quaclomm Snapdragon 615 octa-core 64-bit processor 3GB of RAM, and 32GB of storage plus a microSD card slot. The phonoe has a 2900mAh battery and it will ship with Android 5.0 Lollipop.

But it’s the cameras that really make the phone stand out.

On the back of the phone there’s  16MP shooter with a 6-piece modular lens, infrared auto-focus, a tri-color flash, a low-light sensor, and optical image stabilization. Lenovo also includes software that lets you toggle between “Smart” and “Pro” settings so you can adjust your white balance, ISO levels and other camera settings manually or use the automatic mode.

There’s also physical camera button which you can use to snap photos without touching the screen.

On the front of the phone you’ll find an 8MP camera on the front of the phone for shooting high-res selfies.

While Lenovo plans to enter the US smartphone market eventually, the VIBE Shot will only be available in countries where the company currently offers phones.

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6 replies on “Lenovo VIBE Shot is a “camera smartphone””

  1. Lenovo do have a knack for design. This is the first camera phone that looks good, I love the weird horizontal design.
    If optics come through, I’ll try to have someone buy it so I can see it up close ^^

  2. If there’s any feature I wished would make it back onto more phones, it’s a physical camera button that’s usable even when the phone is asleep or running other apps.

  3. “Smart and Pro” What’s wrong with Auto and Manual?

    Optical Image Stabilization is a nice feature above most phones (iPhone 6 plus has it), but overall it’s hardly any more sophisticated than , say, a Sony Z3. Same tiny sensor behind it (probably from Sony), and the ‘Pro’ features aren’t exactly sophisticated either.

    Would give it a +1 if it offered RAW files or even just control over the JPEG compression level (which I am amazed that most phones don’t offer).

  4. The manual settings mode sounds interesting. As long as the UI is accommodating enough.

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