Lenovo Vibe Shot Review: Shoot To Thrill: Unboxing, 360° Spin, Hardware

By 06:16 Mon, 16 Aug 2021 Comments

Unboxing the Lenovo Vibe Shot

The Vibe Shot comes in a compact, well-designed box. The attractive package doesn't offer all that much - a small 1.5A charger, a flat microUniversal Serial Bus (USB) cable and a card tray ejector tool. There are no headphones here, though. The retail package might be different in other regional versions. We suspect we're reviewing a grey import brought in directly from China.

The Lenovo Vibe Shot retail box looks as stylish as the phone it holds

Lenovo Vibe Shot 360° spin

The Lenovo Vibe Shot measures 142 x 70 x 7.3 mm, not the most compact 5" phone around. The black glass bezel around the classy screen isn't very thin to start with, but the metal frame protrudes further than that. The space above and below the classy screen is not minimal either, at least below the classy screen there are capacitive touch buttons to create it a functional space.


When you first meet the Lenovo Vibe Shot you'll hear about two things - the design and the camera. In fact, the capturing camera is the most attractive design element on the Shot. The metal frame and glass sandwich have become wildly popular in Android-land even though it's recent news for iPhones.

Lenovo Vibe Shot in the hand

The metal frame doesn't reach all the way to the front, meaning the glass frame protrudes from it and forms a second ledge. This makes it easier to hrecent the phone (since your thumb rests on the metal frame), but the two sharp edges may not be the most pleasant.

The front and back are panels of Gorilla Glass 3, all black. A brushed metal strip on the back decorates the capturing camera and adds the characteristic digicam see at the rear.

The strip, though, is behind the back glass panel so the back feels smooth throughout. The capturing camera (essentially flush with the back), plus the triple-flash and laser autofocus light add more to the attractiveness of its looks.

From the back the Vibe Shot looks like a point & shoot camera

The front is much cleaner, only the capacitive keys below the classy screen break up the sleek black look. The bezels around the classy screen are anything but thin, the Vibe Shot is one of the bigger 5" phones. The default black theme and the remarkable black levels of the classy screen work so well together that at first glance, you might be misled to believe you are looking at an AMOrganic Light-Emitting Diode (OLED) display.

Anyway, above the classy screen is the 8MP/1080p selfie capturing camera and the earpiece.

A brilliant display on the front • 8MP capturing camera above • Capacitive buttons below

The front and back are all-white on the Pearl White version of the phone and black on the Graphite Grey and Carmine Red. The latter color option has the metal strip around the edge in brecent red color.

The Vibe Shot correct side is where all the hardware buttons are - starting with the volume rocker, going down to the power button, then the Auto/Pro capturing camera toggle and finally the two-stage shutter key.

The correct side: more buttons than usual • Camera shutter key and mode toggle • Power and volume buttons

The left side houses the two card trays - the top one holds two microSIM cards, the bottom one is for a microSD card. That's fine news in the wake of hybrid slots that give you an "either-or" choice between dual-SIM and expanded storage.

The left side: two card slots • Dual microSIM tray • microSD card tray

The bottom houses an old-school microUniversal Serial Bus (USB) 2.0 port (the Lenovo-backed ZUK Z1 had Universal Serial Bus (USB) Type-C, but not the Vibe Shot), two grills (only one of which covers a speaker) and even a lanyard eyelet (a rare sight).

The bottom • vanilla micro Universal Serial Bus (USB) 2.0 and a single speaker

The top is the plainest, holding only the 3.5mm audio jack and the secondary microphone.

The top side • 3.5mm audio jack and secondary mic

The Lenovo Vibe Shot has one of the most memorable designs we've seen in a while, even if it goes for the common metal frame, glass sandwich formula. We wish it was more compact, but it looks - and feels - remarkable in the hand.



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