Lenovo Vibe X3 Hands-on: First Look: Software Overview, Camera

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Software and Performance

The Vibe X3 runs on Android 5.1.1 Lollipop. Lenovo made a note of scaling back on its custom Vibe UI for this one and going for a more stock look. Right off the bat, you will notice that the company now has a standard launcher with an app drawer, similar to the Google Now Launcher, whereas previously all the apps would appear on the homescreen. The pop-up dialogues in the UI also have the native Lollipop see to them.

Beyond that, however, things are a bit disappointing, as it is very much the Vibe UI but with a white and gray theme designed to mimic stock Android look. The way Vibe UI is trying to replicate the vanilla Android experience is equal parts amusing and frustrating. Just imagine all the time the company must have spent trying to create its UI see like stock Android when it could have just used... you know, stock Android.





The Vibe UI on the Lenovo Vibe X3

Granted, the UI does see better than before, an area that has traditionally been a weak point for Lenovo phones. Some of Lenovo's customizations are welcome too, such as the expanded notification center. Hopefully, the company will go closer to stock Android in the future while maintaining the additional functionality that it has to offer.




Some of the settings offered by the Vibe X3

As for the performance, the phone performed very well in day to day tasks. The Snapdragon 808 is not exactly a flagship chipset, but it has more than enough power for your messaging and social networking apps to work without a hitch. Where it falters is in gaming, an area where it could have used some more juice. This is especially accurate for heavy 3D games, which don't run as smoothly as you'd like. Lighter 3D games and 2D games are not an issue.

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GeekBench 3 multi-core

Higher is better

  • Meizu MX5

    5110

  • Meizu m1 metal

    4825

  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 3

    4537

  • Lenovo K3 Note

    4067

  • Lenovo Vibe X2

    3647

  • Lenovo Vibe X3

    3644

  • LG G4

    3509

  • Xiaomi Mi 4c

    3321

AnTuTu 6

Higher is better

  • Lenovo Vibe X3

    66762

  • LG G4

    60858

  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 3

    45474

Baseimprint Operating System (OS) 2.0

Higher is better

  • LG G4

    1584

  • Lenovo Vibe X3

    1413

  • Meizu MX5

    1252

  • Xiaomi Mi 4c

    1233

  • Meizu m1 metal

    1039

  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 3

    1018

  • Lenovo K3 Note

    984

Baseimprint X

Higher is better

  • Lenovo Vibe X3

    15599

  • LG G4

    15090

  • Xiaomi Mi 4c

    12096

  • Meizu MX5

    10403

  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 3

    8540

  • Meizu m1 metal

    8526

  • Lenovo Vibe X2

    6512

  • Lenovo K3 Note

    5656

If you're worried about heating, there's not much to complain about. While the phone does acquire nominally warm during intensive games, as you'd expect from something pushing that many pixels on classy screen at once, it's never hot per se, and is hardly a cautilize for concern.

Camera

The Vibe X3 has a 21 megapixel Sony IMX230 sensor with hybrid autofocus, which has added phase detection autofocus. It's, essentially, the same sensor as on the Moto X Style but the results aren't quite as good, a fact we are willing to attribute to Lenovo's hold on image processing.

The capturing camera often blows highlights in brightly lit situations and Lenovo's artistic HDR modes are quite useless as they turn the image into a Jackson Pollock painting. In low light, focusing is a hit or miss, and the image quality itself is not satisfactory. The capturing camera makes you work a bit to acquire the best out of it, which not everybody would have the patience for. Lenovo's capturing camera app, however, is pretty good, and better than what you find on Motorola or Nexus phones.









Lenovo Vibe X3 capturing camera samples

The phone also supports 4K video, and while the quality is decent, it's not an exception and we have seen better before. The lack of OIS also doesn't help, either.


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