First impressions of Lenovo Vibe X3 Lite (A7010) – a new competitor in the mid-range phablets
We’ve got our hands on a new interesting device from Lenovo in the middle class – Lenovo A7010 or aka Vibe X3 Lite. In this article, we’re going to share our first impressions of the phablet and you can expect a full in-depth review of the model, where you’ll find all the usual information and test results.
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Lenovo Vibe X3 Lite is a 5.5-inch device, somewhat bulky, especially when we add its not-so-thin profile (9.15) mm and 150 grams weight. However, the phone does get thinner on the sides giving easier grip when using one hand and this is a very important aspect for phablets. The screen bezels are also relatively thin and the same could be said about the areas above and below the display if it wasn’t for the speakers it would have been even narrower. However, they shouldn’t be considered as a drawback, not at all, due to the excellent sound quality thanks to the Dolby Atmos technology.
The rear side of the device has a pleasant to touch matte plastic finish and even though it doesn’t easily collect fingerprints or smudges, there are some that will stick from time to time. Another interesting feature about the back cover is the fingerprint sensor, which is located right beneath the main camera. Its position is convenient, just like the one on the Nexus 5. You will get used to it easily since your index finger is naturally positioned there when using the device with one hand. The rear cover of the phone is easy to remove but there’s a warning stating not to remove the battery. Speaking of, it has a 3400 mAh but we’ll talk more about it later in the article. Above it, you’ll see two microSIM card slots as the second one could also be used as a microSD memory card slot if ever need to expand your storage from the 32GB stock. Actually, you’ll have only 23.5GB available out of the box.
A7010 operates on Android 5.1 Lollipop with Lenovo’s custom user interface on top. Aside from the changes in the appearance of the icons and menus, it provides tons of pre-installed apps and features, such as “Micro screen” allowing you to reach every part of the active display with your thumb or to add an additional virtual button for quick access to various apps and tools. The fingerprint sensor also has several functions features, all depending on the way you press it – quick press or hold. We’ll talk about all of these features and much more in our upcoming in-depth review.
We’re also expecting good battery life, even though we still haven’t run any tests on it. As we already mentioned the phone boasts 3400 mAh battery, which sound promising even, but keep in mind that we’re dealing with a 5.5-inch Full HD screen and an octa-core MediaTek SoC. The phablet also has a 13MP rear camera and even though it doesn’t offer many shooting modes or manual settings, we were able to take some pretty neat photos with it.
|OS||Android 5.1 (Lollipop)|
|CPU||Mediatek MT6753 (8-core, 1.30GHz, Cortex-A53)|
|Display||5.5-inch IPS LCD capcitive multit-ouch display with 1080 x 1920 resolution|
|Connectivity||Bluetooth v4.0, A2DP, WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 ac/b/g/n, GPS, A-GPS|
|Cameras||13MP with autofocus and LED flash (rear), 5MP (front)|
|Dimensions||76.5 x 153.6 x 9.15 mm|