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Lenovo Announce Selfie-Oriented VIBE S1 Lite, Priced At $199

January 4, 2016 - Written By John Anon

Back at IFA in Berlin, Lenovo announced a number of new devices which were joining the ranks of the VIBE family. One of those announced was the Lenovo VIBE P1. This was a device designed to offer those who prefer a greater level of battery life a viable smartphone, thanks to the inclusion of a 5,000 mAh battery. Another member of the VIBE family which was announced at the event was the Lenovo VIBE S1. The emphasis on this one was its camera abilities, with a 13-megapixel rear camera combined with a dual (8MP + 2MP) front-facing camera.

Fast forward to CES and Lenovo has now announced a new device which is joining the VIBE family and specifically designed to follow in the footsteps of the VIBE S1. The latest device to be announced is the Lenovo VIBE S1 Lite. Once again, the focus with this Lite version is the camera abilities, with the new version coming touting an 8-megapixel front facing camera which looks to make better use of light capture thanks to the inclusion of a built-in selfie flash. A device which Lenovo state is deigned to take selfies in the dark. Likewise, the front facing camera also looks to make use of better groupie images thanks to its panorama feature. The rear camera once again consists of a 13-megapixel PDAF camera.

Much of the rest of the specs are generally in line with the previous VIBE S1 model and offers a 5-inch screen along with a 1920 x 1080 resolution. Although the processor has seen a slight upgrade from the 64-bit MediaTek MT6752 up to the current MediaTek MT6753 (clocking at 1.3 GHz). The battery has also seen a slight increase up from 2,500 to 2,700 mAh. While the internal storage has dropped down to 16GB from the standard VIBE S1’s 32GB internal storage capacity. Although, the VIBE S1 Lite does come equipped with a microSD card slot for further expansion if needed (up to 32GB). Other notable features include 2GB RAM, dual-SIM support and the device comes running on Android 5.1 (Lollipop) out of the box.

Like the VIBE S1, the Lite version will once again be available in either a white or blue color variant, although unlike the VIBE S1, the Lite version will arrive to the consumer at a more affordable $199 price point. Lenovo has not provided exact details on when the Vibe S1 will be released, although they have stated that it will be in the early part of this year. Although, for those based in the U.S., Lenovo has also confirmed the Vibe S1 Lite will not be available in the U.S.