Lenovo puts its focus on the camera with the 16-megapixel Vibe Shot. It's as much smartphone as it is camera, perhaps, but it's clear this one's intended to be the only shooter you need.
[custom:mwc15]Lenovo's brought a couple of new phones to Mobile World Congress this year, and the Vibe Shot (as the name suggests) is bringing some serious tech to the back of the phone. This guy's got a 16-megpixel camera (using a Samsung sensor and f/2.2 lens) with optical image stabilization that Lenovo says could well serve as the only camera you need.
The Vive Shot has some interesting controls, starting with the hardware. There's a dedicated camera button that triggers the shutter and can open the camera app at any time. (At least while the display is on. Too bad that it doesn't also quick-launch the camera when the phone is sleeping.
But it's the inclusion of a mode selector switch that's truly interesting. It's got two options — "Smart" and "Pro." The former keeps you in full auto mode, so you don't have to think too much about what you're shooting. In fact, the camera is smart enough to recognize that faces aren't food and can adjust itself once it recognizes that you're shooting people versus produce. "Pro" mode gives you full manual control.
The camera software actually is quite good, nicely laid out on the screen and easy to find your way around.
The rest of the Vibe Shot perhaps isn't quite as exciting. The body's a bit blocky, though it is easy enough to hold. It's got a 5-inch, 1080p display, is running Android 5.0 Lollipop with Lenovo's custom UI, and the whole thing is powered by a 64-bit Snapdragon 615 processor.
The Lenovo Vive Shot will be available in June for about $349.