• Display: 5.0-inch IPS
  • Processor: Mediatek 1.0 GHz Quad-Core 64-bit
  • Connectivity: Bluetooth 4.1, WiFi
  • Memory: 2GB
  • Storage: 16GB expandable with microSD
  • Operating System: Android 5.1 w/ Lenovo VIBE UI
  • Camera: 8MP (rear), 5MP (front)
  • Dimensions: 141mm x 71.8mm x 9.3mm
  • Weight: 148g
  • Pros:
  • Battery life
  • Lenovo VIBE UI
  • Cons:
  • Gets warm easily
  • Benchmark Results
  • 3DMark Icestorm Unlimited: 3,068 points
  • PC Mark Work: 2,813 points
  • Antutu: 24,834 points

P for Power

Almost every if not every working adult these days should have a smartphone in their hands, not only because it’s a communication tool, but the connectivity it provides to the person. As technology progresses, communication between people will progress alongside. But for some, a powerful phone with all its bell and whistles, is really not something that they need. What they need is a phone that will do what they want and being able to keep doing it on a single charge.

Enter the Lenovo P1m, a quaint little smartphone weighing in at only 148g but packs a lot more juice than you’d expect from a phone its size. Powered by a 64-bit quad-core 1.0GHz Mediatek processor and 2GB of RAM, the P1m has just the right amount of horsepower to plough through your everyday needs such as web surfing and messaging, and easily some light casual games.

The P1m runs on Android 5.1 Lollipop but with Lenovo’s very own VIBE UI which they developed for a better user experience when using their VIBE phones. The rear camera is an 8 megapixel camera which takes average photos whilst the front 5 megapixel camera is good enough for taking selfies and together with its 16GB built-in storage you won’t be starving for space for quite a while although you have an option to expand the P1m’s storage through a microSD card.

The P1m is the smaller brother of the P1 which comes with a smaller 5-inch IPS display and although it doesn’t produce the deepest blacks, the display is vibrant and the text is crisp and clear. When it comes to the P1m, battery life is its selling point. During our tests it easily lasted an entire day’s worth of usage which included turned on WiFi, mobile data and constant web surfing throughout the day.

A nifty feature that the phone has is the power saving switch that can be found on the left of the phone, which changes the colourful and vibrant UI into a somewhat monotonous grey-scale UI with only essential applications accessible. The power saving mode greatly increased battery life when we tried it at around 15-20 percent battery, great if you need that little nudge in battery life if you forgot to charge your phone.

CHIP CONCLUDE: Lenovo knows that not every consumer needs a phone with all the latest and greatest, and it shows with the P1m a minimalistic phone that’ll get you through the day like a breeze.

(previously published in issue January 2016)

Lenovo P1m