Lenovo Vibe X3 unboxing and first impressions


lenovo vibe x3 review

As soon as I saw the 21 mega-pixel sensor and the audio hardware of the Lenovo Vibe X3 I knew I just had to have one and now that it has arrived here are my first impressions.

Lenovo launched 3 versions of the Vibe X3 last month, there was an entry-level model with 13 mega-pixel main camera, a mid-range model with 32GB memory and 21 mega-pixel camera and a top of the range version with 64GB. I opted for the 32GB model, and it arrived with me yesterday.

Lenovo Vibe X3 Unboxing Video

Lenovo Vibe X3 First Impressions

Out of the box the Lenovo Vibe X3 feels very nice, and also very familiar in my hand. The soft white polycarbonate body (soft to the touch like the baby skin option on the OPO), the slightly thicker design and the black and white front all reminded me of the Oppo N3. It’s obviously not as long as the N3 but it is a little longer than most 5.5-inch phones due to the dual front facing speakers.lenovo vibe x3 review

As I have mentioned in the past, black borders around the display don’t bother me as I tend to focus on the screen and not what is around it. But if you aren’t a fan of black borders then the Vibe X3 isn’t going to please. We have black borders all around the panel, especially notable between the top of the screen and the top speaker.lenovo vibe x3 rear

What is also notable is the build of the Lenovo Vibe X3. While it might not have a unibody alloy design like some of this years flagships, it still feels premium and solidly made, again it reminds me of an Oppo N1 or N3. The Polycarbonate rear is non removable so you cannot get at the 3600mAh battery inside and the a SIM tray is located on the left of the alloy chassis. For those of you wondering the answer is Yes, you have the option to use either dual SIM cards or a single SIM and an SD card (hence the reason I went for the 32GB model).

lenovo vibe x3 review

The right side of the phone is where the power and volume buttons are located, and once again these are quality items with no wobble and a really pleasant action to them. Other physical features around the chassis are a 3.5mm headphone jack and IR remote at the top, and standard USB in the base.

Read Also:  Canalys: China PC market sees a decline in Q1 2022

Lenovo Vibe X3 features

External features of the Lenovo Vibe X3 are the 21 mega-pixel rear camera, dual tone, dual LED flash and rear single touch fingerprint scanner. What really grabbed my attention though is the dual front speakers that offer Dolby Atmos audio.

lenovo vibe x3 review

If you haven’t tried Dolby Atmos and I suggest you do, it really is incredible! Basically the system offer 3D surround sound meaning that movies really do come to life from the Lenovo Vibe X3. Helicopters can be heard flying overhead, cars race from one side of the room to the other, and monsters can be heard behind you. It’s a truly immersive experience.

lenovo vibe x3 review

Gaming on the Lenovo Vibe X3 should also be fun too with that audio experience. Performance also promises to be good with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 chipset and 3GB RAM on board.

lenovo vibe x3 camera

This being a first impressions and hands on I really haven’t had much time to play around with the other features such as the 21 mega-pixel rear camera, but a full review will be made to cover all that in due time.

Lenovo Vibe X3 first impressions conclusion

One detail to look out for with the Lenovo Vibe X3 is that it doesn’t support Google Services out of the box. Root is required to do this, and at this time the phone is a little new for a fix to have been found but people are working on it. Another detail is that the Android 5.1 based Lenovo ROM only has Chinese and English language options.

I’m pretty excited about this phone, and I am already enjoying the amazing audio, I just hope that the rest of the kit meets my expectations and that Google Services can be installed soon. Keep posted for more details and a full review of the Lenovo Vibe X3 soon.

Thanks to the Shop.GizChina.Com team for helping me source the Lenovo Vibe X3.

Previous Purported Xiaomi laptop specifications leaked
Next Dual display powered InFocus M640 makes an appearance

108 Comments

  1. Steve B
    December 10, 2015

    Can we have a definition of “in due time” 😉

    • Mesterio
      December 10, 2015

      Sure “in due time” : when the time is due. ?

    • balcobomber25
      December 10, 2015

      Adv.1.in due time – at the appropriate time; “we’ll get to this question in due course”
      in due course, in due season, in good time, when the time comes

      • Steve B
        December 10, 2015

        Ah, In due season sounds about right, I’m thinking late Spring (maybe).

  2. DC
    December 10, 2015

    Does it also have the double tap(wake screen) and OIS on the camera?

  3. rimakus
    December 10, 2015

    Where did you buy it from? They all on pre-order only on all sites.

    • December 10, 2015

      I got the shop.gizchina.com team to get it for me

      • Mesterio
        December 10, 2015

        Don’t we all wish we had a shop.gizchina.com team, to come at our beckon call ?.

        • Muhammad Yasir
          December 10, 2015

          lol
          but only Overlord Andi commands their loyalty 😀

        • balcobomber25
          December 10, 2015

          You have the them too, as long as you pay them….. haha

      • KU DE TA
        December 10, 2015

        Don’t get me wrong but shop.gizchine.com don’t have Lenovo phones, but Xiaomi, Meizu, OnePlus, LeTv, ZUK, ZOPO, OPPO, Ulefone. Could you just help us where did they get it for you then? Thanks

        • balcobomber25
          December 10, 2015

          They would have got it from either Lenovo themselves or from a distributor. Either way it is no help to consumers where they go it from as you won’t have access to those channels. You just have to wait for shops to start selling them.

    • Gordon Tang
      December 30, 2015

      Dealextreme appears to have in stock, but useless without a way to push google play

  4. suunnittelija
    December 10, 2015

    Google Play should be able to install even phone is not rooted. Have you tried the following methods? Install google services:
    http://forum.xda-developers.com/amazon-fire/general/installing-google-framework-playstore-t3216122

    Xiaomi Google Play installer:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UW61ea-xfZw

  5. Adam Irvine
    December 10, 2015

    Generally, if this Lenovo went on sale in India, then it’d be a good idea to flash their ROW Rom onto it as that comes with Google Services out of the box like the K3 Note does…

  6. Muhammad Yasir
    December 10, 2015

    no google play ?!
    wtf !

    • balcobomber25
      December 10, 2015

      There are alternate app stores that you can use that are just as good (some even better) than Google Play.

      • Muhammad Yasir
        December 10, 2015

        a few names would be nice 🙂

        • Allanitomwesh
          December 11, 2015

          Amazon App store
          F-Droid Store
          Galaxy Store

          • balcobomber25
            December 11, 2015

            GetJar

            SlideMe

            Baidu (one of the best)

            Tencent

            Quihoo

            Wandoujia

            • Allanitomwesh
              December 14, 2015

              Literally the entire Chinese botnet. Pass

            • balcobomber25
              December 14, 2015

              The Chinese bot net exists in Google Play too, you will never rid yourself of it. Just like anything with the internet you just need to be smart and have a good antivirus software.

            • Allanitomwesh
              December 15, 2015

              You just need to be smart and have common sense 2015 installed
              Fixed that for you 🙂

      • December 11, 2015

        Issue isn’t the app store but the lack of Google Play services. I realised yesterday even Strava requires it…

  7. waterresist
    December 10, 2015

    I miss X2’s original style.

  8. Cpaun
    December 10, 2015

    Looks like a very interesting phone. Does the camera features OIS?

    • Gordon Tang
      December 10, 2015

      I’ve read its PDAF

  9. Steve B
    December 10, 2015

    Can we have a definition of “in due time” 😉

    • Mesterio
      December 10, 2015

      Sure “in due time” : when the time is due. 😁

    • balcobomber25
      December 10, 2015

      Adv.1.in due time – at the appropriate time; “we’ll get to this question in due course”
      in due course, in due season, in good time, when the time comes

    • Steve B
      December 10, 2015

      Ah, In due season sounds about right, I’m thinking late Spring (maybe).

  10. DC
    December 10, 2015

    Does it also have the double tap(wake screen) and OIS on the camera?

  11. rimakus
    December 10, 2015

    Where did you buy it from? They all on pre-order only on all sites.

    • Andi Sykes
      December 10, 2015

      I got the shop.gizchina.com team to get it for me

    • Mesterio
      December 10, 2015

      Don’t we all wish we had a shop.gizchina.com team, to come at our beckon call 😜.

    • KU DE TA
      December 10, 2015

      Don’t get me wrong but shop.gizchine.com don’t have Lenovo phones, but Xiaomi, Meizu, OnePlus, LeTv, ZUK, ZOPO, OPPO, Ulefone. Could you just help us where did they get it for you then? Thanks

    • Guest
      December 10, 2015

      lol
      but only Overlord Andi commands their loyalty 😀

    • balcobomber25
      December 10, 2015

      They would have got it from either Lenovo themselves or from a distributor. Either way it is no help to consumers where they go it from as you won’t have access to those channels. You just have to wait for shops to start selling them.

    • balcobomber25
      December 10, 2015

      You have the them too, as long as you pay them….. haha

    • Gordon Tang
      December 30, 2015

      Dealextreme appears to have in stock, but useless without a way to push google play

  12. suunnittelija
    December 10, 2015

    Google Play should be able to install even phone is not rooted. Have you tried the following methods? Install google services:
    http://forum.xda-developers.com/amazon-fire/general/installing-google-framework-playstore-t3216122

    Xiaomi Google Play installer:

  13. smsm the king
    December 10, 2015

    Do you will make a review for mate 8?

    • Airyl
      December 11, 2015

      Hopefully.

  14. MattD
    December 10, 2015

    I SO hate this phone… It’s almost everything i wanted and I’d have bought the budget version, if only it wasn’t budget at all in the first place… -.-

    But I’ll take note of the future review, maybe… When it’ll drop like 70-80% of the price… Maybe… xD

  15. Adam Irvine
    December 10, 2015

    Generally, if this Lenovo went on sale in India, then it’d be a good idea to flash their ROW Rom onto it as that comes with Google Services out of the box like the K3 Note does…

  16. Guest
    December 10, 2015

    no google play ?!
    wtf !

    • balcobomber25
      December 10, 2015

      There are alternate app stores that you can use that are just as good (some even better) than Google Play.

    • Guest
      December 10, 2015

      a few names would be nice 🙂

    • Allanitomwesh
      December 11, 2015

      Amazon App store
      F-Droid Store
      Galaxy Store

    • Andi Sykes
      December 11, 2015

      Issue isn’t the app store but the lack of Google Play services. I realised yesterday even Strava requires it…

    • balcobomber25
      December 11, 2015

      GetJar

      SlideMe

      Baidu (one of the best)

      Tencent

      Quihoo

      Wandoujia

    • Allanitomwesh
      December 14, 2015

      Literally the entire Chinese botnet. Pass

    • balcobomber25
      December 14, 2015

      The Chinese bot net exists in Google Play too, you will never rid yourself of it. Just like anything with the internet you just need to be smart and have a good antivirus software.

    • Allanitomwesh
      December 15, 2015

      You just need to be smart and have common sense 2015 installed
      Fixed that for you 🙂

  17. Jay
    December 10, 2015

    Good walkthrough @Andi Sykes:disqus . Does it have FM radio?

  18. waterresist
    December 10, 2015

    I miss X2’s original style.

  19. Cpaun
    December 10, 2015

    Looks like a very interesting phone. Does the camera features OIS?

    • Gordon Tang
      December 10, 2015

      I’ve read its PDAF

  20. balcobomber25
    December 10, 2015

    This looks like an OPPO phone, which is a good thing for Lenovo. Typically Lenovo phones are either incredibly boring or incredibly ugly. Which sensor is the camera?

    • Dante
      December 11, 2015

      i think the imx 230 not sure tho

    • January 22, 2016

      I had the X2 and it was neither incredibly boring nor incredibly ugly. In fact, I think the layered cake design was a refreshing departure from most of the other bland designs that you see nowadays.

      • balcobomber25
        January 22, 2016

        No the X2 wasn’t boring, but it was a shameless rip off of a Sony Xperia.

  21. toioioio
    December 10, 2015

    another crappy lenovo-motorola phone..

  22. smsm the king
    December 10, 2015

    Do you will make a review for mate 8?

    • Airyl
      December 11, 2015

      Hopefully.

  23. MattD
    December 10, 2015

    I SO hate this phone… It’s almost everything i wanted and I’d have bought the budget version, if only it wasn’t budget at all in the first place… -.-

    But I’ll take note of the future review, maybe… When it’ll drop like 70-80% of the price… Maybe… xD

  24. Jay
    December 10, 2015

    Good walkthrough @Andi Sykes:disqus . Does it have FM radio?

    – Update –
    Can anyone please confirm if this has FM radio? @Andi?

  25. balcobomber25
    December 10, 2015

    This looks like an OPPO phone, which is a good thing for Lenovo. Typically Lenovo phones are either incredibly boring or incredibly ugly. Which sensor is the camera?

    • Dante
      December 11, 2015

      i think the imx 230 not sure tho

    • 10basetom
      January 22, 2016

      I had the X2 and it was neither incredibly boring nor incredibly ugly. In fact, I think the layered cake design was a refreshing departure from most of the other bland designs that you see nowadays.

      The X3 looks like an Axon minus the tackiness.

    • balcobomber25
      January 22, 2016

      No the X2 wasn’t boring, but it was a shameless rip off of a Sony Xperia.

  26. Gordon Tang
    December 10, 2015

    I’m torn between waiting for an international version, or getting the Motorola X Force. What do you reckon Andi?

    • December 14, 2015

      I don’t really know much about the X Force sorry

  27. toioioio
    December 10, 2015

    another crappy lenovo-motorola phone..

  28. Gordon Tang
    December 10, 2015

    I’m torn between waiting for an international version, or getting the Motorola X Force. What do you reckon Andi?

    • Andi Sykes
      December 14, 2015

      I don’t really know much about the X Force sorry

  29. Steven Fox
    December 11, 2015

    Would love this phone if it sells in three months for 200$ like the X2 did(got one for my sister, it`s a great device)
    Will definitely get one if it comes to 200$, I actually prefer Lenovo to Xiaomi(MIUI is too bloated for my taste)

  30. Steven Fox
    December 11, 2015

    Would love this phone if it sells in three months for 200$ like the X2 did(got one for my sister, it`s a great device)
    Will definitely get one if it comes to 200$, I actually prefer Lenovo to Xiaomi(MIUI is too bloated for my taste)

  31. Steven Fox
    December 12, 2015

    It`s a ZTE Axon clone, but I don`t mind.

    • December 14, 2015

      Nat it looks good, the Axon is tacky

      • Steven Fox
        December 15, 2015

        Yeah, I actually like this design, it`s more retro and manly.

  32. Steven Fox
    December 12, 2015

    It`s a ZTE Axon clone, but I don`t mind.

    • Andi Sykes
      December 14, 2015

      Nat it looks good, the Axon is tacky

    • Steven Fox
      December 15, 2015

      Yeah, I actually like this design, it`s more retro and manly.

  33. Én
    December 12, 2015

    Is a pro mode available in the camera?

  34. Én
    December 12, 2015

    Is a pro mode available in the camera?

    • Andi Sykes
      December 14, 2015

      yup

  35. December 15, 2015

    I don’t understand why you say it has to be rooted to install Google services. I have added this function to two Chinese tablets without rooting either one.

    • January 27, 2016

      Normally it is not an issue but with Lenovo and ZTE they really make it difficult. The good news is that the Vibe X3 just launched in India so an international rom will be available soon

  36. Moose
    December 15, 2015

    I don’t understand why you say it has to be rooted to install Google services. I have added this function to two Chinese tablets without rooting either one.

    • Andi Sykes
      January 27, 2016

      Normally it is not an issue but with Lenovo and ZTE they really make it difficult. The good news is that the Vibe X3 just launched in India so an international rom will be available soon

  37. Gordon Tang
    December 27, 2015

    Andi, any joy on the google play services?

  38. Gordon Tang
    December 27, 2015

    Andi, any joy on the google play services?

  39. Alberto Aguilar Cabrerizo
    January 24, 2016

    could you install google services now?

    • January 27, 2016

      Nope

      • Gordon Tang
        January 27, 2016

        I almost bought one through alibaba, seller highly recommended- pretty much everyone on there however says that they can install google before it is dispatched?

      • HelHorn
        February 23, 2016

        Apparently X3c50 is rootable now so any progress on this one?

  40. Alberto Aguilar Cabrerizo
    January 24, 2016

    could you install google services now?

    • Andi Sykes
      January 27, 2016

      Nope

    • Gordon Tang
      January 27, 2016

      I almost bought one through alibaba, seller highly recommended- pretty much everyone on there however says that they can install google before it is dispatched?

    • HelHorn
      February 23, 2016

      Apparently X3c50 is rootable now so any progress on this one?

  41. Roberto Tomás
    January 27, 2016

    “If you haven’t tried Dolby Atmos … it really is incredible! Basically the system offer 3D surround sound meaning that movies really do come to life … Helicopters can be heard flying overhead, cars race from one side …” You sure you weren’t testing this at the corner during a drug bust or something?

  42. Roberto Tomás
    January 27, 2016

    “If you haven’t tried Dolby Atmos … it really is incredible! Basically the system offer 3D surround sound meaning that movies really do come to life … Helicopters can be heard flying overhead, cars race from one side …” You sure you weren’t testing this at the corner during a drug bust or something?


    friendly note: geekbench3 scores for this Snapdragon 808 are about ~860|3160, roughly equivalent to a Helio P10. The gpu is about twice as powerful though, giving an 808 an antutu score of about 68k (a couple percent better than a highly-clocked Helio X10)