Lenovo and Samsung are two very reputed brands in the smartphone market. Both the brands have some terrific devices in their arsenal such as the Lenovo Vibe S1 and the Samsung Galaxy E7. Both the phones are available for around Rs 16,000, so here we have compared the phones on the basis of their specification.
The Lenovo Vibe S1 has a glass and metal design while Samsung has a metallic rim and a plastic back panel. The E7 has all the traditional Samsung elements like the iconic home key, rounded corners etc and was criticised for its looks. Some reviewers though said that the phone feels quite sturdy and its back panel is quite smooth and non-slippery. On the other hand, due to its glass back panel, the Vibe S1 is a bit slippery if not too much. Also, the S1’s body is a fingerprint magnet while in the E7 you have no such issues.
The Samsung Galaxy E7 measures 151.3 x 77.2 x 7.3 mm and weighs 141 grams. The Lenovo Vibe S1 measures 143. X 70.8 x 7.8 mm and weighs 132 grams. The extra weight and the bigger size is due to the fact that E7 has a bigger display about which we have discussed in the following section.
Lenovo Vibe S1 has a 5 inch full HD (1080 x 1920) IPS display. The display is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 3 but as we said in its review as well, the screen is not scratch-proof but it offers decent brightness and has good touch response.
The Samsung Galaxy E7 has a bigger 5.5 inch display with the same resolution of 720 x 1280 pixels but it compensates that with Super Amoled technology.
Processor and Memory
The Samsung Galaxy E7 is armed with the quad-core 1.2 GHz Snapdragon 410 processor and 2 GB of RAM. It has internal memory of 16 GB to which you can add another 128 GB via a micro SD card.
The Lenovo Vibe S1 runs an octa-core 1.7 GHz MediaTek MT6752 processor which runs with 3 GB of RAM. It has 32 GB of built in storage and it too comes with a 128 GB via a micro SD card slot.
The Samsung Galaxy E7 runs a low end processor, that you see in many phones priced at Rs 5,999 (Xiaomi Redmi 2, for example) and so can do nothing to stop the Lenovo Vibe S1 zooming ahead with its upper mid-range processor and 1 extra GB of RAM.
The Lenovo Vibe S1 comes with Android Lollipop, and naturally, has Lenovo’s Vibe UI. The Samsung Galaxy E7 too runs on Android Lollipop and has the well-known Samsung Touch Wiz OS.
The Samsung Galaxy E7 has a non-removable battery of 2950 mAh. It claims to provide up to 19 hours of 3G talktime.
On the other hand, the Vibe S1 has a non-removable battery of 2500 mAh that impressed us with its performance. You can read about its battery back up here.
The Samsung Galaxy E7 has a 13 megapixel primary auto focus camera that comes with CMOS sensor and can record full HD videos at 30 fps. It has a 5 megapixel front camera which too has CMOS sensor.
The Lenovo Vibe S1 also has a 13 megapixel rear camera but its USP is its twin selfie cameras – an 8 megapixel and a 2 megapixel duo which is its USP as well. Its secondary 2 megapixel camera is to analyse depth of the field. This gives you some innovative features like One-touch Refocus and Background Swap (you can click a selfie and then change the background). You can check out Vibe S1’s camera samples here (https://www.themobileindian.com/news/).
Spec wise it is not prudent to compare the camera quality of any phone so we cannot recommend here anything but as far as our experience of Vibe S1 goes, we can safely say that it is a decent camera smarphone.
The Samsung Galaxy E7 is a dual-SIM device and it offers 3G, GPS (Beidou nd GLONASS), Bluetooth 4.0, WiFi and WiFi Direct. The Lenovo Vibe S1 is a dual-SIM device and it offers 4G connectivity, GPS (A-GPS), Bluetooth 4.0, and WiFi.
Needless to say that Vibe S1 is a much better phone when it comes to connectivity.
The Lenovo Vibe S1 is undoubtedly a better looking device and has unassailable lead in the connectivity, performance and storage departments, and thus in this fight, the Vibe S1 seems like the ultimate winner.