The Vibe P1 has a metal unibody design which is quite reminiscent of the HTC flagship devices. On first glance, the design of the Vibe P1 comes across as rather plain and uninspiring. The device also has a slight curve on its rear, similar to that of the Moto X Play. This curved design makes it comfortable to hold in hand. We got our hands on a grey coloured unit of the device. However, what’s most impressive about the built of this phone is that even after packing a massive 5,000mAh battery, Lenovo has managed to restrict the phone’s thickness to 9.9mm, and its weight to only 189g. That said, one handed usage is still a bit cumbersome owing to the 5.5-inch display.
A 5.5-inch Full-HD display dominates the front. A 5-megapixel front-facing camera, LED notification light, earpiece along with the proximity sensor and the ambient light sensor are placed above the display. Like Samsung smartphones, the Vibe P1 has a hardware home button situated between the two capacitive ones below the screen. Both the capacitive buttons - one for accessing recent tabs and the other for going back - are backlit. The Vibe P1 also boasts of being one of the few phones in its price point to feature a fingerprint scanner, which is integrated with the home button.
On the top edge, you have an audio port as well as a secondary microphone for noise cancellation. A Micro-USB port, flanked by two grilles on its either sides, rests on the bottom edge. The one on the right is the mono speaker, whereas the one on the left houses the primary noise cancellation microphone. The volume rocker key and the power button below it, are present on the right edge of the device. The left edge, on the other hand, has a slider for activating the power saving mode on, which gets activated when you slide it upwards. Unlike the buttons on the right edge, the slider has a textured finish and offers good tactile feedback.
The rear of the Vibe P1 has a soft, matte finish and is slightly curved, as mentioned earlier. A 13-megapixel camera rests on the top portion of the rear. A dual-tone LED flash and the NFC label rest just below it. The ‘Vibe’ and ‘Lenovo’ branding is also clearly etched on the rear.
As mentioned earlier, the device has a unibody design, implying that the back panel is non-removable. However, a strip of the top portion of the rear is removable, which holds the slots for the Nano-SIM card and the microSD card. This placement of the SIM slots is quite different from what most other smartphone manufacturers offer on their devices. The removable strip is made of plastic and doesn’t feel sturdy, either. We recommend that you use the Vibe P1 along with the case that’s provided in the box to protect the device.