Lenovo Mobile Philippines gathered members of the local media yesterday afternoon at Art in Island, an interactive museum located in Cubao, Quezon City, to officially unveil its latest Android smartphone in partnership with Lazada Philippines. Dubbed the Lenovo Vibe Shot, this new phone aims to be more than just another mobile device that you can use for texts, calls, and Internet-related activities. Just one look at it — and its set of main specs — and you’ll know that it’s built to not only complement but downright replace the average point-and-shoot digital camera. Don’t believe us? Read on for why.

Lenovo Vibe Shot main features

Just in case the name wasn’t enough of a giveaway, the Vibe Shot is actually a cameraphone meant to let you take much better photos than you would otherwise if you used any other kind of smartphone. It’s equipped with a 16-megapixel rear camera with autofocus and a tri-color flash, plus it also has an 8MP front-facing wide-angle selfie cam for those intimate moments with your SO (or yourself; we won’t judge). Not to mention, the design makes it look like an actual camera from the back.

The rear camera on the Vibe Shot is basically its best feature. The entire phone is pretty much built around this one main thing. The Vibe Shot has a manual shutter release button (which serves as an Instant Camera-on switch, too), a Pro/Auto mode toggle, and even an IR autofocus feature to assist in taking clear pictures as quickly as possible.

But while the Lenovo Vibe Shot aims to work as a camera first and foremost, it’s also a fairly capable smartphone. It was introduced yesterday at its own launch event by Lenovo Mobile Philippines Marketing Manager Vincent Dela Cruz as a mid-range flagship handset powered with the latest version of Android.

Some of the Vibe Shot’s hardware features include a 5-inch Full HD IPS touchscreen display, Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 615 SoC with two sets of quad-core Cortex-A53 processors (both clocked at 1.7GHz and 1.0GHz, respectively, an Adreno 405 GPU, 3GB RAM, 32GB internal storage, 4G LTE data, and a 3,000mAh battery. It also has a custom-made camera app filled with dozens of different features in both Pro and Auto camera mode.

The Lenovo Vibe Shot certainly looks good on paper, and it’s even better in person. It will be released exclusively through the Lazada Philippines online store at 12NN tomorrow with a price tag of only Php 16,999.

David Gonzales is a geek, writer, and athlete all rolled into one. He specializes in articulating about novel and often shiny things that tend to make whirring noises. He also writes at SemiCurrent.com.