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Lenovo Vibe Shot unofficially goes on sale stateside starting at $378

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Lenovo Vibe ShotWell, isn’t this a nice surprise. For shutterbugs not afraid of experimenting, at least. Remember the smartphone/digital camera hybrid that Lenovo unveiled back in early March to show Samsung these half-breeds don’t have to send beastly Frankensteinian vibes?

Although the Vibe Shot was never confirmed for a wide-scale US launch, resourceful importers got their hands on some international stock, which they can expeditiously deliver to you via Amazon by July 6. As soon as June 30, if you hurry and are lucky.

Unfortunately, there’s no way to achieve 4G LTE speeds stateside with these Z90-7 models, but if you’re really, really into mobile photography, the outstanding 16 MP rear camera will more than make up for the limited connectivity.

The snapper touts optical image stabilization, a tricolor flash that automatically adjusts luminosity based on ambient light conditions and an infrared autofocus feature for twice as zippy focus than most Lenovo Vibe Shot rivals.

The whole rear of the device is quite… special and funky, with the cam made to stand out, and there’s a very neat physical button on the side for 2-stage shutter release, plus a manual slider letting you seamlessly switch between smart and pro modes.

Furthermore, the Vibe Shot features a more than respectable 8 MP selfie shooter, remarkable 5-inch 1,080p display, decent octa-core 64-bit Snapdragon 615 CPU, plentiful 3 GB RAM and 32 GB internal storage space. On the software side of things, Android 5.0 Lollipop obviously runs the show, and the entire 7.3 mm slim ensemble [easyazon-link asin=”B00YE7PW44″ locale=”us”]costs $378 in red[/easyazon-link] or [easyazon-link asin=”B00YE7PWUI” locale=”us”]$380 in black[/easyazon-link]. Excellent bang for buck, even sans LTE, don’t you think?

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