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Lenovo Vibe Shot is half-camera, half smartphone (pictures)

Click through our hands-on snaps of Lenovo's intriguing new gadget, which boasts an impressive roster of camera settings.

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BARCELONA -- This is the Lenovo Vibe Shot, a smartphone that puts a lot of focus (geddit?) on its camera capabilities. We got a look at it here at Mobile World Congress 2015.

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The Vibe Shot looks like an ordinary smartphone, and in some regards it is. This is a 5-inch display, for instance.

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It has 3GB of RAM and a quad-core processor, and runs Android 5.0 Lollipop. So far, so ordinary, right?

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These switches are where things get interesting. The one on the right is a dedicated shutter button, while the one on the left lets you toggle between 'smart' and 'pro' camera modes.

Smart mode is a more basic point-and-shoot mode, but does have some interesting quirks, including an object-identification feature that gives you a visual guide to lining up what the phone thinks is the best shot.

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This is 'Pro' mode, which gives you a tonne of extra camera options to play with.

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You can tweak aperture, ISO, depth-of-field and white balance, among others.

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The camera itself has a 16-megapixel sensor, and is a six-piece modular lens, Lenovo says.

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There's a tricolour LED flash, too.

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The back of the camera has an interesting design that hints at its camera-centric ethos.

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Pretty.

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4G is onboard too, for faster mobile data.

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The Vibe Shot will go on sale in June, for $349 (which equates to roughly £225 or AU$450).

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