Lenovo was very busy at IFA – not only did they refresh their line of notebooks and all-in-one computers, they offered up a brand new smartphone and tablet for you to consider. But, can the Vibe X smartphone and S5000 tablet really make a big enough splash to matter in those two very crowded markets?
Well, that’s the thing about the Vibe X – it’s not even going to be competing in some of the biggest markets. Lenovo has never been big on worldwide releases for their smartphones, and this one is no different, with no North American or European release planned. The rest of the world will see a 5” smartphone with a 1920 x 1080 IPS display (441 ppi) protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 3. It also has a more impressive front-facing camera than most, with a 5 MP wide-angle lens camera there. That’s coupled with a 13 MP rear-facing camera, which features a BSI sensor and LED flash. The smartphone is 6.9 mm thick and weighs 121 grams, and comes with a 2000 mAh battery. The Vibe X will be powered by a quad-core MTK 6589T 1.5 GHz processor, and will run Android 4.2. You’ll get 2 GB of RAM and 16 GB of internal storage.
The S5000 tablet, on the other hand, is slated for a worldwide release. This is a 7” tablet running Android 4.2 on a quad-core MTK 8389 1.2 GHz processor. There’s a 1280 x 800 IPS display with 350 nits of brightness. For cameras, you’ll have a 1.6 MP front-facing camera and a 5 MP auto-focus rear-facing camera. You can expect eight hours of battery life, 1 GB of RAM, and 16 GB of eMMC storage. When the S5000 hits stores, it will come in 3G HSPA+ and Wi-Fi models, which will vary slightly in specs.
The Vibe X will hit China in October before coming to all other planned markets in December. The S5000 tablet will be available sometime during Q4 of this year. Unfortunately, Lenovo hasn’t said anything yet about the most expensive spec of all – price.