Lenovo is once again showing up to CES with brand new smartphones, in an effort to keep making inroads into nascent smartphone markets in southeast Asia and the Middle East. They’re doing so with a smartphone in the Vibe Z that looks to be at just about the cutting edge in most respects.
The Vibe Z is a 5.5” smartphone with a 400 ppi 1920 x 1080 resolution IPS display with Lenovo’s 20/20 Vision display technology. It’s also packing Qualcomm’s most advanced mobile processor, a 2.2 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800, backed by 2 GB of RAM and running Android 4.3. This is also Lenovo’s first LTE phone, and will work on GSM and UMTS networks. This is all packed into a 7.9 mm frame made of silver or titanium, and will weigh 147 grams. That’s all topped off with a 13 MP rear camera with a f1.8 aperture lens and a 5 MP front camera. As far as being a high-end phone goes, the Vibe Z pretty much checks all the boxes.
Lenovo is also showing off a few other lower-end smartphones at CES. Their S series will feature phones scaled down in most respects (Android 4.2, no 1080p displays, toned down cameras), but in different sizes. The S930 will be a 6” tablet/smartphone, while the S650 keeps things smaller at 4.7”, although the display quality is seriously diminished on the latter, to a 960 x 540 IPS display. The A859 is aiming to be a standard mid-tier phone – a 5” offering with a 720p display, an 8 MP rear camera, and 8 GB of storage. The A859 and the S series will all be dual-SIM phones.
The Vibe Z will be available in February in Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and the Philippines for $549 unsubsidized. The S930 and S560 are available now in those same regions for $319 and $229, respectively, while the A859 is also available now for $219.