Lenovo Announces Vibe Z2, Its First 64-bit Android Smartphone
Lenovo has added 2 smartphones, Vibe X2 and Vibe Z2, to its flagship handset line, with the announcement made during IFA 2014 trade show in Berlin. While the Vibe X2 certainly is a cool looking device, it’s not the real show stealer because that honor belongs to Z2, which puts Lenovo among the top competitors of the smartphone chain since it’s the company’s first ever 64-bit device.
The Android-powered device from Lenovo joins HTC’s Desire 510 and Apple’s iPhone 5s while a few other companies are also expected to announce their handsets equipped with 64-bit processors.
The Vibe Z2 has a 5.5-inch screen, weighs 155 grams and is 7 millimeters thick, making it one of the company’s thinnest handsets, said Keith Liu, director of smartphone marketing in Lenovo’s mobile business group. It has a Qualcomm 64-bit Snapdragon quad-core processor.
The LTE-compatible Vibe Z2 will come with a price tag starting at US$429. It will first ship in China in late September and other regions in October. Lenovo has not previously sold smartphones in the U.S. and did not say whether the Vibe Z2 would be available in the country.
The handset boasts an impressive 32GB of storage with 2GB ram, a 13-megapixel rear camera and an amazing 8-megapixel front facing one. The device is designed to recognize smiles or “V” signs upon which it will activate the camera shutter automatically and take a picture. To further improve the quality of pictures, it has in built features to make sure “selfies” turn out to be better as well as hold on a few seconds if it detects a person blinking.
Lenovo’s speedy handset, X2 comes equipped with a 5-inch screen and an 8-core, 32-bit processor from MediaTek resulting in the device being 7.27 millimeters thick and weighing at 20 grams. The rear camera is once again 13-megapixel but the front facing camera is only 5-megapixel.
The Lenovo Vibe X2
X2 is also LTE compatible and will be available this month for $399. It will first ship in China and then in other regions in October.
The Chinese company is on track to complete its $2.91 billion acquisition of Motorola Mobility acquisition later this year, which will make it the world’s third-largest smartphone vendor, behind Samsung and Apple. Now that is certainly quite an achievement given how the company doesn’t compete in the US. It has however recently started picking up shares in other countries including Brazil, Russian and India.