Lenovo Launches Four Smartphones Ahead Of CES, Including Its First LTE Handset

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Like a lot of companies, Lenovo is about to get busy at CES--really busy. First up is Lenovo’s new spate of smartphones, headlined by the Lenovo Vibe Z, which is the company’s first LTE handset. There’s also the 6-inch S930, 4.7-inch S650, and 5-inch A859.

The Vibe Z ($549) is a thin phone (7.9mm) with Android 4.3 that rocks a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor (2.2GHz) and a 5.5-inch 1920x1080 IPS display. The smartphone also features 2GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage, a 13MP rear camera with an f1.8 aperture lens, and a 5MP front-facing camera with an 84-degree lens. And as we mentioned above, it’s capable of LTE and promises 50Mbps up and 150Mbps down; 802.11ac WiFi and Bluetooth 4.0 are also on board.

Lenovo Vibe Z
Lenovo Vibe Z

The big fella of Lenovo’s new smartphone lineup is the S930 ($319), which some would call a “phablet” at 6 inches. The display offers a resolution of 1280x720, and the front of the device has dual front-facing speakers with Dolby Digital Plus technology. The S930 has Android 4.2 on board and runs a quad-core MediaTek 6582 (1.3GHz) processor. Other features include 1Gb of RAM, 8GB of internal storage, and 8MP rear- and 1.6MP front-facing cameras.

Lenovo S930
Lenovo S930

Lenovo bills the 4.7-inch S650 ($229) as a compact version of the S930 (wow, when did 4.7 inches become “compact”?), and indeed the two devices share most of the same specs. The S650 lacks the front-facing speakers, the smaller display has a 960x540 resolution, and the front camera is just 0.3MP. Otherwise, the guts are more or less the same.

Lenovo S650
Lenovo S650

A third phone with the same MediaTek processor, the A859 ($219), offers a 5-inch display with a 1280x720 resolution. The device also runs Android 4.2 and has 1GB of RAM and 8GB of internal storage, and the rear- and front cameras are 8MP and 1.3MP, respectively. The unit also offers dual-SIM capabilities, WiFi, 3G, and Bluetooth 3.0 HS.

Lenovo A859
Lenovo A859

Although the Vibe Z won’t be out until February, the S-series phones and the A859 are available immediately.
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BurntChz replied on Thu, Jan 2 2014 10:44 AM

While I like Lenovo's computers and laptops for their balance of power, build quality, features, and pricing; these phones just don't do it for me. They look good enough I guess, but the components are kinda weak. The Vibe Z has good specs, but pretty typical of all the other manufacturers’ “high end” models. Other than the dual front speakers on the S930 (which only a couple of phones have done) there's nothing really unique or outstanding about any of these. With such a saturated market, I would expect a company like Lenovo to make a bigger “splash” when entering a new market. They could have done something as simple as say, load every model with 64GB of onboard storage standard. It’s relatively cheap to do and would get them more headlines and people talking. But then again, maybe they’re more interested in the booming Chinese market and these specs are better suited.

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scolaner replied on Thu, Jan 2 2014 11:08 AM

I don't necessarily disagree with you, although note well those prices--these are all affordable phones.

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