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IFA: Lenovo takes another shot at Android market with Vibe Z2 and X2 smartphones

Also outs 8in Tab S8 with Intel Atom processor
Thu Sep 04 2014, 14:00

BERLIN: LENOVO ANNOUNCED the Vibe Z2 and Z2 smartphones at IFA on Wednesday, alongside the 8in Lenovo Tab S8. 

The Lenovo Vibe Z2 is the company's flagship smartphone and features a rectangular unibody metal chassis with brushed finish similar to that of the HTC One M8 handset, alongside a 5.5in HD display and a quad-core 64-bit Qualcomm Snapdragon processor.

Lenovo said that it expects the Vibe Z2's 13MP rear camera with Sony Exmor BSI sensor and optical image stablisation, along with its 8MP front camera, to prove among the handset's selling points. The smartphone also arrives powered by 3,000mAh battery that Lenovo claims will offer users at least a full day's use on one charge, and features 2GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage.

Meanwhile the Lenovo Vibe X2 is designed to target the mid-range smartphone market. Lenovo claims the 7.27mm thick Vibe X2 is "the world's first layered smartphone".

Lenovo Tab S8

The layered design lets users clip a variety of add-on attachments, called "Xtensions", to the Vibe X2. The attachments are designed to add new functions to the Vibe X2, such as improved sound quality.

Despite being mid-range smartphone, the Lenovo Vibe X2 features a number of top-end components, including a 5in Full HD in-plane switching (IPS) touchscreen display and a Mediatek MT6595 True8core processor.

There's also dual 13MP rear and 5MP cameras, 2GB of RAM, 32GB of internal storage and the Android 4.4 Kitkat mobile operating system overlaid with Lenovo's custom "Vibe UI" skin.

Both handsets are dual-SIM and will be launched in China in September. It is unclear whether the Vibe Z2 or Vibe X2 will be released in the UK, though Lenovo has promised to make the phones "available in select regions starting in October".

The Vibe X2 is the more affordable option of the two and will cost $399 SIM-free. The Vibe Z2 will cost slightly more at $429.

Lenovo Tab S8

Lenovo unveiled its first 8in tablet, the Lenovo Tab S8, alongside the Vibe smartphones. The device has a quad-core 1.83GHz Intel Atom processor and features an impressive 8in 1920x1200 resolution IPS Infinity screen.

There is no word about how much the Tab S8 will cost or if it will be released in the UK. µ


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