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Lenovo taking on the international market with new high-end Vibe line-up

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Lenovo taking on the international market with new high-end Vibe line-up
Most of you probably know Lenovo as one of the top dogs in the personal computing business, and that's fair considering that the Chinese company wasn't doing so hot in the smarpthone space just two years ago. The reality today, however, is that the company has made an enormous leap in market share since and is now the second largest manufacturer in China, and the fourth largest in the world according to a May report by the IDC.

This admittedly impressive progress has had its price, however – Lenovo is still losing money from its smartphone division. That's largely because of the low-margin, bottom end smartphone lines it has been pushing (successfully) in China. Unfortunately, while these have secured a market share for Lenovo second only to Samsung, a perception of lower quality is certainly up in the air, and Lenovo will no longer have it. To that effect, the company has now officially unveiled the new high-end Vibe brand during a press conference in Beijing on Saturday. Two models are going to be made available – the Vibe Z (K910) and the Vibe X (S960) – and both will be targeting the post-80s generation, according to Lenovo.

As the Vibe Z will be a tad more relevant to you if you live in the Western hemisphere, it's probably worth starting with it. A successor to the Lenovo K900, the K910 is not too far of in terms of design language – it's metal-plated, sleek and thin (unofficial: around 7mm). It sports a phablety 1080p 5.5-inch (~400 ppi) of a screen with the added bonus of having no software keys that eat up precious real estate. Unlike the K900, however, the Vibe Z will come packing a 2.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 chipset, instead of an Intel one. The remaining details are kind of sparse, though we do know that the device will come with 2GB of RAM and feature a 13-megapixel rear snapper, with a 5-megapixel unit taking the front. A hands-on from the folks over at Chinese CNMO also shows that the Vibe Z will run on Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean out of the box, though that's about it – price and release date are currently unknown, though Lenovo has, in the past, vowed to begin shipping to the US by the end of 2013.

Lenovo taking on the international market with new high-end Vibe line-up

As for the Vibe X, things are slightly different. First off, we do know the price of the device (RMB 2,899 or $474) and its October 20 release date for the Chinese market, with more markets expected to see the device gradually. Touted as the more stylish of the two, the Vibe X features a sleek body that is only 6.9mm thin and weighs 121 grams. With the Vibe X, however, Lenovo has opted for the significantly cheaper 1.5GHz MediaTek MT6589T quad-core chipset, though it still comes with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage, expandable via microSD card. The screen is a 5-inch 1080p panel that, again, features no software keys, though the exact make remains unknown for the time being. Like the Vibe Z, the rear shooter is a 13-megapixel unit, with an identical (we assume) 5-megapixel camera at the front, and it comes running Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean. You can check our hands-on with the Vibe X here.

Whether you're a fan of the work that is being done over at the resourceful China or not, it's undeniable that Lenovo has come up with two compelling devices. If Lenovo doesn't go overboard with the price, the Vibe Z, in particular, could prove a compelling offer for those on the lookout for a high-end, but affordable (and different) smartphone.

source: CNMO [1], [2]; GSM Insider

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posted on 30 Sep 2013, 03:45

1. Nayabandaa (Posts: 29; Member since: 15 Mar 2013)

I like the second one.

posted on 30 Sep 2013, 04:40

3. phil2n (Posts: 487; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)

Yes the Vibe X is awesome looking device.

You might cum if you can't hold on.

posted on 30 Sep 2013, 04:13

2. woodshop20 (Posts: 459; Member since: 14 Sep 2013)

Well, it's good news that they eventually decided to come out of China. The K900 looked awesome (I'm typing on their Y570 by the way) but it looks like this phone will be trumped by the Nexus 5 when it launches.

posted on 30 Sep 2013, 04:41

4. hmd74 (Posts: 485; Member since: 31 Jan 2013)

Lenovo Is The Evolution!!! It's becoming as powerful as Sony and Samsung...

posted on 30 Sep 2013, 04:53 2

5. anleoflippy (Posts: 595; Member since: 03 Jan 2013)

The Lenovo K900 is a pretty good smartphone and it people really should pay attention to Lenovo. Not just Apple, Samsung, HTC, Sony, LG and etc.

posted on 30 Sep 2013, 05:08

6. N-fanboy (Posts: 543; Member since: 12 Jan 2013)

They should stay in china if they don't wan't to be messed up and broke like Nokia and Htc, its a brutal market out there!

posted on 30 Sep 2013, 07:55

9. Shatter (Posts: 2036; Member since: 29 May 2013)

More competition = always better because it forces them to innovate. If the smartphone market was not competitive/popular like it is we would not have phones even close to what they are right now.

posted on 30 Sep 2013, 06:17

7. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 3718; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)

Second one is cool. If anybody wants to enter and stay in competition then they should enter with great specs and lower prices then only they'll survive or will get a chance to compete.

posted on 30 Sep 2013, 06:35

8. JunkCreek (Posts: 407; Member since: 13 Jul 2012)

Still, lenovo looks cheap. More sharp and hard edges also had metallic looks will help.

Btw, congrats lenovo, u'll beat sony if u had stable in the build, specs and os baking.

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