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  (Source: Weibo/PanlingFeng)
Smartphone features slick styling, but is lack of QHD a dealbreaker?

The Lenovo Group, Ltd.'s (HKG: 0992) plan for global smartphone dominance will pick up this month with the availability of the QHD-equipped 6-inch phablet, the Vibe Z2 Pro, which also distinguishes itself with a massive 4,000 mAh battery.  For those looking for a slightly smaller device, Lenovo may soon have a compelling option for you, as well.

A user named PanlingFeng posted images and a description of the upcoming 5-inch Lenovo Vibe X2 to popular microblogging platform Weibo.  The phone's spec is solid.  The phone comes in two variants, one of which is powered by an Intel Corp. (INTC) Atom processor. The Intel variety (the X2-TO) is expected to be the more powerful version, both in the CPU and GPU department.
  • Display
    • 5-inch IPS LCD
    • 1,920 x 1,080 pixel (1080p)
  • SoC (X2-CU version)
    • CPU : MediaTek Inc. (TPE:2454) MT6596M
      • 4x Cortex-A17 @ 2.0 GHz
      • 4x Cortex-A7 @ 1.5 GHz
      • big.LITTLE
    • ?GPU: PowerVR G6200
      • From Imagination Techlogies Group plc (LON:IMG)
      • 2x Rogue clusters @ 600 MHz
  • ?SoC (X2-TO version)
  • Memory: 2 GB DRAM
  • Storage: 16 GB NAND Flash
  • Camera
    • Rear: 13 megapixel
    • Front: 5 megapixel
  • Battery: 2,250 mAh
Lenovo Vibe X2
[Image Source: Weibo/panlingfeng]

Lenovo Vibe X2 back
[Image Source: Weibo/panlingfeng]

The most distinctive feature of the phone is its unique "layered" design, which it calls a "color gradient".  

Lenovo Vibe X2
[Image Source: Weibo/panlingfeng]

The design has a metallic backplate, combined with one color of plastic on the edges of the front face, and a slightly different color on the middle of the rim.

Lenovo Vibe X2
[Image Source: Weibo/panlingfeng]

PhoneArena reports that the phone will carry a "very alluring price tag", although an exact number wasn't suggested.  The phone is expected to be officially unveiled at the IFA 2014 (Sept. 5-10th) mobile electronics trade show in Berlin, Germany.

Sources: Weibo [original], [translated], via GForGames, via PhoneArena

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Give it a rest lol
By karimtemple on 8/29/2014 5:31:09 PM , Rating: 5
But is lack of QHD a dealbreaker?

Hint: No.

RE: Give it a rest lol
By BillyBatson on 8/29/2014 7:04:55 PM , Rating: 5

RE: Give it a rest lol
By soccerballtux on 8/30/2014 11:20:05 PM , Rating: 2
I'm just glad to have another competitor in the market. Lenovo knows their stuff, lets see if they can strut it in the phone arena.

Never seen a MediaTek in a high end state side phone. This should be interesting.

RE: Give it a rest lol
By Alexvrb on 8/29/2014 9:08:16 PM , Rating: 2
How dare you imply that resolution isn't the most important factor! :-P

Anyway looking at the specs it seems like a no brainer unless the Intel powered device costs a whole lot more or gets terrible battery life. I'm glad to see they both use Rogue but the Atom has twice the clusters at the same clock. Of course I'd like a device with Wizard, but Apple will probably be the first to deploy something like that.

RE: Give it a rest lol
By stm1185 on 8/29/2014 9:31:30 PM , Rating: 3
I liked the idea of QHD until I saw the LG G3's battery life numbers.

The minor graphical improvement is not worth paying that price.

RE: Give it a rest lol
By Flunk on 8/30/2014 12:25:57 AM , Rating: 2
Agreed, I plan to keep my current phone until after the manufacturers learn that.

This phone looks good, if it comes in at a Lenovo price (one that's too good to pass up relative to the quality) I'm sure they'll sell a bunch. That is if they reel in the right carriers and pay them off to promote the phone. Gotta love the US market right?

RE: Give it a rest lol
By Samus on 8/30/2014 12:44:25 AM , Rating: 3
Yep, I agree the resolution is overhyped, and too high of resolution is infact a bad thing, especially for battery life and performance.

As long as its around 350-400ppi the resolution is FINE. I'm personally perfectly happy with 300ppi on a phone and 200ppi on a tablet, but I have low standards.

Is plywood the new style?
By Belegost on 8/29/2014 6:14:01 PM , Rating: 1
I'm really not seeing how giving the appearance of slapping together a few layers of plastic is something to get excited about.

RE: Is plywood the new style?
By sheh on 8/29/2014 6:40:49 PM , Rating: 4
The same as getting excited about yet another phone.

O.o that intel soc
By laststop311 on 9/1/2014 4:14:23 AM , Rating: 2
I'm really liking the soc's with 2 higher powered cores instead of these quad cores and 4 + 4 soc's. It's a proven fact that rarely do more than 2 cores ever get maxed out on a phone. Hell even on a PC a lot of programs don't make use of more than 2 cores but especially on phones.

Apple does it right with their 2 more complex swift/cyclone cores. Nvidia is going a great direction with their 2 more complex denver cores and using this intel with it's 2 more complex cores should give good results.

Single threaded performance is the 1 thing that will make your phone feel much snappier. Stacking 4 or 8 mediocre cores ends up making your phone feel slower than having more potent fewer cores that boosts your single threaded performance.

On the subject of the intel soc, the rogue g6400 is quite a potent GPU as well. That phone should have some pretty snappy performance. Too bad lenovo doesn't sell phones in the US.

RE: O.o that intel soc
By laststop311 on 9/1/2014 4:17:52 AM , Rating: 2
And I would like to add I am extremely excited to see some phones come out with the nvidia tegra k1 with 2 denver cores and full featured kepler gpu with 1 SMX. It's like a mini fully featured geforce kepler card. Just super cut down in memory bus width and smx's

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