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Lenovo announces its first LTE smartphone

Lenovo has announced several new smartphones that will be added to its growing lineup. The new devices include the Vibe Z, which is the first device form Lenovo to support LTE connectivity. The new smartphones also include the S930, S650, and the A859.
The Vibe Z operates on GSM/UMTS networks and has integrated Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity. The phone is thin at 79mm thick and is available in silver or titanium colors. The smartphone weighs 147 grams and has a 5.5-inch IPS 1080p screen (400 ppi).

Vibe Z
The processor in the phone is the Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 running at 2.2GHz. Other hardware features include 2GB of RAM, 16GB of storage, and Android 4.3. The phone also features a 13MP rear camera and a 5MP front camera.
The S930 has a 6-inch 1280 x 720 touchscreen with the S650 using a smaller 4.7-inch 960 x 540 display. Both those phones use a MediaTek quad-core processor and run Android 4.2. The devices are 8.7mm thick and use an 8MP rear camera. Both also feature 8GB of internal storage.
The last of the new smartphones is the A850, which is designed as a good all around model. It has a 5-inch screen with 1280 x 720 resolution. It also has space for dual SIM cards and uses a MediaTek 6582 processor with Android 4.2 for the OS. It has 8GB of internal storage and an 8MP rear camera.

The Vibe Z will cost $549 and will ship in February in Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Saudi Arabia, UAE, and the Philippines. The S930 will sell for $319 and the S650 will cost $229 and are available now where Lenovo smartphones are sold. The A859 will sell for $219 and is available now.

Source: Lenovo

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By retrospooty on 1/2/2014 11:50:01 AM , Rating: 2
The Vibe Z finally looks like a high end phone worth owning... Those icons look a bit too much like IOS's icons though, they better change that or they will get sued too... Pretty sure Apple owns anything with rounded edges. LOL

RE: Nice!
By Souka on 1/2/2014 1:16:24 PM , Rating: 2
they have a patent for any retangular computing device.... so yes, they own this. :)

RE: Nice!
By retrospooty on 1/2/2014 2:23:16 PM , Rating: 2
Specifically for rounded edges on icons as well, because that is what is important.

NSA software
By fic2 on 1/2/2014 4:47:14 PM , Rating: 3
I am wondering since this is a from a non-American company - is the NSA software preinstalled or does the owner have to install it themselves?

RE: NSA software
By inighthawki on 1/2/2014 7:42:13 PM , Rating: 3
No, all shipments get diverted to the NSA shop where the software is installed before it reaches retail ;)

By SeaLurk on 1/2/2014 11:55:40 AM , Rating: 2
The phone is thin at 79mm thick
7.9mm perhaps?

RE: Typo?
By Souka on 1/2/2014 1:14:28 PM , Rating: 2
yeah, was thinking same thing.

79mm = 7.9cm = 3.11 inches!

By cokbun on 1/2/2014 9:40:30 PM , Rating: 2
i had a s880 that have a broken lcd, and then i go to the service center, and now it's still there after 4 months , so i had to buy another phone. many users are complaining about the s880 screen, some have white stripes on it, and some just breaks easily

one is like the other
By Nortel on 1/2/14, Rating: -1
RE: one is like the other
By amanojaku on 1/2/2014 12:17:36 PM , Rating: 3
The Vibe Z is pathetically identical to other companies' Android offerings. How can one possibly compete in a space where everyone is creating the same phone?

-5.5 inch 1080p screen
-Snapdragon 800
-2gb ram
The hardware specs look pretty similar to an iPhone's, as well. The design looks the same, and so do the icons, as retrospooty pointed out.

Which is to be expected. Just how do you propose to differentiate one phone from another? Should Lenovo put Intel CPUs in their phones and draw more power? Should the phones include 16GiB of RAM and be $4,000? Should the screens be UHD and as big as a textbook, or two lines high and as small as a watch? They all use the same hardware because that's what exists, and it's what works.

The computer technology industry is filled with crybabies whining "copycat!" There are more companies making coffee mugs than there are making electronics, and all coffee mugs are made of clay, round, and with handles. There is only so much differentiation that can be done before consumers avoid your product. A triangular iPad will never sell outside of a few oddball consumers; that's why all tablets are rectangular.

RE: one is like the other
By retrospooty on 1/2/2014 1:05:37 PM , Rating: 1
Clueless... Stick to your iPhone and let Apple tell you that variety is only good if Apple gives it to you.

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