Aside from hunting down HP for the PC market crown by basically being the only major player in the business who’s seen its market share boosted in the past couple of years, Lenovo has bold plans for the mobile universe as well.
Though virtually unknown to smartphone users on the Western hemisphere, Lenovo has spectacularly climbed the global manufacturer ranks of late courtesy of booming Asian sales, even topping Huawei, ZTE, Sony and HTC in Q2 2013.
But the Chinese know very well their local reputation will only take them so far, which is why it’s no wonder Lenovo has just taken the wraps off two beastly new smartphones, targeted specifically for international markets.
The Vibe X has technically seen daylight before, namely in the days leading up to IFA, but the skinny 5-incher is now getting a second unveiling in order to clear the air on pricing and availability. Due out on October 20 in China, the MediaTek-powered, full HD-toting phone will cost roughly $470 (RMB 2,899) and should land in Europe in time for the holidays.
Meanwhile, the Vibe Z’s formal intro is actually the big story of the day, although it too should be familiar to some, since it’s been benchmarked not long ago under the K910 codename.
Intended as a sequel/rehash of the spectacular and grossly underrated K900, the Z ditches the Intel silicon of its forefather and instead makes use of the hottest and coolest high-end mobile chip around, Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 800.
Said to measure an incredibly slim 7 mm in thickness, the bad boy doesn’t change a lot of other things compared with the K900, but that’s because it doesn’t have to. I mean, honestly now, how could Lenovo have possibly upped the ante from a 5.5-inch Full HD screen, 2 GB of RAM and 13 MP/5 MP dual cameras?
On the software side of things, there’s the same buttery smooth Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, whereas in terms of pricing and availability we just know the Vibe X is to take the entire world (!) by storm in 2013. Who’s psyched?