Just a few days before the annual Consumer Electronics Show to be held in Las Vegas, Lenovo has unveiled its new lineup of Android smartphones. This marks the expansion of the PC maker’s handset business into the US.
The company is best known as a manufacturer of desktops and laptops. But now, it is positioning itself also as a smartphone maker especially in the US. In fact, it has already displaced LG as the No.3 global maker of smartphones, according to data from Gartner.
Lenovo is particularly expanding its lineup of the Vibe brand. It has introduced the Vibe Z, the first ever smartphone from Lenovo that comes with LTE connectivity. The unit would be the company’s flag carrier. It offers quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor.
Also on the features list of the new handset is the 5.5-inch display with 1080 pixels of screen. It also comes with a powerful 13-megapixel camera at the rear. The Vibe Z would operate on GSM/UMTS networks and would support 802.11ac Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0. The handset measures 0.31 inches in thickness and weighs 5.19 ounces. The dimensions and weight are amazing considering its palm-busting display features.
Three other handsets
Meanwhile, Lenovo has also unveiled other new smartphone models for the New Year, particularly models S930, S650, and A859. The S series of phones welcome S930 and S650 on the lineup. The first one comes with a huge 6-inch display while the latter comes with 4.7-inch screen. Both are powered by quad-core Media Tek processors. Both units don’t come with LTE connectivity.
Meanwhile, A859 is positioned as a budget-friendly smartphone model from the company. It is one of the latest units from Lenovo that pairs a 5-inch display (720 pixels) with a Media Tek processor. All these three handsets support dual SIM cards. They also come with 8 megapixels each of rear-facing smart cameras.
As for the pricing scheme, Lenovo disclosed that the Vibe Z would be initially sold at $549. After the launch in the US, it would eventually be released (probably on February) in other markets like Indonesia, Malaysia, Saudi Arabia, the Philippines, Thailand, and the United Arab Emirates.
Meanwhile, the S930 and S650 smartphones would cost $319 and $229, respectively. The A859 would be sold in the market for just $219. These phones would be added to Lenovo’s current lineup especially in the US.