Lenovo has never really taken a shot at the upper-end of the smartphone market, and has kept itself content with some low to mid-end products. The company is changing that today with the announcement of the Vibe Z. Apart from being the first high-end smartphone from Lenovo, the Vibe Z will also sport an LTE radio, which is another first for the company.
The Vibe Z sports a 5.5-inch 1080p LCD, a Qualcomm Snapdragon S800 processor, 2GB of RAM, and 16GB of internal storage inside an impressively thin 7.9mm body. There is also a 13MP snapper with a F/1.8 lens aided by an LED flash. On the software side, the Vibe Z runs on Android 4.3 with a skin that looks similar to MIUI.
“We are proud to collaborate with Lenovo to enable the company’s first LTE smartphone,” said Raj Talluri, senior vice president of product management, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. “The new Vibe Z utilizes the Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor with integrated LTE technology to deliver super fast web browsing and unmatched multimedia features for an outstanding user experience.”
Other specs include an NFC chip, Wi-Fi b/g/n/ac, GPS, LTE with up to 150Mbits download speed and a 3000mAh sealed battery. The handset will be available in February for $549 in Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Saudi Arabia, and the UAE. At this point, Lenovo has no plans of bringing the Vibe Z to USA though.