By Stephen Schenck | November 12, 2013 4:20 PM
Is Lenovo a company we should all start paying a lot more attention to when it comes to smartphones and tablets? Lately it’s been cranking out some very interesting designs, like that cheap $300 Windows 8.1 tablet, the Android laptop with a permanently attached keyboard, or the Yoga tablets with their rotating kickstands. The latest to catch our eye is its Vibe Z smartphone, with some very respectable hardware under the hood.
You may recall the Lenovo Vibe X handset, announced back in September. While that model ran a MediaTek SoC, the Vibe Z instead packs everyone’s favorite, the Snapdragon 800. It features a 5.5-inch 1080p LCD, 2GB of RAM, and measures just 7.9mm thick. The main camera is a 13-megapixel Sony component, and the front-facer has a high-res 5MP sensor with wide-angle lens. There’s dual-SIM support, and a variety of custom cases available with S-View-like cutouts.
All told, that doesn’t sound much different from flagships like the LG G2, giving this Lenovo model some better than average chances for success. While finding Lenovo phones in the US and other Western markets has been a bit of a struggle in the past, we understand that the company has a renewed interest in such sales going forward, so chances are good that you might just see the Vibe Z available near you in the coming months.