By Stephen Schenck | January 2, 2014 9:31 AM
We still may be days away from the official start of CES 2014, but smartphone OEMs sure like to grab the spotlight when they can, so you had better believe that we’ll be seeing plenty of these companies trying to get a leg up on the competition by making some of their announcements a little early. Today that means some news from Lenovo, which has a few new 4.7-to-6-inch phones all ready for us to check out.
Well, perhaps “new” is too strong a word, because the first guy here is one with which we’re already familiar, having first heard the company talk about its LTE-supporting Vibe Z (above) back in November. It’s still got the same 5.5-inch 1080p display, 13-megapixel camera, and Snapdragon 800 SoC, but now we get some info on retail availability: the Vibe Z will go for about $550 as sales come to Southeast Asia and the Middle East in February.
A little bigger than that we have the six-inch S930, with a 720p display and 1.3GHz MediaTek chip. It supports dual-SIM, and should be available right away, for about $320. On the smaller end, we get the $220 A859, rocking a five-inch 720p screen and with another MediaTek SoC. Finally, there’s the S650, a 4.7-inch model that actually costs a little more than the A859, this time running $230. The phone has a qHD screen, MediaTek chip, and measures 8.7mm thick.
With any luck, we may be able to get some hands-on time with a few of these models in the days to come.