Lenovo unveils 4 new smartphones for CES 2014 including Vibe Z with Snapdragon 800 CPU, titanium body, and 3,000mAh battery


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Lenovo is coming in hot to Las Vegas, ready to introduce a handful of new Android handsets for CES 2014. Not to be outdone by Samsung (who’s been known to introducing an onslaught of Android handsets in various shapes/sizes) Lenovo is unveiling the Lenovo Vibe Z, Lenovo S930, Lenovo S650 and Lenovo A859. The most compelling of these devices is without a doubt the higher-end Vibe Z, Lenovo’s first smartphone to feature LTE radios. For an easy scanning, we’ve listed all the devices and their main specs below. Let’s see what we’re dealing with here.

Lenovo Vibe Z

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  • 5.5-inch 1080p display
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 800
  • 2GB RAM / 16GB storage
  • 13MP camera with f/1.8 aperture / 5MP front facing wide angle camera
  • 3,000mAh battery
  • 7.9mm thin titanium body
  • Android 4.3
  • Price: $550

Lenovo S930


  • 6-inch 720p display
  • 1.3GHz MediaTek quad-core processor
  • 1GB RAM/ 8GB storage
  • Front facing speakers
  • Android 4.2
  • Price: $320

Lenovo S650


  • 4.7-inch qHD display
  • 1.3GHz MediaTek quad-core processor
  • 1GB RAM/ 8GB storage (available SD card slot)
  • Android 4.2
  • Price $230

Lenovo A859


  • 5-inch 720p display
  • 1.3GHz MediaTek quad-core processor
  • 1GB RAM/ 8GB storage (available SD card slot)
  • 8MP camera
  • Dual SIM card slots
  • Price: $220

All-in-all, it’s not a bad lineup. When it comes to availability, Lenovo says the Vibe Z will go on sale this February in Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, and the Philippines.

As for the other 3, expect similar availability with none being available outside these countries, at least at launch. However, Lenovo did mention plans to enter US, UK and Australian markets at some point in the near future.

I’m sure we’ll come across all these devices and more during next week’s CES coverage, so be on the lookout for that.


Chris Chavez
I've been obsessed with consumer technology for about as long as I can remember, be it video games, photography, or mobile devices. If you can plug it in, I have to own it. Preparing for the day when Android finally becomes self-aware and I get to welcome our new robot overlords.

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  1. If only that Vibe Z ran stock….

    1. Or even a card slot, that would be golden.

      1. Yeah 16 gb is rather little.. Hopefully if it doesn’t come with a sd card slot, there will be a 32/64 gb version

        1. That’s a wonderful compromise with a device that doesn’t offer expandable storage. No Micro SD? Cool. Offer a beefy storage option to start with. Do not start at 16GB, it’s 2014…

      2. Yes! One thing that kept popping out at me while reading about the other devices was “available SD card slot”. It was like a golden message being beamed from the heavens. “Here you go consumers! Options! You win!”

        Expandable storage aint hurt nuttin folks! Be free! Be merry! Expand your life!

    2. Why do they have to call it vibe, lol!

  2. Man these companies need to seriously work on their naming strategies,… and of course, they’ll all be saddled and crippled with company written bloat,…

    1. Dam a name, premium specs, premium quality, premium experience is all I want

  3. Eh, pass. :)

  4. DAT skin

  5. Why the hell can’t top manufacture companies learn from these small guys that put HUGE BATTERY life in their phones? I mean damn 3,000 mah.

    1. It’s not always about the battery size. It’s about how it’s used. That’s because battery tech is hard to advance and there’s a reason why it hasn’t advanced much in the past 10 years. That said, yes larger batteries and more efficient usage of it would be nice. Bigger batteries aren’t very marketable when compared to thinness measurements in mm. Battery capacities have remained more or less the same for years now, but you also have to give credit to how the package has been shrunken down to fit thinner and thinner devices. For comparison, get a zero lemon high capacity battery and you’re looking at massive battery life in a form factor that reflects mobile devices we had not too many years ago. Battery tech has advanced. Capacities remained the same but the size has been reduced.

  6. The Vibe Z sounds awesome (provided options for more memory), but the rest are garbage. Don’t get anything with a mediatek processor

    1. Sounds like the G2 to me.

      1. What do you mean?

        1. The Vibe Z sounds a lot like the LG G2 specwise.

          1. Oh oh right, yeah.

  7. Ergh, capacitive buttons

  8. not interested in any device that doesn’t have software nav keys.

  9. Also, the Vibe Z does not have a titanium chassis, the press release just notes, “a silver or titnium body.”

  10. so no intel SoC like K900?

  11. For some reason, some of these renders seem unrealistically thin.

  12. Crap company, that makes crap products. Leveno – If you want to get into a market selling higher end products, don’t screw people who buy your headphones and not replaced them when they break a week after receiving them new.

    1. Why would you even buy Lenovo headphones in the first place? Companies specialize in different products and you should be buying what they excel at. Samsung for their displays, Apple for the design, HTC for build quality, Lenovo for their Thinkpad laptops, Grado and Shure for headphones, Razer for their mice & keyboards, IKEA for their cheap price and diy simplicity, etc.

      1. I own Astro A50s. I was given a pair of leveno and regifted it to a friend who broke it promptly. Anyways, tell me..what does levno excel at?

        1. I just told you. They’re also geared towards enterprise functionality. A company doesn’t need to sell products to the general public to be successful. IBM used to sell PCs but have since focused more on consultation and research. Make no mistake though, IBM is no less of a company than it was when it sold merchandise. Also, if your friend broke your headphones, Lenovo is under no obligation to replace it for you as it was not their fault. If they replace it for you then they are being extremely gratuitous.

          1. I was being kind because I thought you might be special. You have no idea what you are talking about. The headphones were a gift, and they broke within a week of being purchased during normal use. This equates a company that produces junk that they don’t stand behind. For instance, Microsoft made the Zune which ultimately failed as a product line but my Zune is still my music player of choice.

          2. Based on what you said, you were the second hand user and your friend is the third. Technically warranties cover the first hand user unless specifically stated otherwise. Yes there are companies that cover second hand user. There is usually a form or registration to fill out. It seems unlikely you would have a receipt for the headphones after changing hands twice. But assuming all that is fulfilled, physical damage is normally not covered as that is from user fault. If they deny your request for repair then they must have given you a reason. Accusing a company of producing inferior products based on a vaguely explained experience isn’t the way to do it. Back up your accusations with reasoning before spreading defamatory comments.

  13. These phones actually have the Google play store unlike the k900?

  14. why are all these phones named after cars? vibe(Pontiac), s93(Saab), s650(Mercedes), and A8(Audi)

    1. I bow to you knowledge in cars. It’s not a critics, but I think may be because you are a car passionate person and relate to cars on everything? A8xx is not necessarily an Audi, this could very well be similar the model number of a dish washer or a knee replacement part.

      1. True. They could be anything under the sun. I’m just a car enthusiast. I’m a wiz with exhaust notes. Lol

    2. Because both industries are quickly running out of usable, sensible names.

      Coincidence, not conspiracy. :)

      1. Nobody hinted at a conspiracy… I was think that maybe those cars were the department’s favorite cars.

        1. Not all conspiracies are of the tinfoil hat variety. it could be as simple as a department conspiring to name the devices after cars. :)

          …not that I believe they did so; hence my original response.

          1. Yes but the media has turned the word conspiracy into such a negative thing that the first thing that pops into your head upon hearing the word is someone planning something evil. Myself included. I just thought the product naming department at Lenovo were just having fun and found a way to incorporate cars with the names of the phone.

  15. Not interested in a device with a gig of ram!

  16. those prices are pretty good for the specs but I somewhat despise the mediatek processors. After I got a phone with a snapdragon 600 I realized I didnt want anything else.

  17. Check out InFocus IN815… snapdragon 600, 16GB ROM w/ microSD, 2GB RAM, 5″ FHD, 13MP camera for about $280….. that’s a crazy deal!

  18. Need more detailed specs (gotta make sure it works for certain carriers?) so we can get some gray market products;)

  19. aww man the Vibe Z sounded like my next phone…but only 16gb?????

    1. Yeah, it’s like these execs all hold meetings and try to figure out at least ONE way they can gimp their devices. God forbid they put out something with bangin’ specs all the way around. People might actually be tempted to pay a little more for something like that.

  20. Man those prices are nice, seems that all US carriers are going to unsubsidized phone plans and the cheaper the price with good features should be the marketing ploy from now on, that is when VZW finally chops off a bit of the cover charge for not subsidizing (Edge with a chip in it) a phone like the rest of the providers, just waiting for VZW to make it official. VZW seems to like charging you a subsidized price for a unsubsidized plan while you pay for the phone too, greedy.

  21. Welcome to the future of cellphones… multiple devices at varying prices and build qualities.
    As soon as these phones can be bought, I will buy them and put them tot eh test over at http://www.androidenforcer.com

  22. Isn’t titanium heavy and expensive to use for a Vibe Z phone body? Do they really mean titanium color?

    How big is the battery charger? Why only 16 gb? Does the camera stick out from the body? I don’t see this phone making that big a splash with the specifications published.

    1. Titanium is very light but expensive. I suspect it may be simply titanium finished with another kind of metal or alloy underneath. Titanium is said to reflect light differently which makes it “glow” from under the surface. I don’t know how scientific that is, but I certainly like the look of it. It can definitely boost the quality of any product. I have some Leica camera lenses that are titanium finished. That alone boosted their prices by 3x compared to their anodized aluminum counterpart.

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