Lenovo unveils 5-inch Vibe X smartphone, 'ultra mobile' S5000 tablet

By on September 5, 2013, 7:00 AM

The announcements from IFA 2013 just keep coming, with Lenovo today announcing a brand new 5-inch smartphone and 7-inch tablet, following big reveals from Sony and Samsung.

The Vibe X is a new inclusion to Lenovo's premium smartphone range, bringing along specifications that we've come to love from other high-end devices. The handset features a 5-inch, 1080p IPS LCD display protected by Gorilla Glass 3, a 13-megapixel rear camera with a backside-illuminated sensor, and a 5-megapixel front-facing camera: a feature which is becoming popular among Chinese-made devices.

Internally, Lenovo has gone for a MediaTek MT6589T SoC, which includes a 1.5 GHz quad-core ARM Cortex-A7 CPU and a PowerVR SGX544 GPU alongside HSPA+ and TD-SCDMA radios for Chinese mobile networks. There's also 2 GB of RAM and 16 GB of internal storage in the Vibe X's 6.9mm thick "laser-engraved 3D tactile" body, as well as a 2,000 mAh battery.

The S5000 is Lenovo's new entry-level 7-inch tablet, featuring a 1280 x 800 IPS LCD display, a MediaTek MT8389 SoC with a 1.2 GHz quad-core ARM Cortex-A7 CPU, 16 GB of storage, a 5-megapixel rear camera, and 1 GB of RAM. The 3,450 mAh battery is a little undersized compared to the Nexus 7's 3,950 mAh battery, but Lenovo claims the "ultra mobile" tablet will still be good for eight hours of usage.

Both devices come with Android 4.2 out of the box, and Lenovo indicates that both will be made available in China first, with the Vibe X coming in October and the S5000 coming in Q4 2013. Lenovo specifically states that the Vibe X will not be coming to Europe, although it will be available (outside China) in "countries where Lenovo smartphones are sold" in December. 

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Another impressive Android tablet includes the September release of a 3G HSPA+ 7-inch device that provides both Internet and Phone Call capability-- the new Novo 7 EOS ($189) is hard to match on features and price and one of the first sources to feature this new model is TabletSprint -- and works with GSM Wireless carriers worldwide, including AT&T and T-Mobile-- and with Bluetooth it's easy to use a Wireless headset for phone calls; and a phone SIM card may be used interchangeably with both phone and tablet.

The Novo 7 EOS is made by Ainol Electronics, which won runner-up for Best-Tablet-of-the-Year at CES 2012 -- and offers a 7-inch HD screen (1280x800), 16GB Memory, built-in GPS, Bluetooth, dual cameras, and a 4400 mAh battery.

The Pipo M7 Pro ($255) also recently launched and is featured at TabletSprint-- and this new model made by Pipo Electronics packs in a solid device and compares to the Nexus 7 - while offering a larger 8.9 inch 1900X1200 display (Samsung PLS technology), along with a Quad-Core processor - 1.6 GHz / 2GB Ram - 16GB memory; along with built-in GPS, Bluetooth, MicroSD memory, premium speakers, a 6300 mAh battery, Dual WiFi (2.4/5.0 GHz), quality Dual Cameras, and an option to use standard Android 4.2.2 O/S or a user friendly Windows style interface; and a 3G HSPA+ edition is available for slightly more.

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