Lenovo launches first 4G LTE smartphone, the Vibe Z

By on January 2, 2014, 1:00 PM

Lenovo has had some pretty impressive mobile hardware hit the scene in recent memory but many have stayed at bay because they’ve all lacked speedy LTE connectivity. That’s all changing now as the company’s first 4G LTE smartphone is making its way from China to other markets.

The Vibe Z may not be the most cutting-edge handset but it’s no slouch, either. It consists of a 5.5-inch display with a 1080p IPS screen and pixel density of 400 PPI that’s powered by a quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor and 2GB of RAM.

Digging deeper, we find options for up to 16GB of flash storage, a rear 13-megapixel camera with f/1.3 lens, a 5-megapixel front-facing shooter and 802.11ac Wi-Fi, among other common amenities. The phone measures in at just 7.9mm thick and is said to feature a textured plastic back that is similar to the Vibe X and the Yoga Tablet.

The device will ship with a heavy-skinned version of Android 4.3 and will arrive in Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates and the Philippines next month for $549 off-contract.

If that doesn’t tickle your fancy, three other non-4G LTE Lenovo smartphones may do the trick. The A859 features a 5-inch, 720p IPS display, a quad-core MediaTek Processor, 1GB of RAM, 8GB of internal storage, two SIM card slots and an 8-megapixel rear camera for $319. The S930 has essentially the same specs under a 6-inch display for $319 while the lower-end S650 is a 4.7-incher with a 960 x 540 screen and 8-megapixel camera priced at $229.

Like the Vibe Z, these three phones are also destined for Asian markets.

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