New Lenovo VIBE smartphones make regional debut
Lenovo announced the latest additions to its VIBE line of premium smartphones in the region, the stunning VIBE X2 and VIBE Z2. Lenovo also showcased the flagship VIBE Z2 Pro, the most feature-rich and powerful VIBE model with blazing fast performance that was released worldwide in August.
Lenovo VIBE X2 Smartphone
The thin and light VIBE X2 makes a powerful statement with its unique design, advanced performance and innovative click-on accessories. As the world’s first layered smartphone, the VIBE X2 turns heads with its signature, gradient three layer design, available in a selection of three bold colors – white, red and gold– to suit individual styles. The VIBE X2 is equipped with the new MediaTEK MT6595 4G LTE True8Core processor, which delivers superior performance with power-saving features that help boost battery life, keeping videos, games and photos running longer. Combined with the processor, the smartphone’s 5-inch FHD resolution display with wide-angle viewing makes using apps, photo and more seamless.
“The latest Lenovo VIBE smartphones are designed to cater to intuitive and trendy users who want to stand out from the rest of the crowd and demand beautifully designed smartphones that offer powerful performance,” said Oliver Ebel, Vice President and General Manager, Lenovo MEA.
Ebel added: “With the expansion of our VIBE portfolio, Lenovo continues to build on the momentum we have gathered in the PC space and translate that into growth across all of our other segments in the region. According to IDC’s data for Q2 FY14, Lenovo smartphone shipments grew a whopping 38.7% year-on-year, cementing our position as the world’s fourth largest smartphone supplier. Supporting Lenovo’s long term goal to lead the PC+ era, the growing popularity of our smartphones worldwide speaks volume of our product innovation and commitment to meet the changing market requirements and consumer needs.”
“According to Ipsos MediaCT report, smartphone users in Middle East and Africa are expected to reach 156.4 million in 2014 and 251.9 million by 2017,” said Shashank Sharma, Executive Director & Director of Mobile Business Group, Lenovo MEA, “Smartphone penetration in the UAE grew by 11 percentage points to 72% in 2013, as compared to 61% in 2012, signaling abundant potential in the market that we are confident of tapping into. This year, we are seeing a hunger for smartphones and an increase in mobile data usage, enabling a new world of mobile business, entertainment and social networking.”
The Lenovo VIBE X2 packs two advanced camera, the 5MP wide-angle front camera, featuring auto-shutter gesture controls which allow you to capture selfies by blinking your eyes or waving your hand and the 13MP auto-focus, rear-facing camera with a back-illuminated sensor and LED flash.
To further personalize and amplify the mobile experience, Lenovo is introducing two new innovative click-on accessories, known as VIBE Xtensions, that work seamlessly with the VIBE X2: VIBE X2 Battery and VIBE X2 JBL speaker. The ultra-thin (5.1mm) X2 Battery does double duty by protecting the phone while also extending its battery life by nearly up to 75 percent, while the VIBE X2 JBL Speaker serves to amplify the phone’s sound and comes with a convenient stand for hands-free use and built-in mic for group conference calls.
The Lenovo VIBE X2 will be available in red, gold and white.
Lenovo VIBE Z2 Smartphone
The VIBE Z2 sets a higher level for sleek trend-setting design with advanced performance and professional-grade photography features. Remarkably slim at just 7.8 mm thin, this smartphone takes vibrancy to the next level with its extra-bright 600nit rating on a 5.5-inch (1280×720) HD display, making it one of the brightest screens on the market today, to produce ultra-sharp photos and video playback, even in bright sunlight.
The VIBE Z2 is Lenovo’s first 64-bit powered smartphone, which means it will be able to take advantage of Google’s future versions of Android that supports high-performance 64-bit computing. The Vibe Z2 runs on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 64-bit Quad Core 1.2GHz processor and is backed by a 3000mAh battery for all day battery life. Saving large amounts of data is simple with 32 GB of internal storage, and 4G LTE data speeds offer faster downloads and streaming while on the go. The VIBE Z2 also provides dual SIM support, which allows the phone to support two carrier plans, great for combining work and play in one device or for frequent travelers.
The Lenovo VIBE Z2 will be available in Titanium Grey.
Lenovo VIBE Z2 Pro Smartphone
Exhibiting a large 6-inch screen with 2K resolution, the Dual-SIM VIBE Z2 Pro offers consumers an immersive multimedia experience. An advanced 16MP rear camera with image stabilization effortlessly captures brilliant photos and 4K videos rivaling high-end compact cameras. At just 7.7mm thin with a unique metallic brushed-weave design, the VIBE Z2 Pro promises stellar performance, in style, with the blazingly fast Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor.
The VIBE Z2 Pro is perfect for discerning, tech-savvy consumers who demand nothing less than an advanced smartphone that delivers the best-in-class entertainment and has the ability to run increasingly sophisticated apps.”
VIBE Z2 Pro offers a wide range of pro photography features and, unlike other smartphones, the integrated 16MP rear camera uses a 16:9 BSI sensor that captures widescreen photos at full resolution. 4K resolution and high-speed 120fps recordings are also supported.
Optical image stabilization and an enhanced 6 element lens are incorporated to boost the already strong low-light shooting performance of the BSI senor. Shutterbugs will also appreciate Zero Shutter Lag, manual shooting settings and a HDR-ready custom SNAPit camera app.
The VIBE Z2 Pro can be further set apart by its 6-inch display, producing razor-sharp and true-to-life visuals. The IPS panel not only packs 2,560 x 1,440 pixels, its 490ppi screen density is also one of the highest among existing premium smartphones.
Rated at 500nits maximum brightness output, the display is easily viewable outdoors coupled with richer colours and wide viewing angles. In addition, with 83.5% of the usable screen estate, users can view more content, thanks to an ultra-narrow frame design.
Powering the VIBE Z2 Pro is Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 801, a high-end quad-core processor which provides the best of both worlds in terms of sheer speed and multitasking. Operating at up to 2.5GHz, Snapdragon 801 processor can load and run apps quicker than other chips and users can count on its quad-core architecture and 3GB of onboard memory for a seamless multitasking experience.
To ensure uninterrupted usages, a high-capacity 4000mAh battery is incorporated into the VIBE Z2 Pro in addition to the advanced energy-saving features of the Snapdragon 801 processor.
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