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Lenovo launches the Vibe Z2 and X2 at IFA

News by Luke Jones on Thursday September 04, 2014.

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Lenovo has rolled out a couple of new smartphones today at IFA, the Vibe Z2 and the Vibe X2. The Z2 is a mid-range device that has the distinction of being the first smartphone Lenovo has ever made with a 64-bit processer, while the X2 is the flagship here and world's first layered smartphone, the Z2 comes with touchless gestures.

Vibe Z2

This handset will slot just under the Vibe Z2 Pro in this particular range of Lenovo handsets, but as mentioned is the first 64-bit packing handset the company has made. Considering it is a mid-range smartphone the Vibe Z2 (main image) actually gets a splash of premium design thanks to its metal unibody. In terms of hardware, the Z2 has a 5.2-inch 720p display, a 64-bit Qualcomm made 1.4GHz quad-core Snapdragon chipset, 2GB of RAM, a Sony 13 megapixel BSI rear camera, and an 8 megapixel front facer that Lenovo is pushing as the ultimate selfie cam.

The front facing camera works with air gestures. I was with Lenovo during the company's pre-launch reveal of these handsets and the company told me that signs, blinks of an eye, and other gestures result in the software recognizing the pre-set gesture and giving a three second countdown for the shutter.

There is 32GB of on board storage, but sadly no expandable microSD slot, while Android 4.4 runs on board. Lenovo says the Vibe Z2 will launch in October and will cost $429.

Vibe X2

X2 with tri-color edge strips
X2 with tri-color edge strips

The Vibe X2 is a new flagship from the Chinese megabrand, and it too has a boast to make, claiming to be the world?s first layered smartphone. This is basically Lenovo's way of saying there are tri-colored bands running along the edge of the handset, a neat design addition yes, but nothing to go crazy over.

The Vibe X2 is just 7.27mm thin and packs a 5-inch Full HD 1080p screen, a MediaTek True8Core processer (actually making its debut here), a 13 megapixel rear snapper, a 5 megapixel front lens, 2GB of RAM, 32GB of storage (sadly not expandable), Android 4.4, Dual SIM, and new optional Xtensions click cases.

Like the Vibe Z2, the X2 will run Lenovo's improving Vibe UI and will launch in October for $399.

These are both affordable devices that look nice without ever being wholly spectacular. Sadly, Lenovo is unlikely to launch these in the US and was unwilling to discuss US strategy at the pre-launch event when I asked them about it. Both of these handsets will arrive in China first and will eventually find their way to Asia, Latin America, and Europe.

That is a shame at first, but Lenovo did say during the conference call that its mobile business is now comfortably outperforming its PC output, so who knows, perhaps the US is the next horizon. There was also a hint that Motorola would be used to drive sales in America and Lenovo confirmed that its acquisition of the company is close to complete.

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