Lenovo Feels 4G LTE Vibe with New Smartphone

Playing catch up in the handset market, Lenovo just introduced its first LTE smartphone. Dubbed the Vibe Z, the company is billing it as a EUrazor-thin, blazing-fastEU device complete with gesture controls, photo enhancement software and other premium technologies.

Alongside the Vibe Z, Lenovo also rolled out three smartphones: the S930, a supersize six-inch device aimed at media addicts; the S650, a 4.7-inch workhorse; and the so-called EUtweenerEU A859, a five-inch high performance all-rounder.

We caught up with Avi Greengart, a principal analyst at Current Analysis, to get his take on LenovoEUs new devices. He told us one of the reasons Lenovo was so late in launching an LTE phone is because it was primarily aiming at the Chinese market.

EUFor its core market, where Lenovo has been most successful selling smartphones, LTE has not been needed. But thereEUs no question that with PC sales stagnating and more competition in China from Samsung and Apple, Lenovo is looking to broaden outside of China in its smartphone sales. They have been very public about this,EU Greengart said.

EUThis is a bit of a change for Lenovo because they had long said they would only enter markets outside of China where their PC brand was number one. They appear to be backtracking from that a bit and instead moving toward a faster rollout outside of China simply because relying on PCs to lead the way is not going to be an effective strategy with PC sales declining,EU he added.

A Closer Look at Vibe Z

The Vibe Z promises data uploads at up to 50 Mbit/s1 and downloading at up to 150 Mbit/s1. The device operates on GSM/UMTS networks up to 2100 and also comes with 802.11ac WiFi and Bluetooth 4.0. The smartphone offers a 7.9mm silver or titanium body weighing just 147 grams.

On the inside, the...

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