Sunday was the unofficial start of the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas and an opportunity for attending companies to spend some time with the press without the stress and time limitations of the formal Press Day. Among them is Lenovo, the PC giant and aspirant smartphone colossus, that pledged that 2014 will be the year of massive international expansion for its smartphone business.

We met with Lenovo to talk about its latest high-end offering, the Vibe Z, which is the company’s first LTE-enabled device. The device was announced officially last week, but we had the opportunity to check it out hands-on and to learn a bit about its specifics from a Lenovo representative.

The Vibe Z’s specification set include a Snapdragon 800 processor, a 5.5-inch Full HD IPS LCD display, 2GB of RAM, a 3,000 mAh battery, a 13MP rear camera with a rare f1.8 aperture lens, along with a wide angle front shooter. Lenovo also refreshed its Aura interface for the release, doing away with the app drawer completely in order to simplify the user experience as much as possible.

The Lenovo Vibe Z will be available for the equivalent of $550 in select markets starting with February. Unfortunately, we couldn’t get anything concrete on when will the Chinese company finally tackle the US market, which means the Vibe Z and its siblings will be just as hard to come by as before.

Bogdan Petrovan
Bogdan is the European Managing Editor of Android Authority. He loves tech, travel, and fantasy. He wishes he had more time for two of those things. Bogdan's phone is a Nexus 6P.
  • MasterMuffin

    That Aura interface is a MIUI copy!

  • Shark Bait

    great specs, but dayymmn it looks ugly

    • najiy91

      it is ok design.(‘~’)

      • Shark Bait

        Well maybe not ugly, but boring and not stand out

        • MadCowOnAStick

          no way the camera is beyond ugly (like what it looks like from the outside)

          • Shark Bait

            yeah specs look great, big battery too!

  • najiy91

    the host want to bring it back home!haha

  • S.L Jones

    Good God that thing is hideous!!!

  • tomn1ce

    16GB of storage for a premium device in 2014 with no expandable storage! What are they thinking?

  • Timmy

    “Lenovo also refreshed its Aura interface for the release, doing away with the app drawer completely in order to simplify the user experience as much as possible” – Does this mean if I install Nova or some other launcher I can put the apps back in a drawer where they belong? I’m curious how their testing found that people coudn’t find their apps there. If I install 200+ apps, I don’t want all of them showing up on the screen. To each his own I guess. Maybe the ‘Merican model will have an App drawer.

    • L-man

      Yup you can use 3rd party launchers like nova, Im using a MIUI ROM right now which implements the same style and i replaced the launcher with nova. NOT GOING BACK!

  • joe

    Nice phone! 5 mega pixel front camera. Looked real nice at end when the interviewer had it. But little to big 5″ big enough, n gotta have expanded ram. Gotta have the SanDisk. Better then the I6 mock up video I saw. (Which Apple is beginning to look like Android) but a way over priced version.