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Hands-on with the new Lenovo Vibe Z at CES 2014

January 6, 2014

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.