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Friday, 6 September 2013

Lenovo releases new smartphone and tablet devices at IFA 2013

Lenovo (HKSE: 992) (ADR: LNVGY) is a US$34 billion personal technology company – the largest PC maker in the world and an emerging PC Plus leader – serving customers in more than 160 countries. 
Lenovo announced the latest additions to their PC Plus portfolio at IFA 2013 today, the Lenovo Vibe X smartphone and the Lenovo S5000 tablet. Lenovo appears to have focused on making their devices slim, yet packing a vibrant display. Like so many other manufacturers, they also devoted quite a bit of attention to the camera functions.
The Vibe X comes with a polycarbonate body with a laser-engraved finish. The smartphone is only 6.9mm thick and weighs just 121 grams (about a quarter of a pound). Lenovo refers to the display on the device as possessing 20/20 Vision which is comprised of a 5-inch IPS panel running at 1920×1280 resolution and 440 PPI. The screen is backed by a quad-core MTK 6589T processor running at 1.5GHz, 2GB of RAM, and 16GB of storage. All of this powers the Android 4.2 operating system. For cameras, Lenovo has packed in a 5 MP front-facing camera and a 13 MP rear-racing camera. Lenovo says they have added software enhancements to improve the quality of pictures and give users quick edit access.

Following a similar strategy of thin and light, the S5000 tablet is a 7-inch device that is just 7.9mm  thick and only weighs 246 grams (just over half a pound). The screen runs at 1280×800 resolution with a wide-viewing angle. Other hardware includes a quad-core MediaTek 8389 processor running at 1.2 GHz with 1 GB of RAM. Both WiFi and HSPA+ versions will be available. Lenovo indicates they have opted for USB OTG rather than microSD for expanded storage options. The S5000 will also run Android 4.2.
The Vibe X is scheduled to be available in China in October and other markets, excluding Europe, in December. The S5000 tablet is scheduled to be available during the fourth quarter of 2013, but no information on regional availability was released.

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