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Lenovo had a memorable year in 2013. While the competition struggled to turn a profit selling PCs, Lenovo stayed in the black while simultaneously becoming the world's largest PC maker in terms of shipments. At the same time, Lenovo hasn't been ignoring the mobile handset market, and to kick off 2014, the OEM is announcing four new smartphones, including its first ever LTE-enabled handset, the Vibe Z.
A Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 quad-core 2.2GHz processor powers the Vibe Z's 5.5-inch Full HD 1080p (1920x1080) IPS display. It also features 2GB of RAM, up to 16GB of internal storage, 5MP front-facing camera, 13MP rear-facing camera, 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, and Android 4.3 Jelly Bean. All this comes packaged in a 7.9mm silver or titanium body weighing a scant 147 grams. Sadly, it doesn't look like this svelte device will land on U.S. shores -- Lenovo says it will be available in February for $549 in Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, and the Philippines.
Lenovo also has on tap three other smartphones, two of which are part of its S Series (S930 and S650), and the A859, an all around performance model.
The S930 is a phablet device with a 6-inch HD (1280x720) display, dual front-facing speakers, 1.6MP front-facing camera, 8MP rear-facing camera, 1GB of memory, 8GB of storage, MediaTek 1.3GHz quad-core processor, 802.11n Wi-Fi, and a few other odds and ends. Below that is the S650 with similar specs, but with a 4.7-inch display (960x540). These will sell for $319 and $229, respectively, "in countries where Lenovo smartphones are sold."
Finally, the A859 sports a 5-inch display, MediaTek quad-core 1.3GHz CPU, 8MP rear-facing camera, 1.6MP front-facing camera, 1GB of RAM, 8GB of internal storage, microSD card slot, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 3.0, and a few other goodies. This will go for $219, also where Lenovo smartphones are sold.