Quite the impressive CES 2015 mobile lineup, just don’t hold your breath for US availability.
The 64-bit Android smartphone onslaught is well underway, and with Samsung, Sony and HTC determined to sit on next-gen flagships a while longer, budget audiences reap the harvest of their patience.
The humble Snapdragon 410 is yesterday’s 64-bit news, with S615 Qualcomm soldiers and fresh Intel Atoms now the flavor of the day. Lenovo’s Vibe X2 Pro is the latest 64-bit-ready handheld to see daylight in Las Vegas, though alas, the affordable 5.3 incher only runs Android’s 32-bit supporting 4.4 flavor.
A 5.0 Lollipop upgrade should be a matter of months, and so is Vibe X2 Pro’s European and Asian launch. Unfortunately, Motorola’s takeover hasn’t fueled Lenovo’s US conquering ambitions yet, so a stateside rollout is a long shot here.
That’s really a shame, as we’re dealing with a device that makes good on its name in selfie shooting, thanks to a “professional” 13 MP front camera. The same megapixel count is attached to the rear snapper, the Snapdragon 615 CPU is a mighty octa-core clocked at 1.5 GHz, and you also get 2 GB RAM for smooth multitasking, 32 GB internal storage, Full HD display resolution, 4G LTE support and a standout design with a mouth-watering 74.4 percent screen-to-body ratio.
Speaking of aesthetics, the Vibe X2 Pro catches the eye with a slender sub-7 mm profile, all-aluminum construction and Lenovo’s unique layered gimmick as well.
In keeping with current market trends, the Chinese OEM also brought a spanking new wearable to the Consumer Electronics Show, dubbed Vibe Band. This is far from an Apple Watch contender, and isn’t ashamed to admit it.
But it’s priced extremely low, at $89, tips the scales at an unreal 30 grams and somehow keeps things stylish and robust, with a metal-encased body and rubber strap. The rudimentary E Ink screen isn’t ideal for smartphone notifications, but helps save up battery juice. The autonomy is ergo rated at seven days, yes, days, but sadly, Lenovo has no US release plans for the Vibe Band either.
Or the quirky Vibe Xtension Selfie Flash, for that matter. This $29 accessory serves one purpose, and one purpose only – lighting up your self-portraits at night. It hooks up to phones running Android, no matter the manufacturer, via your standard headphone jack, and uses eight white LED bulbs capable of emitting light up to 100 flashes between charges.
Oh, come on, Lenovo, you could have at least brought this nutty little thing out in the US of A. Scratch that, you can still do it.
Source: Lenovo Newsroom