Jan 08 AT 11:33 AM Nick Gray 2 Comments

Hands-on the Lenovo Vibe Z and its laser-etched, fabric-feel back panel

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Highlighting Lenovo’s 2014 Android smartphone lineup at CES 2014 is the new Vibe Z. The handset is extremely fast, powered by a quad-core Qualcomm snapdragon 800 processor and 2GB of RAM. With a 5.5-inch 1920 x 1080 HD IPS display, Lenovo is keeping an eye on the competition and pitching its new flagship phone as a phablet. As such, the phone features multi-window app support similar to what Samsung, Sony and LG have been offering on their larger Android devices for quite some time.

Setting the Lenovo Vibe Z apart from the competition is the handset’s silver or titanium body with a laser-etched, fabric-feel rear cover. This gives the handset a premium feel that outclasses Samsung and LG’s fingerprint-prone, glossy plastic phones. Another advantage that the Lenovo Vibe Z has is its price. Starting at $549, it’s a good $100 cheaper than similarly sized phones that are currently on the market. The Vibe Z will be available starting in February in in Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates and the Philippines, but we could see a wider European and North American release later on in the year.

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Nick is a tech enthusiast who has a soft spot for HTC and its devices. He started HTCsource.com (the first HTC blog) back in 2007 and later joined the Android and Me family in the summer of 2010.

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