Lenovo is kicking off its CES 2014 announcements a bit early this year, introducing us to four new Android smartphones – the Lenovo Vibe Z, Lenovo S930, Lenovo S650 and Lenovo A859. The Lenovo Vibe Z is certainly the most appealing new phone in Lenovo’s Android lineup, featuring a 5.5-inch full HD (1920×1080) IPS display, a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor, 2GB of RAM and a 13 megapixel main camera all wrapped up in a silver or titanium body with a laser-etched, fabric-feel rear cover.
While the Lenovo S930 and Lenovo S650 share some of the finer touches of the Vibe Z (silver body and laser-etched fabric-feel rear cover), they certainly are not in the same league as Lenovo’s new flagship device. The Lenovo S930 distinguishes itself by featuring a 6-inch 1280×720 display and front-facing speakers (we’re glad to see someone finally following in HTC’s footsteps), but it’s other hardware features are somewhat lacking. The Lenovo S650′s main draw is its $229 price since a 4.7-inch 960×540 display isn’t a feature that most people brag about these days. Both phones come with the same MediaTek 1.3GHz quad-core processor, 8GB of storage, 1GB of RAM and 8 megapixel camera.
The Lenovo A859 is positioned at the budget handset in Lenovo’s lineup, but it’s certainly not the least exciting among the bunch. The phone comes with a 5-inch 1280×720 IPS display, MediaTek Quad-core 1.3GHz processor, 1GB of RAM, 8GB of storage, a microSD card slot and a $219 price tag – putting it roughly in the same category at the Motorola Moto G.
Lenovo will start selling the Vibe Z starting in February in Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates and the Philippines for $549 while the S930 and S650 and A859 will be available for $319, $229 and $219, respectively in all countries where Lenovo smartphones are currently available. It’s doubtful that Lenovo’s new Android lineup will be made available through main retail channels in Europe or the US any time soon, but we look forward to getting some hands-on time with them at CES next week.