We’re here live at CES 2015 in Las Vegas to kick off the new year full of impressive smartphones, wearable gadgets, TVs, and electronics of every shape and size, and this year Lenovo has a lot planned in multiple categories. This afternoon Lenovo, who recently acquired Motorola from Google, has announced a slew of new smartphones, tablets, and even a unique new “Selfie Flash” for smartphones.
While Lenovo is a lesser known smartphone manufacturer in the United States, they’ve been building quality smartphones for years, and to kick off 2015 they have a new 64-bit 5.5-inch smartphone aimed at the iPhone 6 Plus or Galaxy S6, a full-metal 5.3-inch layered smartphone called the Vibe X2 Pro, and more.
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CES has just officially kicked off and we’ll be bringing you plenty of news all week long, but for starters we wanted to highlight a few impressive new smartphones and an accessory from Lenovo. The company will hopefully be releasing more devices in the United States this year, and those looking for a Galaxy Note 4 or iPhone 6 replacement, read on for more details.
For starters the first smartphone announcement from Lenovo is the new Vibe X2 Pro. It features a full-metal layered body design in a range of vibrant and stylish colors, and features a 5.3-inch 1920 x 1080p full HD display. Replacing the X2 last year, the new Vibe X2 Pro has both front and rear 13 megapixel cameras, a 64-bit Octa-core (8-core) Snapdragon processor, 2GB of RAM and 32GB of storage, and comes with a decent 2,410 mAh battery.
This smartphone is one of many 64-bit devices we expect to see this year, but is currently listed as not coming to the United States. Pricing and release dates are to be announced, aside from it listed as “coming this April” and was rather impressive. After a few minutes with it you’ll certainly notice the sharp and vibrant display, and the durable all metal design was lightweight, yet sturdy in the hand.
Next up is the Lenovo P90 with a 64-bit 1.8 Ghz Intel Processor, 2GB of RAM, and a massive 5.5-inch HD IPS display. This smartphone is similar to the option above, only doesn’t feature the full metal design, and has a bigger display and much better battery life. Inside buyers can expect a 13 megapixel IOS rear and 5 megapixel front camera setup, 2GB of RAM with 32GB of storage, and an impressive 4,000 mAh battery for all day usage.
The P90 comes in Pearl White, Onyx Black and Lava Red color options, and is the first Intel ATOM 64-bit processor with 4G LTE available in an Android smartphone. However, it’s running Android 4.4 KitKat now, and not the latest Android 5.0 Lollipop release. That said, the speed was decent and performance smooth, even with Lenovo’s software overlay covering up stock Android 4.4 KitKat. The new Lenovo P90 is set to debut in February and hopefully be released running Android 5.0, and maybe even arrive in the United States at some point.
Last but not least is a rather unique new device called the Lenovo VIBE Xtension Selfie Flash. Which is a round 8-LED flash system that easily connects to the 3.5mm headphone jack on new Lenovo smartphones like the Vibe X2 Pro, and enabled for much better selfie photos due to a soft-light flash system.
The Selfie Flash should work with all Android smartphones with the accompanying app, and is capable of 100 photos with a single charge. The 8 white LED bulbs deliver a soft, defused lighting within a one meter radius for the perfect selfie photo. With more and more smartphones featuring dedicated selfie front cameras we knew this was coming, and it’s quite interesting to say the least.
It certainly isn’t an accessory for everyone, but but if you take enough selfie photos that warrants you carry around a dedicated flash for it, this could be useful. Or turn it around for better lighting with the rear camera. The Lenovo Xtension Selfie Flash will be $29, and released in April alongside the new Vibe X2 Pro.
Overall Lenovo has some excellent looking new smartphones for 2015 and a decent little flash accessory, but for now neither of these phones are headed to the United States. Lenovo has been improving its mobile category as of late, especially now they’ve acquired Motorola, so we’re expecting big things from the company in the mobile space all year long.
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