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Lenovo unveils two new smartphones, Vibe Z2 and Vibe X2

Not content with its takeover of Motorola, Lenovo has new smartphone intentions of its own. Using IFA 2014 as a launch platform, the Chinese manufacturer has unveiled two new devices.

They are the 5.5-inch Lenovo Vibe Z2 and the 5-inch Vibe X2. The latter has claimed the mantle of being the world’s first ‘layered’ smartphone. This is basically a new design approach which looks like three phones stuck together.

While the two new Lenovo devices might not meet the standards laid out by the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 and Sony Xperia Z3 – both handsets unveiled this week – they show a clear mark of intent from the manufacturer.

Lenovo Vibe Z2

First up, the Vibe Z2. This phablet sized device pairs a 5.5-inch form with a brushed metal unibody design.

Disappointingly, despite the screen’s large size, the Vibe Z2 features just a 720p, HD resolution.

Powered by a 64-bit quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 401 processor, the phone adds 2GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage.

With a 13-megapixel rear-mounted camera benefitting from optical-image-stabilisation and a Sony Exmor SBI sensor, an impressive 8-megapixel snapper features up front.

We would like to think we’ve mastered the art of the selfie with the Vibe Z2,” Lenovo said in unveiling the device.

Further specs include LTE 4G connectivity options, a sizeable 3000mAh battery and dual-SIM capabilities.

The Lenovo Vibe Z2 will launch in China this month before heading to wider markets in October. It will set wannabe owners back $429 (£260)

Lenovo Vibe X2
The Vibe X2’s layered design covers a bevy of premium components. At just 7.27mm thick and 120g in weight the phone packs a 5-inch, 1080p Full HD IPS display.

The Vibe X2 has the honour of another first, too. It is currently the only phone to be announced running the 2GHz MediaTek MT6595m True8Core processor.

This octa-core CPU isn’t just about sheer grunt though, it sifts the necessary power out in order to maximise performance whilst conserving battery.

Running Google’s Android 4.4 KitKat OS, the Vibe X2 is skinned with Lenovo’s Vibe UI 2.0.

It features a 13-megapixel rear mounted camera and a 5-megapixel snapper up front. It will be available in four colour pallets at launch, red, dark grey, gold and white.

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