Lenovo goes big at CES with two 64-bit phones, a wearable and new selfie flash
This could be shaping up to be the year of the 64-bit smartphone. Just hours after LG unveiled the G Flex 2 at CES 2015, the first phone to ship with a 64-bit Octa-Core Qualcomm Snapdragon chipset, Lenovo officially announced the P90, the first smartphone powered by the latest 64-bit Intel Atom processor.
The Lenovo P90 also packs Intel's LTE-Advanced modem, a 4,000 mAh battery and a 5.5-inch FHD display. For pics and video there's a 13-megapixel rear camera with optical image stabilization and a 5-megapixel front selfie camera. The P90 ships with Android 4.4 (KitKat), 2 GB of RAM and 32 GB of storage.
At the same time, Lenovo announced a beefed up version of another flagship Android phone in the form of the Vibe X2 Pro, which boasts the same OS, RAM and storage, but with a 64-bit Octa-Core processor of the Qualcomm variety. This phone is a limited edition with a layered metal body, 5.3-inch FHD display and a 13-megapixel auto-focus cameras on both front and back.
That parity in rear and front cameras isn't an accident, as Lenovo is emphasizing this phone's LED flash, gesture controls and a new Vibe Xtension Selfie Flash meant to shed new light on our obsession with self-documentation. Basically a modern iteration of the old-school flash cube, the selfie flash is a pocketable accessory made up of eight diffused LEDs that plugs into the audio jack to provide a shutter-synced dose of light. The flash is rechargeable and can deliver 100 flashes per charge.
Rounding out Lenovo's new mobile offerings is its first big foray into the world of wearables with the Vibe Band VB10, which is something of a cross between the Pebble smartwatch and a fitness tracker. The Vibe Band has a waterproof E Ink display that helps the device to last a full week on a charge and is always on and glare-free. This wearable tracks steps, calories burned and delivers notifications, but only 150 characters at a time.
The chassis of the Vibe Band is lightweight, but a little unusual in that it's more rounded in an effort to hug your wrist better than other smartwatches. It also has a long, narrow 1.43-inch screen (296 x 128 pixels) that lets the device retain a streamlined look, but means a traditional round clock face is severely squeezed when displayed.
The Lenovo VIBE Band works with any Android or iOS device and will be available in April for US$89. As for the phones, the P90 is available first in February, followed by the Vibe X2 Pro and the Xtenstion Selfie Flash in April. There's no word yet on pricing or carriers for the phones.
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