Lenovo introduces 5-inch, ultra-thin Vibe X smartphone


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Lenovo might be best known for its laptops in the U.S., though it recently noted that it is the fourth-largest smartphone vendor in the world (not to mention the second-largest in China). On Thursday Lenovo unveiled the Vibe X, an incredibly thin 5-inch smartphone with some high-end specs.

The Vibe X features a 5-inch 1080p IPS LCD screen, which Lenovo is calling a “20/20 Vision” display (so leave your glasses at home, I guess). 1080p is an increasingly common resolution for 5-inch screens, so how exactly Lenovo’s differs from the competition is unclear. But it is covered by a layer of scratch-resistant Gorilla Glass 3 with beveled edges, which looks sharp.

Judging from the specs, the best part about this phone is its size. The Vibe X measures 5.66 by 2.91 by 0.27 inches and weighs just 4.26 ounces, which should make it comfortable to hold despite the relatively large display. There are chrome accents along the side of the phone as well as a “fabric-like surface” on the back cover.

Lenovo Vibe X

The phone is powered by a quad-core 1.5GHz MediaTek processor and features 2GB of RAM. There’s also 16GB of internal storage, but no microSD card slot, so what you see is what you get. And while the 13-megapixel auto-focus camera with back-illuminated sensor on the rear of the phone puts it in line with the competition, the 5-megapixel front-facing camera with 84-degree lens is a significant step up from what we’re seeing everywhere else. The 2000mAh battery, on the other hand, is somewhat small for a display this size.

The Vibe X will ship running Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean). Unfortunately, availability looks to be rather limited on this one. According to Lenovo the Vibe X will go on sale in October in China and “other countries where Lenovo smartphones are sold.” Lenovo specifically says the phone will not be available in Europe, and since we don’t have Lenovo smartphones in the U.S. yet, don’t count on it making an appearance here either.