In the U.S., Lenovo is best known for making Thinkpads and other laptops, but it’s actually the world’s third largest smartphone vendor, according to most estimates. Most of those sales are in China and Latin America from mid-range Android smartphones, but according to a video posted to Lenovo’s English language Google+ account, its got a new flagship-level handset on the way.
We don’t have a full spec sheet, pricing, or a release date for the Lenovo Vibe Z2 Pro yet, although the video includes details pointing to a handset positively packed with the latest components: It’s got a 6-inch, 2560 × 1440 screen, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor with an LTE modem, and a 14-megapixel camera in what looks to be a very thin package. It’s a step up from the Vibe Z announced earlier this year and its improved specs should keep this device competitive with the LG G3 and the Samsung Galaxy Note expected to come out later this fall.
Here’s the problem — the Vibe Z never made it to either the United States or Europe. Lenovo currently doesn’t sell any devices in those markets, although it did buy Motorola, which does. The deal has yet to be officially completed, but let’s face it, the Moto X or its successor are totally different devices than this skinny Lenovo-branded phablet. Last year, Lenovo said it wanted to sell smartphones in the United States “within a year.” I’d say the Vibe Z2 Pro is a great first candidate.