Yesterday, Lenovo sent invites for an event held at the IFA show, Berlin, to be held on the 4 September 2014. If you have seen Apple’s invite for their event on the 9 September, Lenovo are taking something of a dig at Apple. That’s because Apple’s invite says, “Wish we could say more.” We believe that the invite is for the new smartphone that’s just been certified by the Chinese authorities, now confirmed as the Vibe X2. The invite gives us more than a hint of Android Lolipop! I am not expecting a handset to come with Android L so soon as it’s scheduled to be released later in the year. Perhaps the name of the next version of Android has just been outed?
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The Vibe X2 has been widely leaked and will come with a 5.0-inch 1080p screen with either an octa or dual core processor, 2 GB of RAM and a 13 MP rear camera. They’ll be a 5 MP front camera for those important duck faced selfies. We don’t know the processor type but if there is indeed a dual core version, perhaps this will be the dual core 64-bit Tegra K1, which is also rumoured to reside inside a HTC manufactured Nexus tablet? If this turns out to be the case then the X2 could be quite the smartphone.
Lenovo is a large Chinese computer manufacturer and last year, became the largest manufacturer of personal computers including the successful ThinkPad laptop range. They’re also the largest smartphone manufacturer of mainland China but also have a successful range of innovative tablet devices too, such as the Yoga 10. In January, Lenovo agreed to purchase Motorola Mobility from Google, designed to increase their international presence and inject some fresh Android DNA into the business. Lenovo’s intention is to make the Motorola business profitable in just eighteen months and a major way of doing this will be to sell smartphones to North American and British consumers.
The Vibe X2 has been designed and manufactured before the deal with Motorola has been finalised, but it looks good enough to compete with the best of the well known manufacturers. In the Western markets, a better known brand is likely to make all the difference. Would you prefer the Vibe X2 if it wore a Motorola badge instead? Would it make the difference to you?