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If you've been waiting on new mobile hardware from Lenovo to hit the scene, well ... you might be the only one. And if that's the case, then this post is just for you. Feel special.

At IFA in Berlin today, Lenovo has taken the wraps off a couple of new devices: the Vibe X smartphone and S5000 tablet. While we're only likely to see the latter here in the states, let's take a quick look at the former to kick things off – it doesn't seem to be half bad.

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The Vibe X has all the makings of a premium smartphone – large display, fast processor, high-resolution camera ... basically everything users want.

  • 5-inch "20/20 Vision" display at 1920x1200 with Gorilla Glass 3
  • 1.5GHz quad-core MTK 6589T processor
  • 2GB RAM
  • 16/32GB built-in storage
  • 13MP rear shooter, 5MP front-facing camera (!)
  • 121g
  • Android 4.2

The Vibe X is set to hits the streets of China in October and will roll out to "other countries where Lenovo smartphones are sold" beginning in December. Like I said, no US; no UK, either. Bummer, I guess.

The S5000 tablet, on the other hand, should be available in most places. It's a mid-range device that falls more into the "budget" category than anything else, packing a 7-inch 1280x800 display, wallet-friendly 1.2Ghz Media Tek 8389 processor, 5MP and 1.2MP camera, and Android 4.2.

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Lenovo boasts that the S5000 is "one of the slimmest tablets [on] the market." At just 256 grams, it's definitely a light one – nearly one-fifth lighter than most "premium tablets" according to the company. It can only be assumed those devices are all in the 10-inch realm, so it makes sense that it's lighter. For appropriate comparison, the new Nexus 7 weighs in at 290 grams, so the S5000 does have it beat.

This thin-n-light handheld should be available beginning in "4Q 2013," though no pricing info has been released just yet.

Lenovo Wraps Style and Intelligence into New Smartphone and Tablet

Latest PC Plus products combine elegant hardware with trendsetting photo capabilities and sharp screens

  • Vibe X smartphone, the newest member of Lenovo’s premium smartphone portfolio, packs twin camera technology and amazingly brilliant display into sleek package
  • S5000 tablet takes thin and light mobility experience to new level

IFA 2013

BERLIN--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Lenovo (SEHK:0992) (Pink Sheets:LNVGY) today at the 2013 IFA consumer electronics show in Berlin announced the latest additions to its PC Plus portfolio: the Lenovo Vibe X smartphone, the newest member of Lenovo’s premium smartphone portfolio, and the ultra mobile Lenovo S5000 tablet. Both devices combine a sleek design with intelligent performance and a vibrant viewing experience.

Additionally, the remarkably thin and light Vibe X smartphone uniquely sports powerful front and rear cameras and a high resolution beveled edge glass display, while the S5000 makes its mark as one of the industry’s slimmest and lightest premium seven-inch tablets available. Those who crave style and function will appreciate the devices’ laser-engraved fabric-feel surface on the back covers and their attractive side chrome accents.

Lenovo Vibe X: Ready to Capture Life’s Precious Moments

The Lenovo Vibe X smartphone comes encased in style with a premium polycarbonate body and an advanced mold, laser-engraved 3D tactile finish. Its slim, featherweight frame continues its focus on premium design by measuring just 6.9mm, as thin as a pencil, and it weighs in at less than other smartphones its size - just 121 grams (0.26 lbs), about the weight of five AA batteries. The dazzling five-inch 20/20 Vision display1 boasts a 1920x1080 full HD resolution, an IPS panel for wide-viewing angles and ultra-sharp 440 pixels per inch (PPI). The 20/20 Vision Display sits under a scratch resistant Corning® Gorilla® Glass 3 screen beveled at the edges.

The Lenovo Vibe X packs two advanced cameras to capture great-looking photos and videos. The front-facing camera offers one of the highest megapixels in the market today, at five megapixel (MP), and together with a wide-angle 84° lens, effortlessly captures high-quality self-portraits. Users can also use pinch-to-zoom gestures easily and effectively to adjust their shots. It also includes a built-in software editor to help enhance facial features. The 13MP auto-focus rear-facing camera comes enhanced with a back-illuminated sensor for sharper images and also has an LED flash.

The Vibe X comes preloaded with a full-featured photo application that gives users a fresh way to view and organize pictures, including creating unique custom tags or folders, as well as fun and fresh display arrangements on the screen. Users can also create puzzles and customize specific games from the photos. The camera application makes it easy to choose custom settings and filters, as well as edit and share any photo or video instantly.

The Lenovo Vibe X runs on the Android™ 4.2 operating system and on a Quad-Core MTK 6589T 1.5GHz processor for advanced performance to enjoy the latest games, apps and videos. With 2GB of memory and 16GB of internal storage, users can download and install dozens of apps, listen to hundreds of music tracks and snap thousands of digital photos.

Additionally, Lenovo continues to refine its smartphone portfolio by updating its popular premium Lenovo K900 smartphone2 with several new features including choices of new colors in either black or orange as well as storage options of 16GB or 32GB.

S5000 Tablet: Stay Mobile, Stay Stylish, Stay Connected

Measuring just 7.9 mm, the S5000 is one of the slimmest tablets in the market. It weighs in at just 246 grams (0.54 lbs), nearly one-fifth lighter than many of the premium tablets being sold today. Inside this thin and light frame resides plenty of horsepower, starting with a seven-inch 1280x800 resolution, 350 nit brightness and full HD wide-viewing angle display to make it easy to share photos and videos with family and friends.

The S5000 camera gives tablet users an ideal high-definition photo experience. The 1.6MP front-facing camera boasts a sharp high definition experience for crystal clear video chatting while the rear-facing 5.0MP camera takes quality photos and videos and can also scan QR codes and capture photos from long distances.

The S5000 tablet runs on the Android 4.2 operating system (Jelly Bean) and on a Quad-Core Media Tek 8389 1.2 GHz processor and features optional 3G HSPA+ connectivity3. The S5000 relies on its “On the Go” USB port for storage expansion or charging other devices and 3450mAh battery for up to eight hours of non-stop WiFi web browsing or six hours of HD video viewing to keep up with the demands of mobile users.

Lenovo Smart Apps for Secure Sharing and Saving

The Lenovo Vibe X and S5000 come preloaded with custom applications that allow users to conveniently share photos, videos, and documents, protect their device from malicious software, as well as backup and restore important data. On the Lenovo Vibe X, users can also launch the preloaded Facebook app enhanced with additional screensaver and notification functions.

Quotes

“Lenovo continues to bring head-turning innovations to the PC Plus marketplace with the Lenovo Vibe X smartphone’s uncompromising hardware design, its rich display and memory-making camera technologies,” said Wayne Chen, vice president and general manager, mobile business unit, Lenovo. “Along with the S5000 tablet, these carefully crafted devices unleash a powerful blend of beautiful and smart technology to improve people’s lives.”

Pricing and Availability4

The Lenovo Vibe X smartphone will be available in China starting in October and in countries where Lenovo smartphones are sold beginning in December. The Vibe X smartphone is not for sale in Europe. The K900 smartphone in black and orange with 16GB/32GB storage is available beginning immediately in China and will be available later this year in countries where smartphones are available. The S5000 tablet will be available in 4Q 2013.

For additional information on all products being announced at IFA in Berlin, see www.lenovo.com/multimode.

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Cameron Summerson
Cameron is a self-made geek, Android enthusiast, horror movie fanatic, musician, and cyclist. When he's not pounding keys here at AP, you can find him spending time with his wife and kids, plucking away on the 6-string, spinning on the streets, or watching The Texas Chainsaw Massacre on repeat.

  • TY

    Wait... can that MTK6589T push so many pixels well?

  • Matt Groff

    Why ruin that phone with a Mediatek processor?

    • darkNiGHTS

      What's with the prejudice against Mediatek? It's a solid processor and for the normal user, you don't need anything more. Expect this phone to be $300USD or under.

  • John

    Pretty good sized battery.

  • Joshua

    I glanced at this briefly and read "$5000 tablet." My jaw dropped. I started reading and couldn't understand why you were so calm about it until I reread the name.

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