Gen­er­a­tion Z

Len­ovo Vibe Z

HWM (Malaysia) - - TELEPORT - TEXT // JOHN LAW

When Len­ovo en­tered the ph­ablet mar­ket with the K900 last year, the world un­der­stood that this was a sign that the Chi­nese man­u­fac­tur­ers were emerg­ing in the world of smart de­vices. In fact, Len­ovo is one of many com­pa­nies that is break­ing that age-old “Made in China” stigma, which has the world be­liev­ing in the mis­con­cep­tion that such prod­ucts are cheap and of in­fe­rior qual­ity. To prove us wrong, we give you the Len­ovo VIBE Z.

The VIBE Z, or the K910, is the di­rect suc­ces­sor to last year’s K900. As it is a di­rect de­scen­dant of the K900, the phone should, by de­fault, be bet­ter than its pre­de­ces­sor since Len­ovo would’ve had time to work out some of the quirks and even tweaked the VIBE Z. The de­vice it­self now has more curves, which give it a more com­fort­able feel in the hands. How­ever, un­like the K900, the VIBE Z is not made en­tirely out of brushed metal. It’s been re­placed with a grip-friendly, easy-to-han­dle matte ma­te­rial.

It’s not just the aes­thet­ics that Len­ovo im­proved upon ei­ther. The VIBE Z is the com­pany’s very first 4G LTE ca­pa­ble smart­phone and that’s ac­tu­ally a pride point on which they can boast about. Be­fore the VIBE Z, the com­pany had no phone that was ca­pa­ble of uti­liz­ing the cur­rently ex­ist­ing 4G net­works from our lo­cal tel­cos. Long story short, the VIBE Z now ben­e­fits from blaz­ing-fast 4G LTE In­ter­net speeds. The changes in­side the VIBE Z don’t stop there ei­ther. Be­fore this, the K900 was fit­ted with In­tel’s Clover Trail+ SoC. This time around, Len­ovo opted for Qual­comm’s fast Snap­dragon 800 SoC.

But the real high­light of the VIBE Z would have to be its wide an­gle front-fac­ing cam­era. With sen­sor set at 5MP, the front-fac­ing cam­era of the VIBE Z has a wide an­gle of 88 de­grees, which def­i­nitely out­paces the pre­vi­ous max­i­mum wide an­gle limit of 28 de­grees on other smart­phones. This ex­treme de­gree means that the VIBE Z is ca­pa­ble of cap­tur­ing front-fac­ing pic­tures (a.k.a. self­ies) at a wide an­gle, with­out people need­ing to squeeze in too close.

In terms of per­for­mance, we ran our syn­thetic bench­mark list of AnTuTu, Quad­rant, 3DMark and Epic Ci­tadel to see just how the VIBE Z would per­form. On AnTuTu and Quad­rant, the phone achieved a score of 32,302 and 19,382. On 3DMark’s Ice Storm Un­lim­ited test, it fared pretty well at a score of 16,179. On Epic Ci­tadel, we per­formed two test modes: one on Ul­tra High Qual­ity and one on High Per­for­mance. The VIBE Z av­er­aged at 55 FPS on both test, which is very good.

In con­clu­sion, the VIBE Z’s sleek look and top-notch fea­tures are what makes this phone a de­sir­able de­vice at the end of the day. If we were to gripe about one flaw on the phone, it would be the lack of an ex­pand­able stor­age slot. Be­sides that, we gen­uinely think that this phone is worth the money.

SPEC­I­FI­CA­TIONS PRO­CES­SOR 2.2GHz Krait 400 Qual­comm Snap­dragon 800 //

GPU Adreno 330 // MULTIMEDIA Au­dio: MP3, WAV, WMA, eAAC+ / Video: MP4, WMV, H.264 / H.263 // CON­NEC­TIV­ITy 3.5mm au­dio jack, mi­croUSB 2.0, dual-band Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Blue­tooth 4.0 // MEM­ORy 2GB RAM, 16GB in­ter­nal stor­age // COLOR Sil­ver, Ti­ta­nium //

DI­MEN­SIONS 149.1 (H) x77 (W) x 7.9 (D) mm // WEIGHT 145.2g // BAT­TERy 3,000mAh (Li-poly­mer, non-re­mov­able) // WAR­RANTy 1-year // CON­TACT Len­ovo Tech­nol­ogy Sdn Bhd // TELE­PHONE (03) 7681 8000 // URL www. len­ovo.com/my/en/

The VIBE Z scores an im­pres­sive fig­ure.

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