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Lenovo Vibe Z2 Pro combines 16MP camera, OIS and QHD screen

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On its Google Plus page Lenovo has just announced what looks like, from a camera perspective, one of the most interesting smartphones of the year. According to the announcement the Vibe Z2 Pro captures images with a 16MP camera that features an optical image stabilization system. There is also a Dual-LED flash but unfortunately no information on sensor size or aperture has been released yet.

Camera functions include Auto Scene Detection and a so-called Ultra Night Mode but to many mobile photographers, Pro Mode, which allows for manual control over a range of shooting parameters, should look most appealing. Pro Mode's user interface design looks very similar to the manual setting dials in Nokia's excellent Camera App. The new device is also capable of 4K video recording.

The Vibe Z2 Pro camera combines a 16MP senor, OIS and a Dual-LED flash.

The rest of the specification is worthy of a flagship device as well. The Vibe Z2 Pro comes with a 6-inch IPS screen that puts it flatly into phablet territory and the 2560 x 1440 pixel QHD resolution should make composing and viewing images a joy. Under the hood Android 4.4 is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 chipset with a 2.5GHz quad-core CPU and 3GB of RAM. The internal storage capacity is 32GB but unfortunately there is no microSD expansion. At 7.7mm the Lenovo is pretty slim and comes with very thin bezels. However, thanks to the large screen it was still possible to install a 4,000mAh battery.

The phone's rear panel is made out of brushed metal and at least in the released promotional materials looks like a true premium device. The launch is planned for September but, as usual with Lenovo devices, it is not clear if, when and at what price it will come to Western shores. Initially the Vibe Z2 Pro will be available in Russia among some other countries for approximately $834. Watch the video below for some more insight into its features and camera.

Key Specifications:

  • 16MP Camera
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 4K video recording
  • Dual-LED flash
  • Manual mode
  • Android 4.4
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon S801
  • 3GB RAM
  • 32GB internal storage
  • 6-inch QHD IPS display

Source: Google+ | Via: GSM Arena


Comments

Total comments: 75
Macist
By Macist (3 weeks ago)

I had the Lenovo K900, their old flagship. Got it mostly for the camera, which was the first with a 1.8 lens I had seen.

The camera did OK in low light, but not as great as I expected.

It over-processed the images a lot. They looked great on the phone's screen, but shown on a 65" plasma they looked "fake" compared to similar shots taken with the iPhone 5.

Panorama did not do continuos measurements like the iPhone does, which meant that if different parts of the panorama were lit differently, part of the shot would be overexposed/underexposed dramatically.

Finally, the phone was buggy. Had poor reception: way too often I had to dial repeatedly before the call would go through (sometimes it did not at all), while there were no issues with other phones on the same network. Lenovo never updated the firmware in any meaningful way.

I would not buy another Lenovo phone for a while, regardless of the specs.

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Gilmar
By Gilmar (1 month ago)

sem camera frontal ? as selfies como ficam

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Infopsyche
By Infopsyche (1 month ago)

Lenovo has officially announced Vibe Z2 Pro. The phone is powered by 4.4.2 KitKat android version. It comes with 16 megapixel camera, 32 GB of internal storage, Quad-core processor, 4000 mAh battery, NFC, Gyroscope and GPS.
http://tech.infopsyche.com/lenovo-vibe-z2-pro/

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Doris26
By Doris26 (2 weeks ago)

Now, this mobile phone giant is be about to listed. You can gain more information about it in www.lenovo-lephone.com. And that information is always in updating.

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The Squire
By The Squire (1 month ago)

I love how camera phone promo videos always use images the device could not physically capture. Check out the bokeh and shallow DoF in the one above!

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BurningPlatform
By BurningPlatform (1 month ago)

Time to switch my phone (Nokia N8) to a new one. Should I take this one, or wait for iPhone 6, Sony Z3, Samsung Galaxy 6, or even MS Lumia 1020-II?

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Menneisyys
By Menneisyys (1 month ago)

I'd definitely wait for both the iPhone 6 and the 1030(?) announcements (assuming you can put up with the, compared to Android, much closer/more restricted iOS / WP).

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zodiacfml
By zodiacfml (1 month ago)

Wait for the Sony Xperia Z phone... with the curved sensor. That should put it performing near the large sensor Nokias.

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Menneisyys
By Menneisyys (1 month ago)

Don't have high hopes. Both the Z1 and Z2 were major disappointments camera-wise. (Remember the rumors about the large sensor before the Z1?) While Sony do manufacture some excellent cameras in all size categories (RX100Mk3, A6000, A7 etc.), cameraphones aren't their strength.

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zodiacfml
By zodiacfml (1 month ago)

This is what I meant..

http://connect.dpreview.com/post/8995521023/sony-might-be-working-on-camera-centric-smartphone

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Menneisyys
By Menneisyys (1 month ago)

Yup, I know. However, if it at all happens, it won't in the near future (say, before the release of the iPhone 6 / Note 4 / Lumia 1030-whatever). That is, I'm pretty sure it's the best to pick a new smartphone from these three smartphones and purchase immediately without further waiting for a Sony cameraphone.

Assuming these three models have the best cameras running their respective OS'es, should one want to stick with the OS and no jump ship to another.

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BurningPlatform
By BurningPlatform (1 month ago)

Thanks. Seems I'll be waiting for a month or so before the decision.

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Menneisyys
By Menneisyys (1 month ago)

No large sensor (at least 1/1.2", as in the 808)? Uninterested, then.

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Joe Ogiba
By Joe Ogiba (1 month ago)

You and your 808, give it a rest already. If I want a big sensor I use my 36mp Sony A7r. If I want 4K I use my GH4. When I get a new smartphone in January 2015 I want something like this Lenovo or the LG G3. The 808 4" display has 360x640 pixels of resolution compared to this Lenovo 6" IPS display with 1440x2560 resolution.

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Menneisyys
By Menneisyys (1 month ago)

You seem to have forgotten that not everybody needs the latest bells & whistles in a smartphone. I for example only use my 808 as a *phone* (and a camera). This makes it a *much* better choice than the LG G3 or any other smartphone - after all, it takes significantly better images when I don't have my high-quality Fujifilm X-E1 + 18-55 combo around.

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shigzeo ?
By shigzeo ? (1 month ago)

It's the angles the commercial images were taken in that has me cringing.

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Herman Dijkhuis
By Herman Dijkhuis (1 month ago)

Unfortunately no OVF or EVF.

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straylightrun
By straylightrun (1 month ago)

and it isn't even medium format, let alone full frame.

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SergioMO
By SergioMO (1 month ago)

Waiting Note 4 (September 3th) with the same key specifications:
16MP Camera
Optical Image Stabilization
4K video recording
Dual-LED flash
and ... a better overall phone.

Note 3 user here

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Lars Rehm
By Lars Rehm (1 month ago)

You think the Note 4 will have OIS? The S5 hasn't, do my guess would be the Note 4 won't have either...of course it's all speculation at this point....

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AccREVIEW dot com
By AccREVIEW dot com (1 month ago)

It has been the case for the previous Note series is that the Note will be the "flagship" in terms of design and specs which will then be cascaded down to the "S" series later. Hence my hunch would be they will include something amazing on their lens which might include OIS, laser, etc otherwise their share will continue slumping ;)

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Maverick_
By Maverick_ (1 month ago)

I don't think Note 4 will have OIS. not even sure it will be 16mp nor to have dual flash. normally Notes follow S specs. but because S5 hasn't been a hot seller, it's possible that Sammy may up the specs on the Note 4 even more. I am waiting for it and I am hoping for a 6", but apparently it will be 5.7 or 5.8.

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SergioMO
By SergioMO (1 month ago)

http://www.phonearena.com/news/Samsung-Galaxy-Note-4-rumor-round-up-specs-features-price-release-date-and-all-we-know-so-far_id57274
"The choice to go with a lower-resolution sensor might have been made to allow for optical image stabilization gear to be implemented" just rumors. I forgot .. protected against dust and water damage.

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Lars Rehm
By Lars Rehm (1 month ago)

mhh, interesting, although I don't get the link between resolution and OIS. the 16MP sensor is not physically larger than a 13MP variant, so presumably both sensors could be made to work with an OIS.

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AccREVIEW dot com
By AccREVIEW dot com (1 month ago)

I'm somehow more excited with the metal design than anything else.

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Lars Rehm
By Lars Rehm (1 month ago)

The Lenovos do usually look kind of nice. I played with a K900 at CES two years ago and that phone was beautifully made...I think this is more or less the K900 successor.

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marc petzold
By marc petzold (1 month ago)

Who needs 16 MP onto a horrible, tiny smartphone cmos sensor? 16 MP is already enough on APS-C/DX, and soon we'd have 28 MP, because of the Samsung NX1....thanks god, no smartphone camera. ;)

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SergioMO
By SergioMO (3 weeks ago)

Did you ever experience Nokia 808 Pureview (41Mpx) ??? It´s awesome ! (As a camera , not as a smartphone.)

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marc petzold
By marc petzold (3 weeks ago)

i know, but that's the only exception so far, because the images are mostly downsampled to 8 or 5 MP, and look much better than full resolution. I'm wondering about cellphone photographers - no offence, but prime lenses are standart (no zoom, mostly) but onto the DSLR or DSLM, most guys prefer a zoom - which is from IQ mostly inferior compared to a good prime lens. I prefer primes always compared to zoom lenses.

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magneto shot
By magneto shot (1 month ago)

i have just 1 question. Whats the sensor size?

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Lars Rehm
By Lars Rehm (1 month ago)

they have not said yet but I am sure if it would be any larger than 1/3-inch they would have made sure to mention it.

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AccREVIEW dot com
By AccREVIEW dot com (1 month ago)

This is a type of question where no one else will ask in other forums ;)

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Maverick_
By Maverick_ (1 month ago)

haven't you heard, they are going full frame on phones now. In fact Cameron is shooting the next 3 Avatars on his Samsung.

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Valiant Thor
By Valiant Thor (1 month ago)

As I observe people and society I am 100% convinced that the smartphone is the worst invention in the history of the world, bar NONE. It has turned a once observant and interactive society into pathetic, electronic addicted, anti-social zombies who walk around with their glazed empty eyes affixed to those crappy little LCD boxes glued to their hand, their thumb frantically pushing stupid little chicklets around the screen with the look of a meth addict on their face and mortal fear in their mind that they would accidently miss one non-essential, meaningless message from an emotionless fellow zombie doing the same thing. They roam the malls dressed in jackass attire of distasteful, offensive, or sports related t-shirts, baggy silk exercise pants, bright Nike clown shoes, tattoos, and all the while radiating themselves with dangerous levels of packet-data microwave energy. The corporate illuminati puppet-masters must be laughing their billionaire butts off. Other than that, nice phone!

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rjx
By rjx (1 month ago)

I agree with you!!

I look at it this way.
Many people with all their fancy gadgets under the illusion they're"connected," when in reality I feel they're really disconnected, walking around like zombies with their face looking down into their LCD, oblivious to everything around them. They're pathetic.

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marc petzold
By marc petzold (1 month ago)

@Valiant Thor
+10 for that - you're truly right. "The real walking dead".
What's worst: the ppl feeling so important, talking all the way
very loudly into public transport service - the badest are the
silly, dumb ppl which think they're so important & have nothing
really to talk btw, just shouting with implicit language into their
phones with so called buddies.

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ipecaca
By ipecaca (1 month ago)

WOW, the whiners arise.
Yes, people glazing at their LCDs in the street are disconnected from you - a stranger in the street/mall/etc., but they are connected with all their fiends and relatives miles and hundreds of miles away.
Eat that:)

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marc petzold
By marc petzold (1 month ago)

"all their friends..." the same like 100's of fb friends - virtual reality. *laughs* i prefer real friends, not virtual, or virtual connected ones over "unsocial" networks. eat that. :)

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Lars Rehm
By Lars Rehm (1 month ago)

Let me guess, you don't own a smartphone? As you might imagine I always have a variety of them at my disposal...yet i refuse to behave like a teenage zombie and actually find them extremely useful in daily life, without much messaging at all.

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straylightrun
By straylightrun (1 month ago)

Let me guess, you don't have friends to call?

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marc petzold
By marc petzold (1 month ago)

you're wrong, i have a cheap Huawei G525, just using it for phoning friends, and check the train schedule onto the net, nothing much more.

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Lars Rehm
By Lars Rehm (1 month ago)

I was referring to the first post in this thread...

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Biowizard
By Biowizard (1 month ago)

Hahaha! That is a BRILLIANT piece of grumpiness, and I LOVE it - you should get that published in the national papers!

Made my morning!

Brian

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miiicho
By miiicho (1 month ago)

Made my day ^.^

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zodiacfml
By zodiacfml (1 month ago)

As though it didn't happen with television....nice job though.

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Valiant Thor
By Valiant Thor (1 month ago)

Everyone: Thank you for the comments. My rant would have been more complete however I ran out of characters. Quick reply to the more shallow thinking repliers.

Yes, I have a cell phone. A Samsung flip phone (pay as you go) that is off most of the time and used only for essential communication. When I need to speak with friends and family, I mostly use the wired Polycom speaker phone in my office.

Do I have friends? Yes, I'm not a social outcast but a semi-retired pilot of 33 years with hundreds of fellow aviation acquaintances worldwide. I just don't need to know what isle at Wal-Mart those friends are shopping on every moment of the day.

Yes, it did happen with television, I agree. TV is the ultimate tool for controlling the thinking and opinions of the sheeple. Cell phones are a big second as the primary data mining tool for tracking, recording, storing, and monitoring the herd.

Once again, thank you all for the interesting comments.

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SHood
By SHood (1 month ago)

According the this earlier leak it was have the same ISOCELL sensor as in the Samsung S5. The rest of this leak was accurate so the info on the sensor looks to be accurate.

http://www.movilzona.es/2014/08/05/el-lenovo-vibe-z2-pro-ya-es-oficial-todas-las-caracteristicas/

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Alphoid
By Alphoid (1 month ago)

Now if there were only laptops with sensible resolution screens. It's funny to see cell phones get this far ahead of Microsoft. That's a (former) 20-year old monopoly for you.

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Lars Rehm
By Lars Rehm (1 month ago)

Personally I think this sort of pixel-density on a laptop is pretty much useless because you are further away from the screen. I have a 14-inch laptop with 1080p resolution and for me that's pretty much the maximum. Sometimes, when I read or write text I am already magnifying the window of whatever application I am using. The menu bars in Photoshop are also very small already...

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jgardia
By jgardia (1 month ago)

Hi Lars,
I think the main problem is the operating system (as Alphoid pointed out).
for example, my phone has roughly the same resolution as my notebook, having a much smaller screen. The thing is android can natively cope with that and present you the information in a readable way.
the same with Macbooks, with very high screen resolution, they found their way to be perfectly usable.
In my eyes, this part should be solved by the OS. I don't think it is that easy (Microsoft has also to deal with programs developed 20+ years ago sometimes), but it is doable, as Apple proved.
BTW, I use Linux, and it is also quite bad at dealing with high res screens.

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blue hour
By blue hour (1 month ago)

Is the battery swapable/ easily user replacable ?

I still don't get why consumers accept non-replacable batteries.

They are more difficult to recycle, you can't swap batteries on the fly while shooting or using your smartphone. You can't simply buy a new battery once the first one starts to fade away in terms of charge.

Imagine a camera with a battery thats non-replacable: I assume hardly anybody would like to buy a sealed-battery camera.

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Janek W
By Janek W (1 month ago)

hmmm..... non-replacable battery in a camera? - I guess Canon will be first ;-))))

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Lars Rehm
By Lars Rehm (1 month ago)

no, it's not

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JapanCanon
By JapanCanon (1 month ago)

Users accept non-replacable batteries as it usually goes hand in hand with a sealed, sturdy design which not only looks better, it is one less thing to break. Its a design choice of the manufacturer, and the consumer is free to choose the device they prefer. I do not want a user-replaceable battery on a phone, as I am not willing to accept having a battery compartment on it. Others wouldnt live with out it. Its great to have choices!

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grasscatcher
By grasscatcher (1 month ago)

Samsung's S5 has a replaceable battery (and a microSD slot!), and is very-well-sealed against the environment.

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MediaDigitalVideo
By MediaDigitalVideo (1 month ago)

Would be nice if you can attach a small zoom lens (min. 4x-8x) on that phone.

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badi
By badi (1 month ago)

There are already lots of accessories like that. And what's pretty impressive, a lot that work great :)

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Maverick_
By Maverick_ (1 month ago)

Sounds very promising. I am on a Samsung Galaxy Note II and planning to upgrade in the late fall, I am the target customer for this phone.

I would consider this over the upcoming Note 4, if it gets great reviews and of course if VZW carries it.

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Bill Bentley
By Bill Bentley (1 month ago)

Price = Ridiculous.

But I like that the tech is slowly edging in this direction. Soon enough we will have close to APS-C equivalent quality in a smartphone body for about $300-$350. That will be great.

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Lars Rehm
By Lars Rehm (1 month ago)

Apparently smartphones are comparatively expensive in Russia, so if it makes it to the US or Europe it will probably cheaper but almost certainly not as cheap as 300 bucks.

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Bill Bentley
By Bill Bentley (1 month ago)

Of course not this phone Lars, but I'm thinking of maybe 2-3 years from now. It's the same with the phones as it is with television sets.

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munro harrap
By munro harrap (1 month ago)

Yep, now they are getting so big I am going to wait for a clamshell version with the screen folded in the middle-like a living book from Harry Potter (yeah, it is being designed right now!!)

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arhmatic
By arhmatic (1 month ago)

5.5 - 6" is more and more common. This will be standard in not too much time. If Apple is not doing at least 5" on the next iphone, they are pretty much out.

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viking79
By viking79 (1 month ago)

I agree, still a place for smaller phones, but I was an Apple fan until I realized that I rarely used my phone as a talking device, and used it far more often as a tablet.

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PicOne
By PicOne (1 month ago)

If it stops being able to fit in my pocket, I wouldn't be interested. I don't carry a purse.

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Lars Rehm
By Lars Rehm (1 month ago)

pretty much a matter of taste imho...personally I prefer something around the 5-inch mark, best compromise between screen size and device dimensions for me.

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PicOne
By PicOne (1 month ago)

I should qualify my statement.. larger screened phones than my current iphone 5 would fit in my pocket.. however, I want to be able to also sit down without bruising myself.

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h2k
By h2k (1 month ago)

I think you should mention the OS right in the front page teaser - even if it is not difficult to guess.

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LiSkynden
By LiSkynden (1 month ago)

Wow .. i wonder if it has that old IBM style small rubber "nipple" somewhere that Lenovo still had not so long ago on their laptop keyboards :D

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Lars Rehm
By Lars Rehm (1 month ago)

It hasn't got a physical keyboard...so my guess would be no ;)

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LiSkynden
By LiSkynden (1 month ago)

Oh no!!! :P But it could have the nipple some other place :D

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BoFiS
By BoFiS (1 month ago)

If it wasn't a HUGE 6" device, I'd be much more impressed or interested...

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thx1138
By thx1138 (1 month ago)

Then look at the LG G3, 5.5" screen and otherwise very similar specs.

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SHood
By SHood (1 month ago)

Apparently a slightly smaller screen version is in the works.

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Tripodasaurus
By Tripodasaurus (1 month ago)

I wouldn't be interested in any smart phone if it didn't slip in to a shirt breast pocket so the width is the limiting factor. I have a Nokia 1020 which is perfect for this. For me the benefit of a camera phone vs a camera or iPad mini etc. is the ease of carrying it on me everywhere I go.

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