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Lenovo’s Vibe Z2 Pro is a metallic, 1440p smartphone to worry the LG G3 (Updated)

Lenovo has announced the Vibe Z2 Pro, its latest smartphone, which has been the subject of several rumors over the past few weeks. The company isn’t leaving success to chance either, and has not only stuffed the phone full of the latest tech, but has wrapped it all up inside a sleek metallic body.

The Vibe Z2 Pro is massive. It has a 6-inch screen, up from 5.5-inches on the first Vibe Z, and boasts a 2560 x 1440 pixel resolution, equalling the LG G3. However, the larger size of the display means the pixel density is slightly lower than LG’s flagship smartphone, and the Vibe Z2 Pro comes in at 490ppi, falling a little behind the G3’s superior 538ppi.

Powering the phone is a quad-core, 2.5GHz Snapdragon 801 processor with 3GB of RAM, and the battery is said to be a monster 4,000mAh, which should mean the phone won’t give up too early in the day. A 16-megapixel camera with optical image stabilization sits on the rear, and Lenovo says it has an effective auto-scene recognition mode, and an all-manual setting for total control. The promo video also highlights its ability to take great low-light photos.

We’re still waiting for the complete spec sheet to be made public, but expect 4G LTE connectivity, a dual-SIM option, and a 4K video shooting mode to feature. Android 4.4 KitKat is installed, and Lenovo has put its own user interface, called Vibe UI 2.0, over the top. Lenovo’s Vibe Z2 Pro’s 7.7mm thin unibody has a “metallic brushed weave” design, which not mean it’s made of metal, but a metal-like material, something like the LG G3.

It’ll be available in Titanium, Black, or Gold colors, and is all set to go on sale in September. Lenovo hasn’t released many of its previous smartphones internationally, so we shouldn’t expect the Vibe Z2 Pro to be any different. If it wants to change all that, an exciting phone like this is the one with which to do so.

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An executive at Lenovo has teased us with news of a new smartphone, which should launch at the beginning of August. The phone is tentatively known as the K920, making it a sequel to the K900, which made quite a splash when it was launched last year. Lenovo is a company with serious ambition in the mobile world, having purchased Motorola from Google recently. When it arrives, the K920 may be called the Vibe Z2 Pro, and is all set to be the company’s flagship phone for 2014.

A teaser image was posted to the Weibo social networking site by Lenovo’s marketing manager, and shows the top rear corner of the device, revealing a 16-megapixel camera with optical image stabilization, and a dual-LED flash unit. Perhaps more interestingly, the body appears to be made from metal, something which could be partially confirmed by the reference to “304” in the Chinese text. Does this mean 304 stainless steel?

Lenovo K920 Teaser

The rest of the text is a mystery to those who can’t read Chinese, but a previous leak did provide a comprehensive list of possible features. The screen could be a massive 6-inch panel, with a 2560 x 1440 pixel resolution. This would put it in direct competition with the excellent LG G3, but by making the display larger than the G3’s 1440p screen, it will sport a slightly lower pixel density.

A Snapdragon 801 chip running at 2.5GHz and supported by 3GB of RAM could power the K920, and a total of 32GB storage space is expected. The leak also mentioned the 16-megapixel rear camera, plus a 5-megapixel front cam too. The OS is probably going to be Android 4.4 KitKat.

Lenovo should reveal the K920/Vibe Z2 Pro at an event on August 5, but like previous phones released under the Lenovo name, we’re not expecting a wide international release. This is a shame, as we’ve liked Lenovo’s smartphones when we’ve had a chance to try them in the past.

Article originally published on 07-25-2014.