Lenovo quietly unveils the Vibe C2, but is it this year’s Moto E?

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Samsung and Apple have a fairly strong hold on the top-tier smartphone market, and rather than competing in the flagship war, Lenovo is trying to win big in the mid- and budget range — especially after the acquisition of Motorola from Google. Lenovo hopes to accomplish that with the quiet unveiling of the Vibe C2, which might be this year’s Moto E.

Updated on 07-12-2016 by Williams Pelegrin: Added details of the Vibe C2’s official announcement.

Lenovo Vibe C2

Starting on the exterior, the Vibe C2 features a 5-inch, 1,280 x 720 resolution display with a 5-megapixel selfie shooter above it and an 8MP main camera around back, with capacitive keys instead of on-screen buttons below the display. As far as the main camera placement is concerned, the Vibe C2 definitely takes some design cues from the Moto Z, but unlike the metallic flagship device, the Vibe C2 is encased in plastic.

Under the hood, a quad-core 1GHz MediaTek MT6735P chipset and 1GB RAM power the Vibe C2, with only 8GB of native storage out of the box. Even less will likely be available to customers, which makes the inclusion of a MicroSD card slot and the possibility of a 16GB version all the more worthwhile.

Elsewhere, the Vibe C2 features a somewhat generous 2,750mAh battery, which should keep the lights on all day considering how undemanding the Vibe C2 is on paper. Lenovo also tacks on its Vibe UI on top of Android 6.0 Marshmallow. Similar to other Android skins, such as Huawei’s EMUI and Xiaomi’s MIUI, Vibe UI does not feature an app drawer, so the skin is iPhone-esque in that all your apps live in home screens.

The question on people’s mind is whether the Vibe C2 will turn into this year’s Moto E. In leaked data, we saw K10A40, the Vibe C2’s model number. Under the same product description, however, we saw XT1700 and XT1706, model numbers typically used by Motorola. This leads to the assumption that the Vibe C2 will exist as the Moto E 2016 in different, more widespread markets, particularly given the low-end hardware. When asked, Motorola told Digital Trends that the company does not comment on rumors.

For now, however, the Vibe C2 will launch sometime soon in Russia, with other markets presumably to follow. When it becomes available, the Vibe C2 will come in black and white.

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