Snapdragon 800 Lenovo Vibe Z (K910) Review – Unboxing!
As I mentioned in my unboxing of the Zopo ZP998, my DHL package had not one but two phones in it. The Lenovo Vibe Z, also known as the K910 is that second phone.
I’ve been following Lenovo for a while now and grew very curious what they planned on doing after going on the record about vastly increasing mobile device sales. The Vibe Z was teased around that time frame and started to become available in certain markets at the very end of 2013. What I’m getting at, is this phone is all Lenovo. Yes, they purchased Motorola but that was after this phone hit the market. So whatever Lenovo’s flagship devices have to offer now, they can only get better once they start blending tech between the two brands.
OK, on with the unboxing.
The box the Vibe Z comes packaged in is very stylish. The actual box is inside a sleeve with the words”Vibe Z” cut into it and everything is presented with a black on black appearance. When the sleeve is removed the letters appear red due to the inside of the sleeve being red. This is a simple little thing, but added a nice touch. Especially with a device that is designed to compete with phones twice it’s price. The box itself has a unique soft textured feel to it. All in all, very well done. My interest is piqued.
Inside the box was a micro USB cable, the wall adapter, a cleaning cloth, the instruction manual (all in Chinese), and some earbuds. The buds appear to be of better quality than the ones provided by Zopo. They actually look like the same type I have found with Samsung phones. The case and screen protector I received did not come from Lenovo, I bought those myself.
When I first handled the Vibe Z it was very apparent that the phone was quite thin considering they packed a 3000 mAh battery in it. At only 7.9mm thick it’s probably why they went with a sealed design. It is also fairly light, weighing just 145.2 grams yet the phone still feels sturdy. While the corners aren’t sharp like it’s predecessor the K900, it still keeps more of a rectangular design due to the corners only have a slight radius. So far, so good.
Outside the phone
The 5.5 inch display feels sturdy with the addition of Gorilla Glass. All the buttons are seated nicely adding to the quality feel. The back of the phone feels slightly textured but is still slippery and I wouldn’t say it adds much to the grip. Since the phone is sealed the battery is non removable and the SIM’s get loaded in a slot on the side. Also, there is no expansion slot for additional storage but I knew that when I bought the phone. Many people do not like the rear camera design saying it looks awful. While I do think it stands out more than most cameras, it has a right to. It’s a very high end Sony camera and is warranted a bit of ego. I’ll forgive the appearance in anticipation of how good I think it’s going to be.
Inside the phone
As the phone is sealed, there’s not much to say here. If there’s one negative about this phone, it’s that they didn’t offer a swappable battery situation.
The phone definitely looks and feels like a winner. Lenovo have made changes from the K900 and all are for the better. The only thing I can complain about beyond not having a swappable battery is that the sides have a little bit of a bite, taking away from its comfort. Right where the side blends into the back plate is just not as smooth as it could and should be. Why bother putting in the effort to make a beautiful flagship device but miss such an obvious point on comfort. It’s not a huge deal but I noticed it right away.
I’ve heard a lot of good things about this phone and from it’s first impressions I can’t wait to start testing it out.
The full review will be up within the next couple days.