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Lenovo Vibe Z
Lenovo Vibe Z
Lenovo Vibe Z
Lenovo Vibe Z

Informr score
The Lenovo Vibe Z currently has an Informr score of 6 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 2 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

What's good

  • 4G LTE
  • Wireless AC
  • All-day battery life
  • Fast performance
  • Easy one-handed operation

What's bad

  • 16GB storage
  • Limited availability
  • Large size
  • No MicroSD support

Lenovo has had a hit-or-miss track record so far with its venture into mobile devices. Their latest attempt, the Vibe Z, ventures into phablet territory with some serious specs to back it up. Does it live up to the hype? Reviews indicate this could finally be the hit that Lenovo is looking for.

Like many devices in this size bracket, the Vibe Z is, above all else, large. However, the polycarbonate plastic appears to be winning over many reviews. Between its thin chassis and light case--just scant 5.12 ounces--most reviews note how surprisingly light and easy to hold the phone is. Lowyat noted, "the textured back cover is actually great for increasing grip on the device, which interestingly feels smaller than what it actually is."

Combined with some software enhancements to make one-handed use easier, and the phone really challenges the typical design and use of the 5-inch plus market. Tech Radar was happy with the subtle changes, stating, "I've seen nothing this clever."

The phone houses a 5.5-inch 1080p IPS display. While it is still a phone, it is about as large as one gets before venturing into tablet territory. The large display is protected by Gorilla Glass 3 to prevent unwanted scratches and dings. Unfortunately, many reviews noted a few color reproduction issues, with NDTV Gadgets saying "The screen is sufficiently crisp, but not especially vivid."

Powering the display is fast 2.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon and 2GB of RAM. While no longer bleeding-edge, from gaming to video streaming, the hardware should provide plenty of performance for whatever you might want to do. Reviews generally agreed. NDTV pointed out, "Videos play very well though, and even our heaviest clips didn't stutter. However, the Vibe Z did get uncomfortably hot while gaming." Giz Beat applauded the Vibe Z saying, "The call quality on both ends is amazing."

All of this is fed power from a 3000mAh battery. While heavy usage and video streaming is likely to go through a battery quite quickly, Lowyat and Giz Beat found that under regular use patterns, a full day's use on a single charge was more than possible.

Lenovo also went with premium camera options for the Vibe Z. With a 13MP front-facing camera and a 5MP selfie shooter, there is plenty of detail to go around. Giz Beat said, "the camera is impressive as is Lenovo’s stock camera app."

If there was a weak link pointed out by most reviews it would have to be storage. The phone is only available with 16GB of storage space. Lack of MicroSD card support means you will probably want to find a good cloud provider or pick and choose your movies, music or pictures that you keep on your device.

Overall, the reviews for the Vibe Z seem to indicate that Lenovo has finally hit its stride with this latest device. TechView states, "If you want a good cost effective device with the best in performance, the Lenovo Vibe Z is perfect" while Giz Beat declares "Long story short, this phone is an animal."

Operating system
Operating system
2.2 GHz
2.2 GHz
Screen Size
Screen Size
13+ MP
13+ MP
3000 mAh

What the Critics Are Saying...


If your main concern is a large screen, then you can go for this phone. Everyone else should wait for a price cut.

- Jamshed Avari, NDTV
Fone Arena
Fone Arena

In conclusion, the Vibe Z is definitely the best phone from Lenovo. This is a substantial improvement from the K900 and Lenovo has done well to adapt the design for better usability. The Vibe Z has great build quality, a really awesome display, a great camera for stills, excellent performance and lo...

- Bharadwaj, Fone Arena

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Common Questions

Lenovo backs up the Vibe Z with a 1 Year parts & labour warranty.

If your Vibe Z has problems and is still within its warranty period, you could contact Lenovo support or the retailer you purchased the phone from. You'll find Lenovo's contact information here. If your phone is off warranty and needs repair for a physical problem such as a broken screen or bad battery, you should visit an authorized service centre or a local phone repair shop. You can also connect with others in The Informr Community Forum to find and share answers to questions.

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Screen Size

The Lenovo Vibe Z's screen size is 5.5 inches with x pixels resolution.

2.2 GHz

There is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 Quad core 2.2 GHz processor (CPU).


The phone runs on proprietary operating system firmware.

13+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 13+ MP camera.

There is also a secondary front facing camera with 5+ megapixels resolution.

16 GB

Internal memory is 16 GB. No external card slot is available for expansion.


The phone is powered by a Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol), 3000 mAh battery. Lenovo's performance ratings are 27 days standby time.

Vibe Z Specs

Release Date March 5, 2014
Regions Available United Kingdom
Operating System No

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Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 Quad core 2.2 GHz
Internal Storage 16 GB
Hearing Aid Compatible No
Noise Cancellation Yes
SAR Head: 1.43 W/kg
Body: 1.12 W/kg
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Manual, Standard Battery
Mobile / Cellular Data
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Wi-Fi Calling No
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) No
SIM card size
Dual SIM No
USB Micro-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 4.0
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n
Mobile Hotspot Yes
Memory Expansion Slot No
Expansion Slot Info
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Main Camera
Resolution / Aperture
13+ Megapixels
Yes (Dual LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info
Auto focus, Face detection, Geotagging
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters
Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels), 30 fps
Front Camera
Resolution / Aperture
5+ Megapixels
Additional Front Camera Info
Video Recording Parameters
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (IPS)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution x pixels
Pixel Density 401 pixels
Size 5.5 inches
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer, Digital Compass
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen
Power & Battery
Battery Type Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol)
Battery Capacity 3000 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time Unknown
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Unknown
Internet Use (Cellular) Unknown
Talk Time Unknown
Standby Time Up to 27 days
Mixed Usage
Physical Characteristics
Design Type Bar
Material Plastic
Colors Silver, Titanium
Dimensions [H x W x D] 14.9 x 7.7 x 0.8 cm (5.9 x 3 x 0.3 in)
Weight 147 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Headset Jack 3.5mm
External Speakers Yes
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key Yes
Input / Keyboard Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
External Volume Control Yes
Fingerprint Sensor No
Additional Information Other Names (AKA): Lenovo K910L

Also available in a dual-SIM model.
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