Lenovo ups consumer VR ante with new smartphones

  • Vibe X3 and K4 Note first smartphones with TheaterMax
  • ANTVR headset sold separately at US$25 [revised]
Lenovo ups consumer VR ante with new smartphones

LENOVO Inc has unveiled its latest smartphones – the Vibe X3 and the K4 Note – in Malaysia, its first to come with the company’s TheaterMax VR (virtual reality) technology.
“[TheaterMax] can convert any multimedia content to become VR-enabled, giving users a cinematic experience through a VR headset,” said Lenovo Malaysia country lead Lydia Foo Mun Yee.
“More than 50% of digital content is consumed on mobile devices today, and smartphones continue to be users’ primary personal entertainment device.
“We expect the proportion will continue to grow in the future, with expectations of newer, more sophisticated functionality along with it,” she said at the official launch of the new devices in Kuala Lumpur on March 3.
The Vibe X3 sports a 5.5in full HD (1920 x 1080) wide-view display, backed by a 1.8GHz Snapdragon 808 hexa-core processor, with 3GB RAM and 32GB built-in storage expandable to 128GB via microSD cards.
Boasting a 3,500mAh battery, it also features a 21-megapixel rear camera with 4K Ultra HD video recording capabilities, and an 8-megapixel front camera.
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The Vibe X3 features Dolby Atmos front-facing stereo speakers, which Lenovo claimed have the industry’s highest performance 32-bit mobile audio DAC (digital-to-analogue converter) to ensure minimal distortion and high audio clarity.
Meanwhile, the K4 Note is equipped with a 54-bit MediaTek MT6753 octa-core processor, 3GB RAM, 16GB built-in storage (expandable up to 128GB), and a 5.5-inch full HD (1920 x 1080) IPS display.
Like the Vibe X3, the K4 Note also sports dual front-facing stereo speakers enabled by Dolby Atmos. It has a 13-megapixel rear camera and a 5-megapixel front camera with a 3,300mAh battery.
Both smartphones run on the Android 5.1 Lollipop operating system.
The Vibe X3 and K4 Note are available at RM1,899 (US$456) and RM999 (US$240), respectively.

Lenovo ups consumer VR ante with new smartphones

The two new smartphones deliver the TheaterMax experience to users via the Lenovo ANTVR headset.
Foo said that ever since Google launched its Cardboard VR viewer, VR has become a trend among smartphone users.
“We see that VR will continue to be a trend and we would want to offer the technology to Lenovo customers at an affordable price,” she told Digital News Asia (DNA) on the sidelines of the launch.
Sold separately with the Vibe X3 and K4 Note, the Lenovo ANTVR headset is available for RM99 (US$25) [revised].
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