The smartphones of CES 2014 (pictures)
LG G Flex (AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile)
Sony Xperia Z1S (T-Mobile)
Sony Xperia Z1 Compact
Huawei Ascend Mate2 4G
Acer Liquid Z5
Asus PadFone X (AT&T)
Asus PadFone Mini
Alcatel One Touch Idol X+
Alcatel One Touch Pop C9
Gold-colored Alcatel One Touch Idol Alpha
Lenovo Vibe Z
Branching beyond its laptop and tablet business, Lenovo is launching several smartphones at CES. The company's flagship is the Vibe Z, a supersized device running Android 4.3.
The Vibe Z has a 5.5-inch screen, with a 1080p HD IPS display at 400 pixels per inch. There's a 13-megapixel camera on the back and a 5-megapixel front-facing camera, both of which promise sharp, well-lit photos. Performance-wise, it's on par with other smartphones of its size, with a 2.2GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor, 2GB of RAM, and 16GB of internal storage.
At 6 inches, the Lenovo S930 is bigger than the Vibe Z, but not necessarily better. Despite its large size, its screen resolution isn't quite as sharp as other phablets, coming in at 1,280x720 pixels.
The S930 is running Android 4.2, has a 1.3GHz quad-core MediaTek CPU, and sports an 8-megapixel main camera. There's a 1.6-megapixel front-facing camera as well, additional camera software for applying photo effects, and a dual SIM card slot.
Lenovo's S650 (left) is a smaller, stepped-down relative of the Vibe Z smartphone. It's Lenovo's smallest phone at CES, measuring 4.7 inches diagonally. The company has yet to reveal pricing or availability details, but it's supposed to be the budget pick from Lenovo's lineup.
The S650 has a 960x540-pixel resolution 4.7-inch screen, and it's running Android 4.2. Like the Lenovo S930, it has an 8-megapixel camera and 1.3GHz quad-core MediaTek processor, and a dual SIM card slot.
Lenovo's next phone is the A859, a midrange Android 4.2 device that doesn't wow with its specs.
The A859 has a 5-inch LCD IPS screen with a 1,280x720-pixel resolution, which is much lower than than other phones of this size. Just like Lenovo's other smartphone offerings (save for the Vibe Z), this model has an 8-megapixel rear camera, a 1.3Ghz quad-core MediaTek processor, and a microSD card slot. No word yet on price or availability, but a lack of LTE support could indicate that this phone is not meant for the US.
ZTE Grand S II
In addition to its impressive specs, the Grand S II also has several special features up its sleeve, including the ability to unlock the phone with your voice and a mode for when you're wearing gloves.
Read more about ZTE's smartphones from CES 2014 and stay tuned for more details.
ZTE Nubia 5S and 5S mini
ZTE Iconic phablet
Archos 45 Helium 4G
Archos is giving us two new phones at CES, the Archos 45 Helium 4G and 50 Helium 4G. What's notable here is that these two phones are the first LTE-enabled devices Archos has built.
Both run Android 4.3, but are slated to get 4.4 soon. Additionally, both devices have a 1.4GHz quad-core Qualcomm processor and an Adreno 305 GPU, and both come with 1GB RAM.
There are some differences, as the higher-end Archos 50 Helium has a larger 5-inch 720p HD LCD display, an 8-megapixel camera, and a 2-megapixel front-facing camera. It also comes with a higher price tag than the 45 Helium, at $250 off-contract.
The entry-level Archos 45 Helium 4G is a smaller, 4.5-inch device with a 854x480 FWVGA resolution. It's got a 5-megapixel main camera, a VGA front-facing camera, and a smaller 1,700mAh battery. For those specs, you'll pay $200.
Hailing from the same company that makes heavy-duty construction equipment, the Cat B100 is a simple tough-as-nails phone that can stand up to dirt, water, and dust. It sports a thick rubberized casing, metal accents, port flaps, and heavy screws securing the back panel in place -- features that help it stand up to the elements. It can survive a 6-foot drop and will stay alive while submerged underwater for up to 30 minutes.
It's got a 2.2-inch QVGA 240x320-pixel display, a 3-megapixel camera, and 128MB of storage. This feature phone has an FM radio, assisted GPS, and Bluetooth 2.0.