Lenovo Vibe Z2 Pro coming soon with 2,560×1,440 screen, Snapdragon 801 CPU, 4,000 mAh battery
May27

Lenovo Vibe Z2 Pro coming soon with 2,560×1,440 screen, Snapdragon 801 CPU, 4,000 mAh battery

Lenovo is currently busy working on a follow-up to the Vibe Z from last year, a device that has served as its flagship Android offering for the past few months. The upcoming model, though, will top it in terms of specs, as it will be an absolute beast. The Vibe Z2 Pro will come with a 6-inch 2,560×1,440 (QHD) touchscreen, a 16 MP rear camera with optical image stabilization and dual-LED flash, a 2.5 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor, dual-SIM support, 4G LTE, NFC, and a gigantic 4,000 mAh battery. It will be just 7.7 mm thin. And above you can see the first ever pictures showing this upcoming device. Unfortunately the rest of its specs are still unknown, but we assume they’ll fit in nicely with the high-end nature of the already leaked ones. As it’s been already showcased to Chinese media, we assume the Vibe Z2 Pro will get announced very soon. That said, it’s pretty unlikely that it will ever be officially sold in developed markets. Lenovo has, in recent times, confined most of its smartphones to Asia. Which is a shame, really, because with specs like that many people elsewhere would probably be interested. Via...

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Lenovo S860 with 4,000 mAh battery launches on May 1
Apr29

Lenovo S860 with 4,000 mAh battery launches on May 1

Lenovo announced the S860 smartphone back in February at MWC, yet only now the Chinese company has finally gotten round to actually releasing it. The handset will become available first in India, on May 1. If you’re in India and want to have one, you can in fact already pre-order it from Lenovo’s own online store. You’ll have to pay Rs. 21,499 for the privilege. For those of you outside of India, that’s approximately $355 or €257 at the current exchange rates. So what do you get for that amount of cash? First and foremost, a huge 4,000 mAh battery. That’s larger than most phablet batteries, and is the largest cell capacity we’ve ever heard of being put in such a small package. Not that the Lenovo S860 is small, mind you. It’s just that we haven’t seen such a big battery in anything smaller than a 6.1-inch phablet from Huawei, for example. Lenovo claims that you’ll get up to 43 hours of talk time and up to 40 days of standby time on one charge, and we have no reason to contest those numbers. One thing’s for sure: the S860 will last you one full day, no matter how intensive your use case scenario is. Aside from the headline-grabbing battery, the S860 is basically a midrange offering. It has a 5.3-inch 720p HD IPS touchscreen, an 8 MP rear camera with LED flash, a 1.6 MP front camera, a 1.3 GHz quad-core MediaTek processor (MT6582), 2 GB of RAM, 16 GB of internal storage, 21 Mbps HSPA, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, and an aluminium construction featuring a metal rear cover. Its dimensions are 149.5x77x10.3 mm, and it weighs 190 grams. It runs Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, which is disappointing, yet Lenovo promises a KitKat update will come at some point in the...

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Lenovo S898T gets priced as a true Xiaomi Redmi competitor
Mar21

Lenovo S898T gets priced as a true Xiaomi Redmi competitor

The original Xiaomi Hongmi (or Red Rice, or Redmi) definitely started a trend in China. Now more and more devices with good specs and dirt cheap prices are appearing. A couple of the best selling Hongmi competitors so far have been Huawei’s Honor 3X and Honor 3C, but now Lenovo is entering the field too. The Lenovo S898T was originally revealed a couple of weeks ago thanks to it getting certified for sale on the Chinese market. And now we have pricing details for it, and it’s clearly meant as a competitor to both the Huawei Honor 3X and the new Xiaomi Hongmi Note. The Lenovo S898T has a 5.3-inch 720p HD LTPS touchscreen with OGS, a 13 MP rear camera with LED flash, a 5 MP front camera, a 1.4 GHz octa-core MediaTek processor, 3G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, and it’s just 7.9 mm thin. It runs Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean according to the aforementioned certification. There will be two versions available. One will come with 1 GB of RAM and 8 GB of built-in storage space, and will cost 788 yuan. That’s around $126 or €91 at the current exchange rates. The other model will sport 2 GB of RAM and 16 GB of storage, and will go for 988 yuan, which means $158 or €115 right now. So Lenovo has a handset that’s a tad cheaper than both versions of the new Hongmi Note, and also costing a little bit less than Huawei’s new, lower-end Honor 3X. The only downgrade we see is the CPU frequency, 300 MHz lower than in the case of the ‘premium’ version of the Hongmi Note. But the Lenovo S898T will clearly be a great contender, and should sell well when it becomes available in China. Via...

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Lenovo S898T+ revealed as Huawei Honor 3X competitor
Mar12

Lenovo S898T+ revealed as Huawei Honor 3X competitor

Lenovo has been quietly working on a competitor for Huawei’s rather successful Honor-branded smartphone, the 3X. The Lenovo S898T+ has been revealed through TENAA, the Chinese equivalent of the FCC, which certified it for sale in that country. The S898T+ is gold, which keeps with current trends, and it also has some pretty impressive specs for what it will cost. It comes with a 5.3-inch 720p HD touchscreen, a 13 MP rear camera with LED flash, a 5 MP front camera, an octa-core MediaTek processor, 2 GB of RAM, TD-SCDMA support for China Mobile’s 3G network, and it’s only 7.9 mm thin. It’s expected to run Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean. Its screen size is a tad smaller than the Honor 3X’s (which comes with a 5.5-inch panel), but the resolution is the same, as are all the other specs we know of by now. Still a mystery are the battery capacity and a few other things, but this new Lenovo device seems to be pretty much on par with the higher-end of Huawei’s new Honors. And yet, the Lenovo S898T+ will reportedly cost just 999 yuan, which right now means approximately $162 or €117, believe it or not. The Huawei Honor 3X starts at 1,698 yuan ($276, €199). The prices of smartphones in China are certainly reaching crazy territory. It’s unclear when exactly the S898T+ will launch, but we’re hoping it will get a name that’s easier to remember. Via...

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Lenovo announces S860, S850, and S660 affordable smartphones, Yoga Tablet 10 HD+
Feb24

Lenovo announces S860, S850, and S660 affordable smartphones, Yoga Tablet 10 HD+

Lenovo has unveiled four new devices at MWC – three smartphones and a tablet. The smartphones focus on affordability, while the Yoga Tablet 10 HD+ is an upper midrange offering that comes with a stand-out design. The Lenovo S860 smartphone is the highest-specced of the trio that was announced today. It comes with a 5.3-inch 720p HD touchscreen, an 8 MP rear camera with LED flash, a 1.5 MP front camera, a 1.3 GHz quad-core MediaTek MT6582 processor, 2 GB of RAM, 16 GB of internal storage, 21 Mbps HSPA, dual-SIM support, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, and a huge 4,000 mAh battery (that can even charge other devices, just like the one in the Huawei Ascend Mate 2). It runs Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. Its dimensions are 149.5x77x10.3 mm, and it weighs 190 grams. The casing is made out of brushed metal. The Lenovo S850 has a 5-inch 720p HD touchscreen, a 13 MP rear camera with LED flash, a 5 MP front camera, a 1.3 GHz quad-core MediaTek MT6582 processor, 1 GB of RAM, 16 GB of internal storage, 21 Mbps HSPA, dual-SIM support, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, and a 2,000 mAh battery. It runs Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. Its dimensions are 141x71x8.2 mm, and it weighs 140 grams. Its casing is all glass, and it will be offered in white or pink. The Lenovo S660 boasts a 4.7-inch 540×960 touchscreen, an 8 MP rear camera with LED flash, a 0.3 MP front camera, a 1.3 GHz quad-core MediaTek MT6582 processor, 1 GB of RAM, 8 GB of internal storage, a microSD card slot, 21 Mbps HSPA, dual-SIM support, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, and a beefy 3,000 mAh battery. It runs Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. Its dimensions are 137×68.8×9.95 mm, and it weighs 151 grams. Its exterior is brushed metal. Clearly then, the S660 is the entry level of the bunch, offering lower-midrange specs with a very large battery (given the size and innards). The S850 is aimed at the fashion-conscious crowd, though sacrificing battery life somewhat in the process (at least compared to its siblings). The S860 is the ‘premium’ offering with a battery capacity that we’ve only seen once before – so making it through one full day of use will be no issue with this device. The Lenovo S860 will be priced at $349, the S850 will cost $269, and the S660 will go for $229. Those are all prices for unlocked devices, naturally. All three will sadly only go on sale in June, which makes us wonder why Lenovo chose to unveil them more than three months prior to their availability. Nothing else to brag about at...

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Lenovo CEO: We tried to buy Motorola in 2011, but got the wrong guy– Moto Solutions Greg Brown
Feb03

Lenovo CEO: We tried to buy Motorola in 2011, but got the wrong guy– Moto Solutions Greg Brown

Last week Lenovo finally bought Motorola. It was a deal the Chinese company wanted to do for years. After getting back to China, Lenovo CEO Yuanqing Yang revealed more details about how the purchase went down during press conference earlier today. He said that Lenovo wanted to buy Motorola’s mobile business way back in 2011, after company was split into two units – Motorola Mobility and Motorola Solutions. Mr. Yang and Lenovo CFO Wong Wai Ming flew to United States, went to Motorola headquarters and asked to talk to the CEO. Unfortunately, they’ve asked for the wrong guy – Motorola Solutions CEO Greg Brown, instead of Moto Mobility’s CEO – Sanjay Jha. Since Brown had nothing to do with mobile, Lenovo team only met with some of his staffers, exchanged some platitudes and  were kept in the dark about the pending Google deal. After  Lenovo CEO learned about $12.5 billion offer to buy Motorola, he invited Google’s Chairman Erick Schmidt to his house for dinner to discuss possible cooperation.  Yang introduced some company products, and told Schmidt that if Google ever decided to sell Motorola, Lenovo will be happy to buy it. Two months ago he got an e-mail from Eric Schmidt, called him back and heard a question: “ Are you still interested in Motorola?”.   The deal still has to get regulatory approvals, but given what a small player in smartphones Motorola is today, that should not be a problem. Lenovo CEO also told the press that he is happy with current Motorola product portfolio, and will keep all three main lines – Moto X, Moto G and Droid Ultra. Source: Sina...

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Google has sold Motorola to Lenovo for $2.91 billion
Jan30

Google has sold Motorola to Lenovo for $2.91 billion

In August 2011, Google shocked the mobile world by announcing that it wanted to acquire Motorola. The deal was finalized in 2012 after many months of waiting for regulatory approval from all the relevant authorities, and today Motorola is changing hands once again. And once again Google shocks the mobile world as it announces the sale of Motorola to Lenovo for just $2.91 billion. In 2011, Google paid $12.5 billion for the company, so this is a significant difference. That said, Google will still own most of Motorola’s patents after this deal closes, so perhaps the loss isn’t all that large. After all, back when Google acquired Motorola, the main reason was said to be its need for a better patent portfolio to use to defend Android and Android device makers from multiplying patent battles across the world. Lenovo will get around 2,000 patents as part of the deal, and a license for all the rest, naturally. The Chinese company plans to keep the Motorola brand around, just like it did with ThinkPad after it bought IBM’s PC unit many years ago. Presumably Lenovo will use the Motorola brand to help it more quickly make inroads into such markets as North America, where so far it’s been notably absent from the smartphone space. Lenovo is in the top 5 of smartphone sellers worldwide at the moment, but thanks primarily to its performance on the Chinese market and in a few other countries. Google’s reasoning for the sale may be for it to be able to focus on software development, and not be considered by other Android device makers as an unfair competitor. The search engine company also gets to stop endlessly pouring money into the Motorola pit with no end in sight – while also getting a cool $3 billion in return. This isn’t a perfect ending for its journey into the hardware realm of the mobile world, but it’s not the worst possible either. Over the past couple of years we’ve heard many rumors that something like this may happen, that Google only wanted the patents and would quickly sell off the smartphone hardware business to some up-and-coming brand from China (Huawei was once said to be it), but with so much time passing perhaps we all just assumed that Google was in it for the long run. Not so, it seems. Although it could have further used Motorola to push out handsets with ‘pure Google’ software just like the Nexus line, and with great prices like the Moto G, it decided not to for whatever reason. And so, Motorola is off to Lenovo – let’s hope the Chinese...

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Lenovo K7T “Kingdom” comes with 2,560×1,440 resolution screen, benchmark results say
Jan27

Lenovo K7T “Kingdom” comes with 2,560×1,440 resolution screen, benchmark results say

Lenovo is apparently hard at work on a successor to the Vibe Z that is currently its flagship Android smartphone. The new device has the model number K7T and the codename “Kingdom”, which sounds intriguing enough. The Lenovo K7T “Kingdom” was spotted doing its thing with the AnTuTu benchmark, and its results page gives us some hints about its specs. It features a display with 2,560×1,440 resolution (but unknown size), a 2.26 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor (MSM8974), 3 GB of RAM, a 13 MP rear camera, a 5 MP front camera, and 16 GB of internal storage (though probably expandable via microSD). It runs Android 4.4 KitKat. The K7T will certainly serve as Lenovo’s next flagship handset, and we wish the company would launch it in as many markets as possible, globally. Lenovo’s been successful in the mobile space in China and a few other countries, but maybe it’s finally time for it to use its PC arm’s distribution deals to reach into many more markets. It’s unclear when the K7T will be unveiled, but perhaps the Chinese company will use Mobile World Congress, which takes place in Barcelona next month, to present it to the world. We’ll keep you posted. Via...

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Lenovo Vibe Z gets official in China with 5.5″ Full HD touchscreen, Snapdragon 800 CPU
Nov12

Lenovo Vibe Z gets official in China with 5.5″ Full HD touchscreen, Snapdragon 800 CPU

The once leaked Lenovo successor to the K900 has now become official as the Vibe Z. The handset previously known as the K6, X910, and K910 has been unveiled for the company’s home market of China. The Lenovo Vibe Z is basically a phablet that’s very similar in nature to the K900, with one essential difference – the Intel CPU has been swapped for a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800, everyone’s favorite high-end chipset at the moment. The Vibe Z also sports a 5.5-inch 1080p Full HD IPS touchscreen, a 13 MP f/1.8 rear camera with dual-LED flash, a 5 MP wide-angle front camera, 2 GB of RAM, dual-SIM support, and all the usual connectivity options. An LTE version may be in the works for international markets, but for now China will get a 3G-only model. When exactly the Vibe Z will be in stores remains a mystery, as is its pricing unfortunately. Lenovo is one of the big guys in the Chinese smartphone market, and we sure hope it will at some point decide to become a truly global player and launch its devices outside of a few emerging markets too. Whether or not the Vibe Z will spearhead such an effort remains to be seen. Via...

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Lenovo launches affordable 8-inch and 10-inch Yoga tablets with unique design
Oct30

Lenovo launches affordable 8-inch and 10-inch Yoga tablets with unique design

Lenovo unveiled a couple of new tablets late yesterday evening, and they should both be on sale sometime today. They both run Android and are named Yoga. One is an 8-incher and the other is a 10-incher. The main selling point here (aside from the pricing, but we’ll get to that in a bit) is the design. The Yoga tablets feature a exaggerated curve on one side of the case, as you can see in the images below. This serves a lot of purposes. First of all, it houses a very big battery that can power up to 18 hours of use – something of a record for tablets, if it actually pans out in real world use. Then there’s also the fact that this curvature hides a small roll-out kickstand, that can be used to either hold the tablet up like a laptop monitor or, if you use it the other way around, make it easier to write on its display. There are a lot of interesting uses for this kickstand/curve combo, and it’s definitely good to see a company that tries to truly innovate in tablet design. Unfortunately though, this unique feature isn’t backed by amazing hardware innards. Both tablets feature the same screen resolution, 1,280×800, and they both come with a 1.2 GHz quad-core MediaTek processor based on ARM’s Cortex-A7 architecture, 1 GB of RAM, 16 GB of storage, a microSD card slot, a 5 MP rear camera, dual front-facing Dolby-certified speakers, and Android 4.2 Jelly Bean running the show. The 8-inch model sports a 6,000 mAh battery, while the 10-incher has a 9,000 mAh unit. So as you can see, the specs here are really nothing to get excited about in this day and age. Furthermore, the Lenovo Yoga tablets run a version of Android that’s soon to be two iterations behind what’s current, and you shouldn’t hope for a software update to come and remedy things. But there’s some good news too. The 8-inch Lenovo Yoga will be out today at Best Buy for just $249, while the 10-inch model will get a wider release and will be priced at $299. Those are definitely good prices for tablets of these sizes. Sure, the Nexus 7 by Asus is $229, but it has a smaller screen and doesn’t have as good battery life as the 8″ Yoga, nor the ‘curve’ thing. Of course, if you’re a bit of geek you’ll know to choose Google’s offering over Lenovo’s because of software support and the higher-res screen (even if it’s smaller), but for the ‘average Joe’ consumer category Lenovo’s new devices may at least prove interesting. Let’s wait...

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