Lenovo has quietly gone ahead and announced the Lenovo P1 Turbo in Indonesia. There have been a couple of models of the Lenovo P1 already in the form of the Lenovo P1, the P1m. It was rumored at MWC last year, that the Lenovo P1 will have a bulky battery version too and was expected to be called the Lenovo P1 Pro, however, the same has been given the name the Pi Turbo and been launched.
There seems to be a trend. You build hype around the device on social media, do a grand launch, make it available on flash sale via registrations and once the fever goes down make it available in an open sale before keeping the device as an online exclusive with stock available. The trend is only growing and more and more people are giving into the aggressive marketing antics of the OEMs in India.
It was announced just days ago that Motorola as a brand will no longer be breathing alive in the year 2016. Lenovo, the parent company of Motorola has decided only to use the Moto moniker of Motorola for its high end devices, while all the low end or budget devices will be under the currently existing Vibe lineup of phones. Motorola was perhaps the only major mobile manufacturer in 2015, which did not flirt with a fingerprint scanner on their phone, a trend that seems to be really the next big thing. Going forward in 2016, all the Motorola devices will come with fingerprint scanner and the news comes from Chen Xudong, SVP of Lenovo and President for Lenovo China and Asia Pacific who outlined the plans that Lenovo has for the new year.
While most of the big names have concentrated on coming up with a flagship device that is hot off the shelves, Lenovo has been doing things slightly differently. Unlike most of the major OEMs Lenovo is choosing to concentrate well on the lower end of the market and the mid-budget range, which is an interesting strategy given that the market in India is not as flourished as that abroad and the paying capacity of the people is significantly lower when compared to say the likes of the Europe or Northern America. Therefore, it makes sense to be present in a segment, which majority of the users can pick up stuff from which Lenovo is doing.
Keeping up with the tradition, Lenovo has announced the K3 Note, which is a budget phablet 4G device in India yesterday. The device packs in a couple of very interesting add-ons, including a few accessories that are noteworthy. The K3 Note, like other Lenovo devices, will be sold via Flipkart and the registrations for the Rs 9,999 device are open.
In terms of specifications, the device comes with a 5.5 inch Full HD display with 1.7GHz MediaTek MT6752 SoC at the heart of the device. It comes with 2 GB of RAM and 16 GB of internal memory with an expansion slot. You have a 13 MP rear camera and a 5 MP front-facing camera on the device for the photography enthusiast in you. The phone has a dual SIM configuration as well as Dolby Atmos Sound Technology for great experience. On the software front, it runs Android Lollipop out of the box with Lenovo’s skin on top. The first Lenovo K3 Note will go on sale on July 8th.
4G seems to be the next big thing to hit the telecom markets. We have had screens, batteries as well as the build and construction materials as the major differentiators, and looks like despite there being barely any 4G LTE connectivity even in metros in India, 4G is set to become a major differentiator in the market. And since bringing devices at an affordable price is already an ongoing war, combining 4G LTE with low cost in a handset seems to be an intelligent trick. We have seen the likes of RedMi Note from Xiaomi as well as the Yu Yureka device launched with LTE at affordable prices. Lenovo is set to challenge both of them with a device that is set to cost less than both the aforementioned devices.
According to BGR India, Lenovo has confirmed its plans of a Snapdragon powered device, which will be showcased at CES and then released in India a week later. The quote reads, “Lenovo to launch a Snapdragon based 410 LTE device to India with an aggressive price point. The device will be launched in India soon after it is showcased at CES 2015.”
No clear indication of the specifications or pricing of the device have been given yet, but the report on BGR says that the phone will be launched at a price closer to the RedMi 1S which is around the Rs 7,000 mark. If the report is indeed true and Lenovo does make a device available at the 7K mark with LTE, it would open a very interesting segment in the market.
via: BGR India
Lenovo has completed the acquisition of Motorola officially today, ending one of the most spoken of sagas in the personal technology space. The deal was announced back in February for as much as $2.91 billion, where Motorola was sold by Google to Lenovo. Motorola will become a part of Lenovo though from the outside it will remain a subsidiary, of the parent company. The brand name of Motorola will remain as it is and will continue to function independently.
Rick Osterloh, Motorola president said, “The iconic Motorola brand will continue, as will the Moto and DROID franchises that have propelled our growth over the past year. We will continue to focus on pure Android and fast upgrades, and remain committed to developing technology to solve real consumer problems.”
Google has already retained plenty of mobility patents of Motorola, and the sale only includes the handset side of the business. It has been widely reported that this acquisition would allow Lenovo to expand its smartphone market in North America and globally, places where Motorola is already seen as an iconic brand. Combining with the numbers of Motorola, Lenovo now becomes the third largest mobile manufacturer in the world in terms of the volume shipped.
It’s Official and it’s all wrapped up. After acquiring Motorola just shy of a couple of years ago, Google has decided to pass on the ownership papers to Lenovo. A deal worth of almost $2.61 Billion which includes part cash and part stock has been agreed and although this deal does cover some of the patents to be transferred, it is mainly for the devices such as Motorola’s Moto G and Moto X. It is widely believed that this move would propel Lenovo to make a move in the US markets.
The news is likely not to affect the launch of Moto G in India which is planned for February 5th, 2014. CEO of Google, Larry Page said the following of the acquisition:
“Lenovo has the expertise and track record to scale Motorola Mobility into a major player within the Android ecosystem, this move will enable Google to devote our energy to driving innovation across the Android ecosystem, for the benefit of smartphone users everywhere.”
Having bought Motorola for about 12.5 Billion USD back in 2012, this definitely seems like a loss driven deal for Google. It is said that even at the time of acquisition, Google were more interested in the patents portfolio of Motorola than the devices department. However, they will be holding on to the Advanced Technology and Projects Group at least for the time being. The deal though represents good value for Lenovo which many experts believe is the new growing force in the world of smartphones. After purchasing the x86 server business from IBM, this deal only assures that Lenovo does indeed have some big plans for the future and some of the big players in the market would be well advised to keep an eye on them.
Via: The Verge
Lenovo Thinkpad2 may well be one of the first tablets running Windows 8 that might be hitting the market soon. We have seen various images of tablets running Windows 8 and very recently the Microsoft branded Surface. These line of tablets may well be strong contenders for taking on the iPad and very high range of Android tablets and probably earning a good market share. However, with the leaked specs and various images leaked out, let us warn you that if you thought that were some recolutionary then you are set to be disappointed.
Lenovo as we have come to expect from their Laptops are more known for their durability and a usable design rather than the more eye catchy and flashy features such as those from Apple or even HTC. The Thinkpad 2 seems to be no different. The device sports an all black chassis from the front. Engadget have compared the device to the likes of the new iPad in terms of specs. It sports a massive 10.1 inch touchscreen on the top which houses an IPS display with a resolution of 1366×768. On board are also NFC and a finger print reader which are actually very interesting addition to the tablet market. The tablet is said to be holding out for over 10 hours of battery back up on wi-fi which definitely is great for a device of this size.
We are very excited to see how this tablet performs if and when it comes to the market especially seeing the beautiful keyboard dock it promises to come with. Do let us know your views regarding this tablet too.