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Lenovo Phab 2 landing in India December 6

The Lenovo Phab 2 – the non-Tango version of the Phab 2 Pro – is landing in India on December 6. The company has sent out press invites to a webinar launch with no mention of the most interesting of Phab 2 family members, the Phab 2 Pro (the Phab 2 Plus already went on sale a month ago).

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Despite being Tango-less, the Phab 2 will still get you a giant screen with decent mid-range internals. The Phab 2 specs include a 6.4-inch HD display, MediaTek MT8735 chipset, 3 GB of RAM, 32 GB ROM with microSD expansion and a 4,050 mAh battery. It runs Marshmallow out of the box and comes in Gunmetal Gray and Champagne Gold color options.

Unlike the Phab 2 Plus, the regular Phab 2 doesn’t have a dual camera array on the back, featuring a single 13 MP primary camera and 5 MP front-facing camera with a wide-angle lens for group selfies. The Phab 2 will be a Flipkart exclusive and we don’t have an official release date or price just yet, but the U.S. conversion puts it in the vicinity of INR13,000.

Will you pick up a Phab 2? What is the perfect screen size for you?

Mods could one day bring 5G data to the Moto Z series

The Moto Z appears to have been a successful handset for Lenovo this year, and the company is looking to extend the handset’s life cycle with more modes for the range over the next year. A new 3,000mAh Mophie battery pack that’s available from Verizon will be heading out to more regions, and there are plans for an Incipio car dock charger with a 3.5mm audio output connection too.

Alongside these additions, John Touvannas, senior director of product management at the company, believes that we could eventually see secondary e-ink displays, a baby monitor, and even a 5G modem appear in the Moto Mods line-up in the future.

“Without having to wait for the next-gen phone that can bring the next technology or capability, we can get to that quicker through the mod,” – John Touvannas, Motorola/Lenovo

The prospect of something like a 5G modem being available via a modular extension is interesting, as it could mean that customers won’t have to upgrade to an entirely new phone for faster data speeds. Motorola’s mods can communicate via USB 3.1, as well as to the phone’s image and display processors, which would technically be fast enough to handle faster data coming in at 5G speeds. Although the form factor of such an accessory would need to be sleek enough for users to carry round, say a back panel with the required radio antennas and modem. Verizon, a close partner with Motorola, plans to begin its 5G trials in mid 2017.

While some are still sceptical that modular smartphones are nothing more than a gimmick, Motorola’s research suggests that around half of all Moto Z owners make use of at least one mod. The battery mod seems the most popular, with users clocking in 37 hours of typical use. 20 percent of users have even stumped up for the expensive camera and projector mods, with the latter being used 10 hours a week on average.

The good news is that Motorola is actively pursuing new mod ideas, rather than letting the idea flounder through a lack of development like a certain competitor. The company is running hackathons and an Indiegogo campaign to entice third-party developers, and the Motorola aims to bring out four new mods each quarter starting from the middle of 2017.

Moto puts smartwatch development on the back burner

If you’ve been holding out for the release of a new Moto 360, you may have to wait a longer than expected.

According to a report from The Verge, Moto has confirmed it does not have any plans to release a new smartwatch for the launch of Google’s Android Wear 2.0, which is due out in early 2017. A few months ago, Moto (along with LG and Huawei) confirmed it would not release a new smartwatch in 2016, but the company’s 2017 plans were uncertain at the time.

The company may revisit the market in the future should wrist technologies improve.

The head of global product development at Moto, Shakil Barkat, says the company doesn’t “see enough pull in the market to put [a new smartwatch] out at this time,” and that smartwatches and other wearable devices will not be in Moto’s annual device roadmap. “Wearables do not have broad enough appeal for us to continue to build on it year after year,” Barkat said. “We believe the wrist still has value and there will be a point where they provide value to consumers more than they do today.”

The company may revisit the market in the future should wrist technologies improve.

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The Android Wear space – and the smartwatch market as a whole, for that matter – has shifted a lot over the past few years. Android Wear certainly started off with a bang, as most launch partners consisted of OEMs that were used to making Android smartphones and tablets. Now we’re seeing more and more classic watchmakers overtake the Android Wear space, like PolarMichael Kors, Nixon and a few others.

Moto’s smartwatch future may be up in the air for now, but one thing’s for certain – there needs to be some big improvements in the space before the company starts developing another Android Wear device. Back in September, Moto claimed that there are just too many trade-offs in the current smartwatch component space. For instance, while it may be possible to bring cellular connectivity to a watch, there are too many trade-offs involved.

As you may recall, Google recently delayed the official launch of Android Wear 2.0. The company originally said it’d be available for all in the fall of 2016, but now it’s not coming until “early 2017.”

Lenovo Q2 revenue down, but claims Moto Z has iPhone momentum

Lenovo has just unveiled its financial results for the second quarter of 2016 and it makes for some mixed reading. While year-on-year revenue has dropped by 8 percent, quarter-on-quarter profits are up 12 percent, the company says that its mobile division is on track to turn back around come the middle of 2017.

As a quick overview of the financial situation, Lenovo pulled in $11.2 billion in revenue in Q2, down 8 percent on last year. However, net income reached a healthy $157 million, a vast improvement on the $714 million loss that the company posted in Q2 2015. It’s not a pristine picture, but Lenovo’s cost saving and restructuring strategies are beginning to help its bottom line.

Mobile shipments YoY have remained mostly flat, registering 359 million in Q2 2015 and a 0.4 percent increase to 361 million in Q2 2016. While sales may not be growing, Lenovo says that it has managed to save $1 billion in mobile expenses over the past 18 months, which is helping to return the division to sustained profitability. Lenovo’s mobile division has been struggling to product a profit since its expensive aquisition of Motorola from Google, although this purchase may be beginning to pay off. This year’s Moto Z flagship seems to have been one of the company’s more successful launches, and is helping to keep the division on track.

Lenovo Q2 revenue down, but claims Moto Z has iPhone momentumLenovo expects that the Moto Z will sell 3 million units in its first 12 months, which has led the company to ramp up production to 60,000 units per month. The company suggests that the Moto Z saw similar sales momentum to the launch of the iPhone (although it doesn’t say which model) in their first three months, with the former achieving 1.06 million shipments, while the iPhone edged ahead with 1.12 million. That sounds like a pretty notable achievement for a flagship launch, and it will be interesting to see if the company keeps with its modular design for future devices now. Especially as LG has decided to ditch its modular approach after the poor performance of the G5.

“Market conditions remained challenging but we delivered solid results. Our PCSD business maintained leadership and strong profitability, our Mobile business had good quarter-to-quarter volume growth and margin improvement” – Yang Yuanqing, Chairman and CEO, Lenovo

As for its other divisions, Lenovo’s PC shipments saw a 4.8 percent year-on-year fall to 67 million devices, and the tablet market is showing an even steeper decline of 14.7 percent over the same period. That being said, PC profits actually increased by 3 percent YoY. Tablet shipments came in at just 43 million units for the quarter, suggesting the smartphones are becoming an increasingly important sector for Lenovo’s consumer electronics arm. Despite the PC and tablet markets’ continued slowdown, Lenovo is now the biggest brand in the combined market, capturing a 15.6 percent PC + tablet market share, followed by Apple on 12.9 percent in Q2.

Along with the financial statement, Lenovo has announced three new appointments to lead some of the company’s divisions. Kirk Skaugen joins as Executive Vice President (EVP) and President of Data Center Group, Laura Quatela is the new Chief Legal Officer and SVP, and Dr. Yong Rui comes in as Chief Technology Officer and SVP.

Lenovo has sold over 13 million smartphones on Flipkart since 2014

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On the sidelines of the launch of Lenovo K6 Power in India earlier today, Ajay Yadav, Vice President, Flipkart shared that the online retailer has sold over 13 million Lenovo smartphones till date. The number of course includes Moto smartphones as well.

Lenovo partnered with Flipkart in 2014 as it entered the crowded Indian market and has since then launched several budget and mid-range smartphones, several of them being exclusive to Flipkart.

We are the number 2 smartphone brand by value and volume in India and have been a dominating player in the online space since last 7 quarters. We have set benchmarks in the industry with our product propositions and have emerged as a prime challenger brand in the smartphone category.

– Sudhin Mathur, Executive Director, Lenovo Mobile Business Group India

Lenovo has sold over 13 million smartphones on Flipkart since 2014

Ajay also shared that more than 50% customers come back to buy a Lenovo brand smartphone validating high customer satisfaction score. According to the latest IDC report for Q3 2016, Lenovo group has a 9.5% market share in India.

Lenovo K6 Power launched in India for ₹9,999

In a press event in New Delhi today, Lenovo announced the launch of the new budget smartphone – Lenovo K6 Power – in India. The K6 Power was unveiled at the IFA 2016 in Berlin earlier this year along with the K6 and K6 Note smartphones.

Lenovo K6 Power Specifications

  • Operating System: Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow with Lenovo Pure UI
  • Display: 5-inch Full HD (1920 x 1080) | 441ppi | 178-degrees viewing angles
  • Processor: 64-bit Snapdragon 430 octa-core 1.4GHz | Adreno 505 GPU
  • RAM: 3GB
  • Internal Storage: 32GB; expandable via microSD card
  • Battery: 4000mAh
  • Rear Camera: 13MP with LED flash | PDAF
  • Front Camera: 8MP with wide angle lens

The device packs in a fingerprint scanner as well Dolby Atmos audio setup. Priced at ₹9,999 ($145), the Lenovo K6 Power will be sold exclusively on Flipkart via an open sale starting December 6th on 12PM.

Lenovo teases that metal-bodied Moto M is coming soon to India

Lenovo’s latest mid-range smartphone, the Moto M, launched in China earlier this month, and the company is all set to bring the device to India soon.


The Moto M sports a full metal unibody design with a double layer hydrophobic coating that will protect it from water splashes and spills. There’s also a fingerprint scanner, fast charging, as well as Dolby Atmos audio component.

Moto M Specifications

  • Display: 5.5-inch Full HD (1920 x 1080)
  • Processor: 2.2GHz octa-core MediaTek Helio P15
  • RAM: 4GB
  • Internal Storage: 32GB; expandable up to 128GB with microSD card
  • Battery: 3050mAh
  • Camera: 16MP rear camera with PDAF | 8MP front camera

The Moto M retails for ¥1999 ($295) in China which should translate to a sub-₹20,000 pricing for the Indian market. What are your thoughts on the Moto M?

Lenovo teases that metal-bodied Moto M is coming soon to India

Lenovo’s latest mid-range smartphone, the Moto M, launched in China earlier this month, and the company is all set to bring the device to India soon.


The Moto M sports a full metal unibody design with a double layer hydrophobic coating that will protect it from water splashes and spills. There’s also a fingerprint scanner, fast charging, as well as Dolby Atmos audio component.

Moto M Specifications

  • Display: 5.5-inch Full HD (1920 x 1080)
  • Processor: 2.2GHz octa-core MediaTek Helio P15
  • RAM: 4GB
  • Internal Storage: 32GB; expandable up to 128GB with microSD card
  • Battery: 3050mAh
  • Camera: 16MP rear camera with PDAF | 8MP front camera

The Moto M retails for ¥1999 ($295) in China which should translate to a sub-₹20,000 pricing for the Indian market. What are your thoughts on the Moto M?

Lenovo teases that metal-bodied Moto M is coming soon to India

Lenovo’s latest mid-range smartphone, the Moto M, launched in China earlier this month, and the company is all set to bring the device to India soon.


The Moto M sports a full metal unibody design with a double layer hydrophobic coating that will protect it from water splashes and spills. There’s also a fingerprint scanner, fast charging, as well as Dolby Atmos audio component.

Moto M Specifications

  • Display: 5.5-inch Full HD (1920 x 1080)
  • Processor: 2.2GHz octa-core MediaTek Helio P15
  • RAM: 4GB
  • Internal Storage: 32GB; expandable up to 128GB with microSD card
  • Battery: 3050mAh
  • Camera: 16MP rear camera with PDAF | 8MP front camera

The Moto M retails for ¥1999 ($295) in China which should translate to a sub-₹20,000 pricing for the Indian market. What are your thoughts on the Moto M?

Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals for Lenovo/Motorola [UK]

It’s that time of the year: Black Friday and of course, Cyber Monday that follows suit. And these days, this super sale period isn’t limited to the US – it’s worldwide. So here are some official deals from Lenovo for those living in the UK:

Moto Z and Moto Z Play

Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals for Lenovo/Motorola [UK]

Of course, we have to start with Lenovo’s modular superstars: the Moto Z and its cousin, Moto Z Play. The two will be available in black or white and Lenovo is bundling them with some nice modular freebies and free shipping. As for the Moto Z, it will cost £499.00, but the device comes with a free Incipio offGRID Power Bank Mod, which would normally set you back £59.99.

As for the Moto Z, it will cost £499.00, but the device comes with a free Incipio offGRID Power Bank Mod, which would normally set you back £59.99.

The Moto Z Play will cost £369.98 and comes with a free JBL Soundboost Speaker Mod, which normally retails for £69.98. The Moto Z is definitely the more powerful of the two, with a 5.5-inch Quad HD display and a low-light camera. It’s 5.2mm thin but its laser thin body comes with some sacrifices: no 3.5mm headphone jack and disappointing battery life. The Moto Z Play features a 5.5-inch Full HD display, and while it doesn’t have the blazing fast Snapdragon 820 processor, it does maintain the good old 3.5mm headphone jack.

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Moto Mods Review: Blast, Power and Project in a snap

July 27, 2016

Moto G4 family

Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals for Lenovo/Motorola [UK]

If you’re looking for something a bit more mid-range, the G4 family might be a better fit for you. The Moto G4 and G4 Plus both feature a 5.5-inch Full HD display and a decent design. The main difference between the two are the RAM and camera. The Plus gives you an option to get 4GB of RAM along with 64GB of internal storage and has a 16-megapixel camera instead of the 13-megaixel shooter found on the regular G4. The regular G4 will be available for £159.00 with free a premium back cover and the Plus will be available for £209.00 with free premium back cover.

The G4 Play is the least powerful of the G4 family, featuring a 5-inch 720p display and an underwhelming camera. But if you’re looking for a decent smartphone for internet browsing and casual photos, then this may be the phone for you. Lenovo is slashing £10 off the original price tag down to £119.98 this holiday season (tbh, I think they could’ve done better than £10). Of course, they all come with free shipping.

But if you’re looking for a decent smartphone for internet browsing and casual photos, then this may be the phone for you.

Moto X family

Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals for Lenovo/Motorola [UK]

Next up is the ultra-durable Moto X Force: although it is now almost a year old, it has a nice 5.4-inch Quad HD display that is shatterproof as well as Snapdragon 810 and a 21-megapixel camera. Lenovo is giving a £50 discount on it this month, so for £429, you can grab yourself a shatterproof device with a free back cover.

Although it is now almost a year old, it has a nice 5.4-inch Quad HD display that is shatterproof as well as Snapdragon 810 and a 21-megapixel camera.

The Moto X Style is slightly bigger, measuring at 5.7 inches. It’s not shatterproof, however. It has the same 21-megapixel camera, and can be yours for just £309. Again, it comes with a premium back cover.

The smartwatch

Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals for Lenovo/Motorola [UK]

What would Black Friday be without Lenovo’s circular smartwatch? If you were looking to get a well-designed Android Wear smartwatch this holiday season, the Moto 360 is now £218.99 with free shipping. And yes, this is the 2nd generation Moto 360 we are talking about.

See also:

Moto 360 (2nd Gen.) review

October 13, 2015

The deals are available right now from Lenovo’s official website, and will go on until the 28th of November. Let us know if you’ll be getting a Lenovo device this holiday season!

These deals will be available from today through November 28.