** It was announced just last week that Lenovo would be bringing its newest range of smartphones to the UK, with or without Motorola’s backing.** Just who are Lenovo and what smartphones can we expect to get our hands on in the coming year?
Who are Lenovo?
Lenovo are a Chinese computer company specialising in laptops, servers, tablets and televisions. However, Lenovo has recently made the move into the smartphone market, with the aim of replacing Samsung as China’s biggest smartphone manufacturer.
Despite the purchase of Motorola from Google at the beginning of the year, Lenovo has announced that it will be launching its own smartphone range in the UK.
Similarly to other smartphone manufacturers, Lenovo has made its name in the computer industry. That means, to put is simply, that all of Lenovo’s technology and innovation has been squeezed into that handheld slab that we keep by our side day in day out.
In practice, Lenovo has over 2000 designers and engineers eagerly developing new technology which really makes a difference to smartphone users.
So if you are looking to break the mould with a stylish, sleek and high performing smartphone, then Lenovo’s range of devices might be right up your street.
And, despite their high quality build and stylish appearance, Lenovo smartphones might just offer a wallet-friendly alternative to the big name flagships saturating the market.
Lenovo VIBE series
Unveiled at this year’s CES in Las Vegas, the Lenovo Vibe Z is an incredible looking smartphone. With a manageable 5.5-inch display and an amazing set of specs, there’s no wonder why the tech world’s tongues are wagging about this smartphone.
The Vibe Z is the first Lenovo handset to support 4G, which teamed with a 20/20 Vision 1920 x 1080 display, makes if the perfect smartphone for multimedia lovers.
And with a beautiful slim-line design and laser-etched fabric-feel cover, the Lenovo Vibe Z is good enough to match any of the latest flagship smartphones hitting the shelves.
The Lenovo Vibe X is probably best known for being one of the slimmest and lightest smartphones on the market. Measuring just 6.9mm thick and 121 grams in weight, the Vibe X has a beautifully crafted handset with rounded edges and a premium-looking trim.
But it’s not just in the style department that the Lenovo Vibe X blows us away; with a 13 megapixel rear facing camera and an impressive 5 megapixel 84 degree angle front lens, the device allows for incredible photos, video chats and selfies.
Under the smartphone’s crystal clear 5-inch display, the Vibe X’s specs aren’t too bad either. With a quad-core 1.5GHz processor and Android Jelly Bean built-in, you’ve got one of the most up to date smartphones that can take on any of the leading handsets on the market.
With Lenovo’s customised user interface laced on top of Android, the Vibe X offers one hand-control as well as gesture control, allowing you to answer calls by just holding the phone to your ear.
Lenovo S Series – The S930
Moving aside from the premiun range of Vibe devices, Lenovo also boast an S range of smartphones, including the S930.
Perhaps the S930’s most prominent feature is its super-sized 6-inch display. Designed to perform well on the film, internet and gaming front, the Lenovo S930 has a picture perfect screen, dual speakers and Dolby Digital Plus audio technology.
So whether you love to watch a movie with a beautifully clear display and crisp speakers, or kick back with a game of Asphalt 7, Block Breaker 3 or Little Big City, the S930 has got it all.
On top of the S930’s range of multimedia features sits an 8 megapixel camera with LED flash and burst shot mode, enabling you to take up to 99 snapshots in seconds. Add that to Lenovo’s built-in camera features such as smile correction, self-timer and panoramic scene, and you’ve got yourself one impressive, multimedia-ready phablet.
Lenovo P Series – The P780
The Lenovo P780 is the leading smartphone in the P series of handsets, and offers a large screen teamed up with a massive battery to keep you going throughout the day.
Compared to most smartphones on the market, the Lenovo P780 sports a huge 4000 mAh battery offering 25 hours of use on 3G and up to 35 days on standby.
And with 1GB of RAM and a quad-core processor, the Lenovo P780 is great for multi-tasking, especially with access to all of the latest apps in the Google Play Store, from Facebook and Twitter to Kingston Office and Lenovo Cloud Storage.
The P780 also offers a built-in business card scanner and USB port, making the device perfect for both work and play; its 5-inch display and dual-SIM capabilities allow you to switch between two networks seamlessly.
The handset’s premium metal casing also gives the Lenovo P780 a touch of class, making it the ideal handset to whip out in the board room, on the train or in the office.
Lenovo A Series – The A516
Last but not least in Lenovo’s ever expanding range of smartphones is the A516, one of four handsets which make up the A series of affordable Lenovo devices.
The A516 is one of the smaller Lenovo smartphones, offering a 4.5-inch IPS display and slim-line polycarbonate frame.
The device offers everything that you would expect from a budget smartphone, including a 5 megapixel rear-facing lens, a 1.3GHz processor and Android Jelly Bean.
And with a price tag of less than £100, you can’t go wrong with this great Lenovo smartphone.
If you’re looking for a cheap smartphone, take a look at our review of the best Alcatel smartphones of 2014.