Lenovo sells multiple tablets. Motorola sells none. Don’t expect that to change for the foreseeable future. Rick Osterloh, Motorola’s President, hosted a brief Q&A session on Twitter earlier today in which he shot down the idea of the company releasing a tablet this year.
Lenovo has announced a new phablet to tackle the mid-range market called the Lenovo K3 Note. This phone is pretty similar to the smaller Lenovo K3 that was announced awhile back, but features some improved hardware and an obviously larger screen.
The K3 Note has a 5.5-inch 1080p display, a 64-bit octa-core MediaTek processor, and 2 GB of RAM. You’ll find 16 GB of internal storage with a microSD card slot, plus a 13 megapixel rear camera and a 5 megapixel front facing camera. A big bonus is that the phone supports dual-SIM cards, so it’ll be a pretty flexible device.
Earlier today at Mobile World Congress, Lenovo announced its first ever photo-focused smartphone, the Vibe Shot, which boasts a whopping 16-megapixel rear-facing camera and an 8-megapixel front-facing shooter; both of which have direct support Optical Image Stabilization (OIS).
Lenovo has just launched the Tab 2 A10 and the Tab 2 A8 during its event before the MWC officially kicks off. The devices are budget oriented and carry a price tag of under $200.
It’s a little early for Nexus season, but here we have a leak hinting at the next manufacturer to be handed the honour of creating the next Nexus handset. In the recent past, we had the Nexus 4 and 5 being built by LG, with the most recent Nexus 6 coming courtesy of Motorola. But now, according to a post by Darren phone chips on Weibo, the Chinese micro-blogging site, it appears that a Chinese manufacturer might be given the responsibility for the next Nexus handset.
Xiaomi continued its inexorable rise in China, rising to 13.7% of market share in Q4 of 2014, while Samsung’s ongoing decline in China continued through the last quarter, slipping to 7.9% of the market, down to fifth place behind Xiaomi, Apple, Huawei, and Lenovo.
Lenovo has just published a list of smartphones it hopes to upgrade to Lollipop in the next quarter of this year. The A5000, A6000, P70, S90, Vibe X2, Vibe Z2 and Vibe Z2 Pro are expected to receive the update somewhere between April 1 and June 30, whereas the S856, S860, S930 and P90 are set to get it shortly after.
Back in December, Lenovo announced its latest mid-range smartphone, the P70, and, earlier today, the company launched the long-awaited handset in China with a 1399 yuan ($224) asking price.
One of his recent tweets claims that Moto is working on a smartphone that’s “smarter” than the competition, and we should expect to see it fairly soon. When Google owned the company, we saw the always-on voice recognition and some other user friendly intelligent features. Hopefully Lenovo and Moto have found a way to add on to those smart features and bring some new things to the table.