Lenovo announces new S-Series budget smartphones and new YOGA Tablet
Lenovo is a company rarely in the spotlight in the mobile space. It’s tried its hand at mobile devices several times, to a mostly uninterested audience. But Lenovo found itself all over headlines at the end of last month, after Google announced it agreed to sell Motorola Mobility to Lenovo.
Fresh off the heels of that announcement, Lenovo just announced three new Android-powered smartphones: the S660, S850, and S860.
Priced at $229 sans contract, the S660 (pictured above) is the cheapest model of the three. It will ship with a 4.7-inch qHD display, 1.3GHz quad-core MediaTek MT6582m chip, 1GB RAM, 8GB inbuilt storage with a microSD card slot for up to 32GB additional storage, 8-megapixel rear camera, and a hefty 3,000mAh battery. It features a brushed metal design, and the backside is removable.
The S860 favors the S660 quite a bit, but it’s essentially a higher-end model. It bears a 5.3-inch 720p IPS LCD display, 1.3GHz quad-core MediaTek MT6582 chip, 2GB RAM, 16GB fixed storage, no microSD card slot, 8-megapixel camera around back, and a massive 4,000mAh battery. Like the S660, the S860 also features a brushed metal design, but this model will sell for $349 unlocked.
Finally, the S850 diverts from the brushed metal design and sandwiches some components between two glass slabs. Its internals aren’t too different, though. It comes with a 5-inch 720p display, 1.3GHz quad-core MediaTek MT6582 chip, 13-megapixel rear camera with a 5-megapixel front shooter, 1GB RAM, 16GB internal storage, and a 2,000mAh battery. However, the S850 has a unique feature we’re quite jealous of – a glowing Lenovo logo on the rear, which can be customized with different colors for different types of notifications.
All three models come with dual-SIM capabilities, 3G connectivity, and Android 4.2 Jelly Bean underneath Lenovo’s custom interface, though an update to KitKat is said to be arriving shortly after launch. It isn’t likely these handsets will ever arrive in Western Europe or US markets, but Lenovo says to expect all three in Asia, the Middle East and Central America sometime in June.
In addition to the three budget smartphones, Lenovo announced a new tablet, the YOGA Tablet 10 HD+. It looks virtually identical to the original YOGA Tablet 10, but unlike its predecessor, however, this newer model features a 10-inch full HD display (1,920 by 1,200 pixels). It also come equipped with 2GB RAM, 16 or 32GB fixed storage with a microSD expansion slot, Snapdragon 400 SoC with a 1.6GHz quad-core CPU, 8-megapixel rear camera, and a giant 9,000mAh battery, for up to 18 hours of use. The most interesting bit of the YOGA Tablet is its rotating stand around back, and this year’s model comes with a larger stand for additional sturdiness. The YOGA Tablet 10 HD+ is running Android 4.3, will come in Wi-Fi and 3G models, and pricing will begin at $349 in April.