Posts tagged with: Lenovo
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    Update: That Huawei Watch gave us the jeebies all through the program. Well, glad that's all uploaded. One of the nice things about the current monoform world of slab smartphones is that there are very few moving parts to break. Until, that is, you decide to defy common sense and stick your brand new Galaxy Note 5's S Pen into its silo backwards. That's when life stops getting funny ... and starts getting real. Join us for a debate on whether this is an example of terminal user stupidity or inexcusable design flaw, and then stick around for all the news of the week in mobile technology, ...

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    Earlier this month we got some bad news out of the Lenovo/Motorola camp, with news of some serious cuts to the workforces of both companies. Alongside word of that downsizing, we also learned of changes that would be coming to how Lenovo and subsidiary Motorola operate, with Motorola stepping up to fill R&D and manufacturing roles for Lenovo. What does that mean for the future of Lenovo as a smartphone brand? Today we begin to understand the breadth of these changes, as Lenovo Mobile reveals its intent to put its own smartphone brand to rest, transitioning many future handsets over to ...

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    Unwilling to partake in the traditional (and some say futile) spec wars this fall, Lenovo is reportedly looking to stand out with a rare trait for each upcoming smartphone rather than the same Snapdragon 810 chips and quad HD displays as everyone else. The Vibe S1, for instance, should cater to selfie addicts with a unique dual front-facing camera arrangement in tow, while the Vibe P1 is just about confirmed to pack a colossal 5,000 mAh battery. Exactly how big is that? Maybe you can get an idea by us recently calling (and rightly so) the Moto X Play’s 3,630 mAh cell “giant.” 5,000 ...

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    For one reason or another, plenty of smartphone manufacturers have saw fit to place two camera modules on the rear of their smartphones. Some want to capture 3D imagery, while others want to combine the outputs from both sensors to produce a higher-res image than could be produced by a single camera alone. Others still use a second sensor to gather depth information. But for all those developments, we haven't seen similar dual-camera layouts come to the front-facers on smartphones. At least, not yet, but some new rumors suggest that could be about to change, thanks to Lenovo and its Vibe ...

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    East Asian OEM layoffs with global impacts bookend this Thursday. We had news this morning out of Taipei from HTC of a 15 percent cut in workforce, or roughly 2,400 positions. This evening's news comes from Hong Kong and from Lenovo, where management has decided to eliminate just over 10 percent of its ranks of 60,000. Subsidiary company Motorola will end up taking a loss of 500 jobs, or a quarter of its current workforce. Lenovo specifically cited challenges facing Motorola in Latin American smartphone markets as well as volatile economic conditions. Costs have ballooned at the parent ...

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    It feels like Affordable Technology Week around these parts, doesn't it? We kicked it off Monday with our full review of Motorola's Moto G smartphone, kept the ball in the air Wednesday with a review of the same company's Moto Pulse Bluetooth headphones, and we debated the sanity of "settling" for affordable mobile technology in this week's podcast. Now it's time to take the cheap talk to tablet town with a look at a product from Motorola's parent company, Lenovo. Having answered the question of whether you can survive on a $200 smartphone, we now turn to the question of whether you ...

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    The day has come when we can finally put an end to rumors, leaks, reports, and our anticipation, as Motorola has finally unveiled its first phone for today, the Moto X Style (the Moto X Play is the second Moto X variant for this year). Contrary to last year, and the year before, Motorola has decided to introduce not one, but two versions of the Moto X. The Moto X Style is what we're looking at. The Moto X Style features a 5.7-inch Quad HD display, and is powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 808 processor, just like the LG G4 flagship. This SoC is a six-core chip and is clocked at 1.8GHz. ...

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    Lenovo isn't exactly the biggest contender in the Android tablet space — in fact, looking through the company's website, the Tab 2 A8 is the only tablet listed that runs an Android version newer than 4.4 KitKat. It isn't the highest end device we've seen, and it's certainly not aimed at beating out the iPad Air 2 or Nexus 9 any time soon. But at just $129.99 for a quad-core processor, an 8" display, a near-stock build of Android 5.0 Lollipop, and front-firing speakers powered by Dolby audio, it's hard to ignore. The Tab 2 A8 looks promising for the price, but how well will it perform? ...

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    The latest numbers are in from IDC, looking at the smartphone market for the second quarter of 2015. According to the latest preliminary release from IDC, a total of 337.2 million smartphones were shipped worldwide in Q2 of 2015, which represents an 11.6% increase from the 302.1 million units in the second quarter of 2014. As you'd expect, Samsung and Apple continue to dominate the smartphone market, but IDC notes that Samsung is the only one in the top five that recorded a shipment volume decline year over year. The report notes that, while the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge "arrived with ...

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    And "tweak, tweak, tweak" go the little mouses at Motorola. Skeumorphs, component and material orders, machine settings, marketing plans, Motorola. We are expecting a bevy of new devices from the Lenovo subsidiary including updates to its flagship Moto X series and the affordable Moto G and Moto E lineups. Another two phones have shown up as slight tweaks of the aforementioned: the Moto X Sport and the Moto G Nuevo. Keeping in mind that Motorola has also has another Verizon-incentivized Droid phone on the way. The company might be able to rebadge it as an international powerhouse as it has ...

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    Apple, Microsoft, Sony, Acer, Nokia, Toshiba, Xiaomi, Huawei, Lenovo, are just a few of Foxconn's largest clients. Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd., trading as Foxconn Technology Group, is a Taiwanese company that also happens to be the world's largest electronics contractor manufacturer. At a recent company shareholder meeting, the company's chairman, Terry Guo, made some reassuring statements. According to Guo, this year, in 2015, Foxconn will become the world's largest desktop, tablet, and smartphone OEM (original equipment manufacturer) / ODM (original design manufacturer). ...

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    Just as we're seeing more and more 2015 Moto X leaks hit the internet, the 2014 Moto G gets a serious discount on Amazon, which is a good indication of things to come (not that we ever doubted there will be a Moto G 2015). Alleged pictures, as well as a leaked video, try to anticipate not only the looks, but also the Moto G 2015 specs. There's not much to tell judging by the alleged picture above; the dimple is there, dual LED flash seems to make its way to the 2015 Moto G, and the camera up to. The back has a striped texture which should help grip and handling of the device, but the ...

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    Looks like it's time for the 2015 Moto X to make the headlines and capture our attention with all the leaks, rumors, and reports that are starting to pop up. Recently we've seen an alleged image of the device -- blurred though -- as well as a possible codename for it. Now it looks like there might be more to it as the Moto X 2015 fingerprint scanner gets hinted by a pair of leaked photos. What you see above and below is allegedly a 2015 Moto X chassis. The pictures by themselves don't reveal much, as the device, claimed to be this year's Moto X, is clearly missing a lot of its guts, but ...

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    Windows 10 marks the opening of an exciting new chapter in Microsoft’s smartphone story, and plenty of hardware manufacturers are eager to get in on the action. That list includes Lenovo, which earlier this year Microsoft confirmed as working towards the release of a new handset this summer – one we'll see upgraded to Windows 10 once available. But does Lenovo's interest in Windows 10 Mobile mean we'll see anything similar from Motorola? In a recent interview, Lenovo CEO Yang Yuanqing talks a little about plans for the first Lenovo-led Motorola smartphones, and why those won't include ...

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    Update: Clocking in at 02:30:34, this is the longest episode of the Weekly to date, thanks in no small part to the addition of the I/O roundtable. Enjoy ALL of it with this distribution and we'll see you next week! The funny thing about the annual Google I/O developer conference is this: the news doesn't stop for it. In fact, the opposite is true; knowing that Google's about to carpet bomb the mobile tech landscape with two days' worth of Android developments, rivals and partners alike kick their PR machines into overdrive, straining to be heard above the din. Add in the lack of our ...

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    The Lenovo Smart Cast projector phone is not the only cool, and futuristic product that the company introduced today at its Beijing event. The Lenovo Magic View dual-screen smartwatch has not one, but two displays; in addition to the main, circular display (that you'll find on any wearable device, granted, in a different shape -- round, square, elongated, etc. -- ) there's a secondary one between the watch face and the strap. It doesn't seem to run Android Wear, according to Lenovo, but will you care after you see what it does? "Virtual Interactive Display" is what Lenovo calls the ...

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    We're no strangers to projector-enabled smartphones: Samsung has (had) two models with the Galaxy Beam and the Galaxy Beam 2. Not that you cared about it. Well, you'll care about this one from Lenovo here, if you're really a geek! Just announced at the Lenovo Tech World Conference, the Lenovo Smart Cast not only projects images, but also projects a touch-enabled keyboard on surfaces. How cool is that? It has an integrated focus-free laser projector and the top part of the phone rotates in order to place a laser projected touch keyboard to the front of the device. There's really no use in ...

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    It used to be that there were some significant benefits in acquiring a Moto X, but as the story goes, that was when Google owned Motorola. Immediate software updates were a great benefit that Moto X users received, where it even left Nexus devices behind at times. The story has been mixed since Lenovo took charge of Motorola, and if you still own a 2013 Moto X, we have more information today. David Schuster, Motorola’s Senior Director of Product Management has just provided users with an update on his Google+ account. Within the post, Schuster acknowledges that there are a lot of ...

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    With last year's Moto 360, Motorola created the market for the round-screened smartwatch. In the months since we've seen the introduction of plenty competition, but the 360 remains the gold standard in the eyes of many consumers. As such, we've been hugely interested in learning what's next for Motorola wearables, especially this week as we mark the one-year anniversary of the 360's initial launch. While nothing's official yet, Lenovo CEO Yang Yuanqing may have just given us a little preview of the second-gen 360, sharing a couple pics on Chinese social media. While Yang calls this device ...

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    Could the addition of new Windows phone OEM partners help provide the sales boost Microsoft is hoping for? We'll know that answer for sure soon, as the Redmond, Calif. based company has unveiled today at the WinHEC conference two new partners which will be working to bring Windows to their smartphones. Let's talk Lenovo, first of all. Right now details are murky on whether Lenovo's upcoming Windows device will run the current Windows Phone OS (8.1) or come out only after Windows 10 for phones becomes available later this year. Considering the image in the tweet embedded below, the former ...

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    Yesterday was a hugely busy one for new mobile hardware, led off by HTC and Samsung's announcements of the One M9, Galaxy S6, and Galaxy S6 Edge. And while those gave us plenty to pay attention to, we hadn't even really gotten MWC fully started yet - that would wait for today. And the first official day of Mobile World Congress 2015 absolutely did not disappoint, bringing its own series of new device launches. We did our best to cover all the hot new products fresh on the expo floor, but in case you missed anything, here's your chance to catch up on everything we saw today. Sony led off ...

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    When Lenovo's Vibe Shot first turned up in leaks, we weren't quite sure what to make of it. It was only a few weeks back when the handset was positively identified as the model it is, and Lenovo's formal launch of the smartphone didn't come until today at MWC. But now that it's here we can finally appreciate all the steps the manufacturer has taken to make sure that camera performance is treated as a priority, and not given the second-tier status it can find itself relegated to on other models. We picked up a Vibe Shot at MWC 2015 today to take a look first-hand at what Lenovo's ...

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    The MWC 2015 announcements show no signs of stopping. After yesterday's massive unveils of the HTC One M9 and Samsung Galaxy S6, other players are ready to keep the news flowing throughout the trade show. Two new smartphones have just been announced by the owner of Motorola (Lenovo, of course), one of them the Lenovo A7000 and the other the Lenovo Vibe Shot – which we covered extensively in a separate post. Let's go over the first new smartphone announcement from today. Lenovo calls the A7000 a smartphone that's "built for entertainment on a budget." It's the first phone to come with ...

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    Around these parts (especially around this MWC timeframe), we're very used to seeing traditional smartphones launch, meaning the main point of the device is communication. But every so often, a device manufacturer decides to take a different approach in the creation of a phone, and what results usually turns into either a runaway success or a dead-on-arrival type scenario. The newest smartphone that finds itself in one of these situations is the Lenovo Vibe Shot, a device that its OEM touts as being for "those who want a phone that looks and feels like a camera." The company goes on to ...

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    It's nighttime in Barcelona right now, giving us a bit of much-appreciated breathing room to collect ourselves after today's whirlwind launches, and pay some attention to a few of the less spotlight-grabbing announcements from the day. Lenovo may not be bringing any products that are as hotly anticipated as those new flagships from Samsung and HTC, but it's still got quite a few new models that could well be worth your attention. Today, the name of the game was “tablets,” and Lenovo brought three new models to show off, the Android Lenovo Tab 2 A8 and A10-70, and the Windows-running ...

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