We owe a lot to Motorola and its team of inventors and engineers. The company made breakthroughs in portable radio and brought us one of the first-ever cellphones. It launched the flip phone, the clamshell and the wildly popular RAZR V3. There have been some ups and downs along the way, and the company’s endured more than its share of corporate hand-changing, but with its Moto series and Nexus 6, it’s now back amongst the smartphone elite. In this week’s Rewind, we take a look at some of the milestones in Motorola’s quest for portable communicators.
Although Chromebooks have only grabbed a small part of the laptop computer market thus far, despite much success in the education sector, the race to bring out less expensive models to entice buyers appears to be heating up for 2015. A new report from Digitimes Research indicates both Lenovo and Asustek are preparing new Chromebooks equipped with Rockchip technology to hit the market at a $149 price point.
Thus far, most Chromebooks have been priced in the $200 – $300 range, so the products from Lenovo and Asustek could set new lows for notebook devices. Both devices are expected to come with 11.6-inch screens and the Rockchip processors, but other details are not yet known. Acer is currently the biggest Chromebook producer and these new devices would be priced 25% lower than the Acer C720 that runs $199. Digitimes Research indicated that in addition to the price pressure this move will create for other Chromebook producers like Acer, it will also put pressure on Microsoft which has been modifying license costs in an effort to stave off Chromebooks’ growth in the market.
Rockchip is a “first-tier tablet application processor (AP) designer” from China. They have worked with Intel on chip design and distribution. They are also a Google-certified solutions provider.
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New iPads. A new Galaxy Note. New Google… everything. Chalk it up to the holiday shopping season, but we’ve been mighty busy reviewing new gadgets lately. Which means, it’s high time we update our buyer’s guides. This time around, we’re replacing the iPad Air with, you guessed it, the second-gen edition. Interestingly, though, we’ve declined to add the iPad mini 3 — we still think that for most people the cheaper iPad mini 2 is the smarter buy. Oh, and we got rid of a couple tablets too: Since the Nexus 7 and the 2013 Kindle Fire HD have both been discontinued, it doesn’t make sense to keep recommending them.
As for smartphones, say hello to the Galaxy Note 4, the best big-screen handset you can buy. In addition we’re adding Sony’s Xperia Z3 flagship and the Moto G in the budget category. In the wearables category, we still recommend the Moto 360, particularly given a recent update that improved battery life, and also the fact that it’s more reasonably priced than the new LG G Watch R. Finally, you’ll notice we haven’t added any laptops this month. That’s because we’re currently testing a bunch of Ultrabooks, Chromebooks and gaming laptops, and it’s too soon to say which ones we like best. Good thing we update this guide so often. Will we add Samsung’s new, lower-end Chromebook 2? Maybe the Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro? Will the Nexus 6 and Microsoft Band make the list? Check back soon to find out.
Source: Engadget Buyer’s Guide
Did you know that Lenovo had planned to become the world’s biggest PC and tablet maker by the end of 2016? It turns out that the company’s achievement was even greater than its ambition, since the milestone has been reached six financial quarters early. In Lenovo’s latest earnings release, the company trumps its new status as king of the PC (and tablet) world, having made a healthy $262 million net profit for the three months between July and September. Some of the highlights include a big upswing in tablet and smartphone sales, as well as a big boost from the enterprise businesses its keeps buying from IBM. At the same time, Lenovo has decided to add Yahoo co-founder (and current Alibaba board member) Jerry Yang to its board, because that’s the sort of thing a company does when it’s making serious bank.
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The Lenovo VIBE X2, which was announced during IFA 2014, has been launched in the Indian market today. The device has been priced at INR 19,990 ($325) and will be exclusively available from November 10 through the e-retail giant, Flipkart.
The Lenovo VIBE X2 features a unique tri-layer design and a 5-inch Full HD (1920×1080 pixels) IPS LCD display. Equipped with a 2GHz octa-core MediaTek MT6596M processor and 2GB of RAM, it runs Android KitKat and is powered by a 2,300mAh battery. The device has a 13-megapixel primary camera and a 5-megapixel front-facing shooter.
Lenovo VIBE X2 Specifications
- 5-inch IPS LCD display, 1920 x 1080 pixels, 441 ppi
- Android 4.4 KitKat
- 2GHz octa-core MediaTek MT6596M processor, PowerVR G600 GPU, and 2GB of RAM
- 32GB internal storage but no microSD card slot
- 13-megapixel primary camera, autofocus, LED flash, and 1080p video recording
- 5-megapixel front-facing secondary camera
- Dual-SIM, 4G LTE, dual-band Wi-Fi ac/b/g/n, Bluetooth v4.0, GLONASS A-GPS, and microUSB v2.0 port
- 2,300 mAh non-removable battery
Alongside its dual-SIM support, it is also compatible with 4G LTE bands and FM Radio. The device comes pre-loaded with apps like SHAREit, SYNCit and CLONEit. It is available in four colour variants; White, Gold, Red, and Charcoal.
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When it rains, it pours — on top of its Galaxy Note Edge announcement, AT&T has unveiled launch plans for no less than six smart devices that should reach stores by November 7th. It’ll be a particularly big day for HTC fans, who’ll get the Desire Eye ($150 on contract, $550 off), One (M8) for Windows ($200/$670) and RE camera ($199 contract-free). And that’s just the start. The previously promised Lumia 830 will arrive at the same time, costing $100 on contract and $450 up front; you’ll get a free Fitbit Flex activity tracker with the Windows Phone if you act quickly. Meanwhile, smartwatch lovers will like that both LG’s G Watch R and Motorola’s Moto 360 will go on sale for respective prices of $299 and $249. That’s a lot of release info to digest, but it’s hard to complain too much about getting so many gadgets in one day.
Nigh on a month later than originally planned, Motorola’s Moto 360 smartwatch has officially arrived in the UK today (although O2 apparently let a few units slip out at the beginning of the month). The limited stock that’s available is up for grabs through Motorola directly, with online sales live right now. The £200 Android Wear watch is particularly notable for its sexy circular design, and to mark its arrival in the UK, Motorola’s also knocking £60 off the starting price of its Moto X flagship smartphone for the next 24 hours. Usually £420, the base model is being discounted to £360 for one day only, with the price increasing from there if you add extra storage or one of the more ornate finishes, like leather or wood, using the online Moto Maker customisation tool.
Via: Android Central
Lenovo may be late to the activity tracker craze with its unannounced Smartband, but it could have an ace up its sleeve. The company has quietly posted the wristwear on its site, and we now know that the device can automatically unlock your PC so long as it’s nearby — handy if you hate entering passwords. While the Smartband otherwise clones what you’ve seen in other trackers, such as heart rate monitoring and basic phone notifications, that proximity-based sign-in could be a nice complement to your Yoga 3 Pro. Just don’t expect to pick up this wearable yet — although Lenovo has a listing for the Smartband, there’s no way to buy it at the moment.
Not long after acquiring Motorola, Lenovo have announced big plans to establish a new brand of smartphones for the Chinese Market on April 1, 2015. The tech giant is looking to take on companies like Xiaomi and Meizu by focusing on direct-to-consumer sales and an internet-based business model. They also plan to put a strong focus on app development.
Lenovo will not be discontinuing their own line of phones, but will instead continue selling those through carriers. The new brand’s direct-to-market focus will allow them to sell these devices for prices similar to Xiaomi’s offerings. Definitely an interesting move on Lenovo’s part, but with other companies already dominating the rapidly-growing Chinese market, is an April launch too late for Lenovo to get their footing? Let us know in the comments below!
Source: GSM Arena
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