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Motorola UK begins selling the Moto 360, discounts the Moto X for one day only


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.

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Lenovo’s me-too Smartband will unlock your PC

Lenovo Smartband on the web

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.

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Lenovo to launch Chinese direct-to-consumer smartphone company


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!

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Lenovo is building a new smartphone brand to compete with Xiaomi

Samsung and Apple may be the two biggest names in smartphones in the western world, but in China it’s all about Lenovo and Xiaomi. The two companies are among the most recognizable brands in the region, but Lenovo wants more: it’s about to create a new smartphone company for the Chinese market. While the new brand name hasn’t been announced, Lenovo says that it will officially open for business in April of 2015, and will focus on branded applications, consumer engagement and, like Xiaomi, selling devices online. The company’s core brand isn’t out of the running, though — Lenovo phones will still be available through local carriers and retailers.

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Moto T? Lenovo outlines its plans for a new Motorola Tablet

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With the acquisition of Motorola due to be complete by the end of 2014, Lenovo plans to re-brand some of its products with the Motorola name. Sources say this will include smartphones and tablets. Depending on region and/or brand awareness, Lenovo could conceivably take any of its tablet/smartphone offerings and slap a Motorola badge on them.

Hopefully, Lenovo is wise enough to notice that Motorola’s brand identity has changed, drastically, over the last two years. Motorola has gone from a mobile phone mill, churning out model after model of basically the same phone to a company that makes much more intentional decisions based on design and function. A Lenovo tablet with a Motorola tag on it seems counterproductive.

If this is the overall strategy, all of the momentum Motorola has built will be lost. The Moto X, G, and E, along with the Moto 360, will be lost in a sea of mass produced plastic garbage built to flood the market and make a few bucks.

Excuse me for being overly critical of Lenovo, but I’ve become a big Motorola supporter in the last 18 months and want to see where their current thinking will take them.

A Motorola designed Motorola Tablet could be pretty awesome. A Lenovo designed Motorola Tablet will end up on the bargain shelf in your local electronics store.

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Source [ChinaTimes]


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Lenovo to launch tablets under Motorola’s name once acquisition completes


Motorola has not released a tablet in more than four years. In October 2011, it was the Xyboard that hit the market to represent what the company could do with tablets. Pretty soon, though, Motorola will return to the tablet market (just like HTC). Lenovo just needs to finish the acquisition process which is expected to happen by the end of this year.

Lenovo CEO Yang Yuanquing said in an interview that tablets would return to the Motorola brand after his company has completed the acquisition. As expected, new phones will be on the way as well. The Chinese company is applying a dual-brand strategy with Motorola. Depending upon the brand awareness in certain regions, Lenovo will either apply its own, Motorola’s, or both names to a product. For example, it is safe to assume the Motorola name will be the only one used in the United States. Other markets, like China, will likely continue to see Lenovo.

Source: China Times
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Lenovo intros the Android-powered Tablet 2 and Tablet 2 Pro


Lenovo has just announced a few premium tablets to their YOGA lineup. Let’s take a look to see what they’ve just released.

Lenovo YOGA Tablet 2

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The YOGA tablet lineup has long been a frontrunner in unique design, offering a kickstand with the majority of the offerings. The Tablet 2 is no exception, now with a kickstand that can rotate almost 180 degrees for maximum comfort. The big feature here is the new Hang Mode, which basically means it can be positioned anywhere comfortably. The Tablet 2 also offers two big front-facing Dolby Audio speakers, a 1080p display, and an Intel Atom quad core processor.

The YOGA Tablet 2 comes in two different sizes: 8 or 10 inches. Both tablets also have an 8MP rear-facing camera, 1.6MP front-facing camera, 2GB of RAM, and 16GB on board storage, with MicroSD card support for up to 64GB. Check out the full list of specs below.

Processor: Intel® AtomTM Processor Z3745 (2M cache, 4 cores, up to 1.86 GHz)

Operating System: Android 4.4 KitKat

Display/Resolution: 8-in or 10.1-in Full HD (1920×1200) IPS display with 10-point multitouch & 178o wide viewing angle

Color: Platinum Silver

Memory: 2GB LP-DDR3 memory

Storage: 16GB, Supporting Micro SD card up to 64 GB

Audio: 2x front large-chamber speakers, Dolby® Audio, Wolfson® Master Hi-Fi

Ports: Micro USB (OTG), 3.5 mm audio jack, Micro SD card

Connectivity: 802.11b/g/n Dual-Band Wi-Fi (2.4 and 5 GHz) , Optional 4G (in select countries, not US): WCDMA (900/2100 MHz)1, GSM/EDGE (900/1800/1900 MHz)1, Integrated Bluetooth® 4.02

Camera: 8MP f2.2 rear camera with Auto-focus, 1.6M HD front camera

Battery: Extended battery life with up to 18 hours on a single charge

Weight: 8-in model: 0.92 lbs (419 g), 10-in model: 1.36 lbs (619 g)

Dimensions: 8-in model: 8.3 in x 5.9 x (.1 – .3) in [210 mm x 149 mm x (2.7 – 7.0) mm], 10-in model: 10.0 in x 7.2 in x (.1 -.3) in inches [ 255 mm x 183 mm x (3.0-7.2) mm] 

Lenovo YOGA Tablet 2 Pro


The YOGA Tablet 2 Pro aims to give users a unique home theater experience. It offers a 13.3-inch Quad HD screen, along with a built-in projector to create a 50-inch home theater experience on any wall. The Tablet 2 Pro also has the same kickstand as the Tablet 2 offerings, able to rotate almost 180 degrees. These new kickstands aim to give users more options while using it. The included “modes” that are possible are Hold, Stand, Tilt, or Hang.

The Tablet 2 Pro has an 8MP rear-facing camera, 1.6MP front-facing camera, 2GB of RAM, 32GB of on-board storage, with MicroSD card support for up to 64GB. Let’s take a look at the official spec list:

Processor: Intel® AtomTM Processor Z3745 (2M cache, 4 cores, up to 1.86 GHz)

Operating System: Android v4.4 KitKat

Display/Resolution: 13.3-in Quad HD (2560×1440) IPS display

Color: Platinum Silver

Memory: 2GB LPDDR3

Storage: 32GB, Supporting Micro SD card up to 64GB

Audio: 2x front large-chamber speakers with 1.5W output each, plus a 5W rear JBL®subwoofer for a total 8W surround system. Dolby® Audio, Wolfson® Master Hi-Fi

Ports: Micro USB (OTG), 3.5 mm audio jack, Micro SD card

Connectivity: 802.11b/g/n Dual-Band Wi-Fi (2.4 and 5 GHz) , Optional 4G1 (in select countries, not US): WCDMA (900/2100

Camera: 8MP f2.2 rear camera with Auto-focus, 1.6M HD front camera

Projector: 40-50 Lumen Pico Projector with WVGA (854×480) Resolution

Battery: Extended battery life with up to 15 hours on a single charge

Weight: 2.09 lbs (950 g)

Dimensions: 13.1 in x 8.8 in x 0.1-0.5 in (333 mm x 223 mm x 3.7-12.6 mm)

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Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 8″ and 10″ upgrades displays, moves to Intel processors and keeps 18 hour battery life

Lenovo has been doing a pretty good job of listening to what consumers and users want or need. The first line of Yoga tablets, both the 8 and 10, came with Mediatek processors and paltry screen resolution. They still won my heart because they were decently fast and the battery lasted 18+ hour on a single charge. That gives me and my son all day strong games and movies. Shortly after the launch of both tablets Lenovo refreshed the Yoga 10 with the Yoga 10 HD+. They swapped out the Mediatek processor for a Qualcomm chip and upped the screen resolution to 1920 x 1200. It also offered louder speakers, a larger kickstand and a number of other improvements.

Yoga Tablet 2

This years Yoga tablet 2’s keep moving in the right direction, in my opinion at least. The screen resolution on the 8-inch tablet has moved up from the 1280 x 800 to 1920 x 1200 HD display with a 178 degree wide viewing angle. While new 10-inch remains the same from the 10 HD+ at 1920 1200. The processors have been swapped out from the Mediatek and Qualcomm offerings to the quad-core Intel Atom Z3745 (bay trail) clocked at 1.33 GHz with a clock of 1.86GHz on turbo mode. You will get 2GB of RAM, 16GB of on board storage with micro SD card slot, larger  speakers and a bigger kickstand that rotates 180 degree and allow you to hang it.

Yoga Tablet 2Yoga Tablet 2The dual front-facing speakers are Dobly certified with Wolfson Master Hi-Fi. They both bring dual-band Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n and an option 4G variant of the device in select countries ( not the US). They gain the updated camera at 8MP f2.2 and a 1.6MP front shooter. The camera also have glare-reducing glass and an advanced BSI-2 sensor to reduce flare and provide more lifelike color. Battery life still clocks in at the amazing 18 hours. Just like its predecessors, they support Micro USB OTG and allow you to charge your other devices from the tablets battery.

There would be a pretty good speed improvement across the boards with both tablets as compared to last year. Partly due to the processor choice this go round. The Intel chip boosts from the past 1.2 GHz mediatek 533MHz 1MB cache to 1.33GHz with turbo automatically pushing to 1.86GHz and 1066GHz 2MB cache. The RAM has been upgraded as well. While it is still 2GB of RAM, it is now DDR3 vs DDR2 and is 1066 MHz vs the previous 800MHz. These guys should cook right along. I don’t have my hands on them yet to give you a hands on idea of the improvements, but I will soon and will compare them to the previous three versions.

Along with the tablet, they also announced the new Bluetooth keyboard cover accessory. It has a curved magnetic arm that will attach to the battery cylinder to give you a keyboard and a cover for the tablet.

Lenovo keeps the price point that the original tablets launched with. That pegs the 8-inch for $249 and the 10-inch at $299. Don’t forget, if you are looking for an even bigger and badder tablet, Lenovo also just announced the 13.3-inch Yoga Tablet 2 Pro with a pico projector and an unheard of 15 hours of battery life starting at $499.

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p.s. They also made a Windows 8.1 version as well. All the same specs, just running Windows.

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Lenovo’s new ‘Yoga’ tablets run Android and Windows, one has a built-in projector

Lenovo's new 'Yoga' tablets run Android and Windows, one has a built-in projector

Lenovo’s original, kickstand-toting Yoga Tablet was kind of a flop, thanks to a poor display, sluggish performance and heavily skinned version of Android. (Naming Ashton Kutcher as a “product engineer” probably didn’t help either.) Not to be deterred, the company is going all in: Lenovo just announced new versions of the Yoga Tablet, including a big-screen model with a built-in projector, and two that run Windows (it’s also still available with Android). Starting with that weird projector edition, called the Yoga Tablet 2 Pro, it’s not the first gadget we’ve seen with a built-in lamp, but it’s the first we’ve seen in quite some time. In this case, what we have this time around is a 13-inch Android tablet with a 2,560 x 1,440 screen sharp enough to play movies on its own, though you could also use the in-built Pico projector to create a 50-inch image on the wall.

Speaking of the sort, the tablet is about as flexible as other Yoga tablets, which is to say it has a rotating hinge that doubles as a kickstand. Here, though, there’s also an option to hang it from a wall while you project, if that’s somehow more convenient than standing it upright. On the inside, the tablet makes use of an Intel Atom processor, helped by 2GB of RAM. There’s also an 8-megapixel rear camera, along with dual 1.5-watt speakers a 5-watt JBL subwoofer. For storage, you get 32 gigs built in, along with a microSD card capable of supporting cards as large as 64GB. The battery, meanwhile, which is built into the hinge, is rated for up to 15 hours of runtime. So is something this innovative worth a second look? Depends: How do you feel about spending $500-plus on your next tablet? We’ll give you a few weeks to think on that — this won’t actually go on sale until the end of the month.

If you’re just fine with a regular tablet, thank you very much, the refreshed Yoga Tablet 2 still comes in 8- and 10-inch sizes, just like the last version. Now, though, it’s available with either Android 4.4 or Windows 8.1. All told, this is a pretty iterative upgrade — the design is fundamentally the same — though there are nonetheless a few welcome spec bumps. For starters, Lenovo upgraded from a MediaTek processor to an Intel Atom chip, which should hopefully address those performance issues. Two, all of the tablets in the series, even the 8-inch models, now have 1,920 x 1,200 screens, a step up from the 1,280 x 800 on the last-gen models. Additionally, the kickstand is said to be sturdier on the 10-inch model, while all of the models now have that same new “Hang” mode as the Yoga Tablet 2 Pro. Finally, there’s a 4G option for all the Android models, along with the 10-inch Windows version.

If you do buy one of the Windows configurations, you’ll also get a free one-year subscription to Office 365. Unfortunately, Lenovo didn’t make many changes to the Android version, which is to say it still runs a heavily skinned version of KitKat. In particular, Lenovo’s take on Android is so heavy-handed, that it’s actually more like iOS in some ways — there isn’t even an app drawer! Just all your apps, hanging out on the various home screens. In any case, if you are interested in the Android version, that’s available today starting at $250 for the 8-inch model and $300 for the 10-incher. The two Windows models will arrive throughout the fall, with the 10-inch model going on sale later this month for $400, and the 8-inch edition landing in November for $300.

Nicole Lee contributed to this report.

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Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro Ultrabook brings a thinner and lighter design

Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro Ultrabook brings a thinner and lighter design

Remember how Intel recently unveiled a new family of chips designed to make 2-in-1 laptops much thinner and much lighter? Of course you do. Anyway, get ready to see lots of machines coming out this holiday season with extra-compact designs. Case in point: Lenovo’s new Yoga 3 Pro Ultrabook, which launched today with a chassis that’s 14 percent lighter and 17 percent thinner. All told, it weighs in at just 1.19kg, or 2.62 pounds. That’s impressive even for a 13-inch Ultrabook, and it’s definitely an improvement over the last-gen Yoga 2 Pro, which came in at 3.06 pounds.

Otherwise, the Yoga 3 Pro is similar to the last model: It still has a 3,200 x 1,800 display, and the industrial design and keyboard layout have barely changed either. Of course, too, this is fundamentally still a Yoga, which is to say it has a 360-degree hinge allowing you to fold the screen back into tablet mode (and also “Stand” mode, and “Tent” mode). As before, the battery life is rated for up to nine hours, not that we ever got close to that on the Yoga 2 Pro. Hopefully Lenovo actually means it this time. As for performance, this is an ultra-low-voltage Intel Core M processor, which means in exchange for slimmer designs and long battery life, you may experience a slight dip in performance versus a standard-voltage system. That said, it shouldn’t stop you from using the machine as your daily driver.

Additionally, in less important news, Lenovo announced the ThinkPad Yoga 14, the company’s first convertible Ultrabook with that particular screen size. Like the original ThinkPad Yoga, which has a 12.5-inch screen, this newer model has a self-flattening keyboard that locks up when the machine is in tablet mode. As a relatively big-screen Ultrabook, the specs are a bit more heavy-duty than you’d otherwise expect from an ultraportable, including discrete NVIDIA GeForce 840 graphics, 1TB of storage and 8GB of RAM. Despite that horsepower, though, Lenovo says you can still get up to eight hours of runtime on a charge. Both laptops arrive at the end of this month, with the Yoga 3 Pro priced from $1,349, and the ThinkPad Yoga 14 starting at $1,199.

Nicole Lee contributed to this report.

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