Want a good, clear look at one of the devices Motorola is expected to unveil at its September 4th event? You’ve got it. As a parting shot, retiring leaker Evan Blass (aka @evleaks) has posted press images for Motorola’s next big flagship smartphone, frequently known as the X+1. It largely confirms what previously appeared in some dimly-lit photos, including dual camera flashes, a wooden back option and Moto E-style front-facing speakers. There are a couple of new tidbits, though. The Verizon logo leaves no doubts about one of the supporting US carriers, and we’re curious about those dots on the top and bottom bezels — are they Fire phone-like face tracking cameras, plain old screws or something else? You’ll get the full scoop in a couple of weeks, but this serves as a nice (if very unofficial) teaser.
Source: @evleaks (Twitter)
Our third Engadget Live event of 2014 hits Boston this Friday, August 22nd. At 7PM on the dot, we’ll transform Royale into a scene that even Stefon would consider worthy of being Boston’s hottest club. Tap your way through the gallery below to find out what you can expect when you come out to our free event.
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Back in the old days, Yoga was all about sitting quietly wearing earth tones, so when Lenovo announced a range of transforming laptops, we were delighted. While the Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 13 was a revelation, the, um, Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 11 was a significantly more underwhelming proposition. That’s because it was running Windows RT, Microsoft’s poorly-handled attempt to beat Android tablets with an operating system that looked like Windows, but couldn’t run any Windows software. When Dana “The Laptop Lady” Wollman reviewed it, her opinion could be summed up with this single quote: “what good is a Windows laptop without the ability to run legacy x86 apps?” So, what about you, gentle folk of Engadget? Did you buy one? Has the experience improved to the point where you don’t miss your legacy software? Why not share all on our product forum or write a review of your own?
You don’t have to wait until Motorola’s September 4th event to get more details regarding the Moto 360 smartwatch, it seems — Best Buy appears to have the scoop over two weeks early. The big-box retailer has posted a product listing for the timepiece that appears to reveal many (though not all) of the specifications. Reportedly, the device’s signature not-quite-circular display is a 1.5-inch, 320 x 290 LCD. You’ll also find a heart rate sensor and a pedometer, so the 360 may be a good fit if you’re an amateur athlete.
Best Buy isn’t saying just when the gadget will ship, although it’s listing the same $249 price that we saw a couple of months ago in a contest. That’s a good deal for what’s arguably much nicer-looking wristwear than either the G Watch or Gear Live. However, it’s probably wise to take the pricing (and possibly the specs) with a grain of salt. Motorola warned us back in June that pricing wasn’t set in stone, and the mention of 802.11n WiFi is odd when existing Android Wear devices only use Bluetooth to communicate with your phone. As such, it won’t be alarming if there are at least a few surprises left when the Moto 360 makes its official debut next month.
Source: Best Buy
No gadget — besides a smartphone, maybe — is as crucial to a college student as the laptop. Regardless of your major, you’ll want a solid machine with a well-crafted keyboard to see you through term papers, class presentations and more. From a sub-$400 Chromebook to sleek models from Lenovo and Samsung, our roundup has something for everyone. Click through the gallery below to see all 11 picks, and don’t forget to check out the rest of our guide for other gadget recommendations.
Lenovo has been rapidly expanding beyond its PC-focused roots for some time, and today it crossed another important milestone: it’s now selling more smartphones than computers. The Chinese tech firm’s handset shipments surged 39 percent year-over-year in the fiscal quarter that ended in June, reaching 15.8 million; in contrast, it “only” delivered 14.5 million PCs over the same period. Nearly all the phones (13 million) went to the company’s homeland, where it’s well-known for both its budget devices and high-end flagships like the recently-launched Vibe Z2. Lenovo’s claim that it was the top Chinese phone maker during the quarter is up for dispute, however — estimates suggest that Xiaomi was the top dog by a significant margin.
Other divisions aren’t exactly hurting, either. Lenovo now has close to 20 percent of the worldwide computer market, and its tablet shipments grew a whopping 67 percent over the past year, to 2.3 million. That was enough to make Lenovo the third-largest tablet maker, behind Apple and Samsung. There’s no telling whether or not its forays into wearables and other newer categories will prove as successful, but it’s good to know that Motorola’s future parent company is very healthy.
[Image credit: AP Photo/Andy Wong]
When Lenovo released the Yoga 8 and the Yoga 10 there wasn’t a heck of a lot of excitement around them. The specs weren’t “top-tier” and the screen resolution of both tablet were the same, 1280 x 800. Needless to say, that resolution looked just fine on the Yoga 8, but the larger Yoga 10.1 looked pretty pixelated. At $259.00 (currently) and battery life hitting the 18 hour marker for just usage, I felt it was a great deal anyways. Although I did wish, and so did many others, that the screen was a bit more hi-res. Lenovo heard the cries and have since released a revamped version of the tablet with a follow-up version, the Yoga 10.1 HD+.
Quite a few things changed in the HD+ variant besides just the screen. The overall tablet has a number of external differences as well as a couple internal changes. On the screen side of things though they kicked it up from the 1200 x 800 resolution to 1920 x 1200. As you can see in the image below, it is a drastic improvement to how to it looks. Everything is much more crisp and arguably, this is exactly what they should have launched the first time around. Not sure if you can see the difference between the screenshots or not, but hopefully you can.
Yoga 10.1 HD+ screenshot
Yoga 10.1 first version tablet screenshot
Moving along though, we can see that the rear stand has also changed. It is slightly thicker and is a bit longer. This helps the balance of the tablet when in stand mode and gives you a bit more flexibility with angles that you couldn’t so easily achieve with the shorter, more stubby, stand on the original Yoga 10.1. It also lets it sit a bit more vertical than its predecessor and gives it a better center of gravity to allow for more viewing angles without toppling.
Yoga 10 HD+ sitting to the right.
Under the stand, where the SD card goes, they have incorporate a door that covers the slot. It is just a thin strip of plastic that clicks into place. It is a nice addition, but not all that necessary in my book.
The HD+ power button that is found on the site is also much stiffer. You don’t have to press it in as far to get the tablet to turn on and off. You can also the camera difference simply from the outside. The original offered a 5MP where as the newer one offers an 8MP.
Internally the processor was also changed out. They moved from the MediaTech 1.2GHz quad-core processor to a Qualcomm 400 quad-core 1.60GHz processor. Lenovo also doubled up from the 1Gb of RAM to 2GB of RAM. Even with all the changes, the tablet only gained a small amount of weight going from 1.3 pounds to 1.38 pounds. Having the unique ability to have both the new and old tablet on hand, I can tell you that I can’t feel the weight difference at all.
I do have to touch on the sound simply because the tablet boasts the Dolby Digital Surround sound branding, software and dual front facing speakers. The original Yoga 10 also offered the same thing. Interestingly enough, the sound is dramatically improved on the HD+. Like, night and day different even without toggling any of the Dolby settings.
Other Software Enhancements
Software wise they also made a few changes. The HD+ is still on Android started out on Android 4.2 but received an update to Android 4.4 fairly recently. A new multi-window function has been added to the HD+ base software. It is pretty cool, even though a little laggy. To use it you just tap on your multitask button at the bottom, then you can drag up your most recent apps and create up to 4 panes. You can also hit the small icon on the top right of the list and drag specific apps up.
You can long press on that center button and resize in any direction based on your needs. A quick tap on it provides you options to close individual panes, add a pane or enlarge a specific pane that is active. The active pane has a blue outline around it and can be controlled independently from the rest. Meaning you can have music playing and a YouTube video streaming while writing an email. If you do so desire.
Lenovo also made a few icon design changes and included a few other apps like SECUREit HD. It is essentially a security app that lets you free up device memory, block ads, manage your apps, and set individual permissions per app on the device.
Do the upgrades make it better or worse?
That is a fairly tricky question. One would think that a switch to a Qualcomm processor and doubling the RAM would have a significant improvement in operations. While I am still getting the same great battery life, the tablet has some noticeable lag between screens, apps and during the multi-window use. I was kind of expecting it, so I wasn’t all that surprised. The build quality, design and look are fantastic and have always been something that I loved about most Lenovo products. There have been a few questionable devices in my day that I have seen. Even with the clunky skin and the noticeable lag issues, it performs well. By that I mean that after your game or app is open things run pretty smoothly. A few changes in the developer settings and a new home replacements, like Nova, makes things a little better.
Overall thoughts on the Lenovo Yoga 10.1 HD+ and tablets in general
I have always felt that a tablet is purchased for a specific purpose or need for the user’s life. The Yoga line isn’t out there to compete with the Note Pro or the iPads. It is out there to compete in the mid-range market for users who are more media centric and is geared more towards watching movies, TV shows, reading books and casual browsing. In my case, the tablet has been used on a number of road trips for the kids to watch movies and for playing some Battlefield 4 Commander late at night in my bed. The battery life shines and easily makes it a day or longer depending on your use. Having the SD card slots makes it easy to load it up with plenty of movies and books for ages. Not to mention the tablets internal storage is 32GB out the gate. I don’t feel the stand is gimmicky at all. It is actually extremely useful and takes the “holding” out of the picture.
As for the price tag, Lenovo has it set at $349.99 right now directly through Lenovo. It is well worth that price tag for the right individual. Those looking for a bigger screen for media uses, car trips, plane rides and more that don’t need or want something lightning fast that dies 5 hours into the day.
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Lenovo took the wraps off of their latest flagship device yesterday. The Vibe Z2 Pro looks to be a powerhouse of a smartphone packing a wonderful camera. Lets take a look at some of the specs of this beast… 6-inch 2560×1440 display Snapdragon 801 processor (2.5GHZ) 3GB of RAM 32GB internal storage 4G LTE 16MP rear… Read more »
Lenovo isn’t exactly well-known for its smartphones this side of the Pacific, but it’s got a solid following in Asia. Now, Motorola’s soon-to-be parent company is showing off more of its mobile chops with a six-inch Quad HD (2,560×1,440) flagship device called the Vibe Z2 Pro. Besides the super high-res display, the Pro’s not lacking in other features: For starters, it’ll come with a metallic brushed-weave unibody frame and 4,000mAh battery, which is more than generous even with the phone’s large chassis (to compare, the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 is 3,200mAh and the HTC One Max is 3,300).
At 7.7mm, the Pro is reasonably thin (and hopefully not so thin that it’s difficult to hold, like on the Sony Xperia Z Ultra), and it weighs 179 grams (6.31 ounces), which isn’t out of the ordinary for a metallic phone of this size. The Android 4.4 device will pack a 2.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon 801 chipset, along with 3GB RAM and a 16MP rear camera with dual LED flash and optical image stabilization. It comes with dual-SIM capabilities, but doesn’t offer a microSD slot; 32GB internal storage is all you get here.
The pro will come in titanium, gold and black color options and will be available starting in September. Lenovo hasn’t specified pricing or availability, but we’re guessing that the flagship won’t wander too far away from Asia.
Source: Lenovo (G+)
Lenovo has been one of my favorite manufacturers for a quite a while. We don’t see much in terms of their phones here in the states, but they are quite large overseas. I always hope that one day they will hit it big over here, which I assume will start to happen once all the Motorola dealings are officially completed. Until then, I can keep an eye on what they are doing and be excited from a distance. Lenovo has just announced their next flagship device and I think it has some great potential. Meet the Levono Vibe Z2 Pro.
She looks pretty hot. The Vibe Z2 Pro has a 6-inch QHD 2560 x 1440 IPS display with a 490 ppi (pixel per inch). It is utilizing a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor clocked at 2.5GHz, 3GB of RAM and 32GB on-board storage. It does skip the constantly debated Micro SD card slot though.
The Vibe Z2 Pro also brings a 16MP rear camera with dual LED flashes that is capably of recording 4K video. It runs Android 4.4.2 out of the box and is powered by a built-in 4,000 mAh battery. All of that is packed inside a device that is a metallic brushed -weave unibody that is only 7.7mm thin and weighs 179 grams. It will come in three color variations; Titanium, Gold or black.
The device will be a dual-sim sporting variety and is scheduled for launch in September with a price tag in Russia of about $834 USD.
I would certainly sport that monster if it ever made it stateside at a traditional high-end device price tag. Would you?
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