Lenovo Unveils 6 Smartphones for Businesses, Consumers

By Todd R. Weiss  |  Posted 2013-01-09 Print this article Print

The other five smartphone models from Lenovo include:

 ·         The S890 phone, which is aimed at consumers who want devices customized for the delivery of entertainment content. The S890 features a 5-inch, 960x540 HD screen and an 8MP auto-flash camera. The phone is 9.3 mm thick and weighs 6.2 ounces, giving it a small, nimble feel.

·         The IdeaPhone S720, which Lenovo is targeting as a multimedia workhorse for busy users on the go. The S720 includes built-in Dolby Digital Plus special camera software and a dual-core CPU for enhanced performance. The phone also includes a 2000-milliamp-hour (mAh) battery and a 4.5-inch 960x540 display, as well as an 8MP front camera and a 1MP rear camera.

·         The IdeaPhone P770 business smartphone, with a large and powerful 3500mAh battery and enhanced power-management software that can help deliver up to 30 hours of talk time between charges. The P770 also includes capabilities that allow it to serve as a charger for other devices, while easily sharing files and data secured by native antivirus software. The smartphone also includes dual Subscriber Identity Module (SIM) capabilities that allow users to move across networks around the world.

·         The A800 is Lenovo's new entry-level smartphone, featuring a dual-core, 1.2GHz CPU and dual SIM slots for switching between data plans while traveling. The A800 includes a 4.5-inch FWVGA display and a 2000mAh battery.

·         The IdeaPhoneA690 is another entry-level smartphone, featuring a 4.0-inch 800-by-480 WVGA screen and dual SIM capabilities.

These five phones are slated to be offered for sale later in January starting in China with other markets to be announced, according to Lenovo.

Daniel Maycock, a mobile IT analyst with Slalom Consulting, told eWEEK that Lenovo's broad foray into the smartphone marketplace is reasonable because sales of its core laptop and desktop computer products are dropping as users turn to tablets, smartphones and other more mobile computing platforms.

"To be a really competitive OEM, you have to have a mobile play," said Maycock. And it also is understandable that Lenovo isn't initially targeting its new phone line for U.S. sales because competitors such as Samsung already have a strong presence and market penetration here, he said.

"Maybe Lenovo thought to go to places where companies like Nokia might have dropped the ball in the smartphone space, like in Asia," he said. "I think there's more opportunity there for them. They're an Asian company. That's just a better move for them if they want to get competitive to start."

Still, though the U.S. smartphone market is filled with companies such as Apple, Samsung, Google, Research in Motion, HTC, Nokia and others, plenty of potential room still exists for phones from Lenovo in the United States, Maycock said. 

"Android and Samsung are the competitors to beat," he said. "It makes sense that Lenovo would do this."


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