17 Jun Lenovo – the Next Big Smartphone Manufacturer
Lenovo was founded roughly 30 years ago in Beijing, China and they started out as Legend, but when they started their expansion right after the break of the 21st century, they decided to change their name to Lenovo. Already in 2005 Lenovo made the best business decision since foundation, namely they purchased IBM’s personal computer business. They just entered the smartphone market a few years ago in 2012 and are already the largest manufacturer of smartphones in mainland China. The second greatest move they made was to purchase Motorola Mobility from Google and suddenly Lenovo is a force in that industry that really needs to be reckoned with.
This change in quality was observed only recently, for instance when their flagship, the Lenovo Vibe X2 was released, featuring an octa-core processor 5 inch display with 441 ppi and 32 GB storage and 2 GB RAM and a 13 MP back camera was certainly something right up there with the best. Lenovo managed to keep the price in the middle range. The next strike came with the just released Lenovo K3 Note, a smartphone phablet, which, should it get released in the EU and UK, will make huge waves and probably change the smartphone marketplace for good.
The price for the Lenovo K3 Note is the most important point here, which is currently around 150 quid. There are plenty of devices available in that price bracket, but here comes the flagship killer specs: 5.5 inches IPS touchscreen with around 72% screen to body ratio; 1080 x 1920 pixels resolution at 401 ppi pixel density; latest Android OS 5.0 Lollipop; Octa-core Mediatek CPU; 16 GB storage, 2 GB RAM, microSD slot; 13 MP 4128 x 3096 pixels back camera with dual-LED flash, 5 MP front camera; 3000 mAh Li-Po battery, removable; Dual SIM.
With the Lenovo K3 Note the whole definition what actually a mid-range smartphone is gets redefined, but not only Lenovo is breaking boundaries, several other companies, like OnePlus, Oppo, Meizu, which is releasing the Meizu m2 note with a IGZO touchscreen, Xiaomi, all have been pushing the price limits down, only most of the splendid phones are unavailable for purchase in the UK, or even EU. Apparently, Lenovo does not even ship phones to the UK. In a future further down the line, Lenovo will also manage to enter the EU market, it is a plan, but no official dates have been set. For now, all there is to do is watch these great phones being released and hope that soon, aside from sources like eBay and Alibaba, they will be made available locally as well.