Lenovo is already in the smartphone business, although we have yet to get one in the U.S. – hopefully, when the Motorola purchase is finalized, we will finally get to see some action outside of China and Asia. It is a shame, because they design some very nice looking smartphones and they build a high quality device. One of their latest smartphones is part of the Lenovo S Series, the S668T, not to be confused with the S660 model. The S668T is positioned to sell to the businessperson with a more elegant all metal design and the backing done in a brushed textured look, slightly curved – much like the HTC One M8.
The IPS display is 4.7-inches, but only of the qHD variety – meaning a 960 x 540 resolution…hardly something to get excited about when 1080p is the norm and 1440p displays are starting to arrive. It is powered by a MediaTek MTK6582 Quad-Core processor clocked at 1.3GHz with 1GB of RAM and 8GB of internal storage and there is no word if there is a microSD card slot to add any more. It packs an 8MP main camera and a 3MP front-facing camera (FFC) for great video chatting and selfies. It is gets its power from a 3,000mAh battery and uses their Chi Heng saving technology to increase battery life. It runs Android 4.2 Jelly Bean with Lenovo’s VIBE UI on top. It supports TD-SCDMA / GSM with a Dual SIM Card. It appears like it has a list price of $275, but has been selling in stores for about $130 – a more than reasonable price.
Lenovo has certainly turned out a nice low-mid range phone based on its specifications, however, it does have a great design to it and would look very comfortable in the board room or in a suit pocket…but ‘knock-your-socks-off’ specs it does not possess. Lenovo does know how to make a high-end smartphone, although, most Chinese devices do tend to be lower spec’d that we demand in the U.S. A company needs to have a broad range of devices – price ranges – in order to compete globally in this market and I do believe that Lenovo is wise enough to realize that they will have to have some high-end devices in order to compete over here – they can design a killer looking device, now they just need the insides to match the outside. I look forward to what they produce as owners of Motorola.