Lenovo has been driving pretty hard at getting into the mobile game the past couple of years, and they’re making the same kind of push at this year’s Mobile World Congress. They’re announcing updates to their S line of smartphones – the S860, S850, and S660.
The S860 isn’t a flagship phone in the strictest sense, but it looks like it’ll offer a pretty solid experience for a decent price. It’s an Android device that will run on an unspecified MTK processor and 2 GB of RAM. The design has the business world in mind, as does the battery, which will provide 40 days(!) of standby time and 24 hours of talk time on a 3G connection.
If the S860 is made for the business world, the S850 is made for the fashion world. It’s a 5” phone with a quad-core MTK processor and a 13 MP rear camera, but the most significant feature is the design of the body. It has an all-glass exterior, which makes the phone lightweight and a joy to look at. The pretty impressive 5 MP front camera doesn’t hurt, either.
The S660 is the value phone, and will have scaled back specs compared to the other two. Still, the brushed metal design makes it look like anything but a budget phone, making it a pretty solid compromise for people who want to save money and look good doing it. According to Lenovo, it will have all-day battery life and up to 32 GB of internal storage, with a microSD card slot.
All three phones will come with Lenovo’s brand new suite of productivity apps, called DOit, also announced at this year’s Mobile World Congress. The S860, S850, and S660 will sell for $350, $270, and $230 in certain unspecified markets, which probably won’t include North America. As far as Lenovo goes, North America will probably have to wait and see what Lenovo does with its new acquisition, Motorola.