Some companies choose to keep the media spotlight on a few products at a time. Then there are companies like Lenovo that unveil an entire trove of new gear every time they hit the stage at a major tech event. Good for them – and, of course, for us too!
To keep ourselves from going overboard with the new stuff, we’re keeping our spotlight on only a few products slated for 2017.
Welcome back, Moto!
This past week alone has seen the anticipated “comeback” of former tech titans Nokia and BlackBerry, in the form of the resuscitated-and-redesigned 3310 and the launch of the KEYOne, respectively. The Lenovo-owned Motorola Mobility keeps the nostalgia train chugging along with two new smartphones to add to its roster: the Moto G5 and G5 Plus.
Based on the numbers posted at GSM Arena and Pocket-lint, there are noticeable differences with their internals, with the G5 Plus getting most of the cutting-edge goodies. And while these two Gs can’t be used with Moto Mods, we do love that it retains our beloved 3.5mm jack for our old headphones, offers RapidCharger compatibility (G5) and TurboPower charging (G5 Plus), and an Android experience that’s expected to be close to the original (no to bloatware!).
|Specs||Moto G5||Moto G5 Plus|
|Processor/GPU||Qualcomm MSM8937 Snapdragon 430/Adreno 505||Qualcomm MSM8953 Snapdragon 625/Adreno 506|
|RAM||2GB and 3GB||2GB and 4GB; 3GB|
|Storage||16GB and 32GB (expandable to 256GB via microSD)||32GB and 64GB; 32GB (expandable to 256GB via microSD)|
|Display||5.0” IPS LCD, 1080×1920, 441ppi||5.2” IPS LCD, 1080×1920, 424ppi|
|Camera||Rear: 13MP with AF and LED Flash||Rear: 12MP with AF and Dual LED Flashh|
|Front: 5MP||Front: 5MP|
|Video||1080p@30fps||2160p@30fps (USA), 1080p@30fps (EMEA)|
|Security||Fingerprint sensor (front-mounted)||Fingerprint sensor (front-mounted)|
|I/O||3.5mm jack, microUSB 2.0||3.5mm jack, microUSB 2.0|
|Battery||Non-removable Li-Ion 2800mAh||Non-removable Li-Ion 3000mAh|
|OS||Android Nougat||Android Nougat|
|Dimensions/Weight||144.3 x 73 x 9.5mm, 145g||150.2 x 74 x 7.7 mm, 155g|
|Price and Availability||March 2017; £169 (around PhP10,500)||March 2017; £259 (around PhP16,100)|
Take your tablets
We’ve been taught since childhood to share our toys, but Lenovo’s Tab 4 tablet options appeal to our selfish selves. With four variants, we’d probably say the three words we’ve all said in surly moments: get your own.
So there’s the Tab 4 series, which has an 8” version and a 10” version. Lenovo states in its corporate blog that both versions will ship with the following under the hood:
- Dual stereo speakers and Dolby Atmos tech
- A projected 12-hour battery life
- Android Nougat OS
- Multi-user mode (for those who still like to share their toys)
- Qualcomm Snapdragon processors
- 2GB RAM.
The add-ons also got us interested in the Tab 4 series. You can turn it into a kid-friendly gadget with the Kid’s Accessory Pack, which includes parental controls and regulated content; and the Productivity Pack for teens and adults, which combines a Bluetooth keyboard with productivity-related software tweaks.
As for the Tab 4 Plus series, those will be adorned with the designation ‘dual-glass tablet’ due to uh, obvious reasons. These will also get bumped-up specs:
- A 64-bit octa-core processor
- 4GB of RAM
- Roomy onboard storage at 32GB
- An FHD IPS display
- Fingerprint-based access
- USB Type C and QuickCharge 3.0 tech.
Watch out for these four tablets come May 2017, when they’ll be ready for purchase at Lenovo stores and distros. The Tab 4 series will go for €169 (around PhP9,000) for the 8” variant and €179 (around PhP9,500) for the 10” variant. The Tab 4 Plus series, in turn, would have a €259 (around PhP14,000) price tag for the 8” variant, and €299 (around PhP16,000) for the 10” variant. There’s no word on when the Philippines will get them, though, or if we’ll have all four.
Lastly, Lenovo’s Yoga product line got some new additions this year, one in the form of the Yoga 720. It’s not that novel anymore to have a laptop with a rotating display and multiple usage forms, but we like that the product line keeps improving with every new release. The 13” and 15” Yoga 720 may be flexible, but they also come packing figurative heat. Based on their downloadable spec sheets, the two variants will ship with the following:
|Specs||13” Yoga 720||15” Yoga 720|
|Processor/GPU||Up to seventh-gen Intel Core i7||Up to seventh-gen Intel Core i7|
|Graphics||Intel HD Integrated Graphics 620||Up to NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050|
|RAM||Up to 16GB DDR4||Up to 16GB DDR4|
|Storage||Up to 1TB SSD||Up to 1TB SSD|
|Display||13.3″ FHD IPS or 13.3″ UHD IPS||15.6″ FHD IPS Touchscreen or 15.6″ UHD IPS Touchscreen|
|Audio||JBL Speakers with Dolby Audio Premium||JBL Speakers with Dolby Audio Premium|
|I/O||USB Type-C, Thunderbolt 3, USB 3.1.1 and 3.0, DisplayPort, Audio Combo Jack||USB Type-C, Thunderbolt 3, USB 3.1 and USB 3.0, DisplayPort, Audio Combo Jack|
|Battery||Up to 8 hours for FHD, up to 7 hours for UHD||Up to 9 hours for FHD, up to 8 hours for UHD|
|OS||Windows 10 Home||Windows 10 Home|
|Dimensions/Weight||310 x 213 x 14.3mm, 1.3kg||364 x 242 x 19.9mm, 2kg|
Again, no details on local availability and pricing. But for the EMEA market, the Yoga 720’s 13” model will be available in April for €999 (around PhP53,000), and the 15” model for €1,099 (around PhP58,000).