First ever Motorola-designed Lenovo smartphones spotted – stereo speakers, fingerprint sensors, impressive screen-to-body ratio


So, as most of you probably know by now, back in January 2014, Lenovo purchased Motorola for $2.91 billion. However, up until recently, the two companies have been doing their own thing, with Motorola designing and selling its handsets under its own brand, and Lenovo doing the same thing. However, due to disappointing results, Lenovo has decided to slim down its Mobile branch and begin merging it into Motorola. This means that the latter will soon be responsible for the designing and building of all Lenovo handsets.

So, it appears that the first Motorola-made Lenovo handset is well on its way. Lovingly named the Lenovo Lemon X (most probably a working title), it's a 5.5” phablet with stereo front-firing speakers and a fingerprint scanner on the back. It has recently paid a visit at TENAA – China's telecommunications equipment certification center – and keen eyes have spotted another handset coming through alongside it – one that looks similar, but specs tell us is a midrange variant of the same line.

The suspected Lemon X, named Lenovo X3c70, appears to have a metal build with polished looks. Its thickness is listed at 0.37” (9.4 mm), but the arched back and thin bezels speak of a phone that just may be a pleasure to hold. Its main camera is listed as a 21 MP snapper, while its selfie cam has an 8 MP sensor. The phone has 3 GB of RAM, 64 GB of internal memory, and a hexa-core processor – most likely the Snapdragon 808. And, as previously mentioned, it rocks a 5.5” display, which has a 1080 x 1920 pixel resolution. The possibility for storage expansion via microSD is still up in the air, as TENAA has it listed as “stand by”.

The mid-range variant is called K51c78 and looks a bit less refined than its classier sibling. Despite the fact that it'll be slimmer, at 0.34” (8.7 mm), its larger body speaks of thicker bezels, and its back panel looks much less polished and appealing. This one will have an octa-core processor, clocked at 1.3 GHz, 2 GB of RAM, and 16 GB of internal storage, expandable with microSD of up to 32 GB. Its main camera is listed as 8 MP “or more”, up to 13 MP – apparently, the model details are not fully finalized. The selfie snapper is a 5 MP one. In the display department, nothing is changed – 5.5” diagonal, 1080 x 1920 resolution.

The midranger is listed as coming in 4 colors – white, silver, gold, black – whereas the more “premium” handset is only listed as white. We don't dare assume the more expensive phone won't be available in various colors, though – perhaps, the finishes are yet to be decided upon.

Do these look exciting? Would yo prefer them to the Moto X Style and X Play?

Update: It appears that the higher-class model looks a lot like the Lenovo Vibe X3, which has been rumored for about 9 months now. Still, the Vibe X3 has also made its own pass through the TENAA and it looks very slightly different than the "Lemon X". This could either mean that reports of Motorola having designed this new phone are false, or that Motorola is designing and building all the new phones from the Vibe line.


sources: TENAA (1, 2), UberGizmo via GSMDome

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37 Comments

1. DoggyDangerous

Posts: 1028; Member since: Aug 28, 2015

HTC should learn from lenovo that front facing speakers doesnt mean to keep huge bezels

5. carlemillward unregistered

It actually has a lot of bezel, in between the screen and speakers. On top, there is a massive space between the screen and speaker, just for the camera and at the bottom, it is the same as HTC.

9. DoggyDangerous

Posts: 1028; Member since: Aug 28, 2015

need to see the phone with screen on then

23. Guaire

Posts: 890; Member since: Oct 15, 2014

No need for that. Its dimensions proves top and bottom parts is smaller than HTC's Desire and One line phones both.

10. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

I thought I was the only one who saw the gap that I had to look at it a couple of times. The side bezels may be minimal but top and bottom bezels are still huge. They've just layered the protective glass over the front camera and the sensors.

21. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Actual phone will rectify this or some more renders will do, coz there are huge bezels everywhere, especially top and bottom.

27. Andrewtst

Posts: 696; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

Big different. HTC extra one huge bezel for it stupid naming area.

37. Jack58221

Posts: 157; Member since: Feb 23, 2013

It's about the same size bezel. HTC Put a logo on it while Lenovo put the function buttons there. That home button is no better than HTC logo.

28. MSi_GS70 unregistered

This phone is very nice but will never buy it just bcos it is from lenovo.. hate that brand ..

35. QWERTYphone

Posts: 654; Member since: Sep 22, 2014

Will this work on ALL carriers like the Moto X Pure? If not, what US carries will this be OPTIMIZED for? Thanks.

2. carlemillward unregistered

Lets start a poll? Do you think stereo speakers are worth the extra length/bezel?

22. yajia1

Posts: 151; Member since: Aug 22, 2012

Yes for me. Rather have speakers on them than home button or cheap looking capacitive keys.

24. dazed1

Posts: 805; Member since: Jul 28, 2015

No, the poll should be, should we have the same big bezels without stereo speakers (like many phones have?) Cut the whine, please.

25. neonix

Posts: 67; Member since: Aug 04, 2014

Yes. Front-facing speakers is a must-have for me.

32. Mister-Z-

Posts: 175; Member since: Sep 07, 2015

Where is Mxzyptlk.......he will be here soon,

3. Back_from_beyond

Posts: 1439; Member since: Sep 04, 2015

That's a gorgeous phone, if you ask me, but please stuff a Snapdragon 820 in there, not the mediocre 808 or terrible 810.

4. wando77

Posts: 1168; Member since: Aug 23, 2012

Look closely. ... there are huge top and bottom bezels

20. wargreymon

Posts: 764; Member since: Nov 05, 2013

The left bezel doesn't even match the right. Seems fake to me.

6. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

those black bezels.. and front camera hidden within that black border actual screen ratio still 7x%

15. tango_charlie

Posts: 347; Member since: Nov 16, 2011

so are the touch sensitive navigation buttons. No on-screen buttons.

7. Tråget

Posts: 5; Member since: Nov 14, 2013

Unfortunately I don't think the screen-to-body ratio I should as good as it first appears. You can't see any front-facing camera nor the proximity sensor and so on. They're probably beneath the speaker in the "display". If that's the case, there could also be a wasted area above the lower speaker. Hope I'm wrong though. Looks nice.

29. Ca51no

Posts: 31; Member since: Sep 14, 2015

Your opinion is shared with me. S2B ratio is deceptive here, (dark screen) ff Cam? Sensors? It looks like a "sharper-cornered" vibe s1 stuffed in a speaker and back plate case

8. Mizraab

Posts: 26; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

tell us about the battery please.

11. mixedfish

Posts: 1561; Member since: Nov 17, 2013

Bezels bezels bezels, is that all people talk about these days?

12. carlemillward unregistered

Protruding cameras too :)

13. DoggyDangerous

Posts: 1028; Member since: Aug 28, 2015

battery battery battery, this is what which ppl also talk about these days ;)

14. mixedfish

Posts: 1561; Member since: Nov 17, 2013

True but bezels comparisons are perhaps the most pedantic topic of them all.

31. wargreymon

Posts: 764; Member since: Nov 05, 2013

This is what people should be talking about. Efficiency and battery size, skimping one is not okay.

16. mdsheik

Posts: 52; Member since: Sep 03, 2015

looks awesome in offscreen

17. jesus_sheep

Posts: 279; Member since: Apr 18, 2015

lg g2 rip off

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