First phone from Motorola and Lenovo may be planned for the fall

First phone from Motorola and Lenovo may be planned for the fall
This is one rumor that seems a bit hard to swallow, but we're guessing that maybe someone on the inside might know more than we do on the subject. There is a new rumor from the official China Mobile Alliance Weibo account which claims that the first smartphone collaboration from Motorola and Lenovo may be planned for this fall.

The Weibo post says that Zhang Hui of Lenovo's Mobile Business Group (MBG) has said that Lenovo will release a new 4G phone by the end of June, there will be "stunning" new products either announced or released in early September, and the first phone made in cooperation between Lenovo and Motorola will be coming in either October or November. Although, again, it's hard to say if that is the planned announcement window or release window. Given that companies like to get products out in time for the holidays, we'd guess release. 

The trouble is that the sale of Motorola to Lenovo hasn't passed through any of the regulatory hurdles that it needs to cross before the deal can be finalized. It is certainly possible that Google is allowing Motorola to work with Lenovo even before the deal is finalized. Though, the word is that this is a new device designed from the ground up in cooperation between the two companies. And, given how long it generally takes to design and produce a mobile device, the two sides would have had to start working together basically from January when Google first announced the sale. 

We'll keep our eyes peeled for more info, but in the meantime, we'll take this one with a grain of salt, and focus on the upcoming Motorola devices that have been designed while still under the Google umbrella, like the Moto X+1 and new Moto G models.

source: Weibo via G4Games

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22 Comments

1. jaytai0106

Posts: 1888; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

Moto just needs to put out one high end phones for all four major carriers in the U.S. and most major carriers for the rest of the world, then they will see more success. Since they have made name for themselves with Moto X and G.

10. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

Exactly....just like Samsung did with the Galaxy line. Before the Galaxy S 1....it was Moto and HTC as the most popular Android phones. Moto basically gave up the low to mid range market before the Moto G....them along with Nokia showed you can have a low priced phone and have a decent piece of hardware, software to go with it.

15. jaytai0106

Posts: 1888; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

YES! Please just one high end phone Moto! I loved my Motorola Atrix 4G. With 1930mAh of battery for a 4" screen, it was one of the best battery phone out there.

20. Magenta

Posts: 17; Member since: Nov 09, 2013

Motorola and Lenovo will be a success. My Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro ultrabook is a fine piece of art!

2. PBXtech

Posts: 1032; Member since: Oct 21, 2013

Only thing I'd like to see Lenova do is continue to produce the X & G models at affordable price points and make a high end device for all carriers instead of focusing mainly on Verizon, make Motorola a global name instead.

3. Ashoaib

Posts: 3269; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

Brother lenovo is chinese, so you can imagine affordability easily

5. shuaibhere

Posts: 1986; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

Only if it comes with name of lenevo...

11. Ashoaib

Posts: 3269; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

Even if it comes with motorola name... chinese know how to keep price down

13. shuaibhere

Posts: 1986; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

But they'll not...because why should they if people will buy phones in regular price...

17. Ashoaib

Posts: 3269; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

Hmm... you got a point

4. shuaibhere

Posts: 1986; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

"make Motorola a global name instead" Motorola is already a global name... That's the reason lenevo bought it...to expand globally.... So far the problem for motorola has been the mass production....even though moto g was big hit in markets like in india...they cant meet the demand...so they lost lot of consumers.... That problem will be solved with the big manufacturing facility in lenovo...

12. PBXtech

Posts: 1032; Member since: Oct 21, 2013

Motorola sales before the Moto X & G were not that good. While the name was known globally, they didn't sell a lot of phones globally. Motorola's main target was Verizon, where the Droid campaign was successful. Perhaps I should have substituted "sales force" for "name" instead.

6. Ashoaib

Posts: 3269; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

Chinese doesnt need a year to plan/design a phone... they have ingredients ready, design queues from others and here you go... a great phone in an affordable price

7. shuaibhere

Posts: 1986; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

But motorola needs.... The device will be made by brains in moto and hands in lenevo...

8. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

"The trouble is that the sale of Motorola to Lenovo hasn't passed through any of the regulatory hurdles that it needs to cross before the deal can be finalized. It is certainly possible that Google is allowing Motorola to work with Lenovo even before the deal is finalized. Though, the word is that this is a new device designed from the ground up in cooperation between the two companies. And, given how long it generally takes to design and produce a mobile device, the two sides would have had to start working together basically from January when Google first announced the sale." If this is true....big shout out to Google for allowing it. I dont claim they are angels....but Google really does try to live by the mantra "do no evil" at times...especially if this is true.

9. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

Motorola does need a high end phone plus in the U.S. MARKET only VERZIONE the big greedy red gets the best phones from them.

14. AfterShock

Posts: 4146; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

I sense a new milestone coming along shortly.

16. iphoneman37

Posts: 52; Member since: Jan 30, 2014

Would be nice to see a redesigned droid 5 . We had the original droid and loved it.

18. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

waiting for motos quadcore highend phone....

19. garyII

Posts: 160; Member since: Feb 26, 2014

the new handset's name will be Lenovo Moto

21. 7thspaceman

Posts: 1597; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

The Windows Fans would love to see a Lenovo Moto with windows 8.1 on it. Why not Samsung, and HTC and others will put out at least 1 model of a Windows 8.1 smartphone. Windows 8 smart phones have come of age and is the true blue third smartphones ECO System.

22. Magenta

Posts: 17; Member since: Nov 09, 2013

HTC did produce Windows Phones devices and Microsoft listed the 8S to be compatible with the 8.1 update.

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