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Lenovo announces its first Windows 10 phone, the SoftBank 503LV (likely a Japan-only device)

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Lenovo announces its first Windows 10 phone, the SoftBank 503LV (likely a Japan-only device)
Last year, when Microsoft first announced the release of Windows 10 for phones, it mentioned Lenovo as one of its hardware partners. However, we haven't hear anything about this from Lenovo - not until now. The company this week unveiled its very first Windows 10 smartphone, though it's one that might be sold only in Japan: the SoftBank 503LV. This may seem like an odd name to you, but it's not unusual for Japan-bound handsets to have such monikers (including the name of their carrier - SoftBank, in this case).

The SoftBank 503LV is a simple, yet well-designed handset that's sandwiched between two sheets of thin glass. Specs-wise, there's nothing too exciting going on here. The smartphone sports a 5-inch 720p display, and is powered by an octa-core Snapdragon 617 processor aided by 3 GB of RAM. There's 32 GB of expandable storage space on board, plus a 2250 mAh battery, an 8 MP rear camera, and a 5 MP front-facing camera. The new device supports Windows Continuum, and seems to be targeted at business-focused users.
 
The Lenovo SoftBank 503LV should be released in October in Japan (for an unknown price), becoming the first Lenovo-branded smartphone to officially land there. At the moment, we don't know if Lenovo plans to sell any similar handsets in other markets, but we'll let you know if we hear more about this.

While Windows 10 Mobile is seriously struggling to gain the attention of customers, Microsoft remains committed to the platform, and is planning to release its own next-gen smartphones sometime soon.


source: Microsoft Japan (translated)

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