Lenovo wants to knock us out at MWC 2016 with a metal-clad smartphone

lenovo tweet teases metal clad smartphone lemon 3
Mobile World Congress is right around the corner, and if Lenovo India’s recent tweet means anything, it’s that the company has a metal-clad smartphone up its sleeve.

According to the tweet, Lenovo promises a “gorgeous new device” that will “deliver the knockout punch.” From the looks of the tweet, the smartphone in question is most likely the Lemon 3, a smartphone that Lenovo launched in China in January. As such, Lenovo’s announcement during MWC could be a global variant of the Lemon 3.

If our assumption is correct, the “knockout” that Lenovo refers to could be the price tag, since the Lemon 3 currently retails for around $100, putting the smartphone in direct competition with the current smartphone juggernaut in China: Xiaomi. Specifically (and at least in the Chinese market), the Lemon 3 is meant to go toe-to-toe with the Xiaomi Redmi 3, which goes for around the same price and also launched in China in January.

For $100, you actually get rather impressive hardware from the Lemon 3, which packs a 5-inch, 1,920 x 1,080 resolution display, a 13-megapixel camera on the back, a 5-megapixel camera on the front, and dual rear-facing stereo speakers. Taking a peek under the hood reveals an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 616 chipset, 2GB of RAM, and 16GB of internal storage, which is expandable through the MicroSD card slot. Finally, the 2,750mAh battery promises a full day of use and then some.

To clarify, the Lemon 3 is not the innovative, attractive smartphone Lenovo chief executive Yuanqing Yang boasted about last month. That handset, which will be released this July, will be the first Motorola smartphone to retire the Motorola branding in favor of Moto by Lenovo.


G’day, Google: U.S. users can now give Assistant a British or Australian accent

U.S. Google Assistant users can give their Assistant a different voice. Google has updated Assistant with the ability for users to give it either a British or Australian accent, which could make it a little more personal for some.

Quirky smartphone accessories you never knew you needed

Looking for a few accoutrements to make your smartphone even better? If you, or someone you know, is a sucker for accessories, you'll want to check out our collection of quirky smartphone accessories you never knew you needed.

How to keep a PS4 in your pocket with the PlayStation Mobile app

Sony built the PlayStation 4 with smartphone and mobile integration in mind. Take a look at our guide for connecting your smartphone or tablet to a PS4, so you can browse profiles, trophies, and other content directly on your mobile device.

Android 9.0 updates to stretch into 2019 — will your phone get a slice of Pie?

Android 9.0 Pie has been released. But is your phone getting Android 9.0 Pie, and if so, when? We've done the hard work and asked every device manufacturer to see when their devices would be getting the update.

Save up to $750 with the best smartphone deals for December 2018

Need a better phone but don't want to spend a fortune? It's never a bad time to score a new smartphone and save some cash. We rounded up the best smartphone deals available that can save you as much as $750.

Tune in to the best internet radio stations for your listening pleasure

Even in the streaming era, radio stations get some of the best exclusives and curate some of the finest handpicked playlists around. Here are the best internet radio stations, for your listening pleasure.

Leave the laptop at home, the iPad Pro is the travel buddy to take on vacay

The iPad Pro is a powerful tablet that's perfect for creatives and professionals. How does it fare when traveling with it as a laptop replacement? We took it on a two week trek in Japan to find out.

Microsoft’s latest patent paves the way for Andromeda dual-screen mobile device

The latest patent discovery from Microsoft showcases a new hinge design for quickly opening a dual-screen mobile device with a single hand. Could this be additional proof surrounding the rumors of the company's Project Andromeda device?

Need to record calls on an iPhone? Check out our handy guide

Are you wondering how to record calls on your iPhone? It isn't as easy as you might think, but we'll walk you through the process of doing so with Google Voice, and identify several other apps and external voice recorders that can help.
Home Theater

Set your ears free with the best completely wireless earbuds

If you can't stand the tangle of cords, or you're just excited about completely wireless earbuds, you're going to need some help separating the wheat from the chaff. Our list serves up the best true wireless earbuds around.

Apple is spending $1 billion to hire up to 15,000 new employees in Austin

Apple has announced a series of expansions across the U.S. -- including a massive expansion to the company's Austin campus that will see it spending $1 billion to accommodate for up to 15,000 new employees.

Google Maps makes it easier than ever to find a Lime bike or scooter

Google Maps has added a new feature that helps you find a Lime bike or scooter in just a few taps. The feature currently works in 11 U.S. cities served by Lime, with more coming next year.

Ditch your smartphone for a year and win $100k from Vitaminwater

Vitaminwater is willing to part with $100,000 if you're willing to part with your smartphone partner for a year. Could you last for a year armed with only a 1996-era phone? Here's your chance to find out.

Here's our head-to-head comparison of Pandora and Spotify

Which music streaming platform is best for you? We pit Spotify versus Pandora, two mighty streaming services with on-demand music and massive catalogs, comparing every facet of the two services to help you decide which is best.