The definitely named-by-committee “Lenovo ThinkPhone by Motorola” is finally hitting virtual store shelves. The phone was announced in January as a surprise expansion of the “ThinkPad” brand, and while there are likely lots of ideas you could come up with for a business-focused smartphone, the ThinkPhone appears to be just a regular Motorola phone without much in the way of unique features.
It is going to be for sale, though! Lenovo announced the phone will be in the US this week for $699. Enterprise customers can order the device now, and starting April 28, it should be available unlocked from Motorola.com.
The SoC is last year’s Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 instead of the Gen 2 that’s in most flagship phones. The display is a 6.6-inch, 2400×1080 OLED running at only 60 Hz, instead of the higher refresh rate most phones currently use. I suppose you could call 60 Hz “businessy” since it will stretch the 5000 mAh battery out a little longer. The phone has 8GB of RAM, 256GB of storage, 68 W wired charging, and 15 W wireless charging. There’s an in-screen fingerprint reader, NFC, IP68 dust and water resistance, and Wi-Fi 6E compatibility.
The main unique hardware feature is the red side button, which is just a programmable action key. The back of the phone is also a woven Kevlar, and while I wouldn’t call the ThinkPhone particularly “durable” since the front of the phone is still glass, it’s something.
Motorola (or Lenovo, whoever’s in charge here) is a nightmare when it comes to Android updates, usually taking its sweet time to bring anything to market. The company promises three years of major Android version updates and four years of security updates, but you shouldn’t expect any of that to happen quickly.