Lenovo ThinkPhone Hands-On: One of the Fastest Charging Phones in the US



The Lenovo ThinkPhone by Motorola was first introduced at CES earlier this yr. Motorola is thought for its well-thought line of reasonably priced telephones, whereas its father or mother firm has made a reputation for itself with its ThinkPad line of laptops. And that is one of many causes the ThinkPhone is so compelling as a product. It combines Motorola deep historical past of creating Android telephones with Lenovo’s Home windows knowledge.
The ThinkPhone is geared toward business sorts who worth productiveness and workflow. It is now obtainable to enterprise clients by way of Lenovo’s business gross sales channels. The ThinkPhone may even be offered unlocked to customers beginning April 28 for $700 (which converts roughly to £565, AU$1,060) on Motorola’s web site in addition to Lenovo’s web site. 

My colleague Patrick Holland has been testing the ThinkPhone, and you may learn his hands-on impressions with it right here, with the unique article showing beneath. 

Fingers-on with the Lenovo ThinkPhone

The home screen on the Lenovo ThinkPhone

The ThinkPhone runs a calmly skinned model of Android 13.

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I have been utilizing the ThinkPhone for the previous a number of days, and I am impressed thus far. For a brand new cellphone that is seemingly the primary in a brand new product line, it is very mature. The cellphone’s design positively mimics the business look of a ThinkPad. On the again, there’s even a ThinkPhone by Motorola badge on the underside proper nook of the cellphone like a ThinkPad brand on Lenovo’s laptop computer. The diagonal aramid fiber weave inlay on the again offers the cellphone a classy look.

The ThinkPhone comes with a minimal plastic case and a 68-watt wall charger. And that charger could be my favourite a part of the cellphone thus far. Along with having a hefty 5,000-mAh battery, the ThinkPhone can cost quick. I plugged it into the wall and it went from an empty battery to 92% in half-hour, making it one of many fastest-charging telephones offered within the US. For perspective, the equally priced iPhone 14 solely added 42% in the identical period of time.

The primary digicam is sweet, particularly in brilliant lighting. There is a step down in high quality when taking photographs in dimmer environments, however snaps nonetheless look first rate. I nonetheless have extra testing to do with the cameras, however check out a number of photographs beneath.

A wall of bookshelves filled with books

The primary digicam captures good element. Notice the names of the books.

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Cafe tables on a sidewalk

The dynamic vary is first rate, however the ThinkPhone positively crushes shadows. Discover the seating space.

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The cellphone nailed the colours on this photograph.

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However essentially the most thrilling factor in regards to the ThinkPhone is the seamless manner it really works with a Lenovo ThinkPad. For instance, I can copy and paste textual content and photographs from the cellphone to the laptop computer or use the ThinkPhone’s 50-megapixel digicam for a video name on the ThinkPad. Whereas cross-platform compatibility options is not distinctive to Motorola and Lenovo, they work nearer to what Apple does with its iPhone and Mac than different Android and Home windows gadgets. I nonetheless have much more to discover, however verify again for my full assessment.

Lenovo ThinkPhone options and design

The back of the Lenovo ThinkPhone

The ThinkPhone brings collectively Android and Microsoft Home windows via Lenovo particular ffeatures.

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The ThinkPhone has the same design aesthetic as Lenovo’s standard ThinkPad laptop computer line, all the way down to the signature crimson button. Motorola and Lenovo centered on three particular areas for the business-focused ThinkPhone: safety, sturdiness and productiveness.

Among the many ThinkPhone’s most fascinating options is its customizable crimson key, which can be utilized to launch sure apps or options, such because the Walkie Talkie performance in Microsoft Groups. It sounds much like the programmable button on Samsung’s XCover6Pro, a cellphone that was additionally developed for enterprise and industrial makes use of. 

It is a work-oriented machine, so the ThinkPhone unsurprisingly contains quite a lot of productiveness options that make it simpler to attach the cellphone to your PC. Many of those options are already obtainable via Motorola’s present Prepared For software program, which yow will discover on beforehand launched telephones just like the Motorola Edge 20 and Edge 20 Plus. These embody the power to make use of the ThinkPhone as your laptop computer’s webcam for video calls, computerized connectivity to your Home windows laptop computer by way of Wi-Fi when it is close by, drag-and-drop file transfers between the ThinkPhone and your Home windows laptop and a unified clipboard. The distinction, nonetheless, is that you may entry a few of these options with the ThinkPhone’s crimson key, making it stand out from Motorola’s different gadgets. 

ThinkPhone by Motorola next to a ThinkPad laptop

The ThinkPhone by Motorola subsequent to a ThinkPad laptop computer.


Motorola can be positioning the ThinkPhone as supreme for storing delicate work-related data. The machine has a separate processor referred to as Moto KeySafe, which isolates PINs, passwords and different delicate knowledge. Lenovo and Motorola’s ThinkShield and Moto Risk Protection software program can be discovered on the machine. The ThinkPhone additionally has instruments that enable IT departments to handle lock display settings, community alerts and different points of the machine.

The ThinkPhone is MIL STD 810H licensed and is constructed from an aramid fiber that Motorola says is stronger than metal. It additionally has Gorilla Glass Victus and will be capable of stand up to drops from as much as 1.25 meters. Like most trendy telephones, the ThinkPhone has IP68 water-resistance. 

Most of the ThinkPhone’s different specs are much like those discovered on commonplace flagship smartphones. The cellphone has a 6.6-inch show, Android 13 and runs on Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1 processor. There is a 50-megapixel most important digicam and a 13-megapixel ultrawide digicam together with a 32-megapixel selfie digicam.


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