Do you miss Windows phone? Yes, I do too. Even if you don’t have a file attached to the Windows Phones of yesteryear, there’s a good chance you’re an avid Windows user if you’re reading this. Anyway, this is the deal for you – the Lenovo ThinkPhone. Now I know what you’re thinking, “Lenovo, a smartphone maker?” Lenovo has actually been an influential smartphone maker for years, however, after acquiring industry veteran Motorola.
Lenovo leveraged Motorola’s expertise to present the business-focused Lenovo ThinkPhone, and it’s a surprisingly incredible smartphone with an amazing list of features and capabilities. For Black Friday 2023, the Lenovo ThinkPhone is heavily discounted, making it an even better deal than it already was. Critics and users alike have praised the ThinkPhone for its balanced and thoughtful design, smart features and great security, and integration with Windows and Microsoft services. For a limited time only $449.99 at Lenovo, a $250 savings on an unlocked smartphone with 256GB of internal storage.
The Lenovo ThinkPhone is forgotten but not forgotten
Lenovo ThinkPhone from Motorola
– Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1
– RAM: 8GB
– Storage: 256 GB
– Display: 6.6 inch, FHD+ (2400 x 1080) pOLED, 144Hz refresh rate, 1200 nits max brightness, 360Hz touch sampling rate, HDR 10+
– Olympics: Android 13
– Battery: 5,000mAh, 68W TurboPower wired charging via USB Type-C, 15W Qi wireless charging
– Cameras: (Rear) 50 MP with f/1.8 aperture, 1/1.5″ sensor, optical image stabilization / 13 MP ultra-wide with f/2.2 aperture / (Front) 32 MP with f/2.45 aperture, autofocus
– Other features: Customizable Red Key button, IP68 dust and water resistance, dual stereo speakers with Dolby Atmos, Moto KeySafe encryption platform, Lenovo ThinkShield security platform, on-screen fingerprint sensor
Lenovo’s debut “ThinkPhone” smartphone may have been buried under Apple, Samsung, Google, OnePlus and other more established smartphone makers, but that’s not because the company released a bad phone. The Lenovo ThinkPhone from Motorola is actually fantastic and is enjoying great reviews from critics and users alike even with its full price of $700. Now you can save a hefty chunk of change and get an excellent smartphone that ditches modern trends to focus on practical and satisfying design.
And it starts with that design. You get a spacious 6.6-inch flat screen with thin bezels between black aluminum frames. The body uses a carbon fiber-like aramid fiber insert for a lovely, durable texture. With Gorilla Glass Victus on the front, IP68 dust and water resistance, and MIL STD 810H tested durability, the ThinkPhone is ready to handle whatever life throws at you. At just 189g, the ThinkPhone won’t weigh you down either. Lenovo isn’t messing around here.
The ThinkPhone isn’t a flagship-level smartphone, but it’s very far from a budget deal. You get the incredibly fast Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 on the inside, paired with 8GB of RAM for seamless multitasking and 256GB of storage standard. Unfortunately, there’s no microSD card slot or 3.5mm headphone jack, but these losses are compensated by the generous amount of bass storage, dual stereo speakers with Dolby Atmos integration, and a customizable red key on the phone’s left side, which can be customized to make basically what you want with a single, tactile press.
When you use all that power, you’ll do it on the aforementioned 6.6-inch screen. It’s only 1080p compared to the 1440p standard in other smartphones, but the trade-off is best-in-class battery life with a 5,000mAh battery and astonishingly fast 68W fast charging (yes, the charger is included in the box). There is even 15W wireless charging. The screen gets very bright with a maximum brightness of 1,200 nits and is extremely smooth with a 144Hz refresh rate and 360Hz touch sample rate – that’s faster than most flagship smartphones costing twice as much.
Cameras are an area where many companies struggle, and the ThinkPhone won’t win any awards here. But it’s still a more than capable smartphone camera setup that will make most people happy – especially at this price. You get a detailed 50MP rear sensor, with a 13MP companion for ultra-wide shots, and a well-equipped camera app supported by AI and computational photography. There’s 4K and 8K video recording here too. The front is handled by a compact, 32MP punch-hole camera with autofocus, which should make for some pretty detailed selfies.
Overall, the Lenovo ThinkPhone is actually great. Reviews applaud Lenovo here for its impeccable performance, thoughtful and robust design, and well-rounded feature set. You don’t have to choose between, say, a long-lasting battery or lightning-fast charging, because this phone does both (and doesn’t charge you extra for it). And yet, that’s not why you should take advantage of this epic deal.
Built with security and Windows in mind
The Lenovo ThinkPhone is actually designed for businesses, with remote management features to help IT departments monitor fleets of these devices. However, consumers also benefit from the fact that the ThinkShield platform does much more than enable remote management. You get AI-powered defense systems, government-grade certifications, and a dedicated incident response team right out of the box.
A dedicated Moto KeySafe chip isolates sensitive data like PINs and passwords and encrypts them to keep your information safe even if someone gains access to your phone. An on-screen fingerprint sensor helps make sure that’s as difficult as possible. Lenovo also guarantees a baseline level of quality and safety by auditing the entire manufacturing process and ensuring that only the most trusted suppliers are used.
You also get excellent integration with Microsoft products, making ThinkPhone the best companion for your Windows PC (above all if you own a Lenovo ThinkPad). By default, the red button syncs your phone to your computer with a double tap, so you can keep track of notifications on one device, drag and drop files seamlessly between devices, open your phone apps on your computer, and even use your phone’s primary camera as webcam. Oh, and that 68W fast charger included in the box? Fast enough to quickly charge most ultrabooks too.
It goes further than that, even. In addition to the usual excellent Android experience with Microsoft services, ThinkPhone has unique support for Microsoft Teams with the Walkie Talkie app, using the red key for satisfying and easy communication. ThinkPhone also has deeply integrated Windows 365 support, so you can connect your phone to any display via USB Type-C, use Bluetooth accessories like keyboards and mice, and stream your Windows PC through your phone for true mobility.
Yes, it’s really cool, and right now it’s just the Lenovo ThinkPhone from Motorola $449.99 at Lenovo, a $250 savings for an unlocked smartphone that works with most carriers. Lenovo also offers financing options if you prefer to pay for the phone over time. If you’re looking for a great laptop to pair with your new phone, Lenovo’s Black Friday discounts include big savings on tons of great Lenovo ThinkPad laptops.
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