Lenovo announces ThinkPhone by Motorola with SD 8+ Gen 1

Ivan, 05 January 2023

The Lenovo ThinkPhone by Motorola is here and it's just what it sounds like - a Motorola-made smartphone that looks like a Lenovo ThinkPad laptop.

The ThinkPhone is built around a 6.6-inch OLED display of 2400x1080px resolution and 144Hz refresh rate. The screen also offers HDR10+ support.

Inside, there's a Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 chipset paired with either 8GB or 12GB of RAM, and you get a choice of 128GB, 256GB, or 512GB of storage.

You can have the ThinkPhone in any color as long as it's Carbon Black, but make no mistake - this isn't your everyday regular black phone. For starters, it gets a special red key that's customizable to do different tasks - open the Walkie Talkie app through Microsoft Teams or open a business or field app. The back panel is designed with a lightweight aramid fiber (which is supposedly stronger than steel), while the frame is aircraft-grade aluminum. The front is clad in Gorilla Glass Victus. The back is finished off with a special ThinkPhone logo.

The ThinkPhone is also IP68 and MIL-STD 810H certified, so it will survive a drop from up to 1.25 meters and a swim of up to 1.5 meters for 30 minutes.

The Lenovo ThinkPhone by Motorola The Lenovo ThinkPhone by Motorola The Lenovo ThinkPhone by Motorola
The Lenovo ThinkPhone by Motorola

The Lenovo ThinkPhone by Motorola (try saying that three times fast) has a 5,000mAh battery that supports 68W wired charging and 15W wireless charging. You get the needed wired charger in the box.

Camera-wise, the Lenovo ThinkPhone has a 50MP f/1.8 main camera that pixel-bins four to one for resulting 2.0μm pixels. This camera has both PDAF and OIS. Alongside it is a 13MP f/2.2 ultrawide with Macro Vision. On the opposite end, there's a 32MP selfie camera with autofocus.

Lenovo announces ThinkPhone by Motorola with SD 8+ Gen 1

The ThinkPhone is more than just a branding exercise. It brings true integration with Lenovo's ThinkPad laptops, including Think 2 Think connectivity, based on Motorola's Ready For. It allows you to sync the ThinkPhone to your ThinkPad and transfer copied text, photos, documents, as well as drag and drop files, share notifications, use the phone as a webcam, and open any Android app on the Windows laptop's screen.

The ThinkPhone will come with Microsoft 365, Outlook, and Teams apps preloaded.

The Moto KeySafe is a separate processor that adds a layer of security - it will keep PINs and passwords, crypto keys, and other sensitive data in a tamper-resistant environment.

Finally, Moto OEMConfig or Moto Device Manager will allow IT admins to remotely configure the Lenovo ThinkPhone for business clients.

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Think 2 Think connectivity with ThinkPad laptops

The Lenovo ThinkPhone by Motorola is coming to the US, Europe, Latin America, the Middle East, Australia, and select countries in Asia in the coming months. Lenovo hasn't revealed the price just yet, but since it's meant to be a B2B device don't expect to find it in your local electronics store.


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Reader comments

  • Anonymous
  • 09 Jan 2023
  • xHY

I got a chance to test drive it. Definitely buying one later on.

  • Anonymous
  • 09 Jan 2023
  • xHY

It's Samsung's fault for not bringing it to your country. My country (SG) is not well-known for that kind of phone, and yet Samsung has no problem officially selling one here.

  • Minu
  • 07 Jan 2023
  • ter

It looks both tempting in terms of specs and boring in terms of design (the XCover 4s looks better imho) but at the same time, and unfortunately not available here. I prefer the older Active phones and the XCover phones until 4s tbh

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