Motorola ThinkPhone in for review

Ivan, 22 February 2023

Say hello to the Motorola ThinkPhone or as some call it - the Lenovo ThinkPhone by Motorola - we won't though.

It's clearly a Motorola phone but the ThinkPad-styling is also evident. Underneath the all-black carbon fiber (that's the only option available) is a design akin to the Moto G72. But there's more to the ThinkPhone than just a paint job.

Let's do an unboxing before we continue. The Motorola ThinkPhone ships with a 68W charger and a USB cable. There's no case in the box but you probably shouldn't cover this stylish phone with one.

You don't need to either - the ThinkPhone is IP68 water and dust tight, as well as MIL-STD-810H compliant to withstand a drop from up to 1.3m onto concrete.

Motorola ThinkPhone in for review

The ThinkPhone has a 6.6-inch 1080p OLED of 144Hz adaptive refresh rate. The software is stock-ish Android 13 with Motorola's usual tweaks like Quick Launch gestures, a customizable sidebar, the lovely Peak Display always-on feature, and more. The ThinkPhone also comes with four recognizable ThinkPad wallpapers to match the feel.

Specs-wise, the Motorola ThinkPad is quite capable for the €999/$1,080 price tag. It packs a Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 chip with 8GB or 12GB of RAM, a 50MP main camera, 13MP autofocusing ultrawide, and a 2MP macro. There's an 8MP selfie on the opposite end.

The Motorola ThinkPhone has iconic styling The Motorola ThinkPhone has iconic styling
The Motorola ThinkPhone has iconic styling

Motorola went all out on the design of the ThinkPhone. The rear panel has a carbon fiber weave on top that's every bit as premium as that on a ThinkPad Carbon laptop. The ThinkPhone by Motorola logo that's etched into the bottom corner of the panel may not light up but is tangible and premium.

Then there are the buttons. These are some of the nicest buttons we've ever pressed on any phone. They're clicky yet soft, it's a very unique feel. Pressing a button will even produce an audible click - trust us, you have to try these out for yourself.

There's a custom ThinkPhone logo and a Red key There's a custom ThinkPhone logo and a Red key
There's a custom ThinkPhone logo and a Red key

Finally, the ThinkPhone packs a plentiful 5,000mAh battery with both fast wired (68W) and wireless (15W) charging. Stay tuned for our review findings once the MWC storm blows over!


Reader comments

I still think what's use for me of 32M selfie camera... My first video calls were on 1.3M on precious ThinkPad...

  • humblender
  • 19 Nov 2023
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