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Lenovo will not sell phones to Western Europe


Lenovo smartphones are one of the best kept secrets of the communications industry. Not only are they as cheap as chips, they are actually extremely good value for money. Now it seems that Lenovo is planning to start selling smartphones in 10 new European Union countries in an effort to expand its mobile business, but all of them are in Eastern Europe with none of them going to the West.

The Chinese hardware manufacturer has already launched handsets in Romania and the Czech Republic, and plans to do the same in Bulgaria, Hungary, Slovakia, Greece, and Turkey in the coming weeks. Next in line are Poland, in November, and Croatia and Slovenia in the next quarter.

Romania is getting three A Series handsets, the A859, A536, and A32, together with two S Series devices, the S860 and S850, were announced here earlier this week. We have been using both the S860 and S850 and they are damn fine phones for the tiny price tag. The Lenovo A328, costs €144. It has a 4.5-inch 854 x 480 display, quad-core 1.3GHz CPU, 1GB of RAM and a 2000mAh battery. It sports a five-megapixel rear camera and a two-megapixel front-facing equivalent. The device runs Android 4.4 KitKat.

The most expensive handset is the Lenovo S860, €273. It has an all-glass exterior with a five-inch 720p IPS display. The smartphone also has a 1.3GHz quad-core MediaTek processor with 1GB of RAM. The S860 sports a 13-megapixel rear camera, and a five-megapixel front camera.

But the reason Western Countries will still have to import the phones from China, or mates in Eastern Europe is because of Lenovo’s purchase of Motorola. Apparently Lenovo does not want to upset Motorola’s business in the UK, in Germany, in France, in Italy, in Spain.

The plan is to give Western Europe to Motorola and the East to Lenovo in a deal which worked out very badly for the Roman Empire. Historically what happens is the Western Empire falls while the Eastern Empire continues on for another 1,000 years before being turned over by Turkish knock-offs.

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