I remember during my first visit to Japan in 2001 wandering through a kitschy shop in Tokyo dumbfounded by what I saw—here in the land of the world’s first successful mobile Internet service I was surrounded on all sides by discarded Motorola merch from the 1980s. T-shirts, coffee mugs, Frisbees… all adorned with that instantly-recognizable stylized “M“. And this was years before the RAZR ever saw the light of day.
I believe that marketing people call this “brand equity”.
So it’s probably little wonder that Lenovo, Moto’s new owner, would capitalize on that brand equity and offer Motorola handsets in their home market of mainland China. That’s the story making the rounds in the tech blogs this week, including GizChina, Android Police and The Verge.
But what if the reverse were true? What if Lenovo smartphones, tuned for LTE data in the Americas, were available for purchase here? Were that the case I might well be the proud owner of a VIBE X2, pictured above.
The VIBE X2 is also for sale in India; since the pages on Lenovo’s site there are in English I’ll be linking to them from here on out. Back to the phone, if that tri-colour styling weren’t enough there are some impressive specs to match:
Display Size: 12.7cm (5.0) (1920×1080)
Operating System: Android™ 4.4 KitKat
Processor: MediaTek 6595m 2.0 GHz 4G LTE True8Core™
RAM: 2 GB
Storage: 32 GB
Battery Type: 2300 mAh (Li-polymer), embedded
Rear camera: 13 MP auto-focus with LED flash
Front camera: 5 MP fixed-focus
4G Network: LTE FDD Band 1/3/7, TDD B40 or LTE FDD Band 1/3/7/30
3G Network: 2100/900 Mhz or 2100/900/850 Mhz
2G Network: GSM 850/900/1800/1900 Mhz
WLAN: Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n/ac, Wi-Fi hotspot
Single SIM: Micro
Dual SIM: Micro and Nano – available in AP region + India
Colors: White, Gold, Red, Charcoal
Dual SIM support? Yeah, that would likely never fly with US or Canadian carriers…
This official product tour video shows off some fairly cool accessories. I was able to find a listing for the charging case on Flipkart but only a photo or two of the JBL-branded sound dock. I would most definitely be interested in both.
As an added bonus, it looks like the VIBE X2’s bootloader can be unlocked fairly easily, which would at the very least allow the user to obtain root, use AdAdaway and any number of modules from the Xposed repo.
Hey, if Chinese users can buy the Moto G, Moto X and Moto Nexus, it’s only fair that we should get some Lenovo love over here in the West. Amirite?