Motorola has been key to Google’s attempt to improve the reputation of low end Android. This did not however stop the company from being a millstone around Google’s neck, resulting it its recent sale, currently pending regulatory approval, to Lenovo for $2.9 billion.
It is therefore amusing to see Lenovo still dipping its toe into the Windows Phone waters with an 8.1 handset. The company’s presence as a new Windows Phone OEM was confirmed by Microsoft at BUILD 2014, and now AdDuplex has seen the first evidence of such a handset in the wild.
There had earlier been rumours of the company planning a WP8.1 handset for April this year, but of course we know even the OS was not ready then.
The handset was said to be a mid-range affair costing around $420 running the Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 and 600 processor and with a 4.5 to 5 inch screen.
The next step of course is a Motorola-branded Windows Phone, just not possible under Google’s rule. Do they still own the Q trademark?