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They'll be available in certain markets starting June 2014

Lenovo is placing its focus on battery life and other performance updates with its next generation of Android-powered S-series smartphones, which were unveiled at the 2014 Mobile World Congress in Barcelona this week.

Lenovo introduced the S860, S850 and S660 smartphones, which aim to please an array of customers who appreciate fashionable, long-lasting and even affordable devices. 

The S860 places strong emphasis on battery life, claiming to offer all-day, uninterrupted usage. Lenovo even said that users can charge their other devices with it by using the included micro USB cable. Lenovo didn't say exactly what the battery capacity is. 

Lenovo added that the S860 also features a 5.3-inch HD screen, a brushed metal exterior, quad-core computing, 2GB of RAM and standby time of up to 40 days and talk time of up to 24 hours on 3G connections.

The S860 will run $349 and hit certain markets starting June 2014. 


The S850 may not be the right choice for battery-draining S860 users, but if a fashionable phone is your thing, check this one out. The S850 has a thin and lightweight all-glass exterior that comes in either pink or white.

It also has a 5-inch screen with an MTK quad core processor, a 13 MP rear-facing camera and a 5 MP front-facing camera. 

The fashionable S850 will start at $269 and become available in certain markets starting June 2014 as well. 


As for the S660, budget-conscious users who don't want to sacrifice performance are the main target audience. It's a 4.7-inch device with a brushed metal design, expandable storage (up to 32GB with microSD cards) and all-day lasting battery life. The scratch and fingerprint-resistant back cover makes life a little easier too. 


The S660 comes in at the lowest price at $229, and will be available in the same time period as the other two (June 2014). 

Source: Lenovo

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RE: Meh
By JasonMick on 2/24/2014 12:20:00 PM , Rating: 2
These phones don't seem great at all. First is the mediatek CPU, horrible choice. They should have gone with a higher clocked dual-core than such a low clocked quad-core. Then there is the fact that because of the CPU they might get updates passed android 4.2 or 4.4. And then the "fashion" 850 model has the better cameras.
I don't think you read very carefully.

These phones are priced at $249 and $349 USD with NO SUBSIDY.... So of course they don't have an octa-core Exynos 6 or Snapdragon 8xx chip... they're budget/mid-range smartphones.

Considering an unlocked Galaxy S II costs $270-280 USD still with:

+Dual core CPU
+Smaller 4.3 inch screen
+Plastic body
+Lower capacity battery
+Lower resolution 8 MP camera

...tell me again how this is such a horrible deal?
These are low to midrange business phones, doesn't seem like they are designed for the US.
Yes, because everyone in the U.S. is a technophile who buys the highest end bleeding edge Android every six months... /s

RE: Meh
By HopJokey on 2/24/2014 12:45:44 PM , Rating: 2
Nexus 5 is $349 MSRP No Subsidy...

RE: Meh
By JasonMick on 2/24/2014 1:26:07 PM , Rating: 2
True, that's a better deal. For the record, I'm not saying there aren't better buys, just that these handsets -- particularly the $249 USD one -- aren't at wholly unreasonable prices, as TS seemed to suggest.

RE: Meh
By BillyBatson on 2/24/2014 1:48:12 PM , Rating: 2
I did read carefully and I took note of the prices and the prices support my statement. I didn't say they should have gone with a bleeding edge CPU but going with a mediatek could be a shorter android upgrade path, and I said a very low clocked quad-core wasn't the way to go, especially for a budget phone, a faster dualcore would see better performance at this price point. The highest end of the 3 models doesn't have the best cameras of the 3.

Your comparison is a little weak as for $70 less I would rather have the GSII especially consider they both don't have LTE (you don't mention the lenovos having LTE).

Yes, because everyone in the U.S. is a technophile who buys the highest end bleeding edge Android every six months... /s

I was referring to the fact that it has midrange specs but has dual-sim which is far more useful if you are in Europe where you may be crossing borders more frequently than those living in the US. But you are right everyone in the US does buy bleeding edge phone /s.

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