It was back in July when Lenovo unveiled their very first Windows 10 running handset. Now, it is finally coming to the market this week. SoftBank 503LV is Windows a phone carrying Lenovo’s logo on it and is expected to materialize in Japanese market starting November 11.
On November 2011, exactly 7 years ago, a Lenovo representative revealed the company’s plans to launch a Windows phone in mid-2012. But the plans seemingly faded away, until February 2014 when Microsoft revealed that Lenovo was one of the nine new investors in Windows Phones. Again, nothing seemed to happen, but considering the fate of Windows Phones Lenovo was apparently walking in the opposite direction.
Lenovo had previously criticized Microsoft for having so little faith in their mobile platform that they abandoned it completely and have ceased the release of future devices running their OS. In 2015, A Lenovo executive came forward with a statement that Microsoft’s deficient cross-platform software efforts are the reason for Windows phones’ market deterioration. So, it hit everyone as a surprise since Lenovo came forward with the idea for their very own Windows 10 phone.
The Softbank 503LV is designed specifically for business users and works best with enterprise environments. It is also good to notice that the visuals and the camera placement of the device are largely inspired from Moly’s Windows phones designed by the firm Coship. Coship is an independent manufacturing company that designs handsets for other companies that can be sold under their names. So, there lies a huge possibility that Lenovo is not the genius behind the body and design of their new phone.
Diving a little more into the specs, the SoftBank 503LV is a mid-range Windows 10 device that possesses a 5-inch LCD display and has a 720p screen. The specs are not quite extraordinary, but considering Lenovo’s first go at a Windows handset, sticking to the basics seem like a smart move. Have a look at the full specs:
- 5-inch TFT LCD with HD (1280x720px) resolution
- Octa-core 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 SoC
- 3GB RAM
- 32GB onboard storage (plus microSDXC card support up to 128GB)
- 8MP rear camera
- 5MP front-facing camera
- Bluetooth 4.0
- 2250mAh battery
- 142.4 x 71.4 x 7.7mm; 143g
Considering Microsoft Continuum’s active participation, we think that the device may support a Type C connector, allowing users a little more flexibility in terms of screen size.
Lenovo is yet to reveal the pricing specifications of the device, but it is expected to be declared later this month when the new phone finally launches in the market