Lenovo brings back Motorola to the Chinese market

It has been a while since Lenovo acquired Motorola from its erstwhile owner, Google. It was believed that Lenovo would make use of the existing Motorola resources and fuse them with its own expertise to dish out some affordable products in the markets where Motorola prevailed. However, it turns out Lenovo is keen on giving its home country some Moto goodness; the company today announced three Motorola phones for China, that also mark Motorola’s re-entry into the Chinese market.

The three devices — the Moto X 2014, Moto G 2014 and Moto X Pro — are set to be available in China, starting with the Moto G 2014 on February 10th. The Moto X will be available via Motorola.com.cn, complete with Moto Maker customization that it is best known for. It’ll have a starting price of 3299 CNY (US$530), while the less-expensive Moto G will go for an equivalent of US$210.

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The Moto X Pro that the company announced is nothing but the Nexus 6 with a new name. The phone will go on sale in March, with the pricing info not disclosed as of yet. Lastly, the Moto 360 smartwatch, and the Moto Hint Bluetooth accessory will be made available later this year, with pricing info set to be announced before the commencement of availability.

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  1. pa5t1s
    January 26, 2015

    Now the question is: should we consider Motorola’s phones as ‘chinese’ phones? 😀

    • MaxPower
      January 26, 2015

      Why not? After all We consider Apple american!

    • January 26, 2015

      That’s a tough one. I like the Moto X, so I guess we can 😉

    • balcobomber25
      January 26, 2015

      We should consider nearly every phone Chinese. The majority of phones are made in Chinese factories, mostly in Shenzen.

    • desponent
      January 27, 2015

      Iphone is a Chinese made phone.

  2. yalok
    January 26, 2015

    They need to revise their pricing. In China you can get xiaomi redmi 2 (with better spec and more features) for almost half the price of moto g!

    • Xiaolu
      January 26, 2015

      Yeah, but what about the almost pure Google experience in the Moto… Oh, wait! 😛

      • yalok
        January 27, 2015

        Hahaha, it probably won’t even have google installed 😀

  3. balcobomber25
    January 26, 2015

    Smart move! This is the only chance Lenovo has at competing with Xiaomi. The only thing that might kill them is the pricing. Let’s compare two phones here:

    Moto G – Snapdragon 400, 8 GB ROM, 1GB RAM, 8MP camera, 720p 5 inch display,
    Redmi 2 – Snapdragon 410, 8 GB ROM, 1GB RAM, 8MP camera, 720p 4.7 inch display,

    The two phones are nearly identical in specs, the huge difference is the price. The Moto G sells for over $200, the Redmi 2 can be found for as low as $110. Its the same with the Moto X vs Mi4. Lenovo is going to have to come way down in price if they want to compete.

    • Damien Xenos
      January 26, 2015

      Moto G is pretty much stock Google and received the lollipop update already. I suspect not having tried the Xiaomi that camera software etc is better.
      However the Moto G needs to be priced at no more than $150 to complete seriously

      • Airyl
        January 27, 2015

        Stock Google? That’s horrible to have in China.

      • balcobomber25
        January 27, 2015

        It won’t be stock Google in China as most of Google’s apps are blocked. It will come preloaded with some type of bloatware from either Baidu or Lenovo.

        I have never used one of the new Moto’s other than in the store displays in the states but Lenovo’s own Super Camera is one of the best camera apps available. The software on the Mi4 is very good but I actually use Lenovo’s on mine.

    • abuse
      January 27, 2015

      dont forget that xiaomi also almost ready to launch their redmi 2 with 2gb ram, like redmi note with enhanced version

      • balcobomber25
        January 27, 2015

        Yup and the Redmi 2 2GB is expected to be less than $200. Lenovo has been trying to take on Xiaomi more than any other phone brand in China. So far they are pricing themselves out of competition. They are doing the same thing in the US with Moto phones. The big appeal was it was a flagship phone for mid range price. Now there isn’t much separating it from the Samsung, LG and HTC flagships.

  4. Muhammad Yasir
    January 27, 2015

    too expensive.. AGAIN , not beating any one with these :/