Lenovo announces Motorola’s high-profile return to China with Android handsets

7 Jan

Chinese PC maker Lenovo Group, which acquired Motorola Mobility from Google, announced Jan. 6 at the 2015 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas that Motorola smartphones will soon return to the Chinese market. The Android-powered Moto X, Moto G and Moto X Pro will be sold in China soon, with a product launch event scheduled on Jan. 26.

Over two months after the acquisition was completed, the three Motorola smartphones will hit the Chinese market in late January. Compared to other Android phones made by Chinese vendors, the new Motorola devices come with pure Android systems. Liu Jun, president of Lenovo’s Mobile Business Group, said the new devices will be updated with the latest Android systems and will also feature voice recognition and gesture control.

Both the first- and second-generation Moto X will be rolled out in China. The first-generation Moto X, a mid-range device, is expected to be sold at 1,499 RMB (US$241.3) and is considered price-competitive when compared with other Chinese smartphone products. The product design and pure Android system should also help increase Motorola’s popularity in China. Moto X will also bring its customization service into China. Moto G and Moto X Pro are both mid-to high-end devices. Motorola’s smartwatch, Moto 360, may also be introduced soon in the Chinese market.

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