Lenovo plans global launch of Android-powered phone

22 Jan 2010

Lenovo is reportedly set to launch its Android-powered LePhone in China and overseas.

The LePhone is expected to arrive on China Unicom, China Mobile and China Telecom in May, with the rest of the world to receive the handset later this year.

The move is opposite to the action taken by internet search giant Google last week: The company delayed the launch of two new smart phones from Samsung and Motorola in China, as the controversy over the recent hacking attacks continued.

Google is reported to have said that due to uncertainty over its plans in China, it would be irresponsible to release new phones in the country. The phones were due to be unveiled on 20 January, in partnership with China Unicom.

In other Lenovo news, its shareholders have approved the company’s planned buy-back of its mobile handset division today, making them just the latest tier-1 PC maker to join the smart phone party, Engadget reported.

By Tina Costanza