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Official CyanogenMod Builds Now Available For The HTC One M9, Lenovo ZUK Z1, SHIELD Portable, And SHIELD Tablet

The CyanogenMod team continues to expand its selection of builds for its aftermarket ROM, and today no less than four new devices are being added. Those would be HTC's 2015 flagship One M9, Lenovo's budget-oriented ZUK Z1, NVIDIA's SHIELD Portable (the original one with the attached controller), and the SHIELD Tablet.

As usual, CyanogenMod arranges builds by codename: the M9 is "himaul," the Z1 is "ham," the SHIELD Portable is "roth," and the SHIELD Tablet is...

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Lenovo's VIBE P1 And P1m Bring 5000mAh And 4000mAh Batteries And Fast Charging To The Midrange (But Not To North America)

I love this smartphone era we're going through. Two years ago, something like Lenovo's new P1 or P1m would have cost a fortune, but now these devices are launching in the low to midrange, with prices that could awe and tempt the best of us. As David said a few days ago, the cheap smartphone is rising and that benefits us all.

So what's so special about these Lenovo devices? Mostly, their battery size. The larger P1 (5.5" Full HD IPS display) has a 5,000 mAh battery, good for about 45 hours of 4G talk time. The smaller P1m (5" 720p IPS display) gets a 4,000 mAh battery, which should last for 16 hours of 4G talk time.

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Lenovo's PHAB Plus Is The Latest Overly-Huge Phone To Join The Phablet Scene

I remember fondly when the word phablet became a thing...though I wish I didn't have to ever think about it. In fact, I had almost forgotten that it was a thing...until Lenovo announced the PHAB Plus, its entry into the huge phone game.

Here's the deal: it's got a 6.8-inch display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 615, 2GB of RAM, and 13MP/5MP cameras. Like its outdated specs, it's also running Android 5.0 - perfect for those who want to re-live late 2014 all over again. Ah, the memories.

But I digress. The PHAB Plus is designed for one-handed use, thanks to a variety of gestures and whatnot.

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Lenovo Announces The Yoga Tab 3 And Yoga Tab 3 Pro, Remixed Versions Of Its Unique Tablet Designs

Lenovo's Yoga series of Android tablets has always been unique, with its curvy design and integrated kickstand. Despite a tepid reviewer response to the last generation (mostly to do with a downright awful software skin), the company is powering ahead with a third revision, this time omitting the bombastic 13-inch model and moving some of its features down to the 10-inch version. The more pedestrian Yoga Tab 3 will go on sale in October, with the more spec-heavy Tab 3 Pro starting in November.

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Lenovo Has Announced The VIBE S1, A Phone With Dual Selfie Cameras For Some Reason

As smartphones become more mature, it gets harder to truly innovate. Lenovo is at least trying something new with the new VIBE S1. It has not one but two front-facing cameras. Why would you want this? I don't know, but it exists anyway.

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Ukrainian Retailer Publishes Product Page For Unreleased Lenovo Yoga Tablet 3, Listed Specs Are Surprisingly Low-End

When we reported on leaked images of Lenovo's upcoming Yoga Tablet 3, I said at the time that the big lingering question was what is on the inside. The current generation, the Yoga Tablet 2, is very much a mid-range device in both specs and price. The specs posted on an inadvertently published product page for the Lenovo Yoga Tablet 3 8" version suggest a step down into the budget market.

There are two listings at Rozetka, the Ukrainian retailer who apparently pulled the trigger too soon on marketing the new tablets. They are both 8" versions, one with LTE and one without.

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The Lenovo-Backed ZUK Z1 Will Be Sold Internationally With Cyanogen OS Starting Mid-October

Lenovo's ZUK smartphone brand got off to a great start in China when the recently announced Z1 managed over 2 million pre-orders in a week, but surprisingly, they aren't stopping in China. An international version of the Z1 is planned, and it's going to run Cyanogen OS (lens flair optional).

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Lenovo Begins Manufacturing Smartphones In India

Lenovo, one of the world's largest electronics manufacturers and the proud owner of the Motorola brand, is expanding once again. The company announced that it would begin manufacturing both Lenovo and Motorola phones in a new factory in Chennai, India, starting with the low-price Moto E and Lenovo K3 Note models. According to the press release, 1500 employees have been hired across manufacturing, quality assurance, testing, and other departments.

The change is notable because in the last decade or so most smartphones have been manufactured almost exclusively in China, with a few exceptions for nearby regional companies (like Samsung in South Korea and Asus in Taiwan...

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Lenovo Yoga Tablet 3 Appears In Leaked Promotional Materials, Features Camera Located On Kickstand Hinge And Claims 20 Hours Battery Life

It has been about a year since Lenovo released its Android version of the Yoga Tablet 2, so it was only a short matter of time before we would hear about an update if they plan on continuing the mid- to upper-range line of tablets.

Twitter-based @upleaks has posted two images that appear to be marketing renders for Asian markets that feature the Yoga Tablet 3. While they leave a lot of mystery as to what's inside the upcoming device, they offer a glimpse of what is to come.

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In this article's hero image, you may notice one peculiar aspect of the tablet's construction: a camera on the signature kickstand's hinge.

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Motorola Will Take Over Lenovo's Slumping Smartphone Division In Spite Of Motorola's 31% Sales Drop

Nestled in Lenovo's latest earnings report were disappointing figures for both their own brand of smartphones and Motorola, which was acquired late last year. The Chinese company's response is to do some fairly large-scale restructuring, handing over basically all aspects of Lenovo smartphones to Motorola with the possible exception of marketing. Motorola will continue to develop, make, and market their own line that most Westerners are familiar with.

In light of the earnings figures, it might be surprising that Motorola is the part of the larger company that is rewarded with more responsibility. Lenovo's own brand of smartphones posted a sales increase of 2.3% compared to a year ago as they shipped 16.2 million units.

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