Business phones don’t have to be a category for itself as they used to be. Many manufacturers, including Nokia Mobile, hope to promote some of their products as ideal business phones. Nokia is trying to make some of its phones, such as the X30/20, XR20 and G60/50, seem more business-oriented thanks to the simple, supported and yet protected software, rugged build and overall performance of the aforementioned models. While Blackberry now seems to be out of the game for good, Nokia hopes to gain some percentage of sales in the B2B sector, but one player will make it difficult for them.
Motorola, the manufacturer that puts out phones oddly similar to Nokia’s, has just announced a very specific, business-oriented smartphone. It’s called ThinkPhone by Motorola, and its design was inspired by Lenovo’s ThinkPad laptops. The back features the very familiar and established ThinkPad logo and a carbon texture that screams business phone.
In the IP68-rated body made of aeroplane-grade aluminium, there is the trusty but oldish Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 which is still powerful enough to be placed in a business phone. The chip is followed by up to 512 GB of UFS 3.1 memory, although the 256 and 128 GB versions will be available too. This phone will be also coming with 8 or 12 GB of RAM which is nice.
ThinkPad phone comes with 6.6 inches pOLED screen with an FHD+ resolution that refreshes at just 60 Hz. On top of the screen there is a Gorilla Glass Victus. The characteristic red dot button/mouse pointer of ThinkPad laptops is also there on the ThinkPad phone but as a programmable red button.
The phone has a relatively large 5000 mAh battery that can be charged with a 68 W TurboPower charger, which is something we can see being used for ThinkPad laptops. The phone also supports 15W wireless charging.
This ThinkPhone by Motorola has three cameras, a 50 MP main one which is optically stabilized, a 13 MP ultra-wide and a 32 MP front camera. This setup seems rather nice, and I love seeing a powerful selfie shooter which is great for conference calls.
Unfortunately, there is no slot for microSD cards, but with Microsoft 365 software thrown in you probably won’t be needing extra memory. ThinkPhone also lacks a 3.5 mm jack and the USB port supports only 3.1 standard.
The ThinkPhone is going to be priced at 999 USD which is, with all of its deficiencies, a rather competitive price for the business segment. While Nokia X30 and others are still a more affordable option, ThinkPhone by Motorola does bring up the need for Nokia Mobile to make and announce soon a phone with similar specifications (if not better ones) and definitely better looks.
Check the comparison of ThinkPhone and Nokia X30 here.