updated 10:20 pm EST, Tue December 27, 2011
Lenovo dips into Internet TV and cloud early
Lenovo gave a preview of its Las Vegas plans with word of an Internet-aware TV and its own cloud service. To be called the LeTV in its Chinese version, it would ship sometime in the first quarter of 2012. Most details aren't public, although more of these should be coming in January.
The PC builder's cloud service tease drew parallels to iCloud. It too would synchronize information between devices, Lenovo said. Its version will have a capacity advantage, however, with 200GB of storage per person. Apple gives away 5GB for free but charges extra for more, and doesn't offer 200GB.
Lenovo has been on the rise and is now the second-largest computer maker worldwide, having ousted Acer and Dell. All of its current efforts, however, are focused either on traditional PCs or on its young smartphone and tablet lines. A TV would pit it against both a wave of Google TV-powered sets expected at CES as well as give it a distinct cloud option that would set it apart from its Windows PC counterparts.