Black Friday special edition part 2
DealNN's Black Friday coverage continues with discounts on digital cameras, external hard drives, notebooks and more. The Canon EOS Rebel SL1 18MP digital camera body and lens kit has seen a steep 59 percent price break from $1,200 down to only $449.99 at Rakuten.com. That's the lowest price we've seen on this camera by $200. Free shipping is included and sales tax applies for residents of New York and California. This camera features 18MP resolution, a 3-inch touchscreen LCD, CMOS sensor, and 18mm to 55mm focal length. A one year warranty is included from Canon.
Apple positioned as biggest computer maker
Samsung continues to hold top place in RescueCom ranking of the most reliable computer brands. The firm's scores are determined by balancing each company's US marketshare versus the number of repair calls handled by Level 3 RescueCom technicians. In Q3 figures, Samsung holds a score of 694; coming in a distant second is Apple at 259, which RescueCom notes is less than half of what it managed in Q2.
Does the multi-position convertible device impress?
At the turn of this century, then-Microsoft CEO Bill Gates tried -- and failed -- to anoint the convertible slate-PC as the "next big thing" in computing. Following the slow burnout -- hampered mostly by bad design -- the form factor wallowed in obscurity for years until Steve Jobs took the stage in 2010, using one of his last keynotes to show off the iPad. Since then, the small, flat tablet form factor has reshaped the computing landscape, with a variety of manufacturers pushing out devices running everything from custom OSes like iOS and Windows RT to a reincarnation of the slate, running Windows 8. Electronista is in the process of evaluating the new Lenovo Yoga 2.
Vibe Z switches out MediaTek processor from Vibe X for Qualcomm version
Lenovo has launched an update to its Vibe line of Android smartphones, with a new version destined for China. The Vibe Z, also known as the K910, opts for a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor instead of the MediaTek chip used in its predecessor, the Vibe X, all packed behind a 5.5-inch full HD IPS screen.
Company's phone markets to more than double
Lenovo -- best known for its desktop and laptop PCs -- will focus on expanding its smartphone sales in markets where the iPhone is considered too expensive, says CEO Yang Yuanqing. "We have seen the first wave of success in Asian countries," he explains. "We provide affordable products for emerging markets. That's very important. For those markets, the iPhone is probably not the best-selling product, Lenovo can be much more competitive."
National security concerns over telecoms infrastructure nixed buyout plans
Lenovo could have bought ailing smartphone manufacturer BlackBerry, but was denied by the Canadian government. Alleged interference of inter-company discussions by Ottawa government officials made it clear to BlackBerry executives that a takeover by a Chinese company would not proceed, due to potential national security concerns.
First look at Lenovo's novel tablet design
With few exceptions, modern tablet design follows in the footsteps of Apple's bestselling iPads: the slate form factor, the emphasis always on thinness. Lenovo's new Yoga tablets strike out on a different path, adding a sizable lump that houses a massive battery and enables a built-in kickstand feature. How well does it work? Electronista has taken a quick look at the Lenovo Tablet 8, and we have a few first impressions ahead of a full review.
New device has familiar form factor, resembling Apple keyboard
Lenovo has unveiled its new Android-based "Yoga" tablets reportedly co-designed by Ashton Kutcher, devices that the company calls the "world's thinnest tablet." The device has an unconventional form factor, with a thick rounded edge containing most of the electronics and battery, tapering all the way to the edge of the tablet.
Modified Android installed on Lenovo A10 changes based on screen position
Lenovo has announced its first notebook running on Android, one that it confirmed rumors about last weekend. The A10, running on a customized version of Android 4.2, can be used as a standard notebook with the user interface geared towards normal desktop-style usage, or with the screen turned enough to make it a standing multi-touch display with touch-optimized apps and interface.
Examination performed under non-disclosure agreement
Lenovo has reportedly signed a non-disclosure agreement to take a close look at BlackBerry's finances, unnamed sources have told Wall Street Journal (sub. required). The leak is the second report pointing to such talks, fueling speculation that the Chinese company is still considering a potential bid for the struggling smartphone maker.
LG releasing G Pad 8.3 in United States on November 3rd
LG has put its G Pad 8.3 Android tablet heading to the United States, following its release in the United Kingdom and South Korea. The tablet, with an 8.3-inch 1920x1200 display, 1.7GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 processor, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of storage, and a 4,600mAh battery, will go on sale from November 3rd priced at $350.
Eight-inch WXGA tablet runs full Windows 8.1
Lenovo today announced the Lenovo Miix2 eight-inch tablet, a Windows 8.1 multi-mode device that packs an Intel quad- core processor and an IPS wide-angle, high-definition display into a small tablet form factor. Paired with an optional stylus and detachable cover, the Lenovo Miix2 eight-inch joins its predecessor, the Lenovo Miix in the company's tablet line.
IdeaPad A10 to be an actual Android laptop
Lenovo has acknowledged that it is preparing to expand the range of Android devices available by offering a laptop running on Google's mobile operating system. The Lenovo IdeaPad A10 was rumored to be in the works, and a user manual for the device recently leaked. Lenovo's confirmation was picked up on Friday by PhoneArena, which noted that there had been some speculation as to the product's cancellation.
Talks claimed to have started in August, could turn HTC around
Lenovo could be planning to take over troubled Taiwanese smartphone producer HTC in the future, according to rumors. The Chinese notebook manufacturer is said to have met with HTC in a secret meeting in late August about the potential acquisition, which could be beneficial to both sides if such a deal can be agreed upon by the two companies.
Yoga tablet to shift weight internally to feign lightness
Lenovo will be hoping to build upon its IdeaPad Yoga product line by introducing a Yoga tablet, according to rumors. The convertible notebook line could be joined by a pure tablet sometime later this month, one which is apparently able to shift its center of gravity via some sort of internal mechanism, so that it can appear to be lighter to hold.
New offerings include budget models
Lenovo has introduced several new ThinkPad notebooks equipped with Intel's latest Haswell-series processors, adding to the T-, W-, L-, and E-series offerings. The W540 is the company's latest mobile workstation, featuring a 15.5-inch IPS panel with 2880x1620 resolution, Nvidia's discrete Quadro graphics and an integrated color calibrator.
Lightweight tablet claimed a fifth lighter than 'premium tablets'
Lenovo has outed a new budget-oriented Android tablet heading to Europe, which is said by the company to be nearly a fifth lighter than most "premium tablets," such as the Nexus 7. The seven-inch S5000, measuring 7.9mm (0.31 inches) thick and weighing a light 246 grams (8.7 ounces), offers a seven-inch 1280x800-resolution display with a brightness of 350 nits.
Yoga geared for businesses
Alongside the high-end Yoga 2 Pro, Lenovo has also unveiled a second Yoga model that is geared for business users. The 12.5-inch ThinkPad Yoga is built with the same flip-and-fold hinge as its IdeaPad counterpart, enabling quick conversion to tablet mode, however it adds the ThinkPad keyboard, a tougher magnesium-alloy housing and Gorilla Glass to protect against impact.
1080p screen, 13-megapixel rear, 5-megapixel front cameras
Lenovo is looking towards shipping a new premium smartphone in October, adding to its existing mobile device range. The Vibe X has a five-inch "20/20 Vision" IPS display with a resolution of 1920x1080 and a pixel density of 440PPI, protected by Gorilla Glass 3, packed into a polycarbonate body measuring just 6.9mm (0.27 inches) thick.
Notebooks flip to stand mode for touch use
Lenovo has unveiled several new computers at the IFA expo, including two budget-priced notebooks and an all-in-one that will all be sold under the Flex branding. The 14.1-inch Flex 14 and 15.6-inch Flex 15 integrate a 300-degree display hinge, enabling the touchscreen to be used in stand mode.
Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro delivers highest resolution of any notebook
Lenovo has revealed the successor to its original Yoga hybrid PC, the Yoga 2 Pro. The new notebook ramps up the display resolution well and truly beyond the original's 1080p display with a new QHD+ 3200x1800 pixel IPS 10-point multitouch panel. According to the Chinese company, it surpasses both the Apple MacBook Pro Retina models and the Google Chromebook Pixel as having the highest resolution currently on a notebook.
Hot-swappable batteries, touchscreens, Haswell processors touted
Lenovo has introduced five new to its ThinkPad T, X, and S series of notebooks. The S440, S540, T440, the previously-launched T440s, and X240, all being shown by the notebook producer at IFA in Berlin, bring slight changes and refreshes to existing lines, with the systems boasting up to 17 hours of battery life, hot-swappable batteries, and fourth-generation Intel Core processors.
Bonus worth month's pay for factory workers
Lenovo CEO Yang Yuanqing reportedly plans to share more than $3 million of his personal bonus among approximately 10,000 lower workers, according to a Bloomberg report. Although a $325 bonus may not seem particularly significant by Western standards, it is said to equal nearly an entire month's pay for a city worker in China.
Apple-related troubleshooting calls fall by more than half
Apple's score has almost doubled quarter-to-quarter -- to 503 -- in a Q2 Rescuecom survey of computer reliability. The data is based on a mix of manufacturer marketshare and the number of calls Rescuecom's Level 3 technicians have to handle. Between Q1 and Q2, the number of Apple-related calls dropped by more than half, even though Mac marketshare has remained largely unchanged.
Could represent inventory drain in preparation for new models
The Apple iPad suffered a major drop in Chinese marketshare during the second quarter, says research firm IDC. In spite of its cost, the iPad has usually dominated the Chinese tablet market, holding over 50 percent of it. Q2 results, however, show the iPad down to just 28 percent, still in the lead but in active competition. Some 1.5 million iPads shipped to China in the quarter, half the amount delivered during Q1.
Lenovo seeing growth in PC, Laptop, Mobile segments
The Lenovo Group today reported results for its first fiscal quarter that ended on June 30. The China-based computer manufacturer posted quarterly revenue of $8.8 billion, a 10 percent increase year-over-year. At the same time, Lenovo's first quarter pre-tax income increased 16 percent year-over-year to $215 million, highlighting the company's continued focus on leading what it calls the "PC Plus era," while growing its business profitably across all geographies, customer segments, and product lines.
iPad still controls biggest individual share
Non-Apple tablets have collectively surpassed the iPad for the first time in terms of worldwide marketshare, claims research firm Canalys. During the June quarter, Apple achieved a share of 42.7 percent, giving it dominance in terms of individual tablet makers. Together, however, Amazon, Acer, Samsung, Lenovo, and other tablet makers scored a 57.3 percent slice. In Q2 2012, Apple held 71.2 percent of the market versus the remainder's 28.9 percent.
No other suitors likely for company, NEC holds less than five percent of market
Following the collapse of a Lenovo deal to purchase the division, NEC is planning to exit the smartphone manufacturing business. NEC had offered Lenovo a majority stake in its smartphone manufacturing business, but Lenovo declined to act on the opportunity.
Apple US shipments fall, but gain in marketshare
Worldwide PC shipments -- desktop and notebook -- dropped to 76 million units in the second quarter of 2013, a 10.9 percent decrease from the same period last year, according to preliminary results by market analystsGartner. This marks the fifth consecutive quarter of declining shipments, which is the longest duration of decline in the PC market’s history. The fall in the Asia/Pacific PC market continued, showing five consecutive quarters of the shipment decline, while the Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA) PC market registered two consecutive quarters of double-digit decline.
Ultrabook, All-In-One offer full HD 1080p displays, 4th generation Intel Core i7
Lenovo has revealed a new notebook and all-in-one computers running on Haswell processors. The ThinkPad T440s Ultrabook offers a full HD 1080p IPS display and a 21mm-thick (0.8-inches) body, while the ThinkCentre M93z AIO uses a 23-inch full HD 1080p LED display with anti-glare and an option for 10-point multitouch.
Iomega brand restricted to entry-level consumer devices
LenovoEMC, a joint venture between industry-leaders Lenovo and EMC that includes the Iomega network storage product business, today announced the rebranding of Iomega products and programs worldwide. Effective immediately, the former Iomega-branded network storage products are available worldwide with a new logo that reflects the LenovoEMC business while continuing to utilize the Iomega mark on entry-level consumer network storage products.
Two seven-inch Lenovo tablets include 16GB storage, 3,500mAh battery
Lenovo has put up a pair of Android tablets from its IdeaTab range up for pre-order in the United States. The IdeaTab A1000 and IdeaTab A3000 both offer 7-inch 1024x600 displays, run on Android Jelly Bean, and have relatively similar specifications, the A3000 adds to the 0.3MP front webcam by having a 5-megapixel counterpart on the rear.
Second China research report this month suggests 6.1M iOS sales
Samsung has sold more than 10 million smartphones in China within a single quarter for the first time, according to a research firm. The same report based on data from US research firm Strategy Analytics also claims that Apple resides in sixth place in the country's smartphone marketplace, one place below a similar report earlier this month that placed the iPhone in fifth place.
Smartphone sales are 'new opportunity' for PC manufacturer
Computer manufacturer Lenovo is planning to expand its existing smartphone sales from other territories into the United States and Europe within the next year, according to the CEO. Yang Yuanging wants to make the move into US phone sales while the PC industry continues to struggle, with the chief executive declaring "Smartphones are our new opportunity."
Income rises 38 percent, China shipments up 74 percent
Lenovo has managed to reach new records in annual sales and annual pre-tax income over the last year, according to its latest quarterly financial update. The computer producer reports annual sales of $34 billion for the entire year, an increase of 15 percent compared to last year, and a 38-percent increase on taxable income to $801 million.
Ultrabook to reach Best Buy on June 23rd, starts from $800
Lenovo has started shipping the IdeaPad Yoga 11S in the United States. The convertible ultrabook is a smaller version of the IdeaPad Yoga 13, opting for an 11.6-inch, 1366x768 touchscreen display instead of the 13-inch version of its larger stablemate, and provides full Windows 8 instead of the Windows RT installed on the Yoga 11.
Samsung still overwhelmingly in control
Apple retook fifth place in the Chinese smartphone market during the first quarter of the year with an 8 percent share, according to Canalys data obtained by IDG News. Previously, during the third and fourth quarters of 2012, Apple had been relegated to sixth place. Samsung remained in control during Q1 2013, managing a 20 percent share. Local firms Yulong, Huawei, and Lenovo completed the top five.
Lenovo K900 to reach Chinese market on May 6, select markets thereafter
The Lenovo K900, first revealed at CES in January, will hit its home market in China on May 6. The device is notable as the first smartphone to feature Intel’s Clover Trail+ SoC running a dual-core design. It is also one of the growing number of Android devices crashing through the 5-inch barrier centering on a large 5.5-inch 1080p IPS LCD display.
IBM server segment could fetch $4.5 billion
Chinese PC manufacturer Lenovo may be heading back to IBM for yet another purchase, as Bloomberg reports that the company is in talks with IBM to buy its server business. The deal, still very much in the formative stages, could see Lenovo paying between $2.5 and $4.5 billion for IBM's server division, depending on what is included. A source close to the negotiations says an agreement on the deal could be weeks away.
Sale of phone section could bring NEC back into profit
NEC is reportedly in discussions with Lenovo over the possible sale of its mobile phone unit, in an attempt to return to profitability. It is also claimed that NEC is in negotiations with other potential buyers for the section, as the company tries to turn itself around after enduring two straight years of losses.
Lenovo reveals ThinkPad T431 for business users with 26 enhancements
Lenovo has added the ThinkPad T431 to its lineup touting 26 major revisions over the model that it replaces. In developing the T431, Lenovo researchers observed ThinkPad and other users over a nine-month period in order to shape the design of the new model. The aim, according to Lenovo, was to create a notebook that would have maxium appeal for business users in a ‘bring your own notebook’ office place.
Samsung tops Apple, Nokia, Lenovo in China
South Korean manufacturer Samsung sold the most smartphones in China of any manufacturer for 2012, according to a new report out from Strategy Analytics. In taking the top spot, Samsung beat out competitors including Apple, Lenovo, and Nokia, which held the top spot for Chinese smartphone sales in 2011. Yonhap News reports that this marks the first time that Samsung has held the number one position in China.
Lenovo takes another dive into tablet market
Lenovo unveiled a wide range of devices earlier this year at CES, including the K900 handset, however the company saved a few products for Mobile World Congress. Although a new smartphone was not among the introductions, Electronista checked out the new 10.1-inch S6000 tablet and a pair of seven-inch counterparts.
Record sales revenues, PC shipments, global market share
Lenovo has reported record results in its third quarter filing, in what the company calls it's "best quarter ever." The Chinese computer manufacturer achieved a record sales revenue of $9.4 billion for the quarter, a 12-percent year-on-year increase, thanks mostly to its 14.1 million PC shipments, itself a record in its own right.
Move would bolster Lenovo's mobile presence, help shift from PCs
In an effort to enhance its mobile business, electronics manufacturer Lenovo is allegedly considering a deal with BlackBerry manufacturer Research in Motion (RIM). A report published earlier today by Bloomberg claims that RIM began a review of options last year after losing most of its marketshare to competitors, and reports that the Chief Financial Officer Wong Wai had spoken to RIM and bankers about combinations of acquisitions or strategic ventures.
Hinges inherited from ThinkPad Carbon X1, altered keys
Spring updates to Lenovo's ThinkPad line have leaked online through the manufacturer's own website. User manuals for the ThinkPad T431 and ThinkPad X230 were found on the Chinese language version of Lenovo's website, and though neither give any clues for what specifications each notebook will have, they do show what physical designs of the notebooks will be.
Similar hardware to Windows-based ThinkPad counterpart
Lenovo has updated its ThinkPad line with a notebook running Chrome OS aimed at students and educational staff. The ThinkPad X131e Chromebook is effectively the same as the Windows-based version, except that the option for an AMD E-series processor is no longer available, instead replaced by an Intel-based counterpart.
Windows 8 fails to kickstart PC sales in Q4 2012
Preliminary PC shipment data produced by Gartner shows that Apple has held on to the number three position in the US market in the fourth quarter of 2012. Although PC shipments declined in the US by 2.1 percent year over year dropping to 17.5 million units, Apple managed to boost its sales by 5.4 percent over its 2011 fourth quarter results. HP retained its number one position in the US, boosting its sales by 12.6 percent, while Dell retained second position but went backwards with 16.5 percent fewer sales for the quarter.
Apple increases US-based shipments year-on-year
Shipments of personal computers have continued to decline, according to market analyst firm Gartner. Sales have declined in the fourth quarter in 2012 by 4.9-percent compared to the same period in 2011, with a combination of the weak global economy and the availability of cheap and accessible tablets reportedly to blame.
Lenovo reveals slew of new IdeaPhones
Lenovo has revealed five new Android-powered IdeaPhones including the S890 flaghship. It has been joined by the introduction of P-series, targetted at professionals and the new A-series aimed at the entry-level. These join the K900, Lenovo’s oversized 5.5-inch dual-core Intel Atom powerhouse launched earlier this week.