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.
1080p display and Atom chipset
Lenovo followed up its CES computer announcements with several cellphone unveilings, introducing the K900 alongside several other phones. The flagship phone caught our attention, as one of the first to be powered by Intel's Clover Trail Atom platform, and we had a chance to handle the company's new flagship phone at a CES media event.
Lenovo has used CES to debut the K900, the first device to feature Intel’s first dual-core CPU for smartphones. The chip is the first from the forthcoming Clover Trail+ platform, the Atom Z2580 clocked at a speedy 2GHZ. As it is based on the same architecture as the 2GHz single-core Medfield processor powering the Motorola Razr i, the addition of the second core no more than doubles the performance of the new chip over its predecessor.
Docking, convertible Lenovo notebooks impressive
Electronista is on the ground in Las Vegas for the 2013 Consumer Electronics Show, and we got to spend a little bit of time handling two new notebook offerings from Chinese computer giant Lenovo. We got our hands on Lenovo's IdeaTab Lynx, a Windows 8 tablet that docks into a keyboard, and the Lenovo Yoga 11S, which packs the same bendy form factor as Lenovo's other Yoga model but in an 11-inch frame. Read on for initial impressions and the takeaway.
IdeaCentre Horizon Table PC coming this summer
Lenovo has unveiled a new table PC at CES 2013 that can function both as a standard desktop computer and an interactive table top device. The 27-inch Horizon features a multi-touch display that can register up to 10 fingers simultaneously, as well as a Core i7 processor, and Nvida GeForce graphics. A hinge allows the device to be transitioned between standing and flat positions, and moving the device into the table top orientation automatically activates the multi-touch interface.
Smaller Yoga model to be available at retail this summer
In addition to the Lenovo ThinkPad Helix announced earlier today, the computer manufacturer has released a new model in the Yoga series -- the new Yoga 11S. The 11S comes equipped with the new low-power chip from Intel with up to Ivy Bridge third-generation Intel Core i5 processors and Windows 8. Like its predecessor, users can work with Yoga 11S as a laptop, or flip the screen around to turn it into a tablet.
Lenovo chief says company will take on Samsung
Lenovo, the world's top PC manufacturer by some measures, is looking to have a big impact in the next wave of computing by unseating Samsung in the Chinese smartphone market. Lenovo CEO Yang Yuanqing said in a recent interview that the Chinese firm will seek to leverage innovation, strong distribution channels, and effective operations to make its smartphones stand out. Lenovo is already the second-largest smartphone vendor by shipments, but has seen stiff competition from overall smartphone market leader Samsung and Apple, whose iPhone 5 has seen strong demand since its Chinese debut.
Lenovo Windows 8 tablet comes with AT&T connectivity
A new Windows 8 tablet from Lenovo might be making its way to North American shores, as the ThinkPad Helix convertible tablet has shown up in documents from the FCC. The ThinkPad Helix is an 11.6-inch tablet that plugs into a keyboard dock to enable easy switching between tablet use and Ultrabook function. The version spotted most recently will be compatible with AT&T's LTE bands, meaning the device may appear in a subsidized or carrier-exclusive model when it debuts.
Ultrabook gains new display, half a pound in weight
Lenovo has updated its ThinkPad X1 Carbon ultrabook to include a touchscreen display, while keeping the rest of the computer's specifications relatively unchanged. The refreshed notebook has Windows 8 pre-installed, with the 14-inch, 1600x900 resolution display able to take advantage of the operating system's touch-based gesture controls.
iPad grabs 71.4 percent of Chinese tablets
According to a new report from Analysys International, Chinese consumers purchased 2.6 million tablets in the third quarter of 2012, of which more than seven in ten were iPads. The firm's analysis shows Apple with a commanding lead in a Chinese tablet market that grew 62.5 percent year-over-year. Despite its considerable lead, Apple's share of the tablet market actually dropped slightly from the second quarter of this year.
Lenovo pushes out smartphone with 29 hour battery life, 26 days stand-by
Lenovo China has revealed its latest smartphone, which packs in a super high-capacity 3,500mAh battery giving it an incredible 29 hours of talk time. The Lenovo IdeaPhone P770 also offers users up to 644 hours of stand-by time, the equivalent of 26 days. In addition to the battery, the use of a mid-range dual-core 1.2GHz processor and 3G-only is also how the device manages to achieve its Droid Razr Maxx beating performance.
Claims company not talking about emissions, clean energy
Environmental activism group Greenpeace has downgraded Apple in its 18th annual Guide to Green Electronics. The slip to sixth place is blamed on a "lack of transparency" with several issues, namely "GHG [greenhouse gas] emission reporting, clean energy advocacy, further information on its [Apple's] management of toxic chemicals, and details on post-consumer recycled plastic use."
Lenovo, Samsung take next two spots
ABI Research released its newest Ultrabook Competitive Assessment today, with Apple snagging the top spot in ABI's assessment, well ahead of Lenovo and Samsung, which placed second and third respectively. The Assessment gauges innovation and implementation in the ultraportable segment, and Apple scored an 84.7 out of a possible 100 by ABI's measure. Lenovo and Samsung had respective scores of 77.5 and 74.4.
PC market share increases to above 15 percent
Lenovo has revealed that its broken a number of its own records in its quarterly results. The company's push to being the top computer manufacturer continues, with Lenovo hitting its highest-ever worldwide market share of 15.6 percent. PC shipments increased 10.3 percent, making this the 14th quarter in a row that the company has grown faster than the PC industry as a whole.
P770 battery would be among largest in smartphones
Lenovo appears to be targeting battery performance as a main selling feature for its forthcoming P770 smartphone, packing a battery into the handset that may top every other competitor on the market. Images emerged online today showing the P770 with a 3500mAh battery, well beyond that seen in most comparable smartphones. The P770 would be the first smartphone to debut with a battery of this size, possibly marking the advent of a race to provide the most battery life on this type of device.
Samsung drops to third in reliability report
Rescuecom has published its new computer reliability ratings for the third quarter of 2012, and Lenovo has returned to the top spot among manufacturers. The report, based on data collected from the market shares of PC manufacturers and computer support provided by manufacturers, found the Chinese company's products to be the most reliable, followed by Asus, Samsung, Apple, and Toshiba. For the first quarter of 2012, Lenovo topped the ratings but lost the position to Samsung in the second quarter.
PC shipments down 8.6 percent from last year
Even as Lenovo posted high yearly growth and gained on market leader HP, the worldwide PC market saw a sharp decline in the third quarter of this year. This according to analysis firm IDC, which published its Worldwide Quarterly PC Tracker report earlier today. The report found that the PC market's well-established struggles with retaining market share as consumers increasingly opt for mobile devices instead of traditional PCs.
Three consumer models, one business model unveiled
Lenovo has taken the wraps off of a new family of four convertible devices designed for Windows 8 or RT. For consumers, the touch-optimized family includes the IdeaPad Yoga 13, Yoga 11, and IdeaTab Lynx. For professionals, the business-friendly ThinkPad Twist was unveiled utilizing the full Windows 8 package.
ThinkPad Tablet 2, IdeaTab A2107 get handled
Electronista got to spend some time taking a look at two new tablets from Lenovo, the ThinkPad Tablet 2 and the IdeaTab A2107, at last week's AT&T Unwrapped 2012 event in New York. The A2017 is a 7-inch Android 4.0 tablet in the vein of Amazon's Kindle Fire and Google's Nexus 7, while the new ThinkPad Tablet is a Windows 8 affair aimed at the more productivity-minded. The two Lenovo slates will be launching shortly, likely in time for the holiday season, and both will be featured on AT&T's data network.
New move claimed to be long term, part of corporate strategy
Lenovo, the world's second largest PC manufacturer, will open a production plant in the US with the first units scheduled to roll off the production line in 2013. The new facility is designed to not only produce PCs but smartphones and tablet devices as well. Lenovo's new Whitsett, North Carolina site is expected to create 115 jobs.
Samsung, HP, Lenovo among affected parties
Fingerprint technology company AuthenTec will be cutting off all of its non-Apple customers starting in 2013, a Korean report says. This includes companies like Samsung, HP, Dell, Lenovo, and Fujitsu. Apple bought out AuthenTec in July, and as is normally the case for the company, the acquisition appears to have been solely to support its own products. AuthenTec clients are allegedly "in a state of panic" about the situation, since they now have to find alternate suppliers for fingerprint scanning.
New PCs available starting in September
In addition to its tablet and other notebook announcements last week at IFA, Lenovo also rolled out an update of its Idea-branded consumer PCs. The new lineup includes ultrabooks and additions to its IdeaPad Y- and S-series laptops, as well as new entries in the IdeaCentre line of all-in-one desktops. The new PCs feature Intel Core processors or AMD A-Series processors, and all are optimized for the forthcoming Windows 8 operating system.
New thin and light laptops sport Ivy Bridge, A8 processors
Earlier this week, Lenovo unveiled new entries in its S Series line of laptops, the IdeaPad S300, S400, and S405. The new laptops each measure less than an inch thick and weigh less than four four pounds. The S Series entries bear a metallic finish and contain either Ivy Bridge processors from Intel or AMD A-Series processors. The new models come with up to a 14-inch HD widescreen display, HDMI output, stereo speakers, and Dolby Advanced Audio v2 certification.
Lenovo's 5-inch K860 Music Phone gets quad-core Exynos, 1080p camera, more
Lenovo's K860 smartphone, which may be called as either an IdeaPhone or Music Phone, has now been priced for the local, Chinese market. It will be released on August 28, though only in limited numbers, at 2,000 examples, on the first day. Pricing for an unlocked device is set at 2,188 yuan (about $344).
Lenovo IdeaTab competitively priced at $300
The Lenovo IdeaTab A2109 has landed at Best Buy priced agressively at $300. Lenovo has priced the tablet at $350 on its website, but the lower price point at Best Buy pushes into the sphere of consideration for buyers thinking about purchasing the Nexus 7. It is powered by the same Tegra 3 quad-core processor clocked at 1.2GH, but also offers a larger 9.7-inch IPS display with a 1024x800 resolution.
Android handset followup forgoes Intel for Exynos processor
Lenovo has announced a new Ice Cream Sandwich-based handset that diverts from the K800's use of an Intel processor. Entitled the "Music Phone" the China-bound K860 sports a five-inch display with 1,280x720 resolution and a quad-core 1.4GHz Exynos processor, which is claimed by ZOL to have 1GB of RAM and a Mali-400MP GPU for support.
Lenovo expects price point of Win RT to attract consumers
Lenovo expects that Windows RT ARM-based tablets will be up to $300 cheaperthan x86 (Intel/AMD) tablets running Windows 8, reports Bloomberg. With the typical Win 8 tablet expected to run in at around $600 to $700, this would put Windows RT starting as low as $300 typically. Consequently, Lenovo predicts that consumers will drive Win RT sales, and that enterprise users will drive Windows 8 tablet sales because of its backwards compatibility with legacy Windows software.
Lenovo set to offer convertible ARM-based Win RT tablet
Lenovo is rumored to be partnering with NVIDIA (sub.req.) for the first time on an ARM-based Windows RT tablet, according to the Wall Street Journal. The news follows the unveiling this week of its full Windows 8 ThinkPad tablet that will run on an Intel Atom processor. The Chinese PC maker, now the second largest in the world, is set to join Asus in using an NVIDIA Tegra 3 processor to power and Windows RT tablet.
Developers program aims to build ThinkPad application store
Computer and electronics manufacturer Lenovo today announced two ultrabooks kicking off the brand's 20th anniversary -- the premier ThinkPad X1 Carbon, and the new business-focused T430u. The Lenovo Developer Program was also unveiled, giving programmers access to tools, technologies, and support to create a specialized catalog of applications that take full advantage of the company's suite of Windows 8 products.
10 inch model will debut alongside Windows 8
Following the leak of specifications for the tablet at the beginning of August, Lenovo has finally confirmed the rumored ThinkPad-branded Windows 8 tablet. The 10-inch tablet runs Windows 8 on an Intel Atom processor, and replaces the current ThinkPad tablet.
Other famous vendors mostly sidelined
Apple continued to cement its position as the dominant tablet vendor in China during the second quarter, according to new data from Analysys International. The 2.34 million iPads sold in the region gave Apple a 72.66 percent marketshare; units were up 7.8 percent quarter-to-quarter, and 63.4 percent year-over-year. Notably Apple managed the feat despite only launching the third-generation iPad in the mainland on July 20th.
Includes 64GB storage, 10 hour battery life
Specifications for Lenovo's upcoming Windows 8 tablet may have have leaked online. Photos and a specification sheet for the Thinkpad Tablet 2 were allegedly sent to Techin5 by an anonymous source, who claims the 10.1-inch tablet will have a 1366x768 resolution IPS display and a battery life that will last longer than 10 hours, as well as a fingerprint reader and NFC capabilities.
Global shipments up 12 percent year-over-year
Apple products accounted for about one-fifth of all global PC shipments in the second quarter of this year. This according to a new report out from Canalys, which saw the iPad maker with a sizable lead over the competition when iPads are taken into account. The report also noted sluggish sales in the general PC industry, a reality stemming from the global economic environment as well as the effect of mobile devices on the traditional PC market.
Lenovo IdeaTab S2110 goes head-to-head with Transformer Prime
The Lenovo IdeaTab S2110 first revealed at CES 2012 is now shipping starting from just $343 discounted. The 10.1 Android 4.0 tablet comes in 16GB and 32GB flavors, with the optional keyboard dock adding only $56 to the overall asking price. It is also powered by a Snapdragon S4 'Krait' 1.5GHz dual-core processor processor matched with 1GB of RAM.
Lenovo expected to overtake HP for no. 1 PC maker spot
Lenovo is tipped to take the no.1 PC maker crown from HP sometime this year, reports Reuters. It was only as recently as September 2011 that the Chinese manufacturer moved into the number three spot, relegating Acer to the number four spot. If it does overtake HP, it will become the first Chinese technology company to take the top slot in any major technology segment and will mark a rapid rise for the Beijing-based company.
US PC sales drop 5-10 percent, worldwide down 0.1 percent
According to preliminary results from analysts at Gartner and IDC, worldwide PC shipments contracted by 0.1 percent, with the US driving the decrease. The latest report marks the seventh consecutive quarter of no or limited overall growth. HP tops the charts worldwide, but with a significant loss of marketshare from a year ago. Lenovo has scavenged from HP's loss, claiming the second-place spot in both the IDC and Gartner polls. Apple holds third place in the US, but did not rank in the top five worldwide. The charts include all desktop and laptop sales, but do not include enterprise servers or tablet-based computers.