Earlier reports misquoted, Kutcher work on tablets continues
Lenovo is not working with Ashton Kutcher on new smartphones, the company has revealed. Following reports that the actor was expanding his design remit at the manufacturer from tablets to smartphones, a Lenovo executive has clarified that Kutcher's work is still concerns just tablets, indicating earlier comments from another executive were potentially misquoted.
Apple still most successful individual tablet maker
Android ruled global tablet marketshare in 2013, accounting for 62 percent of devices by shipments, according to somewhat questionable data from research firm Gartner. That represents a significant upset, since in 2012 the iPad was in firm control with a 52.8 percent share. Apple, however, continued to do best among individual tablet makers in sales, with a 36 percent share and claimed sales over 70.4 million units -- an increase from a figure just under 61.5 million in 2012.
Product development follows earlier collaboration on tablets
A line of smartphones designed in part by actor Ashton Kutcher is being worked on by Lenovo, the company reveals. Building on top of an existing partnership between Kutcher and the company in the co-design, release, and promotion of Android tablets last October, the special-edition smartphone range will apparently be launching later this year.
New model and design boost usability, speed
Lenovo today at the 2014 Mobile World Congress announced the new Yoga Tablet 10 HD+, a multimode Android device. The Yoga refines the tablet's original design with three position modes, and adds a Full HD (1920x1200) screen, Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 quad-core processor, and high-resolution camera, while maintaining the up to 18-hour battery life that the line is known for.
Lenovo score drops
Amazon has shot to the top of Rescuecom's latest annual Computer Reliability Report, according to a press release. The company achieved a score of 7,590, vastly outdoing Samsung, which came in second with 768. Rescuecom determines reliability rankings by comparing computer and tablet vendors' marketshares with the numbers of repair calls its Level 3 technicians handle.
Company posts gains in desktops, laptops despite industry contraction
The Lenovo Group today announced results for its third fiscal quarter that ended December 31. Quarterly revenue was $10.8 billion, a 15 percent increase year-over-year, passing the $10 billion milestone for the first time ever. Third quarter profit grew, with pre-tax income increasing 30 percent year-over-year to $321 million, while earnings also grew 30 percent year-over-year to $265 million. Lenovo shipped 32.6 million devices in the quarter, or nearly five devices every second.
Apple CEO doesn't dismiss possibility of bigger iPhone
The Wall Street Journal has published the full contents of yesterday's interview with Apple CEO Tim Cook, in which he announced the company's expanded share buyback plan. Commenting on Google's recent sale of Motorola to Lenovo, Cook says that he "wasn't surprised," and that it "seems like a logical transaction," since Motorola is losing money and Google isn't committed to it. "I think it's really hard to do hardware, software and services and to link all those things together. That's what makes Apple so special," he adds. "It's really hard, so I'm not surprised that they are not going to do that."
Latest sale less than 25 percent of Google's purchase price in 2012
[Update: Deal confirmed] According to a statement by Google CEO Larry Page, Google and Lenovo have negotiated a deal that will see the search engine sell its Motorola Mobility smartphone business to the Chinese manufacturer. The deal is valued at $2.91 billion dollars, with Google retaining most of the patents it acquired when it purchased the division in 2012.
iPad shipments still on rise
Following up on its release of smartphone data, IDC has published numbers on tablet shipments and marketshare for the fourth quarter of 2013. Apple's iPad saw shipments grow from 22.9 million to 26 million year-over-year, but lost marketshare, sliding from 38.2 percent to 33.8. This appears to have primarily benefited Samsung, which grew its share from 13 percent to 18.8, based on a unit increase from 7.8 million to 14.5 million.
Initiative to 'help growth in new businesses' and sustain profitability
In an effort to "create a structure that will help growth in new businesses," computer and electronics manufacturer Lenovo has revealed that it is splitting into four discrete business groups, effective April 1. This structure replaces the company's current design, which has two business groups -- Lenovo Business Group (including consumer PC and mobile), and Think Business Group consisting of commercial PCs and enterprise.
Approximately 7,500 IBM employees to transfer to Lenovo
Chinese notebook producer Lenovo is taking on IBM's x86 server business, with the $2.3 billion deal funded by $2 billion in cash and the remainder in Lenovo stock, the company has confirmed. Though not a customer-facing purchase, the acquisition of the server line represents a second major transfer from IBM to Lenovo, following the sale of IBM's PC business and Thinkpad line to the company in 2005.
High-end Android phone for Asian markets
Although Lenovo is known in the US as a computer brand, the company has continued to release smartphones in China and other Asian markets. One of the latest devices, the Vibe Z, continues the company's move into the high-end phone market, with a 5.5-inch display and 13-megapixel camera. Wondering if the company may be closer to considering a US launch, we checked out the Z at CES to see how it stacks up against the global competition.
Carbon frame keeps weight below 3lb
Among Lenovo's slew of CES announcements, the company introduced a new X1 Carbon notebook. The revised model brings a number of improvements, integrating a newer Core i7 chip, an "adaptive keyboard" and adding a 2560x1440 display option, among other features. We stopped by Lenovo's CES booth to take a closer look at the refresh, which is even lighter than its three-pound predecessor.
New models bring Haswell processors, faster GPU options
Alongside its other monitor and home electronics announcements, Lenovo has also shown three new additions to its consumer line of laptops and desktops. The new clamshell Y40, Y50, Z40 and Z50 laptops and the C560 all-in-one (AIO) desktop and the Y Series laptops give users the latest graphics options, while the Z Series offers a selection of color choices, VeriFace facial recognition and motion/voice control. Additionally, the C560 AIO provides families a large screen multitouch home PC.
28-inch Ultra HD screen houses noise cancelling microphone, webcam
Lenovo has revealed even more monitors at CES, including another 4K-resolution model to accompany the ThinkVision displays unveiled yesterday. The 28-inch LI2821 offers another Ultra HD option to consider, while the 21.5-inch LI2223s and the 23-inch LI2323s displays are IPS screens with a 1080p resolution and a borderless design.
Update brings Haswell to Horizon Table PC, Tegra-based all-in-one
Computer manufacturer Lenovo today announced at the 2014 International Consumer Electronics Show an array of devices geared toward the home user to enjoy, connect and interact with media and other content. These devices include the Lenovo Beacon personal cloud storage device, the Lenovo N308 Android home computer, the Lenovo Horizon 2 Table PC and the Lenovo A740 All-in-One (AIO) PC.
RealSense will use embedded 3D cameras to allow for NII interface
Intel's CES press conference on Tuesday focused on the interaction between man and machine, thanks to an embedded 3D camera the company has developed in conjunction with a number of hardware partners. The devices Intel will integrate the technology into include 2-in-1 tablets, ultrabooks, touch-enabled all-in-one PCs, and other mobile devices.
Lenovo maintains competition with Surface
Among the first of Lenovo's CES announcements, the new ThinkPad 8 represents the company's latest midsize tablet powered by Windows 8. Powered by Intel's Bay Trail hardware, it aims to compete with Microsoft's own Surface lineup and other players in the segment. We met with Lenovo in Las Vegas for a quick hands-on preview ahead of the ThinkPad's public debut.
Refreshes of Yoga, Flex notebooks include internal upgrades
Lenovo will be bringing to market more convertible notebooks to market in the coming months. The Yoga 2 11 and 13 are refreshes of the original Yoga notebooks, though not offering the 3,200x1,800-resolution display of the Yoga 2 Pro, while the Flex 14D and 15D receive some specification upgrades compared to the versions launched last September.
Miix 2 10, Miix 2 11 joins existing 8-inch Lenovo tablet
Lenovo is adding two more to the Miix 2 convertible Windows 8.1 tablet line, joining the existing 8-inch version the computer producer launched in October last year. The Miix 2 10 and Miix 2 11 offer 10.1-inch and 11.6-inch 1080p displays respectively, with an accompanying keyboard dock attaching to the side of the tablet using magnets and turning it into a notebook.
4K resolution used in professional, consumer monitor launches
Lenovo has launched a pair of high-resolution monitors at CES, with both able to show 4K imagery. The ThinkVision Pro2840m is a 28-inch UltraHD monitor meant for use by professionals, while the more consumer-friendly ThinkVision 28 builds on top by acting as a self-contained, all-in-one media center, thanks to its built-in implementation of Android.
X1 made of carbon fiber, Thinkpad 8 full Windows 8 tablet
PC manufacturer Lenovo today at the 2014 International Consumer Electronics Show announced additions to its product portfolio -- the third-generation ThinkPad X1 Carbon, the company's lightest 14-inch ultrabook, and the ThinkPad 8, a premium eight-inch tablet offering what the company calls "a full PC experience on the move." To complement its laptop line, Lenovo has also introduced the new ThinkPad OneLink Dock Pro, an enhanced docking solution through a single cable connector.
New Lenovo smartphones include metal trim on casing, similar internals
Lenovo is launching a trio of new smartphones, at the same time as bringing the LTE-equipped Vibe Z out of China and into new markets. The S930 and S650 are said to take some of the design aspects of the Vibe Z, though with more restrained specifications, while the A859 appears to be a budget-friendly offering that retains similar internals to the other two releases, but opts for a cheaper external casing.
Windows notebooks, iPads remain bestsellers
Chromebooks surged ahead in 2013 to become a major player in US commercial computer sales, according to new NPD data. Between January and November of this year, some 14.4 million desktops, laptops, and tablets were sold. Of these about 9.6 percent were Chromebooks; in 2012, by contrast, the platform represented just 0.2 percent of sales. Companies are presumably choosing Chromebooks because of their laptop-style features and their cost, which can be as little as $199, cheaper even than many low-end tablets.
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.