Lenovo on track to buy IBM server unit for $2.3 billion
IBM has gained a US national security regulatory agency's approval in one of its first steps to sell its server division to Lenovo Group, a Chinese company. The Committee on Foreign Investment in the US has deemed that the $2.3 billion dollar sale can continue with little or no risk to US security interests, despite rising conflicts about Internet issues and continued espionage allegations between the nations.
First quarter results from reveal boost in movile devices, desktop computers
Device maker Lenovo has released its financials for the first quarter ending June 30, revealing revenues of $10.4 billion. While the company posted a year-over-year increase in overall revenues, figures from the smartphone sales shows a more revealing number, with sales tallying more than 15.8 million units, an increase of 39 percent. Income increased to $214 million, a 22 percent increase, while earnings grew 23 percent to $214 million. Gross profit increased 13 percent, to $1.3 billion.
High-resolution display of Lenovo Vibe Z2 Pro has pixel density of 490ppi
Lenovo has launched its previously rumored flagship smartphone with a six-inch Quad HD-resolution display. The Vibe Z2 Pro sports a pixel density of 490ppi in its thin 7.7mm (0.3 inches) frame, with the smartphone also boasting a 16-megapixel rear camera with a BSI sensor, optical image stabilization, and a number of features to help photographers.
Apple, Samsung give up share to Lenovo, ASUS, others
Although Apple's iPad is still the leading tablet globally, the company is continuing to lose marketshare, according to new IDC shipment data. Year-over-year, Apple's June-quarter tablet share fell from 33 to 26.9 percent, based on shipments of 13.3 million iPads this quarter versus 14.6 million in Q2 2013. The company's next closest competitor, Samsung, saw its share slip from 18.8 percent to 17.2.
Citing lack of demand, devices start coming off retailer shelves
Lenovo has ceased sales of sub-10-inch Windows-based tablets in the US. The cessation is not from a manufacturer's defect or recall, but because the company is seeing little demand for the devices in the North American market. Devices affected by the pullout are the company's ThinkPad 8, and the smaller size of the Miix 2 tablet.
Application outlines features of the device, doesn't dip into components used
In a filing with the United States Patent and Trademark Office, information on a head-mounted wearable display similar to Google Glass has been discovered from Lenovo. The application filing, which dates back to last December, covers "an electronic device and a sound-capturing method." It just happens that the device looks like a pair of glasses with embedded electronics.
700 workers to lose jobs, will likely not be retained after Lenovo acquisition
Motorola Mobile has announced plans to close its US manufacturing facility of the Moto X phone. The Fort Worth, TX site run by Flextronics on behalf of Motorola will shutter before the end of the year, causing the remaining 700 workers to be out of a job. The company will continue to manufacture the phones in Brazil and China, according to Motorola.
iPad keeps top spot
Global tablet shipments fell year-over-year for the first time in the March quarter, according to tracking data from NPD DisplaySearch. Whereas 59 million units were recorded in Q1 2013, the market shrank to 56.3 million units last quarter. If paired with laptops, tablets nevertheless represented over half of mobile PC shipments.
All metal body touted in upcoming Lenovo flagship smartphone
The latest iteration in the Lenovo Vibe smartphone range could include a Quad HD display, similar to the rumored higher-resolution flagship variants from Samsung, HTC, and LG. The Vibe Z2 Pro has been leaked in a number of photographs, with an accompanying specification sheet not only confirming the 2,560x1,440 resolution, but also the 6-inch screen size and device thickness of 7.7mm (0.3 inches).
Quarterly Lenovo results close to record revenues in previous quarter
Lenovo continues to enjoy strong revenues, according to the company's latest quarterly results and full year results. Though it did not quite reach the record $10.8 billion in revenue in the previous quarter, it still managed to pull in $9.4 billion, representing a 19-percent improvement year-on-year, and helped push annual revenue up 14 percent year-on-year to a record $38.7 billion.
Transformable laptop from Lenovo tries to be the jack of all trades
The second coming of tablets came in on the heels of the iPad, and frankly, crushed the traditional PC market. It took some time for the market to adapt to the new reality, but in 2014 it has -- and Lenovo has a handful of devices that attempt to cater to both markets. The Yoga 2 Pro, the second version of the transformable computer, is available and has taken heed of some criticisms of its predecessor. Electronista has been living with one for a while now -- read our review to find out what we thought.
Lenovo ThinkPad 10 accessory range includes keyboard covers, dock
Lenovo is targeting business users with its latest Windows tablet in the ThinkPad range, succeeding the ThinkPad Tablet 2. Offering a 10.1-inch 1920x1200-resolution display with multitouch and a digitizer for stylus support, the ThinkPad 10 can be used with a collection of accessories that can expand the usefulness of the device from its basic tablet form.
Lenovo Chromebooks have 4GB RAM, 16GB storage, touchscreen options
Lenovo is expanding its range of notebooks to include two Chromebooks. Revealed ahead of an event hosted by Google and Intel concerning the Chrome OS, the Lenovo N20 and N20p Chromebooks offer relatively similar entry-level specifications, though the N20p adds a touchscreen and a 300-degree hinge that allows it to be used as a standing tablet, similar to the recent Flex 2 notebooks.
Lenovo, Huawei outperform smartphone market
Although Apple broke its own records in the first quarter by shipping 43.7 million iPhones, its rate of growth was below that of the smartphone industry as a whole and any of its biggest competitors, according to new IDC data. Year-over-year, Apple's units were up 16.8 percent. The smartphone industry grew 28.6 percent; Apple's biggest rival, Samsung, advanced 22 percent to 85 million units. While only managing 13.7 million and 12.9 million units, respectively, Huawei and Lenovo outperformed in terms of growth, with rates of 47.3 and 63.3 percent.
Lenovo starts sales of Yoga Tablet 10 HD+ in United States
Lenovo has put the Yoga Tablet 10 HD+ on sale in the United States. Unveiled in February and joining the current Yoga Tablet 8 and Yoga Tablet 10, the Yoga Tablet 10 HD+'s 10.1-inch 1920x1200 display can be set into three different positions, and is backed by a 1.6GHz quad-core Snapdragon processor with 2GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, a rear 8-megapixel camera, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, and a 9,000mAh battery. Running on Android 4.3 with 4.4 due soon, Lenovo is selling the Yoga Tablet 10 HD+ for $369, with shipping set to begin within three weeks.
Flex 2 can be posed using notebook keyboard as stand
Lenovo has extended its Flex notebook family, by introducing two new updated versions. The Flex 2 are dual-mode notebooks that can flip the 14-inch and 15.6-inch touch-enabled displays around 300 degrees, allowing it to work similar to a tablet being used in a stand with the keyboard-equipped section face down on the surface behind the screen.
Executive selected for the job, will assist in Lenovo transition
Just prior to its offload to Lenovo, Motorola Mobility has named Rick Osterloh as chief operating officer. Jonathan Rosenberg, Google's Senior Vice President of Product Management announced the appointment of Osterloh, who is replacing Dennis Woodside -- who departed to become Dropbox's first chief operating officer.
New Lenovo tablet range offers Dolby audio, low price point
Lenovo has announced a quartet of budget Android tablets it will be releasing later this quarter, with all said to provide high-quality Dolby-powered audio. A pair of seven-inch tablets, the A7-30 and A7-50, will be joined by the eight-inch A8 and the 10.1-inch A10, with all appearing to be focused on offering a basic set of features and specifications at a low cost.
Recall notice points to two incidents of battery packs overheating, causing damage
Lenovo is recalling notebook batteries used in its ThinkPad ranges, following two reports of battery packs overheating and damaging equipment, though no reports of injury. Approximately 34,500 batteries in the United States and 2,900 in Canada are subject to the recall notice by the US Consumer Product Safety Commission, as well as a large number sold in China.
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.