Convertibles were all the rage back in the 1950s (thanks to tailfins and the Corvette) and in the early 2000s (thanks to Microsoft and Sony). In the 2000s, however, we saw convertibles in the form of laptops that could twist and turn themselves into tablets. The result, usually, was a not-very-good-laptop folded into a not-very-good tablet.
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Back in January at CES, we got our hands on Lenovo’s IdeaPhone K900 Intel-Inside smartphone, a sleek unibody handset with Corning Gorilla Glass 2 and a 5.5-inch 1080p display. It has been a long time coming, but the smartphone has finally hit shelves, with Lenovo launching the phone in China earlier this week. The K900
Lenovo‘s long-awaited IdeaPad Yoga 11S is finally about to make its store debut. The 11-inch convertible laptop, which was announced at CES 2013 back in January, now has a release date of June 23 and pre-orders are live starting today on Lenovo’s website, as well as at Best Buy. If you like the Yoga series,
In an interview today with Sina Tech (link via Google Translate), Dilip Bhatia, vice president and general manager of Lenovo’s ThinkPad Business Unit, said that the Chinese tech company may build a Think-brand smartphone. If Lenovo does come out with a Think-brand smartphone (a ThinkPhone?), it would be inline with the company’s growth strategy. Lenovo is currently the world’s second largest marker of PCs behind HP, but is eager to diversify its core businesses by aggressively growing its mobile unit. Bhatia told Sina Tech that the company wants the Think brand, which includes ThinkPad laptops, to gain higher name recognition and desirability among younger consumers. Lenovo has already fared well with its current suite of smartphones: in Q42012, its smartphone business grew 216 percent year-over-year, shipping 9.5 million units and moving into the top five smartphone vendors in the world for the first time, according to data from Canalys. Much of that growth has been fueled, however, by the sale of low-end devices in China, and Lenovo is still searching for ways to gain a larger share of the global market. A high-end smartphone released under its flagship Think brand may serve as Lenovo’s answer to the iPhone and allow it to compete more directly with Apple (CEO Yang Yuanqing has said that he wants Lenovo to overtake the Cupertino company). Other steps Lenovo has taken to build out its mobile business include building a $ 800 million facility in China that will produce smartphones and tablets. The company has also been busy looking at acquisitions, a tactic it took in 2005 when it acquired the ThinkPad brand by purchasing IBM’s PC division. Reports emerged last week that Japan’s NEC is in talks to sell its struggling mobile phone business to Lenovo, and earlier this year BlackBerry was rumored to be another potential acquisition target. Lenovo denied the reports, but purchasing BlackBerry would have allowed it to gain access to a new OS and the Canadian company’s subscriber base. Lenovo has been emailed for comment
Lenovo has announced its upcoming ThinkVision LT3053p professional monitor. It’s a 30-inch monitor designed for creative professionals tasked with color-critical jobs. The monitor is priced with an expensive $ 1,599 price-tag and will be released later this month, with an expected ship date being April 18th. It boasts an impressive spec sheet, with a very important
In the midst of its latest campaign to fight piracy in China, Microsoft has signed an agreement with Lenovo to ensure that its PCs ship with licensed versions of Windows software on its computers
Lenovo’s still being vague about a release date for its ThinkPad Helix, but it’s at least narrowed down the retail window somewhat. Though the 11.6-inch, 1080p Ultrabook had already been officially delayed and marked for a Spring release, the company is now confirming via its Twitter account that consumers can look for it to launch sometime in April. That’s specifically for the US market, as no other word on overseas availability has been announced. When it does finally go on sale stateside, look for the reversible Windows 8 device to carry a $ 1,499 price tag and potential AT&T-friendly LTE.
Source: @Lenovo (Twitter)
Lenovo’s an old hand at this device-releasing lark, so it’s no surprise to see the IdeaTab A1000-F hitting its mark at the FCC, just in time for the Q2 launch that was pencilled in back at MWC. The budget-flavored slate comes with a 1.2GHz dual-core chip, 16GB storage, 802.11 b/g/n WiFi and Bluetooth 4.0 LE. There’s no word on pricing yet, but we imagine that even newly unemployed Julius Genachowski can afford to pick one up with his final week’s salary.
Lenovo is updating the design of its ThinkPad laptops to keep them up-to-date in a market where computers are getting thinner and lighter at a fast rate.
Lenovo has announced new 7-inch and 10-inch tablets with quad-core processors and Google's latest Android 4.2 operating system, becoming one of the few companies to offer that version of the OS in tablets.
A new standard that gives phones and PCs a bigger role in authentication could disarm attacks that rely on stealing passwords.
A consortium including PayPal and Lenovo, the world’s second-largest PC manufacturer, has launched a set of technology standards that could reduce reliance on passwords, potentially making online accounts more secure.
Canalys just published its final mobile phone shipment estimates, which show that although Samsung is still on top of the global smart phone market, three Chinese manufacturers-Huawei, ZTE and Lenovo-all climbed into the top five for the first time, thanks to domestic success as well as sales in overseas markets.
Lenovo CEO Yang Yuanqing said sales of its Windows 8 PCs have been ‘normal’ to date;, neither surpassing nor falling behind expectations, but added that convertible devices using the OS are helping the company break into the high-end segment for the North American market.
In its battle for the top spot in the rocky PC industry, Hewlett-Packard has edged out rival Lenovo to take back its leadership position.
This week the Lenovo IdeaTab A2107 7-inch tablet has been revealed in its mobile data-connected iteration as carried by AT&T right here in the USA. This device will be appearing in your hands with 3G – UMTS 850/1900 MHz connectivity and the same 7-inch 1024×600 LCD TN (170 ppi) display you’ll get with the wifi-only
HP may still have the lead when it comes to global PC sales, but Lenovo is right behind in a very tight second. Research firm IDC reported that HP maintained its worldwide PC lead in the fourth quarter of 2012 despite a slight decline in sales. Shipments for the company went down by 0.6% from
Despite a major push by rival Lenovo, Hewlett-Packard has held onto its position as the top seller of PCs worldwide, according to IDC.
Lenovo’s new IdeaPhone K900 smartphone, shown at International CES, is a big phone with a 5.5-in. display that’s also very lightweight at 5.7 ounces.
Lenovo showed several smartphones on Sunday at International CES that recently went on sale in China, a prelude to a rumored Intel-based IdeaPhone K900 smartphone.
On April 1, Lenovo will divide itself into different business groups: the Lenovo Business Group, and the Think Business Group. The Think Business Group will deal with the Think-brand and business aspects, while the Lenovo Business Group will deal with Lenovo products and its Mobile Internet/Digital Home Group business. The changes will include the appointment
EMC and Lenovo are expanding the joint LenovoEMC Ltd. venture to include co-branded NAS products for SMBs and the distributed enterprise.
When Lenovo came out with the ThinkPad X1 Carbon, it seemed like precisely the sort of thing ThinkPad fans had been waiting for: an ultraportable with fast performance, a crisp 1,600 x 900 screen and, of course, one well-engineered keyboard. In fact, we deemed it one of our favorite Ultrabooks — not just for businesspeople, but for everyone.
The thing is, it arrived just before Windows 8 went on sale, which means four months after its release it’s already a bit outdated. Enter the ThinkPad X1 Carbon Touch: it’s more or less the X1 Carbon you know and love, except it has a touchscreen allowing for finger input. (Don’t worry, that signature red pointing stick hasn’t gone anywhere.) So is this basically just an even better version of the original X1 Carbon? And is it worth that steep $ 1,499 starting price (a $ 250 premium over the non-touch version)? Let’s find out.
There have been doubts that Lenovo’s ThinkPad Helix would ever arrive in the US, with even the past FCC appearance of a WiFi-only version offering no guarantees. An American launch now seems considerably more likely in the wake of a follow-up FCC approval. The dockable, 11.6-inch Windows 8 tablet has popped up carrying LTE both on an AT&T-specific 700MHz band and AT&T-friendly AWS (1,700MHz and 2,100MHz) bands — with such explicit network support, we’ll be surprised if it doesn’t reach US shores. Little else is available in the filing that we don’t already know, although it’s clear that there’s no real cellular access for Sprint, T-Mobile or Verizon. We’d just like to know if and when Lenovo is ready to make the ThinkPad Helix official for this side of the world and give the upcoming IdeaTab Lynx some company.
We can’t say we’re surprised by this news, seeing as how Lenovo leaked it on its own site three weeks ago. Still, it’s nice to get official confirmation, isn’t it? Like we told you, Lenovo is releasing a touchscreen version of the ThinkPad X1 Carbon Ultrabook, appropriately called the X1 Carbon Touch. And, as expected, it’s on sale this month. Today, actually, starting at $ 1,399 — a $ 150 premium over the non-touch model. Like the regular X1 Carbon, it has a 14-inch, 1,600 x 900 screen, a carbon fiber chassis, an Ivy Bridge chipset, built-in 3G and a backlit ThinkPad keyboard, complete with that signature red pointing stick.
The main difference is that the touchscreen makes this a bit thicker and heavier (20.8mm and “less than” 3.5 pounds, versus three pounds and 18mm thick for the non-touch model). Even then, 3.4 pounds is still lighter than some 13-inch Ultrabooks we’ve seen. In fact, Lenovo is billing it as the world’s lightest 14-inch Ultrabook, though we all know how short-lived such distinctions are. As for battery life, Lenovo rates this for 8.2 hours of runtime. If true, that would be very good news indeed, given that we’ve yet to test a touchscreen Ultrabook with decent battery life.
Attempts to get away from unlocking our smartphones through codes and finger swipes have mostly centered on camera tricks like Android’s Face Unlock. If you happen to pick up a Lenovo IdeaPhone A586 when it reaches China on December 12th, you’ll have the option to use some dulcet tones instead. The Android smartphone builds in a new speaker verification system from Baidu and A*STAR’s Institute for Infocomm Research that looks for a specific voice signature: speak a distinct passphrase and the phone unlocks without gestures or a longing stare. Few will be especially smitten with the 4.5-inch, 854 x 480 display, 1.2GHz dual-core processor, 5-megapixel camera or 4GB of storage, but they’ll be glad to get access to their A586 in a more hands-off (and hopefully spoof-resistant) way. We’d only be worried about choosing a passphrase that won’t trigger odd looks from passers-by.
Source: Singapore Government
So you like what you’ve heard about the IdeaPad Yoga 13, but still don’t relish the prospect of trying to wield a 13-inch Ultrabook (and its matching high price) as a convertible tablet. Not to fear: Lenovo has started taking orders for the system’s smaller cousin, the IdeaPad Yoga 11, a few weeks ahead of its planned December launch. The foldable, 11.6-inch Windows RT machine is available to buy in 32GB and 64GB models that cost more than expected in regular pricing, at $ 849 and $ 949 respectively, with post-Thanksgiving discounts that whittle those figures down to a more reasonable $ 679 and $ 759. Don’t count on an early ship date, by any means — Lenovo is quoting “more than 4 weeks” as of this writing — but do expect to secure a place in line for what’s arguably the least conventional of the ARM-based Windows PCs we’ve seen so far.
Motorola may face a new contender to the Droid RAZR MAXX HD’s battery capacity crown. Lenovo’s quietly introduced IdeaPhone P770 at least theoretically challenges its American counterpart by cramming a 3,500mAh lithium polymer battery into a thicker 11.9mm (0.47-inch) body. That’s 200mAh more than Motorola’s energy champion, and enough for the company to flaunt a 29-hour talk time. That’s not quite as long as Motorola’s claimed 32 hours, but Lenovo has done something its American rival seemingly can’t — launch a phone with Jelly Bean. Motorola might rest easier in knowing that the the P770 is an unrepentantly budget-focused behemoth, carrying a 4.5-inch qHD display, a (possibly MediaTek-made) 1.2GHz dual-core processor, 4GB of built-in storage, an 8GB microSD card and both 5-megapixel rear as well as VGA front cameras. For the ¥1,699 ($ 273) Lenovo is asking for an off-contract model in its native China, the P770 could still be the first pick of many local phone owners on long-haul trips. It’s just a shame that the lack of 4G (and Lenovo’s domestic-first mobile strategy) likely means we won’t see a launch in the US.
Via: Unwired View
Source: Lenovo (translated)
Looking beyond PCs and tablets, Lenovo on Monday announced the first server from the newly formed Enterprise Product Group, which deals in servers, storage, networking and software.
Tablets, tablets, tablets. Everybody’s making them these days, but it seems that only a select few are truly worthy of being taken home. Lenovo has a pair of new IdeaTabs on the market, and with them, the company is ready to vie for both your attention and your dollar. We reviewed the IdeaTab A2109 a
Rara.com Turns Up The Volume On Its Music Streaming Service: Launches Windows 8, iOS Apps; Inks Lenovo Deal; Expands Countries To 27
Rara.com, one of the newer of the music streaming services on the market launching in December 2011, is today ramping up its service to better compete against the likes of Spotify, Pandora, Rdio, Deezer and many others. It is launching new iOS and Windows 8 apps; it is adding 7 more countries to those covered by the service, taking the total to 27; and it has inked a deal with a device company, Lenovo, to preload the app on its Windows 8 tablets, convertible PCs and Android devices.
After years as the top PC maker in the world, Hewlett-Packard may be pushed aside by a quick-moving Lenovo.
It’s time to have a peek at Lenovo’s next big crack at the tablet game with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and a massive set of built-in apps on a quad-core processor-toting 9-inch tablet by the name of IdeaTab A2109. This device’s NVIDIA Tegra 3 processor with 4-plus-1 technology allows it a massive amount of
The Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga is a lovely rather-bendy converting notebook-to-tablet that we saw back at CES 2012 – both an 11-inch and a 13-inch version of this device are appearing today with assurances for launch side two new guns in the industry as well. Lenovo is also showing off the IdeaTab Lynx and the ThinkPad
Lenovo is apparently not convinced of the post-PC lingo, with its latest series of announcements. The good old ThinkPad brand is used once again for another model, the ThinkPad Twist. It is a 12.5″ tablet/laptop hybrid powered by a third-generation Intel Core i7 processor.
Lenovo’s highly anticipated ThinkPad Tablet 2 with Windows 8 will be priced from $ 629, the company said.
Lenovo on Tuesday said it will open its first computer manufacturing plant in the U.S., where it will make laptops, PCs and tablets sold under its Think brand.
There’s never a bad time for computer makers to update any part of their extensive PC lineup, and today marks Lenovo’s turn to introduce a new tower as part of its voluminous M Series. With the addition of this ThinkCentre M78, the Chinese outfit is touting the adoption of AMD’s hot-off-the-press A-Series processors as one of the desktop’s main features, plus there’s also the inclusion of four USB 3.0 ports, the ability to add up to 32GB of DDR3 memory and support for as many as three monitors simultaneously — all of which, according to Lenovo, make for a very “reliable PC with powerful performance, a high level of security and energy efficiency.” Better yet, perhaps, is the ThinkCentre M78′s decent starting price point of 449 bucks, with units expected to start shipping this month from Lenovo’s own website and other third-party retailers.
Gallery: Lenovo ThinkCentre M78 press shots
This week the folks at Lenovo have revealed an all-in-one computer by the name of IdeaCentre A520 – a smaller version of the A720 we reviewed quite recently – with Windows 8 and 10-point multi-touch greatness. This machine is still able to adjust its display from -5 to 90 degrees flat, works with Ivy Bridge
Lenovo is challenging Google's Nexus 7 tablet with a new range of affordable IdeaTab tablets, which start at $ 299 and have the Android 4.0 OS.
The folks at Lenovo have re-revealed the Ideatab S2110 at IFA 2012 this week, making another tablet hook up with the keyboard crew to make a convertible tablet/notebook for the Android universe along with a couple of lovely smaller tablets by the name of A2109 and A2107. The S2110 tablet has a 10.1-inch IPS LCD
There’s a lot of talk of a new iPhone coming soon, and the Chinese know it. IDC researchers estimate that Apple’s share of smartphones in the country was sliced almost in half during the second quarter, to 10 percent, as expectations and rumors led the local population to wait for the big update. Better competition also played a part in denting iPhone shipments, although it’s not Apple’s chief rival Samsung who’s responsible. Rather, it’s China’s own Lenovo that had the most impact. It broke into the double digits with a second-place 11 percent share thanks to recently started indirect sales of its Android-dominated lineup, while Samsung saw its own share dip slightly to 19 percent. Chinese companies ZTE and Huawei bracketed Apple at third and fifth. We wouldn’t be surprised if the balance of power shifts in about a month, but the impacts to Apple and Samsung alike show just how tough it can be to stay on top in one of the fastest-growing markets on Earth — especially one with so many local brands.
The iPad is about to get some legitimate competition. In an interview with Bloomberg, David Schmoock, head of Lenovo’s North American operations, said that tablets running Windows RT will be $ 200 to $ 300 less expensive than their full Windows 8 counterparts. And since he states Windows 8 tabs will be between $ 600-$ 700, that puts the RT models well below the iPad.
It should be noted that Schmoock is likely only speaking for Lenovo. The highly anticipated Microsoft Surface will likely follow the same pricing scheme. Microsoft has so far been very quiet about its target price. Still, the iPad might finally have some real competition if the Windows tablets are priced as competitively as noted here.