Lenovo Confident of Besting Surface with 'Better Hardware'

Pulkit Chandna

Lenovo CEO Yang Yuanqing is the latest PC industry honcho to share his thoughts on Microsoft’s upcoming Surface tablet family. Even though Microsoft has yet to reveal what exactly lies beneath the Surface, Yuanqing is convinced that regardless of whatever it is that’s inside, the Chinese PC vendor, a Windows RT launch partner, will have no problem bettering it.

During the company’s Q1 2013 earnings call, the Lenovo boss gave his thoughts on the Microsoft Surface and its impact on the relationship between the two companies . If he’s worried about the upcoming tablet from Redmond, he did a pretty good job of smothering those concerns and feigning total insouciance.

“[They're] just one of our many competitors. We are still confident that we are providing much better hardware than our competitors including Microsoft. They are strong in software, but [we] don’t believe they can provide the best hardware in the world. Lenovo can,” Yuanqing said at the company’s latest earnings call.

“To be frank, we’re not that worried about [Surface]. Microsoft is still our strategy partner,” he continued. “We are very optimistic on the Windows 8 launch so we will fully leverage that to launch our new products.”

However, he admitted that ideally he would like to see Microsoft restrict itself to software.

Image Credit: Lenovo

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