Lenovo shipped out 5.46 million notebooks during the third quarter of 2010, enough to qualify as the world's fourth largest vendor (in Q3) and just shy of Dell by 600,000 units, DigiTimes reports.
Going into 2011, Lenovo could jump ahead of Dell. Sources in the notebook channel claim Lenovo's orders remain strong, as China will have Lunar New Year holidays in the quarter.
Lenovo's third-quarter performance represents a 38 percent year-on-year growth rate, the highest of all the top-five global notebook players. What's more, Lenovo holds a 30 percent share of China's notebook market, which is expected to see the strongest notebook shipment growth in 2010 with a higher than 20 percent year-on-year growth rate.
As you’d expect from a notebook range meant to entertain, there is no dearth of entertainment options: “pulsing audio from JBL and Waves, new high-definition screens driven by NVIDIA technology and the industry's first Skype-certified laptops with the first webcam allowing HD video streaming.”
The new models feature Intel Core i5 / i7 processors and NVIDIA GeForce 400 series graphics with Optimus technology. Support for NVIDIA’s 3DTV Play feature means that users can connect their XPS notebook to a 3D HDTV whenever they wish to play popular PC games in 3D or view 3D photos and videos on a large display.
“The new Dell XPS laptops are available beginning today directly from www.dell.com. Models, configuration and options may vary by global region and retailers. Starting prices for the new XPS laptops are: $899 for the XPS 14; $849 for the XPS 15; and $949 for the XPS 17,” the PC maker announced in a release.
Dell frequently puffs its chest and talks about how awesome it is at reducing carbon footprints and getting along with Mother Nature, and Newsweek has taken notice. The OEM ranks No. 1 in Newsweek's "Green Rankings" list of U.S. companies, edging out Hewlett-Packard (No. 2) and IBM (No. 3).
Newsweek noted that Dell's laptops and desktops are now built to use 25 percent less energy than comparable systems made in 2005, which along with other efforts have saved customers some $5 billion in energy costs over the past few years. Newsweek also praised Dell for using 7.2 million pounds of post-consumer recycled plastic to build new PCs, the equivalent of recycling 263 million water bottles.
Technology companies dominated the list by accounting for eight of the top 10 spots, and 49 of the top 500 spots.
An undisclosed settlement amount will be paid to lawsuit plaintiff Advanced Internet Technologies which Dell hopes will finally put an end to the media firestorm surrounding the Optiplex brand of business desktops. Dell’s only comment was to say that “Settling the matter is better and more cost effective for the company than taking the case to trial”.
Since the case will never be fully heard out in court and the settlement details are being kept private we may never actually know the truth, however, I’m sure the monetary damages from this debacle are going to be far less punitive than the long term impact on the brand. Has this impacted your perception of Dell?
A few days back Hewlett-Packard introduced two new AMD-powered all-in-one desktops, Dell is now following suit. The erstwhile heavyweight champion of the PC world is adding a new AMD-based all-in-one desktop to its armory: the 23-inch multitouch Inspiron One 23.
Starting at $799, the Inspiron One 23 can be configured to include an AMD Athlon II X4 processor, ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5450, Blu-ray, and up to 1TB storage. Dell has also come out with a new touch interface.
For those of you mulling buying an HTPC, the PC maker has updated its Inspiron Zino HD mini desktop. It can now be customized to include a quad-core Phenom II X4 and AMD Mobility Radeon HD 5450. The entry-level SKU is priced $299.
Dell seems to be taking a graduated approach to tablets. While other big names around it seemed unwilling to commit themselves in a hurry, Dell was quick to enter the nascent market with the 5-inch Streak, which marked a very circumspect foray into uncharted territory. Dell was probably trying to hedge its bet by letting the Streak function as a phone. The PC maker now seems ready to raise its tablet game a notch.
There was one question about the Streak that Jon Phillips, Maximum PC's editorial director, could not answer while reviewing the device: “Smartphone, tablet, GPS navigator, what is it?” He wasn't alone, though.
“We’re going to take Dell up on the tablet designation, which is why it receives a 6 verdict – two verdict points lower than what we gave the iPad in June. With even a 7-inch screen (which is rumored, by the way), the Streak would warrant a solid 7,” reads the business end of that review.
The odds of the next Dell tablet receiving more than 6 verdict points from MPC have certainly improved with this announcement.
The Inspiron M501R And M5030 laptops have more in common than just their AMD processors. Both the laptops boast a 15.6-inch display, 4GB of RAM and 320GB hard drive (up to 500GB). To boot, both carry sub-$1000 price tags. However, the M501R ($799.99) packs a heavier punch with a quad-core Phenom N930 processor and ATI Mobility Radeon HD550 graphics. The M5030 features an AMD Athlon II P320 processor and Mobility Radeon HD425 graphics.
At this year's Intel Develop Forum (IDF), Dell had on display an upcoming 10-inch tablet different from all the other designs we've seen thus far. Unlike other upcoming tablets, Dell's model comes with a physical keyboard hidden underneath the screen.
You can think of it as a sort of convertible/hybrid netbook, because that's really what it is. Users can open up the clamshell device, swivel the screen around, and use an actual keyboard. This design addresses one of the main concerns with the iPad, which is that it's difficult to actually be productive using only a virtual keyboard.
"There are times that you have to do work. Tablets are great for entertainment, but they aren't exactly conducive to productivity," a Dell rep said right before he revealed the keyboard to onlookers.
There's a dual-core Atom processor packed inside and it runs Windows 7. Other than that, Dell didn't reveal any other specs and features, but did say the device would ship by the end of this year.
Dell has chosen the Intel Developer Forum in San Francisco to give us the first glimpse of their upcoming DUO 10-inch convertible tablet computer. The device itself is expected to be packing a dual core Intel Atom N550. It will at least have Windows 7 Home Premium. The real is the way the screen "converts" into a tablet.
Unlike the last round of convertible tablets, there is no swivel hinge on this device. Instead, the screen itself rotates inside the bezel to flip around. The lid can then be closed, and you have a Windows 7 tablet. Dell plans to push a docking station for the computer to plug into when in tablet mode.
The DUO is expected to launch later this year. In the demo, the touchscreen did not look particularly responsive, but this is still a prototype. The DUO's screen does appear to support multitouch input, though. Still, you have to admire the self-control it must have taken to pretend it was just a slate for 5 minutes of the demo in preparation for the big reveal. No pricing information was available. What do you think would be a reasonable price? The internals appear to essentially be that of a netbook, but it does have a few extra tricks.
Just as many imagined, Dell has finally given up its pursuit of data storage provider 3PAR after engaging in a fierce bidding war with arch-rival Hewlett-Packard for around two weeks. Once the world's leading PC maker, Dell announced earlier today that it won't be increasing its most recent bid to acquire 3PAR, making the coveted storage vendor's acquisition by HP a mere formality.
The deal worth $2.4 billion, or $33 per share, was quickly approved by the boards of directors of both HP and 3PAR following news of Dell's exit. The two companies have signed a definitive merger agreement. As for Dell, it has already received the $72 million break-up fee that it was entitled to on the termination of its merger agreement with 3PAR.