Those holding their breath for Lenovo’s AMD Fusion-toting ThinkPad x120e ultraportable will have to keep doing so until March 8. The notebook was originally scheduled to begin shipping today, but Lenovo has pushed back the launch to next month for reasons unknown to us. However, we do know a lot of other things about this machine, including its innards and price. All that after the jump.
A couple of years ago, Robert J. Sawyer, Erin Brockovich, and I were all invited to fly to Istanbul and address a conference of several thousand business leaders on the topic of “thinking outside the box.” We weren’t the only ones invited, there were a number of other “out-of-the-box” speakers from all over Europe as well. While there, Sawyer and I were also invited to speak to a group of several hundred bankers. There was a lot of brain-power gathered in those conference halls and auditoriums.
Whenever I’m invited to give a speech, I always ask three questions. “Who am I speaking to and why did they invite me? What can I say to them that will be useful? What can I say that will make a difference?” (In this particular case, I was pretty sure that they did not want to hear about tribbles.)
After a few weeks of cogitation on the matter, I had an insight that struck me as profound. The reason why businesses fail is because the operators of those businesses fail to understand what business they’re really in. Because ultimately every business is a service business.
Fresh from the floor at CES 2011, here's a first look at two of Lenovo's most original new products at the show this year. First up, Editorial Director Jon Phillips takes a look at the IdeaPad U1, a notebook that's more than meets the eye. With the flick of a switch, the U1 changes from a full-featured Windows 7 laptop to a touchy-feely Android device. To complete the transformation, you can remove the U1's 1280 x 800-resolution display and use it as a completely independent Android tablet. Plug it back into the laptop body, and you can switch back to Windows 7.
Second, we check out the Slate, Lenovo's new Windows 7 tablet PC. Even though it doesn't combine (Voltron-style) with any other hardware, the Slate still has our attention, thanks to its generous screen real estate, USB connectivity, and stylus-emphasizing interface.
Both products are tentatively scheduled for Spring 2011--price is TBD. Hit the jump for a full-sized video.
Forget about the Super Bowl (no one's going to stop the Patriots), if you want to start an office pool, start taking bets on how long it will take analysts to declare the death of the desktop in 2011. Given how aggressively PC makers are targeting the mobile market, we suspect those goofy predictions will come rolling in rather quickly.
Asus, for example, is talking (internally) about shipping 25 million notebooks in 2011, DigiTimes reports. That's nearly a 50 percent increase from the 16.9 units Asus will close out 2010 with, and a remarkable goal considering the demand for netbooks is no longer in a frenzy.
Lenovo, on the other hand, will focus on its 13.3-inch slim notebooks next year. Internally, the company has said it wants its 13.3-inch models to account for more than 30 percent of its total notebook shipments, at least in China.
The 3.04-pound notebook features a 12.5-inch HD display, Core i3/i5 ULV processor, 4GB of DDR3 memory, a 320 GB HDD, two USB 2.0 ports, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity, VGA and HDMI output. You will have to fork out $899 for what is Lenovo’s “first single piece design made of magnesium-aluminum alloy materials."
Thanks in large part to strong sales in China and other emerging markets, Lenovo's latest quarterly profit shot up 45 percent, the company said today.
"We had another quarter of solid growth across all geographies," said Wong Wai Ming, CFO of Lenovo.
Lenovo appears to be on a roll having recorded profits of $77 million, or 81 cents per share, for the three months ended September 30, 2010. That's up from $53 million one year ago. On a global scale, Lenovo's sales are up 41 percent from one year ago to $5.8 billion.
As a result, Lenovo, currently the world's fourth-largest PC maker, increased its worldwide market share from 1.9 percent to 10.4 percent.
"We have good momentum to keep growing, especially outside China," said CEO Yang Yuanqing.
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.
Lenovo seems in no rush to enter the US tablet market. After pushing back the release of the IdeaPad U1 notebook-tablet hybrid to 2011, it has now done the same with the more orthodox Android-based LePad. The Chinese PC maker was last month reported to be aiming for a December, 2010 launch for the 10.1-inch LePad.
According to a report on PCMag.com, which quotes Lenovo president and chief operating officer Rory Read, Lenovo is waiting for the next major Android release (Code-named “Honeycomb”) to come out as it will be the first Android version to have been optimized for tablets. It could take the company as many as four months after Honeycomb’s release to launch its maiden tablet, pushing the release of its first tablet for the US market well into 2011.
First unveiled at the Consumer Electronics Show in January this year, Lenovo's IdeaPad U1 hybrid tablet laptop seems to be taking forever to show up in stores. The latest delay has pushed back the launch of the U1 to 2011. The Chinese PC maker attributes the delay to the U1 not being up to the company's standards. Chinese consumers will the be the first ones to lay their hands on the redesigned product when it makes its retail debut next year.
We don't know what the IdeaPad U1 would look like after Lenovo is done revising it as per the company's quality standards, but we do know what it was originally meant to be: an 11.6-inch laptop with a display that doubled up as a Snapdragon-powered tablet when detached from the mother unit.