Lenovo's bringing everything to CES but the kitchen sink
One thing that's immediately evident from the rush of emails we've been receiving is that Lenovo, now the world's largest PC maker in terms of shipments, isn't planning to rest on its laurels. It's not all mobile products like smartphones and tablets, either. Lenovo is announcing so many PC-related products at this year's CES that we decided to break it up into two posts. This one will focus on a pair of ThinkVision displays, an Android all-in-one, and the company's first personal cloud storage device.
This is the second of two posts outlining PC-related products Lenovo intends to show off at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas this week (if you haven't already, check out Part 1). Lenovo is headed to the convention with guns-a-blazing, and in addition to everything that's been unveiled so far, the OEM will demo a new X1 Carbon ultrabook, a ThinkPad 8 tablet for professionals, some new laptops, and more.
Lenovo had a memorable year in 2013. While the competition struggled to turn a profit selling PCs, Lenovo stayed in the black while simultaneously becoming the world's largest PC maker in terms of shipments. At the same time, Lenovo hasn't been ignoring the mobile handset market, and to kick off 2014, the OEM is announcing four new smartphones, including its first ever LTE-enabled handset, the Vibe Z.
What do you call a device that can be either a laptop or a tablet, or even a few additional novel form factors in between? A Lenovo ThinkPad Helix, that’s what—which, as the name implies, is a hybrid with a twist.
Note: This review was originally featured in the October 2013 issue of the magazine.
There's not much fanfare surrounding the launch of Lenovo's new Flex 10 laptop with Intel's Bay Trail architecture inside. Perhaps that's because the Flex line itself isn't new, though the 10-inch model hasn't been released before. The Flex 10 features a 10.1-inch touchscreen display with a 1366x768 (HD) resolution. What's unique about the Flex 10 is that the screen flips 300 degrees into stand mode so that you can tap away at the display.
The No. 1 PC maker is also No. 3 in smartphone sales
Life is good for Lenovo. The OEM figured out the secret formula for thriving in a technological landscape that finds itself in a midst of a transitory phase, and as such, it grew its desktop PC shipments last quarter by 1 percent when the industry averaged a 6 percent decline. Laptop sales went up 8 percent, and as for the mobile handset sector, Lenovo is now the world's third largest smartphone vendor.
Another solid quarter from Lenovo proves there's still a market for PCs
There's little doubt tablet PCs and smartphones are cannibalizing traditional PC sales. It's not the only factor that's caused a slump in PC sales, but the infatuation with mobile devices has certainly played a role. What's an OEM system builder to do? Well, in the case of Lenovo, the OEM adopted a "PC Plus" strategy, allowing it to cash in on the mobile craze while simultaneously making money on traditional PCs. This strategy has led to a record number of device sales, and if you're worried Lenovo is turning its back on desktops and laptops, check out these stats.
Lenovo and Ashton Kutcher teamed up to unveil the OEM's first multimode Yoga Tablet during a livestream launch event this evening. Why Ashton Kutcher? Perhaps because he's played a variety of roles from portraying Steve Jobs to replacing Charlie Sheen on Two and a Half Men. If, then, you consider Kutcher a flexible actor, then it would make sense he be on hand to unveil the Yoga Tablet, which is also flexible.
While Microsoft is still trying to sell the public on its Surface tablets, third-party OEM partners are forging ahead with their own Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 products, including Lenovo, which just unveiled its Miix 2, an 8-inch slate running Windows 8.1 with an Intel Bay Trail-T quad-core processor inside. It's also an aggressively priced tablet at just $299, and combined with its feature-set, this could be the Windows 8.1 tablet to beat.
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