Lenovo’s tablet portfolio currently contains three devices - to wit, the IdeaPad A1, IdeaPad K1 and ThinkPad. But according to an Engadget exclusive, the vendor has plans to expand its tablet portfolio with the addition of a dual-core 5-inch Android tablet. Hit the jump for more.
The idea of pairing Windows with a so-called instant-on OS is nothing new. Many notebook vendors have gone down that path before, even though this strategy seems to have few takers among notebook users. According to a new report, this time it’s Lenovo that has decided to give this idea a shot.
We don't have a whole lot of details to go on, but what little information we do have regarding Lenovo's upcoming 10.1-inch tablet is pretty exciting. The full size tablet is expected to launch by the end of the year, and when it does, it will reportedly bring a host of high-end hardware and features to the mobile party, including Nvidia's Tegra 3 platform and Google's Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) OS.
Ultrabook’s announcements have been have been fast and furious going into the holiday season, but Lenovo fans who may have balked at the X1’s inferior battery life might have something worth waiting for. According to a leaked company roadmap supplied to channel partners, Lenovo plans to offer an Ivy Bridge Thinkpad in either May or June of next year, and these puppies will be aimed directly at high end business users, as opposed to the IdeaPad’s which are targeted at consumers.
Lenovo has reason to crack open a bottle of bubbly heading into the holiday season. Reporting results for its second fiscal quarter ended September 30, 2011, Lenovo said its net earnings shot up 87.9 percent. Gross profit jumped 59.8 percent year-over-year to $948 million, and the company's net cash reserves now sit at approximately $4 billion. But what's really remarkable is how Lenovo defied the so-called post PC era.
You won't find any swirling LEDs or one-touch overclocking buttons on Lenovo's new ThinkCentre M77 desktop. Instead, this machine is all business, "crafted for professionals" looking for a "powerful, secure, energy efficient yet easy to use computer to tackle everyday office tasks," Lenovo says. Sounds like a snoozer until you realize it's (optionally) powered by an AMD FX Series processor and up to 16GB of DDR3 memory.
Lenovo's tapping into AMD's Fusion platform to power its new C325 all-in-one (AIO) desktop PC. The C325 surrounds AMD's E450 processor with a 20-inch LED backlit display with optional multi-touch touchscreen support. It also has an HDMI port in case you'd rather hook it up to an HDTV for big-screen moving watching, or simply to connect an external PC monitor.
After Lenovo talked the talk, the PC builder walked the walk and made good on its promise to push Dell aside to become the world's second largest PC maker, according to the latest data from International Data Corporation (IDC). Lenovo jumped ahead of Dell by claiming a 13.7 percent share of global PC shipments in the third quarter of 2011, up from 10.4 percent one year prior. Dell, meanwhile, dropped from 12.6 percent in Q3 2010 to 12 percent currently.
Lenovo stopped just shy of declaring war on Dell in a recent public press statement declaring its intention to "surpass Dell in sales by year end and become number 2 in worldwide PC sales." There's still time left for Lenovo to make good on its prediction, but in the here and now, the OEM will have to settle for third place.
You can credit Gianfranco Lanci with helping to transform Acer from an also-ran to one of the biggest computer companies in the world during his stint as President and CEO. But then something happened. Acer's stock took a turn for the worse, the company's Board of Directors began to butt heads with Lanci over his mobile strategy, and Lanci called it quits. That was five months ago, and now Lanci has found new employment with Lenovo where he was picked up to serve as a consultant.