lenovo http://www.maximumpc.com/taxonomy/term/1161/ en Lenovo in Dogfight with HP to Retain Top Spot in PC Shipments http://www.maximumpc.com/lenovo_dogfight_hp_retain_top_spot_pc_shipments_2015 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/lenovo_a740_1.jpg" alt="Lenovo A740 All-in-One PC" title="Lenovo A740 All-in-One PC" width="228" height="205" style="float: right;" />HP is one strong quarter away from regaining the PC supply crown</h3> <p>The fourth quarter of 2014 saw 80.8 million PC shipments, representing a year-on-year decline of 2.4 percent, according to the number crunchers at International Data Corporation (IDC). That was enough to beat out expectations of a 4.8 percent decline, which was helped by a strong finish to the year -- the holiday quarter was the only one in which shipments topped 80 million units in 2014. It was especially good for <strong>HP, which virtually closed the gap in market share with Lenovo</strong>.</p> <p>Lenovo shipped a bit over 16 million PCs in the fourth quarter of 2014, bumping its share of the market to 19.9 percent, up from 18.5. percent a year prior. Meanwhile, HP shipped over 15.8 million units, giving it a 19.7 percent share of the market, up 3 percentage points from the same quarter in 2013. Only 0.2 percent now separate Lenovo (No. 1) and HP (No. 2).</p> <p>It will be interesting to see if HP can retake the PC shipment crown from Lenovo in 2015, or if Lenovo is able to fend off its rival, which is the top brand (by volume) in the U.S. (Lenovo is No. 4 in the U.S., behind Apple at No. 3 and Dell at No. 2). Either way, IDC is a bit pessimistic on the market for PCs in general.</p> <p>"The strength from market leaders, as well as improvement in Asia/Pacific and the consumer market more generally, are positive signs for the PC market," <a href="http://www.idc.com/getdoc.jsp?containerId=prUS25372415" target="_blank">said Loren Loverde</a>, IDC Vice President, Worldwide PC Tracker. "Growth of Chrome, Bing, all-in-ones, ultraslim, convertibles, and touch systems similarly make PCs more compelling and competitive. Nevertheless, some of the gains are relatively small, and weakening drivers like Bing promotions and end of XP support transitions, cast a shadow of doubt on the strength of the market going into 2015."</p> <p>We're a bit more optimistic than IDC, as there are still a fair number of businesses running Windows XP. Combined with the launch of Windows 10, there will be opportunities for businesses and home consumers alike to consider an upgrade in 2015, especially now that tablet growth has slowed way down. Either way, we'll see hundreds of millions of new PC shipments in 2015, so don't buy into the PC sky is falling nonsense that analysts like to toss out on occasion.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/lenovo_dogfight_hp_retain_top_spot_pc_shipments_2015#comments hewlett-packard hp idc lenovo pc shipments News Tue, 13 Jan 2015 16:48:52 +0000 Paul Lilly 29247 at http://www.maximumpc.com The 10 Coolest Things We Saw at CES 2015 http://www.maximumpc.com/10_coolest_things_we_saw_ces_2015 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u154082/digital_storm_aventum_3.jpg" alt="ces 2015 pc" title="ces 2015 pc" width="250" height="164" style="float: right;" />CyberPower Trinity PC, tiny PC on an HDMI stick, and more</h3> <p>While CES 2015 was more of an evolutionary year as opposed to a revolutionary one, there were some interesting devices in the PC space. If you’ve read our <a title="ces 2015 predictions" href="http://www.maximumpc.com/what_expect_ces_2015" target="_blank">CES 2015 prediction piece</a>, nearly all of that came true. We saw a bunch of VR headsets, assisted driving cars, and more. We’ve highlighted our favorite hardware from the show below.</p> <p>Did you have a favorite piece of hardware from CES this year? Let us know in the comments below!</p> http://www.maximumpc.com/10_coolest_things_we_saw_ces_2015#comments asus best ces 2015 coolest cyberpower Hardware lenovo origin pc pc razer News Features Tue, 13 Jan 2015 00:43:02 +0000 Jimmy Thang 29244 at http://www.maximumpc.com CES 2015: Lenovo Unveils “World’s Lightest” Laptop, New ThinkPad Yoga, and More [Video] http://www.maximumpc.com/ces_2015_lenovo_unveils_worlds_lightest_laptop_new_thinkpad_yoga_and_more_video_2015 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u166440/lenovo_lavie_z.jpg" alt="Lenovo LaVie Z" title="Lenovo LaVie Z" width="200" height="167" style="float: right;" />The LaVie Z laptop is unbelievably light</h3> <p>If companies at CES 2015 were to have a mantra, Lenovo’s would have to be “thin and light.” These were words repeated on a consistent basis to Onling Managing Editor Jimmy Thang who was taken by surprise when he picked up <strong>Lenovo’s ultra light LaVie Z and was then shown the new ThinkPad Yoga, Flex laptops, thinkvision X24 Monitor, and T550 Ultrabook</strong>.</p> <p style="text-align: left;">Lenovo’s self-proclaimed “world’s lightest” laptop is the result of the company's partnership with NEC that comes in two models. There is the 13-inch LaVie Z HZ750 Yoga-style hybrid which weighs 2.04 lbs and the 13-inch LaVie Z HZ550 laptop which weighs in at an astonishing 1.72 lbs that, according to Jimmy, “feels almost like a Fisher Price laptop.” Both models feature a magnesium-lithium chassis that is credited for both models being so light and which are 16.9 mm thin. For the HZ550, it is powered by an Intel Core i5 processor while the HZ750 has an Intel Core i7 processor with 4GB of RAM being offered for both models which also has 128GB SSD for storage.&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: left;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><iframe src="//www.youtube.com/embed/lE9u30Y9AbY" width="600" height="315" frameborder="0"></iframe></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The LaVie Z HZ550’s starting cost will be $1,299 while the HZ750 will start at $1,499. Both are expected to be available in the US in May.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><iframe src="//www.youtube.com/embed/fEcJQ4qwGJE" width="600" height="315" frameborder="0"></iframe></p> <p style="text-align: left;">Lenovo also showed off a new 14-inch and 15-inch ThinkPad Yoga which features a 360-degree hinge with a lift-and-lock keyboard that locks all the keys in place when the screen is flipped completely around. Consumers will have the option of up to 1TB of storage and up to a 5th Generation Intel Core i7 while the 15-inch model offers an optional 3D camera.&nbsp;</p> <p>Both versions of the ThinkPad Yoga will have a starting price of $1,199. However, the 14-inch model will be out in May while the 15-inch version will be available in February.&nbsp;</p> <p>Jimmy was also shown the new T550 15-inch ultrabook which comes with up to 16GB of RAM, up to 1TB of HDD or a 512GB SSD, and up to 5th Generation Intel Core i7. The T550 is .22 mm thick and weighs around five pounds with a starting price of $999 and will be out in February.&nbsp;</p> <p>Then following in the footsteps of everything being thin, a new monitor was shown called the ThinkVision X24 that does just that. The 24-inch monitor has a 23.8-inch borderless screen that is only 7.5mm thick, though it gets thicker at the bottom due to the tilting stand and ports. It will be available in April or May for $249.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><iframe src="//www.youtube.com/embed/mWwCR5qUNdc" width="600" height="315" frameborder="0"></iframe></p> <p style="text-align: left;">Lastly, Jimmy was shown some new additions to the Yoga series of convertible notebooks such as the Yoga 14 which features a new form factor for the series with a 14-inch screen crammed into a 13-inch form factor. It is also based on the new Intel Broadwell i-series with discreet graphics in the device, though what Nvidia GPU is being used is currently being kept a secret until Nvidia makes an announcement.&nbsp;</p> <p>A new 11-inch Lenovo Flex convertible series was also shown which can be bent into tent mode or tablet mode. In the convertible series, Lenovo revealed that the platform will support both Intel and AMD CPUs.&nbsp;</p> <p>The range of new additions to the Flex and Yoga lineups are expected to be released over the period of Q1 and Q2 2015.&nbsp;</p> <p>But be sure to watch the video for more information.&nbsp;</p> <p>What do you think of the LaVie Z and the ThinkVision X24? Are they thin enough for your tastes? Sound off in the comments below!</p> <p><em>Follow Sean on&nbsp;<a title="SeanDKnight Google+" href="https://plus.google.com/+SeanKnightD?rel=author" target="_blank"><span style="color: #ff0000;">Google+</span></a>, <a title="SeanDKnight's Twitter" href="https://twitter.com/SeanDKnight" target="_blank"><span style="color: #ff0000;">Twitter</span></a>, and <a title="SeanDKnight Facebook" href="https://www.facebook.com/seandknight" target="_blank"><span style="color: #ff0000;">Facebook</span></a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/ces_2015_lenovo_unveils_worlds_lightest_laptop_new_thinkpad_yoga_and_more_video_2015#comments ces 2015 Flex LaVie Z lenovo T550 Ultrabook ThinkPad ThinkVision X24 Windows yoga News Tue, 06 Jan 2015 23:39:37 +0000 Sean D Knight and Jimmy Thang 29204 at http://www.maximumpc.com Lenovo Unveils 3rd GenThinkPad X1 Carbon, Touts 100 Million ThinkPad Sales Milestone http://www.maximumpc.com/lenovo_unveils_3rd_genthinkpad_x1_carbon_touts_100_million_thinkpad_sales_milestone_2015 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/lenovo_thinkpad_x1_carbon_0.jpg" alt="Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon" title="Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon" width="228" height="98" style="float: right;" />Lenovo kicks off 2015 by crossing a big time milestone</h3> <p>If you thought Lenovo would slow its roll in 2015, think again. The world's top PC supplier is currently celebrating over 100 million ThinkPad unit sales to date, which is enough to equip every man, woman, and child in Canada almost three times over (in case a bit of perspective is needed). And to keep the good times going, <strong>Lenovo is showcasing a number of new products at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, including its third generation ThinkPad X1 Carbon</strong>.</p> <p><a href="http://news.lenovo.com/article_display.cfm?article_id=1877" target="_blank">Lenovo describes</a> its latest ThinkPad Carbon X1 as the lightest 14-inch performance Ultrabook around. It features a new super bright display with a spacious 2560x1440 resolution and 10-point multitouch support. Other specs include 5th Generation Intel Core i7 processor options, Intel HD GT2 graphics, up to 8GB of DDR3 RAM, up to a 512GB PCIe solid state drive, 720p webcam, Dolby Advanced Audio V4, HDMI and mini DisplayPort output, USB connectivity, and few other odds and ends.</p> <p>Look for the ThinkPad Carbon X1 to ship this month starting at $1,249.</p> <p>Also on tap from Lenovo is the ThinkVision X24, an ultra-slim monitor with a narrow bezel. Lenovo says it's the first monitor to use pre-coated metal (PCM) surface technology for a non-traditional rear cover to enhance workspace appearances, for those who care about such a thing.</p> <p>The ThinkVision X24 uses a Neo-Blade IPS pane with a 1920x1080 display, 1,000:1 contrast ratio, 7ms response time, 250 nits brightness, and 178-degrees (horizontal and vertical) viewing angles. It will be available in April for $249 MSRP.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/lenovo_unveils_3rd_genthinkpad_x1_carbon_touts_100_million_thinkpad_sales_milestone_2015#comments Hardware laptop lenovo notebook OEM rigs thinkpad x1 carbon ultrabook News Mon, 05 Jan 2015 16:14:50 +0000 Paul Lilly 29186 at http://www.maximumpc.com Lenovo Recalls Over Half a Million Laptop Cords Due to Fire Hazard http://www.maximumpc.com/lenovo_recalls_over_half_million_laptop_cords_due_fire_hazard <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/lenovo_cord_recall.jpg" alt="Lenovo Power Cord Recall" title="Lenovo Power Cord Recall" width="228" height="171" style="float: right;" />Faulty power cords distributed with select Lenovo notebooks could overheat and catch fire</h3> <p><strong>Lenovo is recalling more than 500,000 AC power cords distributed in the U.S. and another 44,000 in Canada</strong> due the risk of overheating and burning or catching fire. The potentially affected power cords were manufactured from February 2011 to December 2011 and distributed with the company's B, G, S, U, V, and Z Series of IdeaPad laptops, as well as its B, G, and V Series of non-IdeaPad laptops.</p> <p>The cords, which are black in color, have "LS-15" molded onto the AC adapter at the end. You can find the date code on a label attached to the cord in the format REV: 00 YYMM, according to a <a href="http://www.cpsc.gov/en/Recalls/2015/Lenovo-Recalls-Computer-Power-Cords/#remedy" target="_blank">notice posted</a> on the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission's website.</p> <p>So far, there haven't been any reported incidents in the U.S. or Canada involving the aforementioned power cords, though there have been 15 incidents outside the U.S. that involve overheating, sparking, melting, and burning. None have resulted in injuries.</p> <p>If you own one of the affected models, Lenovo says to stop using the power cord and to unplug it immediately. You can then contact Lenovo for a free replacement.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/lenovo_recalls_over_half_million_laptop_cords_due_fire_hazard#comments Hardware lenovo power cord recall News Wed, 10 Dec 2014 16:56:29 +0000 Paul Lilly 29067 at http://www.maximumpc.com Don’t Count Out Chromebooks Just Yet, $149 Models May Be on the Horizon http://www.maximumpc.com/don%E2%80%99t_count_out_chromebooks_just_yet_149_models_may_be_horizon_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/asus_chromebook.jpg" alt="Asus Chromebook" title="Asus Chromebook" width="228" height="170" style="float: right;" />Laptop limbo -- how low can they go?</h3> <p>Tis the season of the low cost laptop, and if you're looking for a portable system on the cheap, you have a growing number of choices. You won't find them in the Apple Store, of course, but you will find Windows laptops in the $200 range, including a recently reduced <a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/asus_x205ta_windows_laptop_pops_online_starting_179" target="_blank">Asus X205TA model</a> selling for just $170 at the Microsoft Store. In response, Chromebook models are expected to be even more affordable than they already are with <strong>Asus and Lenovo both reportedly planning to release $149 Chromebook models</strong>.</p> <p>At that price, don't expect to find Intel inside. Instead, they'll feature ARM-based System-on-Chip (SoC) options from China's Rockchip, a fabless semiconductor company, <a href="http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20141113VL200.html" target="_blank"><em>Digitimes </em>reports</a>.</p> <p>Following up on Lenovo's 10.1-inch Android notebook running Rockchip's RK3188 processor, it's expected the Chinese OEM will launch an 11.6-inch Chromebook built around the RK3288 chip either at the end of the year or by the first half of 2015, around the same time Asus is said to be releasing an 11.6-inch model.</p> <p>Both models will be priced at $149, or 25 percent lower than Acer's C720, <em>Digitimes</em> says. If that turns out to be true, it will be interesting to see where low-cost Windows-based laptops land. There might be some wiggle room left, though not a ton since they're already running Windows 8.1 with Bing for free.</p> <p>There's also the matter of how much performance consumers are willing to trade for a lower price. For example, a $125 Windows laptop would certainly draw eyeballs, but if the performance is on par with crappy first-generation netbooks, then it suddenly becomes a tough sell.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/don%E2%80%99t_count_out_chromebooks_just_yet_149_models_may_be_horizon_2014#comments asus chromebook Hardware laptop lenovo mobile notebook News Thu, 13 Nov 2014 18:43:00 +0000 Paul Lilly 28904 at http://www.maximumpc.com Blizzcon 2014: We Go Eyes-on with Lenovo Horizon 2s Tabletop AIO PC [Video] http://www.maximumpc.com/blizzcon_2014_we_go_eyes-_lenovo_horizon_2s_tabletop_aio_pc290 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="http://www.maximumpc.com/files/u46168/lenovo-all-in-one-desktop-horizon-2s-with-strikers-7.jpg" alt="Lenovo 2s Tabletop AIO PC with Windows 8.1 and Lenovo Aura Interface" title="Lenovo 2s Tabletop AIO PC" width="228" height="128" style="float: right;" /></h3> <h3>Is it a compact all-in-one PC or a massive tablet?</h3> <p>Over the past two days, Maximum PC Online Managing Editor Jimmy Thang has been scouring the fairly busy Blizzcon 2014 show floor in Anaheim California for stuff worth writing home about. One of the many (video) postcards he has sent us features a new all-in-one (AIO) PC from Lenovo. And lest you make the mistake of thinking of it as a run-of-the-mill AIO device, let us make it clear that we’re talking about an <strong>AIO PC of the portable tabletop variety</strong>.</p> <p>So without further ado, here is a video of a Lenovo rep showing us the latest model in the company’s Horizon range of touch-screen all-in-one computers.</p> <p><iframe src="//www.youtube.com/embed/60nH1MWCOD0?list=UUdLWXfNqKICJBpE8jVMm6_w" width="620" height="320" frameborder="0"></iframe></p> <p>Available now with either an Intel Core i5-4210U (1.7GHz-2.7GHz) or a Core i3 4030U (1.9GHz), the&nbsp; Windows 8.1-running <a href="http://shop.lenovo.com/gb/en/desktops/lenovo/horizon-series/horizon-2s/#tab-features" target="_blank">Horizon 2s</a> has a 19.5-inch full HD display, 4GB of DDR3 RAM, 500GB hard drive, HD webcam, two USB 3.0 ports, 4-in-1 media reader, 802.11b/g/n/ac wireless LAN and Bluetooth 4.0. The Li-ion battery in this 5.3-lb device, which comes with a wireless&nbsp; keyboard and mouse, is said to be good enough for up to 2.5 hours of unplugged use. Best Buy currently has the <a href="http://www.bestbuy.com/site/lenovo-19-5-portable-touch-screen-all-in-one-computer-intel-core-i5-4gb-memory-500gb-hard-drive/8448721.p;jsessionid=212F22EB23D3E0BB26B87A1E03053FEE.bbolsp-app02-142?id=1219336314311&amp;skuId=8448721&amp;st=horizon%202s&amp;cp=1&amp;lp=2" target="_blank">Core i5 variant listed for sale at $950</a>. If you wish to use the 0.63-inch thick Horizon 2s like a normal all-in-one PC, you will have to cough up some extra dough for the optional stand accessory that also doubles up as a charging dock.</p> <p><em>Follow Pulkit on <a href="https://plus.google.com/107395408525066230351?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/blizzcon_2014_we_go_eyes-_lenovo_horizon_2s_tabletop_aio_pc290#comments aio aura interface blizzcon 2014 lenovo Table PC tabletop pc video windows 8.1 News Sun, 09 Nov 2014 05:20:11 +0000 Pulkit Chandna and Jimmy Thang 28867 at http://www.maximumpc.com Lenovo May Leap into Low-Cost Chromebook Market Next Year http://www.maximumpc.com/lenovo_may_leap_low-cost_chromebook_market_next_year_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/lenovo_chromebook_1.jpg" alt="Lenovo Chromebook" title="Lenovo Chromebook" width="228" height="147" style="float: right;" />Low cost laptop wars are brewing</h3> <p>It was easier to make an argument in favor of Chromebooks as early as a month ago. There's plenty they can't do, but they're cheap and sufficient for basic computing tasks, like surfing the web. They're also nice tools if you're heavily tied into Google's ecosystem. Several vendors have jumped on board the Chromebook bandwagon, and <strong>rumor has it Lenovo will offer an ultra-affordable Chromebook model of its own next year</strong>, but has their time in the spotlight come and gone?</p> <p>First things first -- according to <em>Digitimes</em> and the sources it spoke to within Taiwan's supply chain, Lenovo is looking at launching a Chromebook in the sub-$170 range in early 2015. These will be powered by CPUs from China's Rockship Electronics.</p> <p>By lowering the price, Lenovo reportedly expects to ship 1.5 million Chromebooks next year, up 212 percent compared to 2014. However, there's a concerted effort by Intel and Microsoft to push Chromeooks out of the market place with low-cost Windows alternatives.</p> <p>One of the first models out of the gate is the HP Stream. It's a Windows 8.1 laptop that starts at $200 for the 11-inch version and $230 for the 13-inch model. And as time goes on, there will be other competitors in the $200 Windows laptop space. Should Chromebooks dip down to $170, we imagine Windows models will follow suit, though it will be interesting to see where vendors cut costs since the OS is already being provided for free from Microsoft.</p> <p>What do you think -- are Chromebooks long for this world, or will these low-cost Windows laptops drive them out of the market as intended?</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/lenovo_may_leap_low-cost_chromebook_market_next_year_2014#comments chromebook Hardware laptop lenovo notebook News Fri, 07 Nov 2014 18:41:44 +0000 Paul Lilly 28862 at http://www.maximumpc.com Lenovo Posts Another Solid Quarter Despite Drop in Smartphone Sales http://www.maximumpc.com/lenovo_posts_another_solid_quarter_despite_drop_smartphone_sales_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/lenovo_phone.jpg" alt="Lenovo Phone" title="Lenovo Phone" width="228" height="196" style="float: right;" />No. 1 PC maker hasn't yet figured out the smartphone market</h3> <p>There aren't many people who would question Lenovo's PC strategy, especially after recently achieving a record high PC market share of nearly 20 percent while also becoming the top PC+tablet supplier. However, Lenovo's finding out that competing in the smartphone sector is perhaps a bit more challenging as <strong>sales of mobile devices decreased 6 percent year-over-year to $1.6 billion </strong>during the company's second fiscal quarter.</p> <p>That accounted for 13 percent of Lenovo's total revenue for the quarter, which bumped up 7 percent year-over-year to $10.5 billion. Second quarter profit grew even faster with pre-tax income jumping 24 percent year-over-year to $329 million, while earnings grew 19 percent year-over-year to $262 million.</p> <p>The biggest contributor to Lenovo's bottom line continues to be laptop sales. Reaching $5.5 billion in sales during the second quarter, laptop PCs accounted for over half of Lenovo's total revenue. Meanwhile, desktop PC sales grew 6.4 percent year-over-year, compared to an industry decrease of 2.3 percent.</p> <p>Going forward, Lenovo hopes to leverage its recent <a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/lenovo_purchases_motorola_google_291_billion_2014">Motorola Mobility acquisition</a> to become a bigger player in the smartphone market.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/lenovo_posts_another_solid_quarter_despite_drop_smartphone_sales_2014#comments Hardware lenovo pc revenue smartphone News Thu, 06 Nov 2014 16:22:11 +0000 Paul Lilly 28850 at http://www.maximumpc.com Lenovo Purchases Motorola from Google for $2.91 Billion http://www.maximumpc.com/lenovo_purchases_motorola_google_291_billion_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u166440/lenovo_logo.jpg" alt="Lenovo Logo" title="Lenovo Logo" width="200" height="113" style="float: right;" />The deal has gone through</h3> <p>Back in <a title="MPC Lenovo Motorola deal" href="http://www.maximumpc.com/Lenovo_Buying_Motorola_from_Google_291_billion_2014" target="_blank"><span style="color: #ff0000;">January</span></a>, it was announced that Google would be selling its Motorola division to Lenovo pending approval from authorities. Google, which had acquired the mobile company for $12.5 billion in 2012, was looking to sell it and now that all parties involved have signed off on the deal, <strong>Lenovo has acquired Motorola for $2.91 billion</strong>.</p> <p>Of the $2.91 billion, $660 million will be in cash while 519,107,215 of newly issued, ordinary shares of Lenovo stock (valued at $750 million) was transferred to Google at the close of the transaction. As for the remaining $1.5 billion, that will be paid to Google in the form of a three-year promissory note. However, a separate cash compensation of $228 million will also be paid to Google to cover the cash and working capital held by Motorola at the time when the deal closed.</p> <p>According to the deal, however, Google will maintain ownership for most of Motorola’s patent portfolio though Motorola will be given a license to the patents and other IPs in it. However, Motorola will retain 2,000 patent assets in addition to a number of patent cross-license agreements and the Motorola brand.</p> <p>With Motorola under its umbrella, Lenovo has high expectations according to Lenovo executive vice president Liu Jun who said, “With the complementary strengths of our two companies, we expect to sell more than 100 million mobile devices this year – including smartphones and tablets – by leveraging the Lenovo brand’s leading market position in China, our shared momentum in emerging markets, and Motorola’s strong foothold in mature markets like the U.S.”</p> <p>The acquisition of Motorola makes Lenovo the third largest maker of smartphones, which will now has access to the Moto X, Moto G, and Droid series of smartphones.</p> <p><em>Follow Sean on&nbsp;<a title="SeanDKnight Google+" href="https://plus.google.com/+SeanKnightD?rel=author" target="_blank"><span style="color: #ff0000;">Google+</span></a>, <a title="SeanDKnight's Twitter" href="https://twitter.com/SeanDKnight" target="_blank"><span style="color: #ff0000;">Twitter</span></a>, and <a title="SeanDKnight Facebook" href="https://www.facebook.com/seandknight" target="_blank"><span style="color: #ff0000;">Facebook</span></a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/lenovo_purchases_motorola_google_291_billion_2014#comments Google lenovo Lenovo acquires Motorola motorola News Thu, 30 Oct 2014 23:42:57 +0000 Sean D Knight 28818 at http://www.maximumpc.com Lenovo's 13-inch Yoga Tablet 2 with Windows Knows How to Hang http://www.maximumpc.com/lenovos_13-inch_yoga_tablet_2_windows_knows_how_hang_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/lenovo_yoga_tablet_2.jpg" alt="Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 with Windows" title="Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 with Windows" width="228" height="159" style="float: right;" />Latest Yoga tablet has a new hang mode</h3> <p>Is there a more appropriate name for a line of tablet PCs than Yoga? While you ponder that one, take note that <strong>Lenovo just expanded its Yoga Tablet 2 family with the new Yoga 13-inch Tablet 2 with Windows</strong>. Joining its 8-inch and 10-inch Windows-based brethren, Lenovo's latest slate is not only the largest, but also the most flexible in that it boasts a new mode -- Hang.</p> <p>Yes, you can hang the Yoga 13-inch Tablet 2 with Windows on a wall if you really want to. And like the other models, it also supports Hold, Stand, and Tilt modes.</p> <p>Lenovo's latest slate measures 12.8 inches by 8.7 inches by 0.2-0.6 inches (324.1 millimeters by 221 millimeters by 3.7-14 millimeters) and weighs 2.27 pounds. The 13.3-inch IPS display sports a Quad HD 2560x1440 resolution powered by an Intel Atom Z3745 quad-core processor clocked at up to 1.86GHz with 2MB of cache, 4GB of LP DDR3 RAM and Intel HD graphics.</p> <p>The system also features 64GB of internal storage, a microSD card slot, micro HDMI port, micro USB port, 3.5mm audio jack, 802.11n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, two large chamber speaker, 1.6MP HD front-facing camera, and Windows 8.1</p> <p>Lenovo's 13-inch Yoga Tablet 2 with Windows will be available beginnin in November for $700 MSRP.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/lenovos_13-inch_yoga_tablet_2_windows_knows_how_hang_2014#comments Hardware lenovo mobile OEM rigs slate tablet Windows yoga tablet 2 News Thu, 30 Oct 2014 03:21:02 +0000 Paul Lilly 28809 at http://www.maximumpc.com Lenovo Tries Hand at Wearables, Quietly Unveils Smartband SW-B100 http://www.maximumpc.com/lenovo_tries_wrist_wearables_quietly_unveils_smartband_sw-b100_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/lenovo_smartband_0.jpg" alt="Lenovo Smartband" title="Lenovo Smartband" width="228" height="204" style="float: right;" />Look who's getting into wearables</h3> <p>Having climbed its way to being king of the mountain in the PC sector, Lenovo is now setting its sights on mobile devices, such as smartphones, tablets, and yes, even wearables. Speaking of the latter, <strong>Lenovo now has a product page for its forthcoming Smartband SW-B100</strong>. Lenovo's targeting "young people who take care of their personal health and are interested in new tech trend products" with this one.</p> <p>The Smartband lets you to track daily exercise, including how many steps you've taken, along with your sleep patterns and heart rate. You can also receive custom notifications to help keep on track with your health plan and follow your progress, and it will even automatically log into your locked PC without entering a password to keep a record of what you're doing.</p> <p>Of course, it also shows calls and text messages, along with the number or name of the sender, so long as you pair it with an Android 4.3+ or iOS 7.1+ device.</p> <p>No word yet on the when Lenovo will start selling its <a href="http://shop.lenovo.com/ae/en/itemdetails/GY20G90866/460/B7716FFC600942CE86D9FF17D186451E?AID=10499647&amp;PID=5152958&amp;SID=skim23432X820454X2e2da7f0e81dd8aa043c554d31446719&amp;CJURL=http%3A%2F%2Fshop.lenovo.com%2Fae%2Fen%2Fitemdetails%2FGY20G90866%2F460%2FB7716FFC600942CE86D9FF17D186451E&amp;PUBNAME=Skimlinks&amp;NID=CJ#learnMore" target="_blank">Smartband</a> or for how much.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/lenovo_tries_wrist_wearables_quietly_unveils_smartband_sw-b100_2014#comments fitness Hardware lenovo smartband sw-b100 wearables News Mon, 27 Oct 2014 18:12:27 +0000 Paul Lilly 28788 at http://www.maximumpc.com Lenovo Refreshes Yoga Line, Unveils Yoga Tablet 2 and Yoga 3 Pro Laptop http://www.maximumpc.com/lenovo_refreshes_yoga_line_unveils_yoga_tablet_2_and_yoga_3_pro_laptop_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/lenovo_yoga_3_pro.jpg" alt="Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro" title="Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro" width="228" height="149" style="float: right;" />Hey look, it's Ashton Kutcher</h3> <p>Why's Ashton Kutcher hanging around Lenovo, you ask? The short answer, quite simply, is marketing. But the longer answer is that he joined Lenovo as a product engineer a year ago and purportedly helped develop the <strong>Yoga Tablet 2 Pro, one of three new products Lenovo just rolled out. The other two are the non-pro version of the Yoga Tablet and the Yoga 3 Pro</strong>, an ultraslim convertible.</p> <p>Both the <a href="http://news.lenovo.com/article_display.cfm?article_id=1843" target="_blank">Yoga Tablet 2</a> and <a href="http://news.lenovo.com/article_display.cfm?article_id=1844" target="_blank">Yoga Tablet 2 Pro</a> can run either Windows or Android. The Pro model sports a 13.3-inch QHD display with a 2560x1440 resolution powered by a 4th generation Intel Atom Z3745 processor (Bay Trail) and 2GB of RAM. It has a built-in pico projector, 8-megapixel rear camera, 1.6-megapixel front camera, 32GB of internal storage, a microSD card slot, optional 4G, 802.11n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, 8W sound system with a subwoofer, and up to 15 hours of battery life.</p> <p><iframe src="//www.youtube.com/embed/QyZpIVFlon8" width="620" height="349" frameborder="0"></iframe></p> <p>Lenovo plans to make the Tablet 2 Pro available this month starting at $499.</p> <p>As for the non-Pro models, they're available in 8-inch and 10.1-inch form factors with choice of Windows 8.1 or Android 4.4 KitKat. Both feature a 1920x1200 IPS display powered by the same Atom Z3745 processor and 2GB of RAM. Other specs are similar to the Pro except that onboard storage is cut in half to 16GB.</p> <p>The smaller version will start at $250 and the larger model at $300 later this month.</p> <p>Finally, the <a href="http://news.lenovo.com/article_display.cfm?article_id=1842" target="_blank">Yoga 3 Pro</a> is a thin and light convertible with a new watchband hinge design. It boasts a 13.3-inch QHD+ touchscreen display with a 3200x1800 resolution powered by an Intel Core M-70 processor (Broadwell), 8GB of RAM, up to 512GB of storage, 802.11ac Wi-Fi, two USB 3.0 ports, micro HDMI, microSD card slot, and various other odds and ends.</p> <p>The Yoga 3 Pro will ship at the end of October starting at $1,350.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/lenovo_refreshes_yoga_line_unveils_yoga_tablet_2_and_yoga_3_pro_laptop_2014#comments android ashton kutcher Hardware laptop lenovo mobile notebook OEM rigs Windows yoga 3 pro yoga tablet 2 News Fri, 10 Oct 2014 12:32:58 +0000 Paul Lilly 28696 at http://www.maximumpc.com IDC: Lenovo Retains Top Spot in PC Shipments, Apple Edges Asus for Fifth Place http://www.maximumpc.com/idc_lenovo_retains_top_spot_pc_shipments_apple_edges_asus_fifth_place_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/lenovo_erazer.jpg" alt="Lenovo Erazer" title="Lenovo Erazer" width="228" height="162" style="float: right;" />PC shipment decline not as bad as forecast</h3> <p>The numbers are in and <strong>according to International Data Corporation (IDC), Lenovo is still the top supplier of PCs in the world with a 20 percent share of the market</strong> in the third quarter of 2014, up from 17.17 percent in the same period a year ago. Meanwhile, Apple managed to claw its way into the top five chart by overtaking Asus for fifth place with a 6.3 percent share of the market, up from 5.7 percent a year ago.</p> <p>Sandwiched in between Lenovo and Apple are HP (No. 2, 18.8 percent, up from 17.5 percent), Dell (No. 3, 13.3 percent, up from 11.9 percent), and Acer (No. 4, 8.4 percent, up from 7.4 percent). All five of the world's top PC suppliers saw gains in market share over the last year, while the "others" category that Asus now belongs to saw a decline to 33.1 percent, down from 39.7 percent.</p> <p>Made aware of the news, Lenovo issued a statement crediting its ability to stay on top for 6 consecutive quarters to a strong game plan. The Chinese OEM is also quick to point out that it's growing other parts of its business, such as tablets and smartphones.</p> <p>"Reaching the 20 percent mark in global PC share is a great milestone for Lenovo – and we got there even faster than expected. While others have been looking for a game plan that works, we have been executing ours and the results speak for themselves," Lenovo chairman and CEO Yang Yuanqing said in a statement. "Not only have we reached another record high and solidified our PC leadership position for the 6th straight quarter, but we have diversified our business at the same time. We are number 2 in the growing PC+tablet market and number 3 in global tablet sales and servers. And we will soon be number 3 in worldwide smartphones. Even as our revenues approach $50 billion, Lenovo has remained consistent AND nimble."</p> <p><a href="http://www.idc.com/getdoc.jsp?containerId=prUS25187214" target="_blank">According to IDC</a>, worldwide PC shipments totaled 78.5 million units in the third quarter of 2014, which represents a 1.7 percent year-on-year decline. IDC called it a "sizable improvement" compared to its forecast of a 4.1 drop.</p> <p>IDC's data includes desktops, portables, ultraslim notebooks, chromebooks, and workstations; they do not include handhelds, x86 servers, or tablets (iPad or tablets with detachable keyboards running either Windows or Android).</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/idc_lenovo_retains_top_spot_pc_shipments_apple_edges_asus_fifth_place_2014#comments apple Hardware idc lenovo pc shipments News Thu, 09 Oct 2014 16:32:08 +0000 Paul Lilly 28691 at http://www.maximumpc.com Third Place Up for Grabs in Tablet Market Share http://www.maximumpc.com/third_place_grabs_tablet_market_share_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/samsung_tablet.jpg" alt="Samsung Tablet" title="Samsung Tablet" width="228" height="165" style="float: right;" />Samsung's and Apple's share of the tablet market is eroding, though they still lead the pack</h3> <p>It will be tough (not impossible) to catch up with and/or surpass Apple or Samsung in the tablet race, though the sprint for third place is a ferocious one led by Lenovo, Amazon, and Asus, as well as other "emerging vendors," according to ABI Research. <strong>Lenovo is especially well positioned to take the No. 3 spot in tablet market share</strong> and is expected to ship 21 million slates by 2019.</p> <p>That would give Lenovo a 7.3 percent share of the overall market and solid footing in third place. The potential to increase its standing is particularly high with each passing quarter, as Samsung and Apple can't seem to maintain any kind of forward-moving momentum.</p> <p>Between the first and second quarters of 2014, Samsung saw a 35 percent decline, while Apple suffered a 19 percent drop. The two firms' combined share of the market slid from 72 percent to 66 percent during the same time period, ABI Research says.</p> <p>"The questionable need and longer lifecycle of tablets is creating a stall in advanced and mature markets," <a href="https://www.abiresearch.com/press/asus-lenovo-and-amazon-fight-for-tablet-third-plac" target="_blank">says research analyst Stephanie Van Vactor</a>. "This stall is giving other vendors the opportunity to close the prominent gap and claim third place. The dent emerging vendors are creating in the market is impressive, but continuing that success is going to be the real challenge."</p> <p>For consumers, the positive in all this intense competition is the potential for prices to drop. Alternately, price points could stay the same, but tablets could come with more features baked in as vendors try to one-up each other.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/third_place_grabs_tablet_market_share_2014#comments abi research amazon apple asus Hardware lenovo mobile samsung slate tablet News Wed, 01 Oct 2014 15:54:21 +0000 Paul Lilly 28645 at http://www.maximumpc.com