lenovo http://www.maximumpc.com/taxonomy/term/1161/ en 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 Lenovo Launches ThinkPad Helix and Several Other PCs http://www.maximumpc.com/lenovo_launches_thinkpad_helix_and_several_other_pcs_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/thinkpad_helix.jpg" alt="Lenovo ThinkPad Helix" title="Lenovo ThinkPad Helix" width="228" height="178" style="float: right;" />New systems for the board room, game room, and beyond</h3> <p>Lenovo already blitzed the IFA 2014 convention in Berlin with a number of product announcements yesterday, but as it turns out, the company was just warming up. Picking up where it left off, <strong>Lenovo today announced a new portfolio of devices that include the ThinkPad Helix, Horizon 2s, Horizon 2e, ThinkCentre Tiny-in-One (TIO), and Edge 15</strong> with starting prices ranging from $279 on up to $999.</p> <p>The ThinkPad Helix is a 2-in-1 Ultrabook for business users. In tablet mode, the Helix weighs just 1.8 pounds and measures only 0.38 inches, which is 15 percent thinner than its predecessor. Inside is an Intel Core M processor, 11.6-inch display with a Full HD 1080p resolution, and a battery that's good for up to 12 hours of run time.</p> <p>Lenovo still thinks there's a market for tabletop computing, hence the Horizon 2s and 2e. The "s" denotes "slim" with a profile that measures just 0.59 inches and weighs barely more than 5 pounds, which is 10 pounds lighter than the original Horizon 2.</p> <p><img src="/files/u69/horizon_2e.jpg" alt="Lenovo Horizon 2e" title="Lenovo Horizon 2e" width="620" height="220" /></p> <p>Both the 2s and 2e sport up to a 4th Generation Intel Core processor, NFC support (optional on the 2e), Bluetooth 4.0, integrated Dolby Home Theater stereo speakers, Windows 8.1, and over 40 pre-installed gaming and education programs.</p> <p>The ThinkCentre Tiny-in-One 23 is purportedly the world's first modular all-in-one desktop for business users. It has a 23-inch Full HD 1080p display, front-access USB 3.0 ports, optional ODD, and an ergonomic stand that allows for tilt and height adjustment.</p> <p><img src="/files/u69/lenovo_edge_pro.jpg" alt="Lenovo Edge Pro" title="Lenovo Edge Pro" width="620" height="476" /></p> <p>Finally, the Edge 15 is a touch-friendly 15.6-inch laptop with an IPS display and 1080p resolution. It's encased in a premium aluminum chassis with a 300-degree hinge that allows it to transition from Laptop mode to Stand mode. Other features include Intel Core i5/i7 processor options, 8GB of DDR3L, and choice of up to 1TB of HDD with integrated 16GB NAND or up to 256GB SSD storage.</p> <p>The ThinkCentre Tiny-in-One 23 starts at $279 and will ship in the beginning October.&nbsp; Both the Lenovo Edge 15 and ThinkPad Helix will also ship in October starting at $899 and $999, respectively, along with the Horizon 2e for $749, while the Horizon 2s will be available this month starting at $949.</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_launches_thinkpad_helix_and_several_other_pcs_2014#comments edge 15 Hardware horizon lenovo OEM rigs thinkcentre thinkpad helix tiny-in-one News Thu, 04 Sep 2014 14:00:28 +0000 Paul Lilly 28474 at http://www.maximumpc.com Lenovo Brings Tab S8 Tablet, Y70 Touch Laptop, and Erazer X315 to IFA in Berlin http://www.maximumpc.com/lenovo_brings_tab_s8_tablet_y70_touch_laptop_and_erazer_x315_ifa_berlin <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/lenovo_y70_touch.jpg" alt="Lenovo Y70 Touch" title="Lenovo Y70 Touch" width="228" height="192" style="float: right;" /></h3> <h3>A multi-platform product blitz</h3> <p>Don't accuse Lenovo of putting all of its eggs in a single basket. That wasn't the company's strategy up to this point, nor is it the road to success going forward -- instead, <strong>Lenovo is kicking off the 2014 IFA Consumer Electronics Unlimited show in Berlin by showcasing three new tablet and gaming systems</strong>. They include the Tab S8, Y70 Touch laptop, and Erazer X315 desktop</p> <p>Armed with an Intel Atom Z3745 processor, the Tab S8 is Lenovo's first Intel-powered Android slate. It also sports an 8-inch display with a 1920x1200 resolution and ultra-slim bezel for a sleek and clean look, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of built-in storage, 8MP rear-facing camera, 1.6MP front-facing camera, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, dual front-firing speakers, and Android 4.4 KitKat.</p> <p>Another first for Lenovo is the Y70 Touch, which is the company's introductory 17-inch touch-enabled laptop. It's powered by an Intel Core i7 processor, Nvidia GTX graphics, and 16GB of DDR3L RAM. Storage chores are handled by a 1TB SSHD or 256GB SSD.</p> <p><img src="/files/u69/erazer_x315.jpg" alt="Lenovo Erazer X315" title="Lenovo Erazer X315" width="620" height="513" /></p> <p>Last up to bat is the Erazer X315, the latest addition to Lenovo's line of affordable gaming desktops. It has a quad-core processor, AMD Radeon R9 series graphics, up to 12GB of RAM, up to 2TB of SSHD storage, four USB 3.0 ports, and a newly designed chassis intended to look like a knight's armor.</p> <p><img src="/files/u69/tab_s8.jpg" alt="Lenovo Tab S8" title="Lenovo Tab S8" width="620" height="237" /></p> <p>The Lenovo Tab S8 will be available this model starting at $199, followed by the Y70 Touch in October starting at $1,299 and the Erazer X315 in November starting at $599.</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_brings_tab_s8_tablet_y70_touch_laptop_and_erazer_x315_ifa_berlin#comments Desktop erazer x315 Hardware ifa 2014 laptop lenovo mobile notebook OEM rigs slate tab s8 tablet y70 touch News Wed, 03 Sep 2014 04:05:09 +0000 Paul Lilly 28468 at http://www.maximumpc.com Lenovo Adds Three Business Class Desktop PCs to ThinkCentre Line http://www.maximumpc.com/lenovo_adds_three_business_class_desktop_pcs_thinkcentre_line_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/lenovo_e63z.jpg" alt="Lenovo E63z" title="Lenovo E63z" width="228" height="186" style="float: right;" />Latest systems from Lenovo are all business</h3> <p>After <a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/lenovo_reports_104_billion_quarterly_revenue_reaches_record_high_pc_market_share_2014">five straight quarters</a> of being on top, Lenovo shows no signs of relinquishing its position as the world's largest supplier of PCs (in terms of sales and volume). The number one PC maker is also determined to outpace the industry average in desktop PC growth, hence <strong>Lenovo just announced three new additions to its ThinkCentre desktop PC line</strong> designed for business users as companies look to leave Windows XP in the dust.</p> <p>The first of the new systems is the ThinkCentre E63z, a space saving all-in-one machine with a 19.5-inch HD+ display. It's decked out with business-friendly features such as smart USB protection, CompuTrace support, and a Kensington slot that doubles a chassis lock. Models powered by Intel Core i3 processors also include HDMI output, a card reader, and a Rapid Charge USB port to keep those mobile devices juiced up.</p> <p>Second up is the ThinkCentre M53. It comes in the same "Tiny" form factor as its high powered siblings, the M73 and M93p, but with a lower price tag. It includes a remote power up option with a supported keyboard and flexible mounting options to help make the most out of your desk space.</p> <p>Finally we have the ThinkCentre M79 with AMD A-Series APU options inside. It offers up to 50 percent superior graphics performance compared to its predecessors and comes with SSD and SSHD options. These mini towers can also support three independent displays with the optional DisplayPort connector.</p> <p>The ThinkCentre E63z is available now starting at $479 with Intel Core i3 models coming later this year. Lenovo's ThinkCentre M79 is also available now, starting at $49, and the ThinkCentre M53 tiny desktop will be available soon starting at $439.</p> <p>See pics of all three rigs in our gallery below.</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_adds_three_business_class_desktop_pcs_thinkcentre_line_2014#comments business e63z Hardware lenovo m53 m79 OEM rigs thinkcentre News Wed, 20 Aug 2014 13:00:31 +0000 Paul Lilly 28381 at http://www.maximumpc.com Lenovo-IBM Server Deal Gets Regulatory Approval in U.S. http://www.maximumpc.com/lenovo-ibm_server_deal_gets_regulatory_approval_us654 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="http://www.maximumpc.com/files/u46168/ibm-lenovo-server-deal.jpg" alt="Lenovo-IBM Server Deal" title="Lenovo-IBM Server Deal" width="228" height="148" style="float: right;" /></h3> <h3>Lenovo’s server division set for sevenfold increase in global market share</h3> <p><strong>Lenovo’s $2.3 billion acquisition of IBM’s x86-based server business has been given the green light by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS)</strong>, IBM announced in a <a href="http://www-03.ibm.com/press/us/en/pressrelease/44588.wss" target="_blank">press release</a> Friday. All eyes had been on CFIUS, a U.S. government inter-agency body responsible for assessing security implications of such foreign investments, after the deal received the necessary regulatory approval in China last month.&nbsp;</p> <p>“IBM today is pleased to announce it has received notice from the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) of the successful conclusion of the committee’s review of the divestiture of its x86-based server business to Lenovo,” the company said in its press release. “The clearance by CFIUS of this transaction is good news for both IBM and Lenovo, and for our customers and employees. The parties now look forward to closing the transaction.”</p> <p>Both companies have every reason to be pleased as it must’ve been quite tough for them to allay security-related fears of U.S. government officials — IBM supplies servers to a number of high-profile customers, including some government agencies and telcos — at a time when the two countries are busy trading accusations of cyber espionage.</p> <p>Follow Pulkit on <a href="https://plus.google.com/107395408525066230351?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/lenovo-ibm_server_deal_gets_regulatory_approval_us654#comments acqusition cfius deal ibm lenovo m&a sale x86 servers News Mon, 18 Aug 2014 00:29:29 +0000 Pulkit Chandna 28359 at http://www.maximumpc.com