Lenovo Chromebook Lineup 2014

Lenovo plans to inch further away from Windows this year

By on January 9, 2014 at 6:10 PM.

Lenovo plans to inch further away from Windows this year

Lenovo may have been one of the few winners of the great 2013 PC sales crash but that doesn’t mean the company is blind to the writing on the wall, which is why it’s put more of its resources lately into developing Android smartphones. And now CNET reports that Lenovo is planning to aggressively expand its Chromebook lineup this year by launching several new low-cost Chrome OS laptops this summer.  More →

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Affordable 4K Displays CES 2014

Here are a few 4K displays you can actually afford

By on January 7, 2014 at 5:20 PM.

Here are a few 4K displays you can actually afford

Ultra HD has been all the rage at CES once again this year, but much of the coverage has focused on outlandishly expensive televisions that would hardly fit in the average living room. As it turns out, plenty of companies were quietly revealing reasonably sized displays as well, so 9to5Mac assembled a list of a few of the more affordable options for those who want 4K without breaking the bank. More →

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Lenovo Smartphones 2014 Vibe Z LTE

Lenovo’s big 2014 smartphone push starts off with a bang

By on January 2, 2014 at 6:45 PM.

Lenovo’s big 2014 smartphone push starts off with a bang

Late last year, Lenovo announced that it would be charging into 2014 with a new smartphone strategy that might give the company a much-needed competitive edge. Lenovo didn’t waste any time either — four new smartphones were unveiled on Thursday, each of which will see an international release this year. First up is the Vibe Z, Lenovo’s premiere LTE-enabled smartphone. The Vibe Z features a 5.5-inch, 1080p display, 2.2GHz Snapdragon 800 processor, 2GB of RAM, up to 16GB of internal storage, 13-megapixel rear camera and Android 4.3 Jelly Bean. The Vibe Z will be available in February in Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates and the Philippines for $549.

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Lenovo Yoga 8 Battery Life

The bar has been raised for tablet battery life

By on December 20, 2013 at 11:15 PM.

The bar has been raised for tablet battery life

The past couple of years have seen tablets compete over which one can deliver the best display. However, the big battle over the next year may be over which tablet can deliver the best battery life, especially once manufactures start shipping more tablets Intel’s low-power Haswell tablet processors. And a new dispatch from Consumer Reports suggests that the next generation of tablets will have battery life beyond anything we’ve ever imagined. More →

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Lenovo Smartphone Strategy iPhone 5c

Lenovo’s smartphone plan: Do what Apple failed to do with iPhone 5c

By on November 8, 2013 at 10:00 PM.

Lenovo’s smartphone plan: Do what Apple failed to do with iPhone 5c

One of the biggest surprises in the tech world this year came when Apple decided that it wouldn’t try to attract consumers in emerging markets by releasing a truly low-cost iPhone. Instead, the iPhone 5c that the company launched in September is mostly another high-end smartphone that’s slightly less expensive than the iPhone 5s off-contract because of its older hardware and cheaper plastic casing. Chinese manufacturer Lenovo, which has been the one company to actually thrive during the great PC sales collapse of 2013, now sees an opportunity to deliver to consumers in emerging markets and is planning to target consumers whom Apple has failed to reach with the iPhone 5c. More →

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Lenovo Q2 2013 2014 Earnings

Lenovo solidifies status as the PC industry’s MVP

By on November 8, 2013 at 12:15 AM.

Lenovo solidifies status as the PC industry’s MVP

2013 has not been a good year for the PC market but Chinese manufacturer Lenovo has somehow managed to thrive despite facing the same set of challenging circumstances that have crushed OEMs such as Acer and Asus. As ZDNet notes, Lenovo actually grew its desktop PC shipments year-over-year in its second fiscal quarter this year, a pretty remarkable achievement given that overall desktop PC shipments declined by around 6% over the same period. Lenovo shipped a total of 14.1 million PCs on the quarter, which the company says gives it the fastest PC sales growth rate of any major vendor. More →

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BlackBerry Lenovo Merger Canadian Government

Canadian government reportedly nixed Lenovo’s BlackBerry bid

By on November 5, 2013 at 1:59 PM.

Canadian government reportedly nixed Lenovo’s BlackBerry bid

It looks like Chinese electronics giant Lenovo really was interested in BlackBerry after all. The Globe and Mail reports that although Lenovo was considering making a formal bid for the one-time Canadian smartphone titan, the Canadian government repeatedly told BlackBerry that such a move was a complete nonstarter because of national security concerns. BlackBerry was also seemingly cool to Lenovo’s overtures, mostly because even if the government changed its mind about approving it, it would still take months of review before passing off on a merger. That Ottawa flat-out rejected Lenovo’s bid for BlackBerry isn’t too surprising since BlackBerry is responsible for a lot of critical military and national security communications infrastructure in North America.

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Lenovo Yoga Tablet Release Date Price

New Lenovo tablet takes cues from Surface, adds 18-hour battery life

By on October 30, 2013 at 8:15 PM.

New Lenovo tablet takes cues from Surface, adds 18-hour battery life

Undeterred by another recent tablet announcement, Lenovo has unveiled its own entries into the marketplace — the Yoga Tablet 8 and Yoga Tablet 10. The Yoga Tablet might not have the specs to compete with its competition, but what it lacks in screen resolution and processing power, it makes up for with 18-hour battery life and an adjustable kickstand like Microsoft’s Surface. More →

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Lenovo BlackBerry Merger Analysis

Does Lenovo have ulterior motives for its potential BlackBerry bid?

By on October 22, 2013 at 12:15 AM.

Does Lenovo have ulterior motives for its potential BlackBerry bid?

As we’ve mentioned before, a Lenovo-BlackBerry merger is probably a nonstarter because the Canadian government is likely to block any acquisition of BlackBerry by a Chinese company. So why would Lenovo, which is presumably smart enough to understand this, be willing to make a bid anyway? Forbes contributor Gordon Change theorizes that Lenovo is only bidding on BlackBerry because “the Chinese government wants an excuse to go through BlackBerry’s books so that it can learn as much about the company as it did about Nortel,” and thus give it the ability to hack into the platform for the first time. More →

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Lenovo BlackBerry Merger Analysis

Why a Lenovo BlackBerry buy looks like a nonstarter

By on October 19, 2013 at 11:15 AM.

Why a Lenovo BlackBerry buy looks like a nonstarter

BlackBerry’s shares got a slight boost on Thursday when rumors circulated for the 12,497th time that Chinese hardware manufacturer Lenovo was interested in buying the firm. But as The Globe and Mail points out, a deal to let Lenovo buy BlackBerry is probably a nonstarter since it’s highly unlikely that the Canadian and American governments would be comfortable letting a Chinese firm buy a company that is responsible for so much security infrastructure. The Globe and Mail notes that the Canadian government “has killed several foreign takeovers under the Investment Canada Act,” including a recent deal that would have sold a Winnipeg-based telecom company to an Egyptian-led group.

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Samsung Smartphone Market Share China

Samsung seen losing top spot in world’s biggest smartphone market

By on September 9, 2013 at 7:55 AM.

Samsung seen losing top spot in world’s biggest smartphone market

Samsung shot to the top of the market in China and it is currently the No.1 smartphone vendor there by a wide margin in terms of shipment volume. But in a recent research note to clients, Wedge Partners analyst Jun Zhang wrote that things are changing rapidly in China and local brands will soon drive Samsung out of the top spot in this crucial market. “In China, a $300-$400 price range is considered the middle-range smartphone market, compared with the high-end market segment which is dominated by Apple, Samsung, Sony and other foreign brands,” Zhang wrote. “Local brands such as Xiaomi, Lenovo, Huawei, ZTE, Coolpad, Meizu, Vivo, etc. view this segment as their high-end smartphone segment, compared with Apple’s and Samsung’s flagship products retail price above $700.” More →

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Lenovo Windows RT Criticism

Lenovo exec says Windows RT has no reason to exist

By on September 5, 2013 at 11:10 AM.

Lenovo exec says Windows RT has no reason to exist

It looks like we can add Lenovo to the long list of manufacturers shunning Windows RT. Engadget reports that Lenovo’s Australia marketing chief Nick Reynolds said during his company’s IFA 2013 press conference that Intel’s new power-saving Haswell processors mean that Lenovo can make full Windows 8 tablets that have both high performance and strong battery life. Because of this, Reynolds said that there was really no need for a low-power tablet-centric version of Windows, which means it’s unlikely that we’ll see any new Windows RT-based Lenovo tablets anytime soon. Lenovo isn’t the only OEM to give Windows RT the cold shoulder, of course: Both Asus and HTC have cancelled plans to release Windows RT-based tablets this year while Acer has said that it’s unsure if it will ever release another Windows RT device again.

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Lenovo Windows 8 Start Menu Criticism

Lenovo’s PC ‘Start menu’ may just be another form of bloatware

By on August 23, 2013 at 10:05 PM.

Lenovo’s PC ‘Start menu’ may just be another form of bloatware

If something sounds too good to be true, then that probably means it’s bloatware. Ars Technica reports that Lenovo’s new Start menu replacement for Windows 8 PCs probably won’t deliver the traditional Start menu experience that many PC users have been looking for. Essentially, the third-party Start menu from SweetLabs that Lenovo is pre-loading onto its new PCs has an annoying habit of constantly prompting you to buy new apps that you probably don’t want. More →

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