It's easy to criticize the new massive ad campaign -- but it shouldn't be
From rumor to fact in 48 hours. The big PC powerhouses Microsoft, Dell, Intel, Lenovo, and HP have launched a new program, reminding web surfers and cable watchers about all the things that computers can do. We have two difficulties about criticizing the new "PC Does What" ad campaign: where to begin and how long have you got? There is not one single chance that you saw this and didn't wonder how in the world it ever came into anyone's head, let alone the world.
Slogan derived to remind consumers of the capabilities of modern PCs
In an unprecedented technology company collaboration, computing magnates Dell, HP, Intel, Lenovo, and Microsoft are teaming up in an advertising campaign to boost the flagging PC industry. The slogan for the advertising effort, said to be "PC Does What" could be announced as early as Thursday, according to sources familiar with the matter.
MacNN evaluates the Skylake Xeon chip, and tries to predict the future
Intel quietly debuted mobile Xeon processors based on the Skylake platform yesterday, saying little more than the chip line will be bringing ECC memory to mobile, and that more information would be coming soon. The E3-1500M processors were detailed slightly more overnight in a pair of Lenovo ThinkPads released at the SIGGRAPH show. Lets take a look at what we know about the processor, and what we don't, and evaluate the Lenovo offering and see what we can glean about the processor's inclusion in a future MacBook Pro.
Classic ThinkPad design could be modernized in new notebook
Lenovo is considering a retro revival of the ThinkPad, with a notebook using a similar design to the original ThinkPads created by Richard Sapper for IBM. Design vice president David Hull has proposed on the Lenovo blog the creation of a "very unique ThinkPad model" that takes its design cues from a notebook created in 1992, but bringing it up to date with modern internal components and slight tweaks to the external design to accommodate today's customers.
Lenovo ideacentre Stick 300 includes Bay Trail Atom processor, Windows preinstalled
Lenovo has revealed it's own take on the Compute Stick concept, with the ideacentre Stick 300. Just as with other attempts by Dell, Intel, Asus, and others, the ideacentre Stick 300 is a complete PC packed into a compact device that can plug directly into an HDMI port on the back of a monitor or television, effectively turning it into a highly-portable computer system that can be set up anywhere there is a compatible display.
ThinkPad Pen Pro stylus part of improved handwriting interface for ThinkPad 10
Lenovo has introduced an upgraded version of its ThinkPad 10 from last year, one which takes aim at the Microsoft Surface Pro 3. The new ThinkPad 10 retains many of the characteristics of the original, including a 10.1-inch 1920x1200-resolution display, but this time it includes the ThinkPad Pen Pro stylus and an increased focus on pen-based input via the handwriting recognition app Writeit, allowing writing to be converted to text in nearly any text field.
Magic View display on Lenovo smartwatch prototype projects second screen into user's eye
Lenovo used its TechWorld event to show two concept devices it has been working on. A smartphone with a built-in projector was revealed, complete with a mode that offered alternative ways to interact with the device, while a smartwatch was shown with a secondary "Magic View" display that provides an alternative and private viewpoint for personal data, along with other non-standard smartwatch functions.
Round Lenovo Cast can mirror display from almost any DLNA, Miracast-enabled devices
Lenovo has revealed it is taking on the Google Chromecast with its own media sharing device. The Lenovo Cast is a compact round disc measuring 70mm (2.8 inches) in diameter and 15mm (0.6 inches) high, making it larger than Google's device, and it offers a few of the content streaming functions as its competition, except it also adds in a few more items that makes it slightly more flexible to use compared to its Google counterpart.
Ideapad 100, Z41, Z51 are budget-focused notebooks with modest specifications
Lenovo has unveiled a trio of notebooks aimed at the budget end of the computer market, ahead of the manufacturer's Lenovo Tech World global technology conference in Beijing. The Ideapad 100 is a basic 1366x768-resolution notebook that takes after Chromebooks, while the Lenovo Z41 and Z51 are slightly more expensive notebooks with 14-inch and 15-inch, 1080p-resolution displays that offer a bit more power than the Ideapad.
China set to receive Lenovo K80 from end of April
Lenovo has introduced a new smartphone destined for the Chinese market, with two impressive hardware points among the mid to high-end specifications list. Measuring 8.5mm thick, The phablet-sized Lenovo K80 houses 4GB of RAM, equalling the competing Asus ZenFone 2, while the non-removable battery holds a long-lasting 4,000mAh of charge.
Android developer uncovers mystery device with 320x320 display
Motorola may be working on another Android Wear device, according to a rumor. A device claimed to have the codename "Smelt" has allegedly been spotted by an app developer, located close to Motorola's main headquarters in Chicago, with initial suggestions being that it could be a follow-up to the manufacturer's Moto 360 smartwatch, released last year.
Flexible tablet good for everyday use, soured by design decisions
Lenovo is building a bigger name for itself year after year, including its devices expanding beyond desktop computers. The company's line of stylish, portable devices continues with one of its newest tablets, the Yoga Tablet 2. The 10.1-inch, Android-powered tablet continues the trend set by other Yoga devices, allowing users to position it in several configurations to suit specific needs. But does the Yoga Tablet 2 hold up to everyday use, or is it just another drop in the bucket for Android devices? Find out in our review.
Vibe Shot is smartphone with heavy focus on photography
Following on from yesterday's tablet launches, Lenovo has unveiled another trio of mobile devices at Mobile World Congress. The Vibe Shot is a smartphone with a focus on photography, the A7000 is claimed to be the world's first smartphone to use Dolby Atmos, and the Pocket Projector is a compact accessory for Android devices.
Lenovo Tab 2 A10, A8 joined by Ideapad Miix 300
Lenovo has launched three tablets at Mobile World Congress. The Tab 2 A10-70 and Tab 2 A8 are Android tablets with 10.1-inch and 8-inch screens respectively, with both boasting Dolby Atmos surround sound audio processing, while the Ideapad Miix 300 is an 8-inch slate that will ship with Windows 8.1 and a one-year subscription to Office 365.
CTO admits Lenovo at fault for installing adware with security vulnerability
Lenovo has admitted wrongdoing in installing adware on its consumer notebooks, one that poses a security risk to its users. The PC producer's CTO Peter Hortensius has admitted that the company "messed up," with the firm not only providing tools to remove the software, but also actively encouraging customers to do so on their affected systems.
Ad-injection, monitoring of secure connections discovered in Superfish adware
Lenovo has been shipping PCs from its factory with adware pre-installed, according to reports. Notebooks from the manufacturer have been found to have Superfish software already installed without user intervention nor permission, with the software being used to inject extra advertising into websites, as well as being a potential security risk for end users.
Amazon shipments fall nearly 70 percent
The global tablet market shrank year-over-year for the first time during the most recent quarter, according to new estimates from IDC. The market dipped 3.2 percent, from 78.6 million units to 76.1 million -- driven in large part by declines at Apple and Amazon. Apple's iPad shipments fell nearly 18 percent, from 26 million to a little over 21.4 million; Amazon, meanwhile, plummeted almost 70 percent, from 5.8 million units to 1.7 million. Also contributing, however, were drops at Asus and Samsung. The former slid from four to three million tablets, while Samsung went from 13.5 million to 11 million.
Apple leaps ahead of LG in latter's home market
Apple has seen significant surges in the Japanese, Chinese, and South Korean smartphone markets since the introduction of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus last September, according to a study by Counterpoint Research. The most significant performance is reportedly in South Korea, where in November Apple leapt from under 15 percent marketshare to 33 percent. That put the company ahead of LG, slotted at just 14 percent, and significantly closer to Samsung, which dropped from 60 to 46 percent. LG and Samsung are both local to Korea, and have traditionally enjoyed a homefield advantage.
Yoga 2 Tablet with AnyPen uses pencils, pens for stylus input
Lenovo upgraded more than the LaVie and ThinkPad lines, with changes also made to its Yoga notebook and tablet range. The Yoga 3 line includes new 11-inch and 14-inch screen options, while the Yoga Tablet 2 introduces stylus input, and the ThinkPad Yoga 12, 14, and 15 add to the already-existing range with more convertible devices.
P90 first Lenovo smartphone to use Intel Atom processor
Lenovo has launched two smartphones at CES, devices which were previously rumored to make an appearance. The Lenovo P90 is the company's first to use a 64-bit Intel Atom processor and Intel XMM 7260 LTE-Advanced modem, while the Vibe line is joined by the X2 Pro, complete with an accessory said to help improve lighting for self portraits.
Lenovo claims LaVie Z thinnest 13-inch laptops worldwide
At this week's Las Vegas Consumer Electronics Show, Lenovo has unveiled a few new products, and refreshed some older ones. Two new mobile PC models introduced are the LaVie Z HZ550, a 13-inch laptop which the company claims is the world's lightest, and the LaVie Z HZ750, a two-pound 13-inch convertible PC. The ThinkPad X1 Carbon, and the ThinkPad E, L, T, and X series are all receiving a fifth-generation Intel Broadwell processor.
Google pushes the boundaries of smartphone size with Nexus 6
The Google Nexus 6 is the latest Android flagship smartphone from Google and, like each one before it, it is designed to showcase the latest developments on its Android platform. Indisputably and unapologetically a "phablet," the device centers on a gargantuan 5.96-inch QHD AMOLED display, and comes pre-installed with Android 5.0 "Lollipop." It truly challenges the boundaries of what users are prepared to carry around with them as an everyday all-purpose device. That, of course, makes it a very interesting proposition.
Lenovo smartphones using Intel processors, LTE radios said to be heading to China, emerging markets
Intel is rumored to be supplying processors for two Lenovo smartphones set to launch next year. A report Lenovo is aiming to announce two new smartphones in the first quarter, possibly at CES or Mobile World Congress, with Intel providing not only its 64-bit Atom processors for the mobile devices, but also LTE-Advanced cellular radios.
Lenovo Yoga 2 Tablet is an interesting device that offers good value
Lenovo has had considerable success with its beautifully-designed Yoga notebooks, which are renowned for being very flexible in the way that they can be set up for productivity or content consumption. The company tried to take this same successful formula across to its tablet line-up with the original Yoga Tablet, which ran Android. Second time around, the Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2, mixes things up a little more on the multiple-configuration front, adding an optional keyboard to the equation, while adding a new model running Windows bundled with a Bluetooth keyboard. So is it worth taking a second look?
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HP, Dell still in charge
Apple reclaimed third place from Lenovo in the US PC market last quarter, according to data from research firm IDC. That gave Macs 13 percent of the market, compared to 10.7 percent for Lenovo PCs. Acer claimed fifth at 5.9 percent; the leaders were HP and Dell at 27.7 and 24 percent, respectively. Except for Acer, all of the top five companies saw their respective marketshares increase year-over-year.
Purchase valued at $12.5 billion, with Google retaining most of the patents
Lenovo has completed the acquisition of Motorola Mobile from Google. The deal, according to Lenovo, makes the combined company the "world's third-largest maker of smartphones." Motorola is a now wholly-owned subsidiary of Lenovo, but will remain headquartered in Chicago. Lenovo is expecting profitability to return between four and six quarters from now.
Tablet follows on the 10-inch model announced early October, adds QHD display
Lenovo unveiled another addition to the Yoga line of devices, trumpeting the arrival of a larger version of the Yoga Tablet 2. The new Yoga Tablet 2 with Windows jumps up in size with the addition of a 13.3-inch quad HD display, marking a large bump from the full HD 10-inch model Lenovo announced at the beginning of October. Like other devices in the Yoga line, the 13-inch Yoga Tablet 2 features four modes for use, including stand, tilt, hold, and a new mode called hang.
Fitness tracker from Lenovo appears in online product listings
Lenovo has quietly launched its first fitness tracker for iOS and Android devices, one which leaked earlier this month via an FCC filing. The SW-B100 Smartband is said on the Lenovo website to possess the usual traits of a fitness tracker, though it will also apparently allow the wearer to automatically unlock and log into a PC without needing to manually type in a password.
New company to launch under new brand in 2015, focus on Internet-based sales
Lenovo is taking a new approach to its mobile strategy ,according to a statement it released today. The PC and mobile communications company has indicated that it is creating a new device company and brand for the emerging market in China. The unnamed company will operate separately from Lenovo, focusing on Internet-based sales. The new brand is being positioned as a direct competitor for Xiaomi, a startup that has rapidly grown its market share since its entry into the device market in 2010.
ThinkPad Yoga 14 sports increased screen size, to be sold exclusively at Best Buy
On top of Yoga tablets, Lenovo announced today that it is releasing a bigger version of the ThinkPad Yoga. Where the existing version offers a 12.5-inch display, the new model will sport a 14-inch IPS display with 360-degree lift and lock keyboard rotation. The new ThinkPad Yoga 14 still retain the main feature of Yoga line of devices, the ability to change into tent, stand, laptop or tablet modes.
Standard Yoga 2 tablets offered in two sizes, Pro models jump up to 13-inch screen
Lenovo announced a new slate of Yoga tablets and ultrabooks today, beginning with two Yoga 2 tablet models and a Yoga 3 Pro convertible PC. Each of the new machines fit different consumer needs, from the Yoga 3 Pro "ultra slim" PC with attached keyboard or the Yoga 2 tablets that are powered by either Windows 8 or Android.
FCC listing shows cross-platform Lenovo fitness tracker with seven-day battery
A wearable device from Lenovo has appeared at the FCC, appearing to depict a form of fitness tracker. The Lenovo SW-B100 Smartband, pictured extensively in the filing, shows a watch strap with a narrow and flat area in the middle, with a basic LED or LCD display likely to be visible on the outside of the device when worn, while a sensor which could be a heart rate monitor is spied on the inside.
Product lineup features extended battery life, more computing power
Computer manufacturer Lenovo today announced at the 2014 IFA Consumer Electronics Unlimited show in Berlin a wide portfolio of business and consumer devices. The lineup starts with the new ThinkPad Helix, a business 2-in-1 ultrabook. Lenovo also introduced two new all-in-one (AIO) tabletop PCs: the 19.5-inch Horizon 2s, Lenovo's thinnest tabletop PC, plus the 21.5-inch Horizon 2e, Lenovo's cheapest tabletop PC. In addition, Lenovo announced the ThinkCentre Tiny-in-One 23, a secure AIO desktop solution for businesses, and the thinner and lighter Edge 15 dual-mode laptop.
Lenovo Vibe Z2, Vibe X2 have high-resolution front cameras
Lenovo has extended its Vibe smartphone line with two new Android devices at the company's IFA media event today. The Vibe X2 has a unique multi-layered case design and packs a MediaTek True8Core processor, while the Vibe Z2 is the company's first 64-bit smartphone with a thin 7.8mm (0.3 inches) brushed metal unibody case.
Y70 Touch gaming notebook has 1080p 17-inch touchscreen
Alongside the Tab S8, Lenovo launched two computers aimed at gamers at IFA. The Y70 Touch gaming notebook packs a 17.3-inch 1920x1080 display with touch controls, while the Erazer X315 is a desktop gaming PC claimed to be an affordable system shipping with a choice of a quad-core 3.1GHz AMD Kaveri A8 or quad-core 37GHz Kaveri A10 processor.
Intel Atom processor used in Lenovo Tab S8 with Burst Performance Technology
Lenovo kicked off its IFA device launches, by revealing its first Intel-powered Android tablet. The Lenovo Tab S8 uses a quad-core Intel Atom Z3745 with 2GB of RAM, with the processor's Burst Performance Technology said to help provide more processing power when it is required, in turn saving on battery life when performing lower-impact tasks.
Lenovo on track to buy IBM server unit for $2.3 billion
IBM has gained a US national security regulatory agency's approval in one of its first steps to sell its server division to Lenovo Group, a Chinese company. The Committee on Foreign Investment in the US has deemed that the $2.3 billion dollar sale can continue with little or no risk to US security interests, despite rising conflicts about Internet issues and continued espionage allegations between the nations.
First quarter results from reveal boost in movile devices, desktop computers
Device maker Lenovo has released its financials for the first quarter ending June 30, revealing revenues of $10.4 billion. While the company posted a year-over-year increase in overall revenues, figures from the smartphone sales shows a more revealing number, with sales tallying more than 15.8 million units, an increase of 39 percent. Income increased to $214 million, a 22 percent increase, while earnings grew 23 percent to $214 million. Gross profit increased 13 percent, to $1.3 billion.
High-resolution display of Lenovo Vibe Z2 Pro has pixel density of 490ppi
Lenovo has launched its previously rumored flagship smartphone with a six-inch Quad HD-resolution display. The Vibe Z2 Pro sports a pixel density of 490ppi in its thin 7.7mm (0.3 inches) frame, with the smartphone also boasting a 16-megapixel rear camera with a BSI sensor, optical image stabilization, and a number of features to help photographers.
Apple, Samsung give up share to Lenovo, ASUS, others
Although Apple's iPad is still the leading tablet globally, the company is continuing to lose marketshare, according to new IDC shipment data. Year-over-year, Apple's June-quarter tablet share fell from 33 to 26.9 percent, based on shipments of 13.3 million iPads this quarter versus 14.6 million in Q2 2013. The company's next closest competitor, Samsung, saw its share slip from 18.8 percent to 17.2.
Citing lack of demand, devices start coming off retailer shelves
Lenovo has ceased sales of sub-10-inch Windows-based tablets in the US. The cessation is not from a manufacturer's defect or recall, but because the company is seeing little demand for the devices in the North American market. Devices affected by the pullout are the company's ThinkPad 8, and the smaller size of the Miix 2 tablet.
Application outlines features of the device, doesn't dip into components used
In a filing with the United States Patent and Trademark Office, information on a head-mounted wearable display similar to Google Glass has been discovered from Lenovo. The application filing, which dates back to last December, covers "an electronic device and a sound-capturing method." It just happens that the device looks like a pair of glasses with embedded electronics.
700 workers to lose jobs, will likely not be retained after Lenovo acquisition
Motorola Mobile has announced plans to close its US manufacturing facility of the Moto X phone. The Fort Worth, TX site run by Flextronics on behalf of Motorola will shutter before the end of the year, causing the remaining 700 workers to be out of a job. The company will continue to manufacture the phones in Brazil and China, according to Motorola.
iPad keeps top spot
Global tablet shipments fell year-over-year for the first time in the March quarter, according to tracking data from NPD DisplaySearch. Whereas 59 million units were recorded in Q1 2013, the market shrank to 56.3 million units last quarter. If paired with laptops, tablets nevertheless represented over half of mobile PC shipments.
All metal body touted in upcoming Lenovo flagship smartphone
The latest iteration in the Lenovo Vibe smartphone range could include a Quad HD display, similar to the rumored higher-resolution flagship variants from Samsung, HTC, and LG. The Vibe Z2 Pro has been leaked in a number of photographs, with an accompanying specification sheet not only confirming the 2,560x1,440 resolution, but also the 6-inch screen size and device thickness of 7.7mm (0.3 inches).
Quarterly Lenovo results close to record revenues in previous quarter
Lenovo continues to enjoy strong revenues, according to the company's latest quarterly results and full year results. Though it did not quite reach the record $10.8 billion in revenue in the previous quarter, it still managed to pull in $9.4 billion, representing a 19-percent improvement year-on-year, and helped push annual revenue up 14 percent year-on-year to a record $38.7 billion.
Transformable laptop from Lenovo tries to be the jack of all trades
The second coming of tablets came in on the heels of the iPad, and frankly, crushed the traditional PC market. It took some time for the market to adapt to the new reality, but in 2014 it has -- and Lenovo has a handful of devices that attempt to cater to both markets. The Yoga 2 Pro, the second version of the transformable computer, is available and has taken heed of some criticisms of its predecessor. Electronista has been living with one for a while now -- read our review to find out what we thought.
Lenovo ThinkPad 10 accessory range includes keyboard covers, dock
Lenovo is targeting business users with its latest Windows tablet in the ThinkPad range, succeeding the ThinkPad Tablet 2. Offering a 10.1-inch 1920x1200-resolution display with multitouch and a digitizer for stylus support, the ThinkPad 10 can be used with a collection of accessories that can expand the usefulness of the device from its basic tablet form.
Lenovo Chromebooks have 4GB RAM, 16GB storage, touchscreen options
Lenovo is expanding its range of notebooks to include two Chromebooks. Revealed ahead of an event hosted by Google and Intel concerning the Chrome OS, the Lenovo N20 and N20p Chromebooks offer relatively similar entry-level specifications, though the N20p adds a touchscreen and a 300-degree hinge that allows it to be used as a standing tablet, similar to the recent Flex 2 notebooks.