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April 16, 2014

Lenovo Announces Flex 2 and Snazzy AIO

Lenovo Flex 2 14

Lenovo is already gearing up for back-to-school with a slew of new systems, including two versatile new Flex laptops, as well as an all-in-one desktop and an inexpensive business laptop.

The new back-to-school and business laptops feature multimode capabilities, sleek designs, and affordable prices, with the hardware to get plenty of work done in the classroom and on the go.

While most of the newly announced systems are laptops, the stand-out product is Lenovo's A540, an all-in-one desktop with a bright 23.8-inch display and a sleek aluminum chassis. The display offers full HD (1,920-by-1,080) resolution, with 10-finger touch, and an adjustable stand. As an added touch, Lenovo also includes a hands-free option with Lenovo Motion Control, a gesture-control tool that uses the A540's built-in webcam to recognize mid-air gestures for controlling media without physically touching the display. The Lenovo A540 all-in-one will be available for purchase in early July, selling at $1,279.99 for the base configuration.

February 24, 2014

Lenovo Debuts New Yoga Tablet 10 HD+, Smartphones at MWC

Yoga Tablet 10 HD+

Last year's Yoga Tablet was overshadowed by Lenovo's Ashton Kutcher publicity stunt—and rightfully so, as it featured a unique design, but was otherwise utterly forgettable. Fresh off of its surprising acquisition of Motorola Mobility, Lenovo is set to right some wrongs with the update to its shape-shifting tablet: the Yoga Tablet 10 HD+.

The device will be on display at this week's Mobile World Congress, as will three new S-Series smartphones.

The original Yoga Tablet turned some heads with its solid aluminum frame and novel design, but the marquee feature was its rotating hinge that facilitated what Lenovo called "multi-mode" use. The updated Yoga Tablet 10 HD+ retains the same design and hinge, meaning you'll be able to hold it comfortably in one hand, prop it up for watching videos, or tilt it up for easier typing.

As you might have guessed from the name, Lenovo makes a key upgrade to the display, bumping up the resolution from 1,280 by 800 to full HD 1,920 by 1,200. The internal components still appear somewhat underpowered—the 10 HD+ will sport a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor, which isn't exactly cutting edge.

January 29, 2014

Google to Sell Motorola Mobility to Lenovo for $2.91B

Moto X (c)

In a surprise announcement, Google today said it will sell the Motorola Mobility smartphone business to Lenovo for approximately $2.91 billion.

The move is intended to strengthen Lenovo's position in the smartphone market, particularly North America, Latin America, and Western Europe. The deal includes the Motorola brand and Motorola Mobility's smartphone portfolio, like the Moto X (pictured), Moto G, and Droid Ultra series. Lenovo will take ownership of the future Motorola Mobility product roadmap.

Google, however, will hold on to the "vast majority" of the Motorola Mobility patent portfolio, including current patent applications and invention disclosures. Google will license this technology to Lenovo, but Lenovo will get more than 2,000 patent assets.

The deal includes $660 million in cash and $750 million in Lenovo ordinary shares; the remaining $1.5 billion will be paid in the form of a three-year promissory note.

"The acquisition of such an iconic brand, innovative product portfolio and incredibly talented global team will immediately make Lenovo a strong global competitor in smartphones. We will immediately have the opportunity to become a strong global player in the fast-growing mobile space," Yang Yuanqing, chairman and CEO of Lenovo, said in a statement. "We are confident that we can bring together the best of both companies to deliver products customers will love and a strong, growing business.

January 9, 2014

LenovoEMC Reveals NAS Boxes for Home and Business


LAS VEGAS—LenovoEMC was at CES here to announce new NAS (Network Attached Storage) boxes for business and consumers alike.

The new LenovoEMC px4-400d Network Storage is an update to the Iomega StorCenter px4-300d; (Iomega was acquired by EMC in 2008, and Lenovo and EMC partnered up last year). This newest device is a four-bay, small to mid-sized business storage server. A quick rundown of features include hot-swappable SARA-III disk drives and support for up to 16TB of storage, while extra connectivity options include HDMI, eSATA, and USB 3.0.

Businesses of all sizes can benefit from what the px4-300d can do. Implement remote access to data on the NAS using its built-in cloud technology, which can also be used for remote management and file sharing, data replication, advanced RAID, and more.

LenovoEMS states that users will see up to 25 percent higher data Reads and Writes over previous px4-300d devices.

In addition, the user interface can appear in 18 different languages. The px4-300d is certified to support Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2012 R2, VMWare EXS, XenServer, iSCSI, and NFS.

The diskless model is now available at $729 for the diskless model. The Server class and Pro series model can ship with disks that support 1TB, 2TB, 3TB, or 4TB HDDs.

January 2, 2014

Lenovo Unveils New Lineup of Android Smartphones

Lenovo Vibe ZIn advance of this year's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Lenovo is trotting out the newest members of its Android powered smartphones.

Though better known for its laptop and desktop divisions here in the U.S., Lenovo has carved out a nice chunk of the smartphone market, edging out LG to become the No. 3 global smartphone maker,  according to data from Gartner.

Lenovo's expanding its Vibe lineup, introducing its first smartphone with LTE, the Vibe Z. Also on tap for the New Year are the S930 and S650, which occupy the midrange, while the A859 will cater to the budget-friendly smartphone market.

The Vibe Z will carry Lenovo's mobile flag, offering a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor, 5.5-inch 1080p display, and a 13-megapixel camera to go along with the aforementioned LTE connectivity. The phone will run on GSM/UMTS networks, with support for Bluetooth 4.0 and 802.11ac Wi-Fi. Though it's packing a palm-busting display, the Vibe Z will measure just 0.31 inches thick and weigh 5.19 ounces.

October 16, 2013

Lenovo Unveils 8-Inch Miix2 Tablet With Windows 8.1

8-Inch Lenovo Miix2Lenovo today introduced an 8-inch version of its Miix tablet, which will run Microsoft's updated Windows 8.1 operating system.

The Lenovo Miix2 will be available later this month starting at $299, sporting a 10-point multi-touch, 800-by-1,280 display with a 178-degree viewing angle. It includes a 5-megapixel rear-facing camera and 2-megapixel front-facing cam.

The Miix2 will run an Intel Bay Trail-T quad-core processor, Intel HD graphics, and Windows 8.1, which is scheduled to launch early Friday morning in the U.S. with enhancements like Internet Explorer 11, touch optimization, and the return of the "Start" button.

The Miix2 will be pre-installed with Microsoft Office Home & Student 2013, which users can access via touch or with the optional stylus. A cover accessory also doubles as a stand.

"Many users want the convenience of a smaller screen tablet, but do not want to lose the performance and convenience of a powerful, quad core Windows 8.1 device. With the Lenovo Miix2 8-inch, users can take advantage of a small, light form factor without sacrificing performance," Bai Peng, vice president and general manager of Lenovo's notebook business unit, said in a statement. "The Lenovo Miix2 8-inch is a great example of how thoughtful design can deliver the best of both worlds."

October 1, 2013

Lenovo AIO Lineup Includes 29-Inch Monster

Lenovo B550

Lenovo this week revealed four new additions to its all-in-one (AIO) desktop lineup.

Led by the super-widescreen B750 — the world's first 29-inch 21:0 display — the new devices aim to bring more range to the AIO market.

"AIO desktops have become the first-choice option for many consumers seeking a home PC with power and flexibility," Jun Ouyang, vice president and general manager of Lenovo's desktop business unit, said in a statement.

One of those is the A530, a space-saver desktop with a slim, adjustable screen for use as a traditional PC or a flat, touch-screen device. The 23-inch, 1,920-by-1,080 full HD screen is encased in an all-aluminum chassis, and powered by a fourth-generation Intel Core i7 processor.

Buyers can choose up to 8GB DDR3 memory, up to 1TB HDD, or 1TB SSHD storage, plus integrated 8GB SSD cache, and take advantage of the machine's integrated Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, 6-in-1 card reader, and HDMI ports.

Meanwhile, the B-series devices include the 29-inch B750 — with frameless display and a JBL 2.1 speaker system with built-in 20W subwoofer and Dolby Home Theater — joined by the 23-inch B550 (pictured) and 21.5-inch B350.

The B550 and B350 sport full HD widescreen displays, as well as integrated stereo sound and Dolby certification; the B550 gets a boost from Dolby Home Theater audio performance.

September 5, 2013

Lenovo Improves Yoga, Intros Flex Laptops

Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro

Lenovo is going after different segments of the laptop-buying public with its new Yoga convertible laptops and Flex laptops with 360 and 300-degree hinges so they can be used in less traditional orientations than simply as a clamshell laptop. The new systems leverage their HD touch screens and innovative chassis design to help Windows 8 users find new uses for their PCs.

Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro

Following last year's Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 13, the Yoga 2 Pro is an evolution of the Yoga concept with a sharper QHD+ 3,200-by-1,800 resolution screen, blowing away the previous model's 1,600-by-900 resolution display. The new Yoga 2 Pro's IPS screen features a 178-degree wide viewing angle and is rated at 350-nits of brightness. The Yoga 2 Pro is also smaller than the previous model, with an 0.61-inch thick chassis, and chip options go up to a fourth-generation Intel Core i7 processor.

July 31, 2013

Report: HP Poised to Pass Lenovo as Top PC Maker

HP corporate

Beleaguered Hewlett-Packard may soon have something to cheer about; a new report suggests that the company is poised to overtake Lenovo as the world's biggest PC manufacturer.

HP, on the strength of winning some key government procurement bids for new laptops, will recapture its global PC market share in the third quarter of this year, according to DigiTimes. The Taiwanese tech journal, citing unnamed industry sources, said HP "is expected to see notebook shipments in the third quarter of 2013 increase 15 to 20 percent [quarter over quarter] while Lenovo is expected to see a sequential drop of 7 to 9 percent."

A big driver of HP's purported gains is an order by the government of India's Uttar Pradesh state for 1.5 million HP laptops for schools, with a pending third-quarter order for 2 million more laptops by another Indian government buyer likely to go HP's way as well, DigiTimes reported.

Research firms Gartner and IDC both ranked Lenovo as the top maker of PCs in the world for the second quarter of 2013, with Gartner reporting that the company shipped 12.7 million units in the quarter for a 16.7 percent share of the global PC market and IDC's numbers putting Lenovo's PC unit shipments at 12.6 million for the same 16.7 percent market share.

March 18, 2013

Lenovo Unveils Mainstream Business Ultrabook, ThinkPad T431s

Lenovo ThinkPad T431s

Lenovo this week announced the availability of its latest T-series ThinkPad laptop, and it's an ultrabook.

The ThinkPad T431s Ultrabook is another in a long line of T-series laptops that are the mainstay of Lenovo-equipped office workers. The new T431s is positioned as a high performance, enterprise-class ultrabook. It's got a new chassis compared to previous models, and is made with carbon fiber and magnesium for durability in everyday life.

The T431s is built around third-generation Intel Core i5 and i7 processors with integrated Intel HD 4000 graphics, a 14-inch 1,600-by-900-resolution screen, up to 12GB of memory, and a selection of storage options including up to a 1TB hard drive, 24GB mSATA cache drive, and up to a 256GB SSD.

The chassis is a smidge smaller than the ThinkPad T430s and is in the same weight class (3.6 pounds). The T431s has a 180-degree hinge, so the screen can fold flat on your work surface, but doesn't flip over like Lenovo's Yoga designs. The T431s continues the requisite dual pointing mechanisms, with a TrackPoint and glass TouchPad. The TouchPad supports Windows 8 multi-point gestures, and also has a central scroll button for use with the TrackPoint.