Windows 8 is about to unleash a tsunami of strange devices upon us all. Call them tablets, ultraportables, hybrids, convertibles, tiny touch-based mobile computers...they're everywhere, and they're multiplying.
HP has them. Samsung does, too. So does Dell, and Lenovo, and Toshiba, and Asus, and Sony. Everyone has them. That's because Windows 8 promises a better environment for touch in mobile computing, and the promise is too tempting not to experiment. Or, alternatively, all these companies need a product out there to plant a flag into this strange soil -- a territory that Microsoft's already visiting via the Surface.
The big problem I see with them is that for every device that emerges, the landscape gets ever-more-cloudy. … Read more
Lenovo left a lot of room to improve its IdeaTab S2109, and so far the tablet's successor, announced today at IFA 2012, is a step up.
In a nutshell, the 10.1-inch Lenovo IdeaTab S2110 Android tablet promises a larger screen, a better processor, and a 5-megapixel rear-facing camera. That camera comes with autofocus and LED flash; fingers crossed it captures crisp, detailed images.
It also gets a bump up from Bluetooth 3.0 to Bluetooth 4.0, which means it'll be able to pair up with compatible devices with a tap. Though larger than its predecessor, the … Read more
As part of the flood of new IFA products, Lenovo has updated its slim S series of IdeaPad laptops for Windows 8.
Unlike some of the laptops from Dell, Toshiba, Samsung, and others we've previewed this week, we have not had a chance to see these new models in person. But Lenovo describes the new IdeaPad S300, S400, and S405 as follows:
Equipped with the latest technology, the Lenovo IdeaPad S300 and S400 laptops are available with Intel's third-generation CoreTM i3 or i5 processors, while the IdeaPad S405 is packed with up to AMD A8 quad-core processors. Up … Read more
The latest effort by Lenovo in the tablet market is now available and selling for $299.99 at Best Buy. The IdeaPad A2109, not to be confused with the Lenovo IdeaTab S2109, has a smaller screen, a higher resolution (1,280x800 pixels versus the S2109's 1,024x768 pixels), and a faster CPU.
The 9-inch tablet comes with built-in 16GB memory and a 1.2GHz Nvidia Tegra 3 quad-core processor. In addition, it's loaded with the Android 4.0 OS and has a microSD slot, a Micro-HDMI port, and a Micro-USB port.
One of the cornerstones of upcoming Windows 8 tablets will be Microsoft Office, but will that be a deal-maker for buyers?
Any Intel-based Windows 8 Pro tablet -- like the one coming from Hewlett-Packard -- will be able to run the regular version of Office, just as it runs today on any Intel-based PC.
And, in April, Microsoft preannounced that tablets running the RT version of Windows 8 will come with Office.
Lenovo is on fire.
The PC maker today reported sales of $8 billion during its fiscal quarter that ended June 30, up 35 percent from the $5.9 billion it generated during the same period last year. Lenovo's profit hit $141 million, up from the $108 million it posted in the fiscal first quarter of 2011.
Lenovo's strong performance comes on the back of its soaring PC shipments. The company's notebook shipments rose 27 percent in the fiscal first quarter, helping it to hit a record 15.4 percent market share in that market. On the desktop … Read more
During Lenovo's first fiscal quarter 2013 earnings call, executives didn't mince words in attacking Microsoft's Surface strategy.
"Although we don't like Microsoft providing hardware, for us, it just adds one more competitor," Lenovo CEO Yang Yuanqing said during the conference call in response to analyst's question.
"[They're] just one of our many competitors. We are still confident that we are providing much better hardware than our competitors including Microsoft," he said.
Yuanqing continued. "They are strong in software, but [we] don't believe they can provide the best hardware … Read more