Lenovo introduces K3 “Music Lemon” to compete with Xiaomi’s low cost devices

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Lenovo has released a new smartphone called the Lenovo K3 “Music Lemon” at a very low price point, 599 CNY ($97 USD). The device appears to be Lenovo’s attempt to compete with Xiaomi in the Chinese market for buyers looking for a low-cost device.

The K3 is powered by a Snapdragon 410 processor, 1 GB of RAM, and Android KitKat. The device has a 5-inch 720p IPS display and is 4G LTE capable. For audio and video needs, the K3 comes with an 8 MP rear-facing camera, a 2 MP front-facing camera, and Waves MaxxAudio sound. The device comes with a 2,300 mAh battery. All of this is encased in a bright yellow package.

Sources indicate the device is only available online through JD, a large retailer serving the Chinese market. It is unclear whether Lenovo will ever make the device available in other markets.

source: JD
via: phoneArena

[Deal] Lenovo bundling the A7 Tablet with headphones and case for $100

lenovo A7 tabletLenovo’s A7 tablet offers a solid mid-range option for someone that needs something portable and functional. Today, you can snag one with a couple of accessories for just $100.

The tablet features a 1280 x 800 screen, a quad-core processor, and 8 GB of internal storage for apps and games. Unfortunately, it’s still running Android 4.2, but to compensate this bundle throws in a pair of JBL in-ear headphones and a Samsonite folio case. Not a bad deal, especially for the price.
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Lenovo, Asustek bringing lower cost Chromebooks to market in 2015

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Although Chromebooks have only grabbed a small part of the laptop computer market thus far, despite much success in the education sector, the race to bring out less expensive models to entice buyers appears to be heating up for 2015. A new report from Digitimes Research indicates both Lenovo and Asustek are preparing new Chromebooks equipped with Rockchip technology to hit the market at a $149 price point.

Thus far, most Chromebooks have been priced in the $200 – $300 range, so the products from Lenovo and Asustek could set new lows for notebook devices. Both devices are expected to come with 11.6-inch screens and the Rockchip processors, but other details are not yet known. Acer is currently the biggest Chromebook producer and these new devices would be priced 25% lower than the Acer C720 that runs $199. Digitimes Research indicated that in addition to the price pressure this move will create for other Chromebook producers like Acer, it will also put pressure on Microsoft which has been modifying license costs in an effort to stave off Chromebooks’ growth in the market.

Rockchip is a “first-tier tablet application processor (AP) designer” from China. They have worked with Intel on chip design and distribution. They are also a Google-certified solutions provider.

source: Digitimes

Tablets see 11.5% growth in third quarter of 2014, Samsung still top Android tablet manufacturer

tabletShareThe back to school shopping season gave tablets a pretty solid boost in the third quarter of the year helping manufacturers to ship 53.8 million tablets over those three months. Tablets still seem as if they have more room for growth than smartphones do in an overly saturated market, although smartphones are still an extremely valuable commodity.

Year-over-year, those 53 million tablets helped market share for the devices grow about 11.5% from last year. Compared to the second quarter of 2014, tablets also saw an 11.2% sequential growth. 
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Lenovo’s acquisition of Motorola is finally complete

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9 months ago, Google shocked the world by announcing they had sold Motorola to Lenovo for just under $3 billion. As per all deals like this, it takes time to pass through all the regulatory approvals, and today the deal is final. We can now officially refer to Motorola as a Lenovo company.

The plan is still to keep Motorola as a wholly-owned subsidiary, and their headquarters will remain in Chicago. Whether all 2,800 employees out of that headquarters are safe remains to be seen though. And if you remember, Google retained Motorola’s deep collection of patents.


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