No stylus, no problem: Lenovo AnyPen allows many pointy objects to scribble on Yoga Tablet 2′s screen

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Have you ever had a shared computer at work and seen one of the most infuriating atrocities ever committed to a computer’s monitor, i.e. marks and scratches from someone dragging their pen across the screen? Now picture seeing this done to a beautiful tablet display. I’ll wait for your cringes to end.

Fear not! That person in the corner of Starbucks writing on their tablet with something other than a stylus isn’t wrecking their Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2′s screen, they’re taking advantage of Lenovo’s newest technology: AnyPen. AnyPen will allow owners of a Yoga Tablet 2 to ditch their stylus and grab a regular pen to mark all over the display with the same, or sometimes better, accuracy as a stylus. (I say sometimes better because I’ve yet to find a stylus that isn’t complete rubbish.)
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Lenovo announces the sharp Vibe X2 Pro at CES 2015

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Lenovo introduced the P90, Tab 2, and Vibe Band today in Las Vegas. The company also announced the Vibe X2 Pro. It is a stunning handset that comes in Electric Blue, Champagne Gold, and Rock Pink as color options. The layered design on the sides of the Vibe X2 Pro give it a unique look.

The specifications of the Vibe X2 Pro are not necessarily dull, but they are not cutting edge either. The 5.3-inch display is 1920×1080 resolution. Under the hood is a Snapdragon 615 processor from Qualcomm paired with 2GB of RAM. The processor is 64-bit and clocked at 1.5GHz. The energy efficient processor working with a 2410mAh battery should provide for some lengthy battery life.

Both rear and front-facing cameras are 13MP with a slew of gesture and touch-up software tools.

At its core, Android 4.4 KitKat can be found. Lenovo included its Vibe UI 2.0 software to mask any signs of stock Android.

Pricing and availability of the Vibe X2 Pro has yet to be announced, but Lenovo did confirm that the handset will not make its way to the United States.

Hit the break for the full press release. Click here for our full CES 2015 coverage.


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Lenovo P90 features an Intel LTE-A modem and Atom processor

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A company really making a push for mobile devices is Intel. The personal computer industry is constantly in question and the company sees an opening in mobile. So resources are really being poured into the development of modems and processors. The first handset to feature both an LTE-Advanced modem and a 64-bit Atom processor from Intel is the Lenovo P90.

The P90 is backed by an Atom Z3560 processor that is, yes, based on 64-bit architecture. Oddly, Lenovo is shipping the P90 with Android 4.4 KitKat out of the box rather than Android 5.0 Lollipop (which is built for 64-bit support). The XMM modem from Intel allows the P90 to download up to 150Mbps and upload 50Mbps. The Lenovo P90 will perform as quickly as it can download/upload.

Lenovo chose to go with a 5.5-inch display with 1920×1080 resolution, putting the pixel density at 400 pixels per inch evenly. The rear camera is 13MP and the front-facing camera is 5MP. The former does feature optical image stabilization.

Everything is packed into a handset that measures just over 0.30 inches. The extra thickness when compared to other handsets is noticeable because the P90 features a 4000mAh battery. Really, Lenovo developed no slouch.

Hit the break for the full press release. Click here for our full CES 2015 coverage.
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Huawei smartphone sales grow by 40% in 2014 according to leaked memo

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It is no secret by now that Chinese smartphone manufacturers are finally starting to generate some significant momentum in gaining market share through increasing sales of devices. A leaked memo floating around Huawei as the company preps for the public announcement of their 2014 results reveals strong growth for the manufacturer. According to the data revealed in the memo, sales rose by almost one-third to $11.8 billion in 2014 on the back of a 40% increase in smartphone shipments. If there is any downside, it is the fact that Huawei’s estimated 75 million smartphones shipped lags below their target of 80 million units for the year.
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Budget 4G LTE Lenovo smartphone slated for announcement at CES 2015

lenovo_logoLenovo has announced that they’ll be showcasing a brand new, aggressively priced LTE smartphone at CES next month for Indian markets. They did reveal that the device will be powered by Snapdragon’s 410 CPU, but everything else is still up in the air. There’s always a chance it could end up being a rebranded Lenovo K3 specifically for India, but we’ll know for certain in a few weeks.

The Indian smartphone market is one of the hottest points of competition for Android OEMs, and now that 4G is becoming more widely available, the manufacturers are rushing to push LTE radios in extremely affordable phones.
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