To give their new device some hype, Lenovo leaked the manual to their upcoming 10.1″ Android tablet/laptop which revealed a couple of shots as well as the proposed specs. First off, the device will be dubbed as the Idea A10 and will sport a Rockchip RK3188 ARM Cortex-A9 quad-core processor with Android 4.2 intact. The 10.1 inch screen can fold back 360 degrees and will also have a front facing camera. The hybrid device will come with either 16GB or 32GB of native storage, and 1GB or 2GB of RAM. » Read the rest
While they may be trying new ways to capture your attention, HTC could soon be acquired by another Asian tech giant. A few months ago we learned that Lenovo was eying a 2014 arrival in the United States smartphone market and now it seems that they could absorb another company to make it happen. With their market share slipping and management going on the offensive, it may be a good thing for HTC to be taken over by Lenovo, who is one of the largest phone manufacturers in China. Talks have apprently been going on since August and the deal could (if an agreement is made) be done in the first half of 2014.
Lenovo isn’t lacking experience in takeovers. In 2005, they purchased the ThinkPad brand from IBM and assisted the company in becoming the world’s largest largest personal computer seller.
Lenovo has released two tablets that have a quite unique feature built-in. The IdeaPad B6000-F and B8000-F have 8-inch and 10-inch screens, respectively, but what makes the devices different is their built-in 2 stage folding back panel. When you’re not using the stand, it folds in flat into the back of the device, and when you are, you can pull out the stand to use your tablet either slightly raised for a typing surface, or completely upright for your viewing pleasure.
The core specs are pretty standard for the most part, with Android 4.2, a quad-core MediaTek MT8125 processor at 1.2GHz, 1GB of RAM, 16GB internal memory, GPS and a 5MP rear camera. The IdeaPad B6000-F retails in Germany for 215 euros, or $310, while the IdeaPad B8000-F costs 280 euros , or $400. We currently don’t know anything about a North America release.
Lenovo has never really had success in the American smartphone market, but in China they’ve seen exponential growth and can compete with major players like Sony and HTC. While I’m sure Lenovo is happy with their market share in Asian markets, their next step is to try to make a dent in the international market, which they’re hoping to do with two newly unveiled smartphones; the Vibe X and Vibe Z.
The Vibe X is a 5-inch phone with a full HD screen and an October 20th release date. It’s aggressively priced at $470, which should give it some momentum when it’s released to the rest of Europe during the holidays. The Vibe Z is a slightly modified Lenovo K900, which we’ve seen show up in leaks every once in awhile. It’s packing a full HD 5.5-inch screen and 2 GB of RAM, but instead of using Intel’s processors, the Vibe Z is sporting a Snapdragon 800. No release date or pricing is available, but it’ll likely be out around the same time as the Vibe X and cost a bit more.
Lenovo announced the latest additions to their PC Plus portfolio at IFA 2013 today, the Lenovo Vibe X smartphone and the Lenovo S5000 tablet. Lenovo appears to have focused on making their devices slim, yet packing a vibrant display. Like so many other manufacturers, they also devoted quite a bit of attention to the camera functions.
The Vibe X comes with a polycarbonate body with a laser-engraved finish. The smartphone is only 6.9mm thick and weighs just 121 grams (about a quarter of a pound). Lenovo refers to the display on the device as possessing 20/20 Vision which is comprised of a 5-inch IPS panel running at 1920×1280 resolution and 440 PPI. The screen is backed by a quad-core MTK 6589T processor running at 1.5GHz, 2GB of RAM, and 16GB of storage. All of this powers the Android 4.2 operating system. For cameras, Lenovo has packed in a 5 MP front-facing camera and a 13 MP rear-racing camera. Lenovo says they have added software enhancements to improve the quality of pictures and give users quick edit access. » Read the rest
It’s only natural that we’re already talking about the third-generation Nexus 7, only a week after the second-generation version of the device was released.
It would be fair to assume that Asus would undeniably be the manufacturer of the next Nexus 7, assuming the success of the most recent Nexus 7 outperforms the first. However, some recent reports would suggest otherwise.
A rumor leaked the other day which threw the name “LG” into the conversation for the “N7-3.” It wouldn’t be a huge surprise, as the company has manufactured other Nexus devices in the past (Nexus 4), but to ditch Asus in the Nexus 7 series would be a surprise. Samsung’s name was thrown into the conversation as well, which also makes sense, considering the company is literally running the OEM market right now for Android devices.
The next bit of news is a bit more surprising— Lenovo’s name popped up as well. Numbers suggest the company is doing well overseas, but can you even name two devices Lenovo has made available to the United States, or at least has sold in high quantities? No doubt the company has done a good job in what it has tried to accomplish, but it hasn’t really extended its reach to the point where we could expect them to make the next Nexus 7.
Who would you guys like to see build the next Nexus 7 device? Would you hope Google remains loyal to Asus? Would you prefer them to move over to LG or Samsung? What about Lenovo?
Just a heads up, part of this information is going to be the same thing we’ve been hearing for months. According to IDC data, Samsung accounted for the largest smartphone manufacturer in the world, shipping 72.4 million units in Q2 of 2013, up from 50.3 million in 2012. This accounted for 30.4% of global marketshare, which was actually a slight dip in market share from last year but still a huge jump ahead of the next dog in the pile, Apple. Apple shipped 31.2 million devices and accounted for 13.1% of market share this past quarter.
The impressive part of this information concerns LG’s and Lenovo’s market share, however. They both increased their phone shipments year-over-year by over 100%, which is a very impressive feat. LG shipped 12.1 million devices accounting for 5.1% of the market, while Lenovo shipped 11.3 million, accounting for 4.7% of the market. It’s not enough to compete with the top two manufacturers, but they’re slowly and steadily gaining ground. ZTE filled out the pack by increasing shipments 57.8% year-over-year, which isn’t as great as LG and Lenovo, but still a bit better percentage-wise than Samsung and Apple.
This is all information we’ve been hearing a lot lately; smartphone growth is still booming pretty loudly, and although there’s two companies at the top of the heap, there’s a handful of other aggressive manufacturers that are doing a great job making a name for themselves.
Just a few days ago we saw a benchmark that suggested Lenovo was going to be releasing a flagship device with a Snapdragon 800 processor on board like every other Android manufacturer on the planet. Today we’re seeing some pictures of the rumored device that do confirm the processor specs as well as a few other details about the device.
It does have a Snapdragon processor, complete with Adreno 330 GPU, so this is bound to be one powerful device. It also sports a full HD, 1080p display, which makes it a comparable device to most other high-end phones on the market today. The screen appears to be about 5 inches, and it will be a dual-sim device. Unfortunately, that means the device will probably only ever hit shelves in China, but depending on how well it sells, it’s always possible to see Lenovo put its top-end device in other markets.
via: Unwired View
Although Lenovo has put some together some impressive flagship devices, they’ve never had much luck with them in the US. That may change with the newest device they’re readying to launch, which according to some newly leaked benchmarks, will run the latest version of Qualcomm’s Snapdragon processor.
The new device, codenamed the X910, scored 29231 points on an AnTuTu benchmark with a processor running at about 2.1 – 2.2 GHz, which is about what we see from Snapdragon 800 devices. It’s also running Android 4.2.2, but there’s not much else in the way of details outside of that, unfortunately. Still, maybe going with a more well-known processor like Qualcomm’s Snapdragon line can help them get more western penetration than Intel’s great, but quiet, Clover Trail processors did.
source: G For Games
Lenovo is getting ready to release a pair of affordable tablets for price-conscious users. The first of these devices is the IdeaTab A1000 – a seven inch tablet with 4.2 Jelly Bean,a 1024×600 display, 1.2 GHz dual-core MediaTek processor, 1 GB of RAM, 16 GB of built-in storage, a 0.3 MP front camera, and a 3,500 mAh battery. It will run for a cheap $149 with a promo code applied. The price without the promo code is $189.
The second device, the IdeaTab A3000, has the same specs as the A1000 except comes with a front and rear camera and a 1.2 GHz single-core processor. There’s not much of a difference between the two devices, the A3000 even loses one CPU core, and for some reason it costs $229. Confusingly, that’s $80 more than the A1000. The devices aren’t available yet, but they should be soon, if you’re interested.
Source: Unwired Review