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Lenovo said to release Intel and ARM Android convertibles

Lenovo will reportedly release Android-based convertibles in the first half of this year, and they'll be powered by your choice of either Intel or ARM processors. Convertibles – clamshell laptops that can be converted to tablets – were one of the most talked about items at last week's CES 2013. Intel, for its part, sees them as …
Rik Myslewski, 14 Jan 2013
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Lenovo unfolds smaller Yoga tablet-laptop hybrid

Lenovo has announced an 11in version of its still-to-ship Yoga tablet-laptop hybrid. Part of the IdeaPad line-up, Yoga is so named because the hinge on its clamshell casing allows the screen not merely to be lifted up from the keyboard and folded flat against the desk but can be pushed further round to form a tablet. Lenovo …
Tony Smith, 10 Oct 2012
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Apple 'less innovative' at laptops than Lenovo

Asus and Lenovo both offer more innovative Ultrabook-style laptops than Apple, though the Mac maker has the pair of them licked when it comes to implementing that innovation. So says market watcher ABI Research, which reckons Apple “outscores its rivals significantly in implementation” if not in innovation. For proof, look no …
Hard Reg, 14 Nov 2012
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Lenovo readies Yoga Ultrabook-cum-tablet for Blighty

Reg Hardware Gizmo Week logo small Lenovo today heralded the UK arrival of the IdeaPad Yoga - an Ultrabook with a display that folds right round to turn the machine into a tablet. Lenovo Yoga The 1.5kg machine sports a 13in, 1600 x 900 IPS LCD touchscreen to match that of the Toshiba Excite 13. But it's a chunky 17mm thick …
Tony Smith, 10 Apr 2012
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Lenovo plans clip-on physical keyboard for tablets

Tablet owners have so far had to opt for keyboard docks to take their typing physical. However, that may be about to change after recently published Lenovo patents revealed an interesting clip-on. Lenovo handgrip keyboard for tablets As you can see from the designs, the keyboard features a clamp and can be used in a multitude …
Caleb Cox, 29 May 2012
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IBM taps ex-Lenovo and services exec to run PureSystems server biz

Several weeks ago, El Reg told you that Andy Monshaw, the long-time head of IBM's Storage Systems Division and more recently the general manager of the PureSystems modular systems business, had left Big Blue. Due to the Independence Day holiday in the United States, IBM was unable to confirm Monshaw's departure, but late last …

EMC backs Iomega up into Lenovo partnership

The first fruits of a global technology partnership between storage giant EMC and server upstart Lenovo have ripened as the two companies have launched LenovoEMC Limited, which pairs EMC's Iomega entry-level network-attached storage (NAS) arrays with Lenovo's ThinkServer product lines. EMC acquired Iomega in early 2008 to expand …

IBM selling x86 server business to Lenovo?

There are rumors swirling around, again, that IBM is looking to sell off all or a portion of its x86 server business to Chinese PC maker and server partner Lenovo Group. US channel mag CRN caught wind of something going down between IBM and Lenovo on Thursday and referenced an anonymous source with knowledge of the talks now …

Lenovo considering RIM buyout to boost mobile biz

Lenovo CFO Wong Wai Ming says the company is actively pursuing ways to improve its position in the mobile device market, spurring speculation that the Chinese firm may be planning to cozy up with Research in Motion – or even swallow it whole. In an interview with Bloomberg at the World Economic Forum meeting in Davos, …
Neil McAllister, 25 Jan 2013
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PC sales in the toilet? Excuse Lenovo while it gut laughs at you

Chinese PC sales juggernaut Lenovo rolled into town with another set of double-digit growth numbers for its fiscal Q3 as rivals continue to scratch around for what they can get. The firm hasn't yet toppled HP from the top of the global PC market but sales were up 12 per cent to $9.4bn and profit rose 34 per cent to $205m for the …
Paul Kunert, 30 Jan 2013
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Lenovo tops China's smartphone market in just six months

Despite launching its first smartphone in the second quarter of 2012, Lenovo is already the top Chinese smartphone company, according to analyst outfit TrendForce. Lenovo has captured 14.7 per cent of China's smartphone market, leapfrogging past rivals ZTE and Huawei, both of which have been in the market far longer. Samsung …
Simon Sharwood, 30 Oct 2012
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Lenovo: 'Us, buy Nokia? Surely you jest'

Lenovo's EMEA chief Gianfranco Lanci has laughed off suggestions that the Chinese computer giant would buy out flailing phone-maker Nokia, dismissing the idea as a "joke". When asked about rumours that Lenovo was considering swooping on the troubled phone-makers, whose value has plunged in the past two years, Lanci told Reuters …
Anna Leach, 01 Aug 2012
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Lenovo iPad-smiting Windows 8 slate slips out

You'd never have guessed this, but Lenovo will be shipping a ThinkPad-branded tablet running Windows 8 when Microsoft's next major OS release comes out. Still, we do no have details. According to a leaked presentation, Lenovo reckons the 10.1in beast is a clear iPad killer: it has NFC; HDMI, SD and USB portage; two mics rather …
Tony Smith, 01 Aug 2012

NEC looks to offload Lenovo shares

Ailing Japanese electronics giant NEC looks set to sell all of its shares in Lenovo after the Chinese PC maker confirmed to The Reg that it has waived a previous restriction on the sale. The two firms announced in January 2011 that they would be combining their PC operations in Japan, in a joint venture known as NEC Lenovo Japan …
Phil Muncaster, 05 Sep 2012
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Lenovo slates Ice Cream Sandwich for ThinkPad tablet

Lenovo will update its ThinkPad Android-based tablet to Ice Cream Sandwich in May, the PC giant said last night. The business-centric fondleslab currently ships with Android 3.1 Honeycomb. The new version of the operating system will be delivered over the net, across Wi-Fi or 3G, since the ThinkPad has both. Lenovo ThinkPad …
Tony Smith, 09 Feb 2012

Lenovo proclaims PC victory, re-orgs to take on Apple

Lenovo will alter its structure in 2013 to create a “Lenovo Business Group” that will sell commodity products and a “Think Business Group” to push premium kit and take on Apple. News of the restructure emerged at Sina Tech, which quotes an email sent to staff by Lenovo chairman and CEO Yang Yuanqing in which he proclaims (after …
Simon Sharwood, 07 Jan 2013
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Lenovo intros carbon-fibre ThinkPad Ultrabook

It's ThinkPads a-go-go at Lenovo, with dozens of the black-clad laptops announced today in four families: the T, X, L and W series. Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon ThinkPad X1 Carbon The highlight is the ThinkPad X1 Carbon, built around a carbon-fibre chassis and intended to be the lightest pro-oriented Ultrabook there is. It's a …
Tony Smith, 15 May 2012

First the PCs, now System X: Is IBM ready to flog server biz to Lenovo?

Is IBM selling all or part of its x86 server biz to PC giant Lenovo? Nothing has been confirmed by either party, but it sure looks like there’s something in the works. So what might this deal look like? I don’t see IBM selling off the entire System x division to Lenovo. What they’ll sell is the most commoditised and least …

Lenovo offers Chrome OS ThinkPad for well-heeled schools

Google has won over another convert to the Chrome OS cause, signing up Lenovo to sell a ThinkPad X131e Chromebook into the education market – albeit at a very high price. The new Chromebook uses an unspecified Intel chipset and has Wi-Fi, HDMI and VGA, three USB ports, and a 1366x768 HD LED anti-glare screen. Lenovo says its six …
Iain Thomson, 18 Jan 2013

Lenovo recalls 160,000 all-in-one PCs after blaze warning

Lenovo wants punters to send back a grand total of 160,000 ThinkCentre all-in-one desktop PCs because the machines' power supplies might overheat and burst into flames. The Mexico-made machines went out under the monikers M70z and M90z during the period May 2010 through January 2012, Lenovo said. Lenovo ThinkCentre M70z US …
Tony Smith, 08 Mar 2012

Dragged-out Lenovo server deal whacks IBM's earnings for 2013?

IBM has never admitted that it has been trying to sell its System x and BladeCenter server business to Chinese PC and system maker Lenovo, which also took its venerable and usually unprofitable PC business over at the end of 2004. But in a conference call with Wall Street analysts going over Big Blue's second quarter financial …
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Lenovo insists it is NOT world's largest PC maker

If Gartner is right and Lenovo has indeed become the largest PC maker on the planet, someone forgot to tell the Chinese juggernaut's top brass. Talking at the release of Q2 numbers that showed a double-digit spike in sales and turnover, albeit slower than recent growth rates, CEO Yang Yuanqing seemed oblivious to last month's …
Paul Kunert, 08 Nov 2012

PC builder Lenovo to pump iron, invade hefty biz systems sector

PC builder Lenovo is making a play for heavier duty infrastructure kit as it tries to make its presence felt beyond commoditised desktops and mobile systems. The Enterprise Product Group (EPG) has launched stateside ahead of a Euro blitz in 2013 - it will house server, storage, networking, software and cloud services to be fired …
Paul Kunert, 31 Oct 2012
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Lenovo set for Chinese smartphone crown in 2013

Chinese PC giant Lenovo is set to oust Samsung as the top smartphone manufacturer in the People’s Republic by next year, thanks to success at the mid-to-low end of the market, according to Gartner. The analyst said in its top five 2013 predictions for IT in China that Lenovo, which earlier this year displaced HP as the world’s …
Phil Muncaster, 23 Nov 2012
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Lenovo snaps up ex-Moto staff in mobile push

In a sign of its growing ambition in the mobile device space, Lenovo has recruited scores of ex-Motorola employees made redundant after Google’s decision to close down the firm’s R&D plant in Nanjing. The Beijing News reported that the Chinese PC giant – which this month jumped to number one in the world rankings according to …
Phil Muncaster, 24 Oct 2012
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Lenovo ups in-house notebook production

It could be sweaty palm time for Taiwan’s ODMs after reports emerged that Lenovo is set to step up in-house production of its notebooks and PCs. The Chinese hardware giant is planning new production lines in Japan and Brazil as well as at its LCFC joint venture with Compal Electronics in northern China, Digitimes reported. …
Phil Muncaster, 17 Jul 2012
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Using a Lenovo All-In-One? Grab a fire extinguisher!

Lenovo is recalling another 15,000 All-In-One desktops due to concerns about over-heating and potential fire hazards, taking the tally to 188,000. The vendor announced a voluntary recall of 160,000 ThinkCentre M70z and M90z desktops in March and another 13,000 in April following a complaint to the US Consumer Product Safety …
Paul Kunert, 11 May 2012
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Lenovo signs with C2000, plots SME assault

PC firm Lenovo has inked a distie deal with Tech Data's UK subsidiary Computer 2000 in a bid to sniff out prospective small biz customers. The firms are set to links arms from 1 July on an agreement that covers the entire Think range: desktops, All-In-Ones, workstations and servers. Lenovo UK and Ireland SME and channel …
Paul Kunert, 30 Apr 2012
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Lenovo deal to buy IBM x86 server biz moving along fast

It is becoming increasingly clear that IBM CEO Ginni Rometty is annoyed with the performance of the company's systems business. Annoyed enough to spin off all or part of its System x server business to China's Lenovo Group, according to rumors that surfaced last week. The US channel trade rag CRN broke the story of an impending …
The Register breaking news

Hey Lenovo, want to kill Apple? Look to Samsung hitman for tips

IBM's decision to sell its PC business to Chinese manufacturer Lenovo in 2004 seemed rather curious. Yes, hardware wasn't quite as profitable as software or services, but this was years ahead of the recession, before the advent of the iPhone and iPad; sales of PCs were ticking along and the imperial success of the netbook was …
Gavin Clarke, 08 Jan 2013
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Lenovo IdeaPad U410 14in Ultrabook review

As a MacBook Pro owner, and yet a fan of the ThinkPad range since the early IBM days, it would be easy for me to assume Lenovo's new IdeaPad U410 Ultrabook fills the gap as the ultimate middle ground model. Indeed, it's a ThinkPad descendant that looks like Lenovo desperately wants an Apple lawsuit. Lenovo IdeaPad U410 …
Shaun Dormon, 25 Oct 2012
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EMC, Lenovo, in servers alliance

EMC and Lenovo have announced a partnership that will see the pair create “a server technology development program that will accelerate and extend Lenovo’s capabilities in the x86 industry-standard server segment. These servers will be brought to market by Lenovo and embedded into selected EMC storage systems over time.” The …
Simon Sharwood, 01 Aug 2012
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Lenovo CEO Yang doles out US$3m bonus to staff

In an almost unheard of act of selflessness and generosity from a CEO, Lenovo boss Yang Yuanqing has decided to distribute $3 million (£1.9m) from his annual bonus to junior members of staff working at the Chinese PC giant. The firm had a bumper 2011, setting new records in market share, revenue and shipments and posting a huge …
Phil Muncaster, 20 Jul 2012
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EMC hooks up with Lenovo, tries to penetrate China

The head mandarin of storage firm EMC, Joe Tucci, has signed a strategic partnership with computer-maker Lenovo involving China penetration, Lenovo replacing Dell in EMC's affections, SMB filers and – word has it – servers. The deal will help Lenovo get a look-in within the x86 server segment. These servers will be sold by …
Chris Mellor, 06 Aug 2012
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Lenovo, PayPal, launch post-password plan

Lenovo, PayPal and lesser-known fellow travellers Agnitio, Infineon Technologies, Nok Nok Labs and Validity, have cooked up a new authentication standard for websites and an alliance to push it to the world. The Fast Identity Online Alliance (aka FIDO), as the group and proposed standard are both known, advances a two-factor …
Simon Sharwood, 13 Feb 2013
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Lenovo primed with keyboard-connectable tablet

CES 2012 Week Continuing the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich theme at CES comes the Lenovo IdeaTab S2, a dockable tablet rather in the style of Asus' Eee Pad Transformer Prime. Lenovo IdeaTab S2 The Prime, of course, comes with Nvidia's new five-core Tegra 3 processor. The 10.1in Lenovo IdeaTab S2, however, comes with a …
Caleb Cox, 09 Jan 2012
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Lenovo pitches two-CPU ThinkPad

Lenovo has outed the first ThinkPad notebook with a secondary processor and operating system for fast-boot internet access. The PC giant also unwrapped its first Ultrabook ThinkPad. The "hybrid" ThinkPad X1, first: it's a 13.3in machine with a choice of Intel Core i3, i5 and i7 CPUs as the main chip. There's a Qualcomm dual- …
Tony Smith, 06 Jan 2012
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Official: Lenovo adopts Windows Phone

Lenovo has confirmed rumours that it plans to enter the Windows Phone business, with handsets due in the latter half of next year. Lenovo's LePhone Product Manager, Yue Chen, broke the news in an interview with iMobile, saying: "We are indeed currently considering a Windows Phone-based LePhone product, and we already have a …
Caleb Cox, 01 Dec 2011
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Lenovo outs Ice Cream Sarnie telly

CES 2012 Week Lenovo has announced what it claims is the world's first TV to sport Google's latest OS, Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. It's also the first set with a dual-core processor. Having already pitched its new ThinkPad laptop range for the Consumer Electronics Show 2012, the company turned attentions to the living …
Caleb Cox, 09 Jan 2012
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HP's PC boss caught napping by Lenovo raid

HP knew Lenovo was coming up quickly from behind, but its EMEA PC chief clearly thought HP had a little more breathing space at the top of the PC market. Last night Gartner crowned Lenovo as the world's largest box-shifter into the channel during Q3, capturing 15.7 per cent of global sales-in to distributors and retailers …
Paul Kunert, 11 Oct 2012

Lenovo: Hey just relax, Gartner – we can flog this stuff

Lenovo needs to keep a close eye on inventory levels in the channel or risk heading down the same road to ruin that destroyed Acer's 2011, temporarily derailing its plans to become top dog in the PC arena. As revealed yesterday, the high-flying Chinese PC maker is within touching distance of HP, the world's largest shifter of …
Paul Kunert, 13 Jul 2012
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Lenovo intros updated all-in-one

Another day, another low-cost all-in-one desktop, this time from Lenovo. It's the C325 and it's based around a 20in 1600 x 900 display - touch or non-touch, the choice is yours. So is the colour: black or white. Lenovo C325 all-in-one desktop PC There's a dual-core AMD E450 processor on board and integrated AMD Radeon HD 6320 …
Hard Reg, 26 Oct 2011

Yang, bam, thank you ma'am: Lenovo supremo wallops rival biz

Chinese PC juggernaut Lenovo showed no signs of the wheels coming off its sales: its fiscal Q1 turnover jumped more than a third and profit growth wasn't far behind. Turnover during the three months ended 30 June was up 35 per cent year-on-year to $8bn, and net income leapt 30 per cent to $141m. Operating profit climbed to $183m …
Paul Kunert, 16 Aug 2012
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Lenovo, EA, Intel unite to DESTROY our childhood memories

Exactly why someone would want to play Monopoly on an all-in-one PC lying flat on the kitchen table, Intel didn't say, but a tableau vivant of a nuclear family doing just that was the centerpiece of a "Bringing Back Family Night" demo the company presented during a press event at CES 2013 on Monday. In the demo, introduced by …
Rik Myslewski, 08 Jan 2013
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Viglen veteran Rolfe heads to Lenovo

Viglen old-timer Ashley Rolfe, right-hand man to chief exec Bordan Tkachuk, has pitched up at Lenovo as a tech evangelist. Rolfe left the role as product development director last week, ending a near 18-year tenure with Lord Shuggie's only remaining IT company of any size. Hertfordshire-based public sector specialist Viglen …
Paul Kunert, 27 Feb 2012
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Lenovo ThinkPad Helix Ultrabook: Your new summer convertible?

Make it thin enough with a decent battery life, slap Intel’s latest Core series mobile chippery in there and it seems that just about any design can be described as an Ultrabook these days. Has the marque lost its focus? These days there is a huge range of options from HDD to SSD, slimlime or slab-like - yet all for a price …
Bob Dormon, 19 Jul 2013
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Waiting for Godin: Lenovo's UK, Irish ops finally get a boss

High-flying PC firm Lenovo has made company veteran Marc Godin the head of its UK and Irish operations, a role that has been vacant for nearly three years. This is the first appointment made by EMEA supremo Gianfranco Lanci – Godin's immediate superior – since he pitched up at the vendor, initially as a consultant before landing …
Paul Kunert, 24 Apr 2012
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Lenovo ships first US-designed server

Sino-American server maker Lenovo Group established its Enterprise Product Group last week to design servers for itself and for OEM partners like EMC, and now the first product designed by EPG – the ThinkServer TD330. No, it is not a funky box aimed at hyperscale data centers, but a low-cost Xeon E5 tower server aimed at SMBs. …

Smartphone biz shocker: Nokia sells fewer devices than Lenovo

More upsets from the world of smartphone manufacturing: Sony has been selling more phones than HTC, and they’re both shipping more smartphones then either RIM or Nokia - which has plunged toward the bottom of the world vendor rankings. The latest data presented by market watcher Canalys - covering Q3 2012 - holds no surprises at …
Tony Smith, 08 Nov 2012

LenovOUCH! Thinkpad's overheating batteries spark recall alert

Lenovo has recalled a slew of ThinkPad batteries after two customers reported overheating problems. "On March 27, 2014, Lenovo voluntarily recalled certain lithium-ion batteries. These batteries were manufactured for use with ThinkPad notebook computers that shipped worldwide between October 2010 and April 2011," the company …
Iain Thomson, 27 Mar 2014