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Remember when Cingular became AT&T, Federal Express became FedEx and RIM became BlackBerry? The next company that’ll need to reprint its business cards is Iomega, which is seeing the bulk of its products rebranded as Lenovo EMC. The Iomega name will still exist, but only as the face for entry-level storage gear, while the StorCenter and EZ Media and Backup Center lines will now carry the livery of their corporate parent. Curious about the company’s history before it became a marque? There’s detailed PR after the break.
Lenovo’s getting into the cloud storage game, but rather than dive straight in, the company’s taking a tiptoe approach. Starting today, curious consumers can sign up to preview the company’s cloud service, dubbed Reach, which offers exactly what you’d expect: remote access to stored files and applications from any device, be it Android, iOS or Windows. The actual beta won’t be open until June 22nd, at which point only a select few will be able to test drive the new service and provide Lenovo with feedback. Depending on how smoothly things go, an official launch for all comers should be announced sometime “later this year.” But with so many other free cloud storage options already available and so many consumers already tethered to those clouds, Reach could find itself overextended.
NEC and Lenovo are already joined at the hip in the PC business, and rumors that the two will soon be smartphone partners continue to gather steam, too. Lenovo confirmed that it’s started “preliminary negotiations with a party in connection with a potential joint venture transaction,” and while it didn’t name names, Japanese media sources and Reuters are claiming that it’s NEC. Lenovo’s the number
two three smartphone vendor in China but doesn’t have much of a presence elsewhere, and NEC, while a leader in Japanese handset sales, is still in a “difficult state,” according to the company. Lenovo has the cash it needs and hasn’t been shy about plans to expand its mobile business, so a relationship with NEC would make sense, if true — and could help Lenovo realize those ambitions more quickly.
Just a short while ago we brought word that Dell had quietly announced the Dell XPS 11, an 11.6-inch Ultrabook with a hinge that folds all the way back into tablet mode, with the keyboard disabled after it passes 180 degrees. Yep, it is what it sounds like: a direct strike at Lenovo’s Yoga convertibles. As we said in our earlier report, it won’t actually be available until the holiday season, but fortunately we just had a chance to get hands-on with a prototype unit here at Computex. So, we’re prepared to share a few first impressions, even though certain minor details like price and specs have yet to be finalized. Meet us past the break for the full preview.
Gallery: Dell XPS 11 hands-on
While Lenovo is one of the fastest-rising smartphone makers today, many Americans wouldn’t know it when the company has never officially sold handsets in the country. They might soon be well acquainted, according to CEO Yang Yuanqing: he wants Lenovo to be selling smartphones in the US within a year’s time. Mobile is the firm’s next growth machine, he tells the Wall Street Journal, and that entails having smartphones in big markets beyond China, India and Russia. Yang is under no illusions that Lenovo can simply waltz into the fiercely competitive US market, but he also doesn’t see much choice — when the PC market is slowing down, business as usual may not be enough.
Source: Wall Street Journal
Lenovo’s just announced its Q4 and full year 2012/13 financial results, and all the indices point to good news for the Chinese company. It earned $ 127 million on $ 7.8 billion in revenue for the quarter and $ 34 billion for the full year, both records for the company, while netting $ 635 million in profit for the full year — another all-time high. The only sore spot for Q4 was Lenovo’s laptop business, which dropped two percent over last year to $ 4.2 billion, but that’s a far milder plummet than many PC makers saw — thanks to a 74 percent revenue growth in China. Otherwise, desktop PCs held flat for the company at $ 2.4 billion during an otherwise down period, and it held firm as China’s number two smartphone manufacturer, seeing shipments grow at 206 percent year-over-year, double the average rate. It remains to be seen if Lenovo can continue to buck the downward PC trend that’s continued unabated with the release of Windows 8 — but if not, maybe we’d finally see some of its smartphones over here.
Source: Business Wire
Lenovo teased a potential sweet spot in its convertible laptop line when it revealed the IdeaPad Yoga 11S, blending the portability of the Yoga 11 with the raw performance of the Yoga 13. As of now, we can do more than just imagine how well that balance works: the Yoga 11S is at last available to order. Those who plunk down at least $ 800 can buy the bendy Windows 8 PC online from either Best Buy or Lenovo, although shoppers will want to think carefully before jumping in with both feet. While both outlets equip their Yogas with 4GB of RAM and a 128GB solid-state drive at that price, Best Buy lists a 1.5GHz Core i5 where Lenovo starts with a more modest 1.4GHz Core i3. No matter which outlet beckons, would-be owners will have to bide their time. Lenovo is quoting a four-week wait for new shipments, and Best Buy will only see the Yoga 11S grace its retail stores on June 23rd.
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Lenovo sure likes to tease, and apparently so does Kobe Bryant. In a recent “behind the scenes” video of Lenovo’s upcoming P780 ad campaign, the NBA star is seen bouncing a basketball around for a while before he eventually starts talking. “Are you prepared for a new style smartphone? Say hello to the Lenovo…”
At that point, the video — embedded after the break — awkwardly fades into a still showing Kobe holding the P780, and that’s all there. Luckily, more details of this WCDMA device have been trickling out of Sina Weibo since then. Most notably, a few official Lenovo accounts mentioned a 5-inch display (our money’s on 720p resolution) and a generous 4,000mAh battery, thus making the P780 a natural progression from the 4.5-inch P770 that came with a 3,500mAh cell. MyDrivers’ source also tipped a 9.9mm thickness, along with the presence of “super sensitive touch” technology — as featured on Nokia’s Lumia 820 and Lumia 920, plus Huawei’s Ascend Mate and Ascend P2 — that supports glove and non-capacitive stylus input.
Having gotten up close and personal with a working P780 (photos after the break), Sina Weibo user Lisancha added that said phone features dual-SIM with dual-standby, a quad-core MediaTek chipset (likely the Cortex-A7-based MT6589) and a launch date set for the second-half of May. We’re assuming that like many other Lenovo phones, this one may only be made available in China; but we’ll be keeping an eye out for its official launch, anyway.
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A few years ago, netbooks were small, light, inexpensive, often underpowered computers — and the word quickly became a pejorative term, to be used only with the greatest of disdain as you throw your netbook out the window. Then came ultrabooks — small, light, inexpensive, often underpowered computers that have taken the PC market by storm. The more things change, the more they stay the same. So while Lenovo may call its new IdeaPad Yoga 11 an ultrabook, make no mistake: it’s a netbook. This is a bag-sized, two-pound, $ 599 laptop that runs low-end software on low-end hardware. It does have a handy touchscreen, plus an ultrapliable hinge that turns the laptop into a tablet and a bunch of other things besides, but it’s a netbook.
Lenovo’s ThinkPad Helix has had one of the rockier roads to the US market, having been promised for February only to be delayed to April. Things are getting smoother, however, as the first units of the are rolling off the production line — and there are already customers waiting at Seton Hall University. Keeping up its recent practice of handing out gadgets to junior students, the school expects to test the dockable Windows 8 tablet within a few weeks, and then deliver about 2,000 units to newcomers starting in June. The turn toward a hybrid lets the university settle on one PC design for the fall rather than divide its attention between tablets and Ultrabooks, Seton Hall’s Drew Holden says. As for the general public? Lenovo hasn’t officially put the Helix on sale through its own store, but a handful of customers say they’ve already received theirs through other channels. In any event, keep a close watch on third-party stores if you’re willing to part with $ 1,499 for a ThinkPad convertible.
Via: Ultrabook News
Source: The Setonian
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