Just ahead of IFA 2014, Lenovo has introduced several new products, among them being the new 2-in-1 ThinkPad Helix. The Helix is an ultrabook targeted at business users that can be transformed into a tablet when needed. The ultrabook has many bragging rights, among them being that it is 15-percent thinner than the previous version.
Amidst the company's upcoming IFA 2014 unveils is a trio of new devices from Lenovo including two gaming PCs. With these new gadgets come a slew of Intel hardware, sleek designs, and ample promises, not the least of which is that we'll be seeing them all arrive by November of this year.
Lenovo has expanded its Yoga laptop line to include Google's svelte Chrome OS with the nifty ThinkPad Yoga 11e Chromebook. Though Chromebook to the core, the Yoga 11e is very much a ThinkPad, from the iconic dark design to the familiar keyboard, and that makes for an interesting combination. Unlike some alternative Chromebook options, the Yoga 11e can be transformed into a full tablet mode, and it offers this functionality alongside a sophisticated design, squashing the mental image many conjure at the mention of Chromebook. How does it hold up compared to the competition? Read our full SlashGear review to find out!
It is all good news for Lenovo based on its financial reports for the first fiscal quarter of the year which ended June 30. Not only has it beat all odds and ended up with a net profit significantly higher than what analysts estimated, its PC business also managed to stay on top, not to mention profitable, during a period of lull in the entire industry. It is quite telling, however, that Lenovo declares that for the first time, it has sold more smartphones ever than PCs, bulk of which went to its chief market of China.
Lenovo's Vibe Z2 Pro smartphone that we saw leak back in May has become official, with the company introducing its high-end offering and all that comes with it. This new flagship has quite a bit to offer, and though it isn't entirely clear yet where the phone will be launching first and how much it will cost, we've got all the specs for you after the jump.
This quarter appears to have been the haymaker for Xiaomi in China as, according to analysts at Canalys, the vendor tripled shipments in three months. What’s more, it would appear that Xiaomi has done what Apple - thus far - has been unable to do: they’ve out-shipped Samsung. Samsung’s shipments fell this quarter as well while Xiaomi, Lenovo, Yulong, and Huawei all grew.
Word this afternoon is that Motorola might be doing well for itself now that it’s been sold to Lenovo. As it was predicted, Motorola did not create a Nexus device for Google under its leadership for fear of creating an aura of unfair advantage - not unlike the Microsoft Surface tablet situation over the past few years. Now all that appears to have changed.
Lenovo has revealed a new wearable prototype, the Lenovo C1, a Google Glass aping set of smart glasses to help launch its NBD platform for the smart home and Internet of Things. Announced in China today, the NBC - or "New Bench" - platform aims to make connected devices like web-enabled air purifiers more inter-compatible, by providing a framework, manufacturing support, R&D, and even funding to third-party firms.
Lenovo has waded into reports that it is dumping the small Windows tablet market, insisting that it still has a roadmap for 8- and 10-inch slates due later in the year. Chatter of a withdrawal began late last week, with Lenovo said to have decided to no longer offer smaller models in the US because of underwhelming interest.
Windows tablets outside of the Surface are typically a hit-and-miss proposition, but few do it as well as Lenovo. Recently, Lenovo made overtures that in the US, some of their Windows-based tablets will be hard to come by. Though they won’t be dropping tablets (or Windows) altogether, they won’t be releasing any new smaller Windows tablets in the US.