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Lenovo remains mum on its exact plans

The fact that many people are turning to smartphones and tablets rather than notebooks has left many computer manufacturers scrambling to find anything to help increase sales and profit. One of the largest computer manufacturers in the world, Lenovo, has announced that it plans to begin pushing smartphones in the U.S. as PC sales continue to decline.

Lenovo's CEO believes that smartphones present the company a "new opportunity" to grow. PC shipments are reportedly expected to grow only 3 to 4% this year in China, despite the fact that China is one of the biggest growth sectors in the world. In Western Europe, computer shipments are expected to decline for the 11th quarter in a row.

Lenovo is facing a challenge to enter the smartphone market because it doesn't have the name recognition for smartphones that other manufacturers in the U.S. enjoy. There are no specifics available on Lenovo smartphone plans at this point, but odds are the plans will involve Android.

 Lenovo K900

Lenovo teased the U.S. audience by announcing the sleek, Intel Atom-powered K900 smartphone at CES 2013, but repeated its familiar mantra that it wasn’t for U.S. consumption.

Analyst Nicole Peng said, "The competition landscape in the U.S. smartphone market is far more challenging for newcomers, with Apple and Samsung dominating over 70 per cent share."

“However to start selling smartphones in the U.S., more importantly to gain carrier support is strategically important for Lenovo’s overall PC+ strategy globally.”

Despite sluggish computer sales in 2012, Lenovo did report strong Q4 earnings.

Source: The Register

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"odds are the plans will involve Android"
By vailr on 5/27/2013 11:05:00 AM , Rating: 3
Why not a Windows 8.1 Phone? If Intel's Haswell-influenced Atom CPU successor is sufficiently low powered enough (and with 64Gb or 128Gb of on-board system memory), why not a hand-held phone that's capable of running regular desktop Windows apps? Let's see whether Lenovo or Nokia can make one first?

RE: "odds are the plans will involve Android"
By GulWestfale on 5/27/2013 11:37:21 AM , Rating: 3
would you really want to use a desktop app on a small mobile screen?

it makes sense for lenovo to go with android, it is the market leader after all. maybe if they manage to establish a foothold wit their android phones they might start to look at other OSes... if MS hasn't given up by then.

By Bubbacub on 5/28/2013 9:50:24 AM , Rating: 2
The point is that the hardware for all your computing stays in your pocket - it can work as a dumbish smartphone then use WiFi direct to connect to a monitor to use as a desktop or have some sort of dumb clamshell with a screen, keyboard and battery only and use your phone as a laptop.

RE: "odds are the plans will involve Android"
By aceofclubs on 5/27/2013 12:53:21 PM , Rating: 2
Windows 8.1 on a phone no thank you. A phone does not need and should not have legacy Desktop apps. There is a perfectly good Windows Phone OS available for Lenovo to use.

With the continued merger of the WP and WinRT codebase it is only a matter of time before Windows Phone can run all of the WinRT Apps.

RE: "odds are the plans will involve Android"
By flyingpants1 on 5/27/2013 3:25:52 PM , Rating: 1
A perfectly good Windows phone OS that noone uses and only runs crappy RT apps.

Meanwhile Windows 8.1 runs on Atom, supports touch, is based on x86 desktop Windows which has 90% market share, and runs ALL x86 computer programs.

That is the ONLY WAY there is ANY chance for Windows to make a dent in the mobile phone market.

Think about it. Everyone carries a phone in their pocket every day. Few lug around tablets everywhere every day. Simply dock your phone to an HDMI display with tiny MHL connector and you've got a full Atom desktop, same as the Atom convertible tablets that exist now. This is just a no-brainer, there is no technical limitation here and it's an inevitability at this point. Anandtech articles have pointed out, people from Nvidia have speculated it's only 3-4 years before this will happen, so why not just DO IT?

By retrospooty on 5/27/2013 4:37:11 PM , Rating: 2
I'd buy it. Take my money now... Especially if it was made by Lenovo. Great quality stuff.

By ilt24 on 5/28/2013 12:55:44 PM , Rating: 2
Simply dock your phone to an HDMI display with tiny MHL connector

Why deal with wires, Atom already supports WiDi/Miracast.

By TakinYourPoints on 5/28/2013 12:25:21 AM , Rating: 2
Using desktop apps on a little phone screen doesn't sound very good, same with RT apps. WP8 and Android would be a much much better fit.

By TakinYourPoints on 5/28/2013 12:27:00 AM , Rating: 2
I also really like Lenovo entering this space, about time someone other than HTC is releasing nice hardware

RE: "odds are the plans will involve Android"
By retrospooty on 5/28/2013 6:21:00 AM , Rating: 2
"Using desktop apps on a little phone screen doesn't sound very good,"

You need to upgrade your tiny little phone with low res screen my friend ;)

By TakinYourPoints on 5/30/2013 3:12:49 AM , Rating: 1
Haha :)

Joking aside, I've mirrored desktops to a 10" tablet, and it its still too small for that. Anyone who thinks that a Windows desktop on a 5" or 6" phone would be good for anything other than a gimmick is deluded.

RE: "odds are the plans will involve Android"
By retrospooty on 5/30/2013 10:36:30 PM , Rating: 2
That is where you're wrong. It's not something you would want to work on all day. But when you're out and about and then a call comes in andvyou need to do something quick you can get it done while you're outbinstead of having to go into the office or home to remote in. Its convenience, that's what mobile is all about

By TakinYourPoints on 5/30/2013 11:19:28 PM , Rating: 2
No, what you want are applications optimized for a small touchscreen, not desktop apps that work terribly on such a thing.

Nobody wants that. Gimmick.

RE: "odds are the plans will involve Android"
By retrospooty on 5/31/2013 11:59:50 AM , Rating: 2
What I want is a winning powerball ticket, but that isn't going to happen either. It would be nice, but in reality most enterprise apps aren't likely to go that route. With an x86 system you can get it done. Not optimal, but better than zero. Enough to get the job done while you are out of the office, eliminating the need to go in if something came up... Vailr has a point above and it would be highly useful and probably inevitable.

I know it was a haha, but there is some truth to it. You would get a lot further with it if your phone had a bigger screen with higher res. I do this today by logging in to a remote desktop when an issue arises after hours, the lack of res (I am still at 1280-720) is FAR more limiting than the size.

By TakinYourPoints on 6/9/2013 4:31:50 PM , Rating: 2
Size is the limiting factor. A 10" is too small, forget about a 5". It is much better to have an app optimized for that size display that can interface with and administer your desktop rather and using the GUI itself.

Logic and better solutions, not gimmicks

By retrospooty on 5/31/2013 12:17:18 PM , Rating: 2
And BTW, we aren't talking about a "gimmick" of apps scaling we are talking about the inevitability of x86 going fully mobile that flyingpants mentioned above. You always change the subject to be an apps only thing, its about the bigger picture. Intel is already prepping for it. In a few years time, don't be surprised if the fastest, best mobile CPU with the best battery life says Intel inside. They are a huge juggernaught that just in the past few months decided to start focusing on mobile. The have talent, experience, and manufacturing capabilities that far surpass any other chip maker on Earth, and money to get it done, and/or just buy out the competition if they felt threatened. Just ask AMD what happened when Intel decides to focus on an area.

"If you look at the last five years, if you look at what major innovations have occurred in computing technology, every single one of them came from AMD. Not a single innovation came from Intel." -- AMD CEO Hector Ruiz in 2007

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