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Lenovo wants to be number one in the US market

There’s no question that the popularity of touch-based tablets like the Apple iPad caught the PC industry off guard. Once it became clear that the iPad wasn’t just a simple fad that would go away, the industry responded to get their own competing products out the door.
According to Gerry Smith, Lenovo's president of the North American region, the computer industry as a whole underestimated demand for touch on computers. However, he went on to say that the PC industry itself is still strong and that Apple's iPad isn't exactly stealing Lenovo's lunch money.

Smith noted, "Lenovo's a little different from other companies. We're still seeing strong growth and a strong premium to the market overall...And this quarter, we're seeing strong growth across all product segments."

Touch-based desktop and notebooks/convertible notebooks typically occupy the premium sector of the computing market, and at least for Lenovo, the demand appears to be there from consumers.
However, we’ve been getting some conflicting reports when it comes to the popularity of touch-based computers and Windows 8. Some analysts cited by CNET have said that computer manufacturers are having a difficult time meeting customer demand for Windows 8 touchscreen PCs and we could see shortages in the near future. On the other hand, The Seattle Times recently said that limited availability for Windows 8 tablet devices has led to decreased customer demand.

Smith also promises that while Lenovo is currently number one or number two on the global computer market, depending on which numbers you believe, it's gunning for even more growth. Lenovo also wants to be tops in the U.S. market where it is still significantly behind competition like HP, Dell, and Apple.

Smith said, "Being No. 4 in the U.S. is a solid position, but it's not acceptable long-term for us...We will be No. 1 in the U.S. That's absolutely a focus."

Source: CNET

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RE: Saw This Coming...
By FormulaRedline on 12/6/2012 11:11:58 AM , Rating: 2
I just don't see myself upgrading to 8 on my gaming rig anytime soon. In contrast, I went to 7 immediately. However, I've been very impressed with it on desktop PCs with built in touchscreens (like all-in-ones) which is probably what the majority of the public (basic internet/e-mail/office users) will be doing.

I recently built a new rendering box for a friend which included some browsing for parts at Microcenter. We came to look at cases and pick up his processor, but I think he left convinced he also needed an all-in-one to mount on his kitchen wall in place of a small LCD TV. That seems like a great use case, as he could keep the mouse and keyboard hidden away in a drawer 99% of the time.

RE: Saw This Coming...
By ArcsinZ on 12/6/12, Rating: 0
RE: Saw This Coming...
By FormulaRedline on 12/10/2012 2:30:23 PM , Rating: 2
Not sure why you got rated down while Florinator got rated up, but thanks guys. I hadn't heard of significant performance increases in games; I will definitely look into some benchmarks!

RE: Saw This Coming...
By FormulaRedline on 12/11/2012 11:01:30 AM , Rating: 2
I'm not seeing the claimed performance gains. It looks equivalent at the best:

Do you guys have some other benchmarks that say different?

It sounds like there are still other benefits (i.e. boot time). When I build a new PC it will surely be 8, but I don't see what I'm missing right now without a touchscreen. Not enough to convince me to pay for the upgrade.

RE: Saw This Coming...
By Florinator on 12/6/2012 2:46:38 PM , Rating: 3
Well, I guess it's your loss then, because all my gamer friends are reporting that their games run faster under Windows 8 and apparently there are improvements with frame rate and rendering in the Windows 8 libraries.

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