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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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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.

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