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Lenovo To Expand Into Smartphone Market
As Rumors of Blackberry Acquisition Persist
by Karl Bode 12:34AM Tuesday Jun 25 2013
Lenovo plans to expand into the smartphone market as the PC market declines, and has announced they're in talks with an un-named manufacturer to aid that expansion. Anonymous sources tell Reuters, that partner is NEC Corporation, whose fortunes have been pummeled significantly harder by the shift from PCs to tablet and smartphone computing. "Our mobile phone business is in a difficult state and we acknowledge that we need to decide on a direction for the business," stated Lenovo. "For that, we are considering various opportunities." Rumors have increasingly tied Lenovo to possible acquisitions of both Nokia and Blackberry.

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FFH5
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Lenovo & NEC smartphones? Where? Not in US

Did either of those companies ever sell smartphones in the US? If they did, it is news to me. I would think they have a huge mountain to climb to even get noticed in the US smartphone mkt.
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Lenovo could focus on the WinDroid tablet hybrid market

Hundreds of millions of earthlings use both Windows and Android. Samsung has demonstrated a very nice WinDroid hybrid (Ativ Q), seems to be the best of both worlds - Windows for productivity, Android for consumption (and maybe even tri-boot a Linux distro to geek out). And Ativa Q is just the 1st gen of this approach. It will get cheaper and better. Intel will dominate tablets sooner than later. WinDroid may become a common term within a year, a new industry. The hybrid market may actually help keep Windows (desktop OS) growing for better or worse.

Lenovo (and other major laptop makers) could survive well in this space if they make it as seamless as Samsung does with the Q.

Edit: Lenovo did try a dual boot Android/Win7 tablet but it was apparently confusing, awkward and not seamless like what Samsung is doing. They need it give it another shot now that Intel is also better poised to take over tablet market.

duhhhhh

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Great, another model north American business sold to China

Seems Canada will now follow suit and sell a successful technology business to the Chinese, after all, Lenovo bought one of the largest and most successful brands from IBM and moved ALL manufacturing away from our hemisphere.
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Re: Great, another model north American business sold to China

And IBM is in talks to sell the server division to them next as well. Welcome to our service economy. We won't be building much here any more.
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intok

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Re: Great, another model north American business sold to China

Time to implement very high import tariffs and void all patents that haven't been used to make a product in the US in the last 5 years.

It'll kickstart the economy overnight.

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Re: Great, another model north American business sold to China

Or make it so they just skip the US market and we get nothing. Be careful what you wish for.

intok

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Re: Great, another model north American business sold to China

Wrong, we had high import tariffs from the founding of the country up until Reagan killed them off and started the downward spiral. What we need is to go back to what worked for the most prosperous period the US economy ever encountered.

The way the rules are these days almost all of the "American" companies are now nationless to avoid paying taxes or dodge legal penalties everywhere they can. This needs to be stopped.

If you make it too expensive to have it shipped in from overseas companies will build it here, higher prices be damned since if people are working again they can afford to pay it.

If you think the Chinese give a damn about out patent laws you are sorely mistaken, as a Mac user you should be quite familiar with all the knockoff apple products that have been posted about in ATM.

At the very least all current energy generation, transmission, storage and transportation patents need to be released to the public due to their importance for our national security. Theres no more reason to go to war over oil when we no longer need it.

We also need to have all government and public services be required to buy only American again as was the case for many years. This will force a great many tech companies to build here out of necessity or watch as new startups move in and fill the void.

We need a total overhaul of the public infrastructure, we need new bridges, transmission lines, sewer stems, we need water desalinization plants and pipelines to bring water from the coasts to the middle of the country for in case of drought, we need a high speed train system(300mph minimum) connecting at the very least every major city, capitol, and college town. We need wind, geothermal and solar thermal power to supplant fossil fuels completely. Wind alone can produce 14x the current power needs of the country. Having a distributed grid is also highly beneficial from a national security standpoint, since you no longer have large single targets who's sudden, unexpected loss won't cause massive blackouts as we saw a few years ago.

Your way of thinking has been holding us back, not allowing us to thrive.

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Ummm...not they didn't, Lenovo has a US HQ and China HQ and JUST opened a new Mfr facility in Whitsett, NC!

badtrip
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Don't buy Lenovo

I'm posting this from a failing, year old Lenovo laptop. Lenovo's quality is not what it used to be. Lenovo engineers create bad designs, Lenovo support is almost non-existent and Lenovo customer service is horrendous.

Never again will I buy a Lenovo product.

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Re: Don't buy Lenovo

I can agree with this 50% of the way. Their docking stations love to make the laptops overheat due to poor design but I've not had too many issues with the ThinkPads otherwise.

I suppose many laptop makers went the way of "break more, run hotter" as designs have gotten smaller. For shame.

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Re: Don't buy Lenovo

Jesus, overheating is my ideapads main issue as well. I'm convinced the constant overheating drastically shortened the nvidia card in my laptop. It is the nvidia card that is failing. If I use the Intel video, no issues.

Do lenovo engineers just not understand that too much heat is a bad thing when it comes to electronics?

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Re: Don't buy Lenovo

said by badtrip:

Jesus, overheating is my ideapads main issue as well. I'm convinced the constant overheating drastically shortened the nvidia card in my laptop. It is the nvidia card that is failing. If I use the Intel video, no issues.

Do lenovo engineers just not understand that too much heat is a bad thing when it comes to electronics?

Apple has the same issues as well with their current machines. Fire up that NVIDIA GPU or even touch the CPU? Your temps are going to 90C before the fans start to really kick in (which don't do much anyways). HP did have overheating issues for quite a while too, but I don't know if they've improved anything.

I had a GeForce 8800GT die from running at 90C on the stock cooler after two years of nonstop use and folding. It had an awesome life and was retired anyways when it died, but still, most machines I've seen run that hot barely make it past a year without some stability issues.

Now as for Dell. Their laptops these days may not be the greatest these days, but my personal laptop refuses to go above 50C. Some older Dell Precision and Inspiron machines with dual fans not only ran quiet with the fans running at the top speed, but you also couldn't overheat those things unless you tried. They pulled air from the top, side, and bottom of the laptop. Smart design there I'd say.

I suppose not all computers can be built for 100% load all of the time, but they should be built to at least make the hardware worthwhile, and ya know, not have BGA Soldering wear out from heat. I had a laptop at home die recently from that, and I'm looking for someone to reball the IGP on the motherboard.

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Hopefully they update their design principals

I was just on their site the other day looking at desktop pc's and laptops as a potential alternative to Dell for PC deployment at work. I see they still have very old designs from the IBM days in the ThinkPad and oddly misspelled ThinkCenter PC's.

Hopefully these fat lines and thick "think" branding get updated to this century when they design a mobile phone.
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Re: Hopefully they update their design principals

They're using British spelling for whatever reason.

David
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As a fellow thinkpadder

I personally like all the lenovo/thinkpads I have had. I have a few of the r61 series that is just fantastic I think for core 2 duo laptops.
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Re: As a fellow thinkpadder

I like my work Thinkpad too. Maybe the business class laptops are built better than the consumer ones. I've never had a consumer one.

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I actually have considered getting a couple of w500's as my next laptop core 2 duo 2.8Ghz, 512mb graphics, and a SSD hard drive would make for a pretty b****in laptop.