Motorola has plans to launch a smartwatch later this year announced today at MWC, quote “that aims to solve consumer headaches with other wearables on the market.”
Motorola Senior VP Rick Osterloh told attendees at its event at Mobile World Congress that the smartwatch will solve “some real user problems” and will be a product customers will want to wear.
Also Rick Osterloh, SVP Product Management has just announced that its popular moto-maker service will be coming to Europe in Q2. First in the UK and Germany, but more countries to follow.
Question from the event was” Will Moto Maker be exclusive in UK? ”
Answer “Intention is to be multi-channel, no launch partners or roll out schedule right now.”
Here was a question asked via twitter to Motorola at the event “When is next version of Moto X?” Answer “Keep posted – hint – late summer.”
Today at the Mobile World Congrass, Lenovo has announced the Yoga Tablet 10 HD+, that will be expanding on the screen resolution of the original Yoga 10 released in back in October of last year.
The Yoga Tablet 10 HD+ tablet packs a 10-inch 1920×1200 Full HD display, with a 1.6GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor, 2GB of RAM, 8-megapixel rear-camera, 1.5 megapixel front-camera, 16/32GB of storage, with micro SD support for upto 64GB, Android 4.3, with 18-hours of battery life with thanks to a massive 9000mAh battery, and optional 3G.
With the Smart Display it will automatically adjust to image quality on the screen with ambient light, and there’s also three modes for viewing content: hold, tilt, and stand.
Lenovo will make optional accessories available, including a Bluetooth keyboard cover, coloured sleeves, and a MiraCast Dongle to connect to televisions.
The Yoga Tablet 10 HD+ launches in April starting at $349.
At the event Lenovo also announced that a new suite of DOit apps designed to help people simplify their digital lives, allowing them to easily share, sync, protect and manage precious information on their smartphones and tablets. Comprised of five essential apps that address the key concerns of mobile users
- SHAREit – shares information instantly between multiple devices without network charges
- SECUREit – speeds up devices and secures them from viruses and malware
- SYNCit – backs up and restores contacts, SMS messages and call logs
- SNAPit Camera – provides a powerful camera app with multiple shooting modes
- SEEit Gallery – allows one-touch creative editing and efficient photo management
Also at the Microsoft event at Model World Congress, Joe Belfiore announced that Windows Phone 8.1 is coming around April with key hardware support changes such as: support for Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon 200, 400, 400 LTE, TD-LTE, TD-SCDMA SGLTE and support for dual SIMs. On-screen buttons like on Android are now supported, allowing OEMs to make handsets without the three physical hardware buttons. Hardware camera shutter button is also no longer a requirement.
Now with Windows Phone 8.1, the users will now be able to apps on microSD cards.The Windows Phone 8.1 will be backwards with most of the existing Windows Phone 8 hardware on the market.
Microsoft also announce new hardware partners, with LG, Lenovo, ZTE, Xolo, Karbonn, Lava all onboard for Windows Phone 8.1 powered devices.
For those of you who love, there is some good news. Official Facebook Messenger app is coming to Windows Phone in the coming weeks.
Late last night Lenovo and Google have entered into a definitive agreement under which Lenovo plans to acquire the Motorola Mobility smartphone business. With a strong PC business and a fast-growing smartphone business, this agreement will significantly strengthen Lenovo’s position in the smartphone market. In addition, Lenovo will gain a strong market presence in North America and Latin America, as well as a foothold in Western Europe, to complement its strong, fast-growing smartphone business in emerging markets around the world.
The purchase price is approximately US$2.91 billion (subject to certain adjustments), including US$1.41 billion paid at close, comprised of US$660 million in cash and US$750 million in Lenovo ordinary shares (subject to a share cap/floor). The remaining US$1.5 billion will be paid in the form of a three-year promissory note.
Lenovo will now acquire world-renowned Motorola Mobility, including the MOTOROLA brand and Motorola Mobility’s portfolio of innovative smartphones like the Moto X and Moto G and the DROID Ultra series. In addition to current products, Lenovo will take ownership of the future Motorola Mobility product roadmap.
Google will maintain ownership of the vast majority of the Motorola Mobility patent portfolio, including current patent applications and invention disclosures. As part of its ongoing relationship with Google, Lenovo will receive a license to this rich portfolio of patents and other intellectual property. Additionally Lenovo will receive over 2,000 patent assets, as well as the Motorola Mobility brand and trademark portfolio.
Motorola Mobility enjoys outstanding brand awareness around the world, and is currently the #3 Android smartphone manufacturer in the U.S. and #3 manufacturer overall in Latin America.
“The acquisition of such an iconic brand, innovative product portfolio and incredibly talented global team will immediately make Lenovo a strong global competitor in smartphones. We will immediately have the opportunity to become a strong global player in the fast-growing mobile space,” said Yang Yuanqing, chairman and CEO of Lenovo. “We are confident that we can bring together the best of both companies to deliver products customers will love and a strong, growing business. Lenovo has a proven track record of successfully embracing and strengthening great brands – as we did with IBM’s Think brand – and smoothly and efficiently integrating companies around-the-world. I am confident we will be successful with this process, and that our companies will not only maintain our current momentum in the market, but also build a strong foundation for the future.”
“Lenovo has the expertise and track record to scale Motorola Mobility into a major player within the Android ecosystem. This move will enable Google to devote our energy to driving innovation across the Android ecosystem, for the benefit of smartphone users everywhere,” said Larry Page, CEO, Google.
“As part of Lenovo, Motorola Mobility will have a rapid path to achieving our goal of reaching the next 100 million people with the mobile Internet. With the recent launches of Moto X and Moto G, we have tremendous momentum right now and Lenovo’s hardware expertise and global reach will only help to accelerate this,” said Dennis Woodside, CEO, Motorola Mobility.
Introducing the Lenovo Miix 2, a convertible Windows 8.l tablet with powerful PC processing, The Windows 8.1 tablets with 10″ or 11.6″ Full HD displays and Intel processors, the Lenovo Miix 2 can be attached to an AccuType keyboard dock for a quick, seamless conversion to a laptop PC, complete with Microsoft Office and other productivity software. Or you can use it in stand mode, for hands-free entertainment.
Full HD (1920×1080) Displays With IPS Technology
The vibrant 10″ or 11.6″ wide-view displays use In-Plane Switching (IPS) for vivid colors and nearly 180-degree viewing angles.
Ten-Finger Multitouch Technology
Seamlessly integrate with Windows 8 and enjoy more precise control.
The Miix 2 is backward-compatible with previous Windows operating systems and software, so you can still access your favorite games and productivity software.
Detachable Keyboard Dock
Instantly switch from tablet mode to laptop or stand mode with the detachable dock, featuring the AccuType keyboard — designed for comfort and accuracy.
Integrated 720p HD Webcam
The 2MP front camera and 5MP rear camera will help you enjoy web conferences or online video chats like you’re really there.
Veriface™ Face Recognition Software
Your face is your password. The integrated webcam uses stored images of your face to allow you to login quickly and easily, and the program supports multiple users, allowing you to authorize access for the entire family.
Online Connectivity Options
With 802.11 a/b/g/n WiFi, Bluetooth® 4.0, and optional 3G, you’ll be able to connect to the internet wherever you go.
The micro HDMI-out port allows easy connection to an HD television or other monitor.
Also Lenovo announced today, at the CES 2014 the ThinkVision Pro2840m, one of the best value 28 inch feature packed 4K professional displays and the ThinkVision 28, a smarter display that is not only a ultra-high definition monitor but also is an Android enabled entertainment centre.
“Lenovo is set to establish itself as a leading provider of premium display products with two new world class monitors that set the bar for UltraHD performance and great value,” said Victor Rios, vice president and general manager, Think Desktop, Workstation and Visuals, Lenovo. “The ThinkVision Pro2840m is a must have display for professionals looking for ultra-high resolutions and the ThinkVision 28 defines an emerging category of premium monitors with a smart element for ultimate flexibility for tech savvy customers.”
World Class 4K Display Performance
Designed with CAD/CAM, data analysis or purely for high definition entertainment, the ThinkVision Pro2840m is a feature packed 28 inch UltraHD premium display for the discerning professional who requires an uncompromised visual experience. With a 3840×2160 panel, the latest premium ThinkVision monitor reproduces a stunning image that is vibrant, sharp and detailed and colour reproduction is second to none.
Users will enjoy the clean and ergonomic infinity glass design featuring touch sensitive buttons and dual speakers and the monitor is mounted on a full function stand that allows tilt, swivel and rotate for maximum productivity. An array of ports complete the picture for connection to multiple external devices.
ThinkVision Pro2840m is a must have display for professionals wanting the latest 4K technology at an incredibly affordable price backed by a three year warranty.
4K Smart Display for Serious Work and All-out Fun
Lenovo’s commitment to PC plus innovation is unrelenting and the introduction of a new smart display is no exception. Ideal for home office use with its stunning infinity glass design, the new ThinkVision 28 is a game changing 28 inch ultra- high resolution monitor featuring a 3840×2160 panel that offers a wide range of connectivity options delivering maximum productivity for tech savvies.
The ThinkVision 28 is more than just for work. At the touch of a button, the ThinkVision 28 transforms into a true entertainment hub. On demand content is streamed seamlessly through the familiar Android interface thanks to NVIDIA Tegra-powered technology and ten point multi-touch ensures a fully interactive experience for all the family.
With its ground breaking design and full entertainment features, the ThinkVision 28 not only offers a stunning viewing experience, but revolutionizes the concept of visuals technology by combining an ultra-high resolution display with powerful system on a chip (SOC) technology.
Panel Size 28-inch 4Kx2K monitor
Aspect Ratio 16:9
Viewable Area 620.93mm(H) X 341.28mm(V)
Resolution 3840×2160 (157 PPI)
Colour Gamut 72%
Tilt Angle Forward 5 degree /Backward 25 degree
Swivel Angle 45 degree/45 degree
Integrated Connectivity DP+mDP+HDMI+MHL, USB BC 1.2, 3x USB 3.0 and 2x USB 2.0, MHL
Sound 3.5mm stereo audio, Integrated 2×3 watt speakers
Green Features Energy Star 6.0, TCO Display 6.0, TCO Certified Edge 1.2, TUV Green Mark, EPEAT Gold, ULEnvironment Gold, China Energy Label Tier 1, Carbon Foot Print, 85% Recycled Plastic
Screen Dimensions 648.9 mm(H) X 369.3mm (V)
Pricing and Availability
The ThinkVision Pro2840m will be available from April 2014 and is expected to start at $799.
The ThinkVision 28 smart display will be available in selected markets from July 2014 and is expected to start at approximately $1199.
Today at the CES 2014 Lenovo, announced the third generation ThinkPad X1 Carbon, the world’s lightest 14 inch ultrabook and the ThinkPad 8 tablet. Lenovo also introduces the new ThinkPad OneLink Dock Pro, an enhanced docking solution through a single cable connector.
“Lenovo continues to push the boundaries of design and technology as we aspire to create the best products in the market. Our obsession in the pursuit of perfection is evident with these smarter devices designed to enhance the way people interact at home and at work,” said Peter Hortensius, SVP and president, Think Business Group, Lenovo. “The ThinkPad X1 Carbon delivers a stunning user experience with the best professional display and new interactive methods and represents another step in our PC plus journey.”
The New X1 Carbon is a beautiful contradiction. Uncompromisingly light, weighing only 2.8 pounds, it is virtually indestructible. The lightest 14” Ultrabook in the world has all the power and durability that the modern professional requires. Born from the same stock as aircrafts and racing cars, the X1 Carbon is forged from Carbon Fiber, which weighs less than magnesium and aluminum but is stronger than both.
The X1 products have a reputation for pushing boundaries, both in design and usability, and the new X1 Carbon is no exception. It actually adapts to the way users work thanks to technology which is a whole generation ahead. The New X1 Carbon features the Adaptive Keyboard, which dynamically adjusts based on the software or application being used to highlight the most relevant keys. The new ultrabook also integrates voice and gesture control, allowing users to interact with their PC in modern and familiar ways.
The New X1 Carbon also improves the viewing and touch experiences for users. The new ColorBurst Display provides sharper, brighter images at higher resolutions with better viewing angles for a superior visual experience, whether users watch a movie or create presentations. And for customers who are on the move, the new X1 Carbon utilizes Rapid Charge technology, providing an 80% charge in under an hour. Coupled with an up to 9 hour battery life (over 70% improvement from the last generation) and optional built-in 4G capability, the new X1 Carbon has all the mobility and connectivity customers need wherever they go.
Lenovo has improved docking experience on a thin and light device, the new X1 Carbon utilizes the OneLink connector that eliminates cable clutter. This allows users to get power, Gigabit Ethernet, and dual display support through a single cable via ThinkPad OneLink docking solutions.
High Performance Docking Through a Single Cable
The new ThinkPad OneLink Pro Dock combines all necessary docking features and functions, including power, through a single cable connection to Lenovo notebooks equipped with an OneLink connector. The ThinkPad OneLink Pro Dock includes multiple USB ports, audio and Ethernet connections and driver-free dual video support through DisplayPort and DVI on selected models. The integrated 90W AC adapter also provides power for the notebook, supports rapid charge and can also charge other devices such as a smartphone.
ThinkPad 8 – Professional-Ready Tablet with Three Modes
A premium 8 inch tablet constructed of machine-cut aluminum, the compact ThinkPad 8 comes equipped with the technologies professionals need to be successful. It caters to those who want a more portable device without sacrificing the ability to connect to a keyboard and display for a full PC experience. Use it in Tablet Mode on the go. Connect it to the optional keyboard base, dock or monitor for Desktop Mode. Or flip its optional Quickshot Cover over the tablet to convert into Tent Mode.
In addition, it allows users to capture photos and videos intuitively and easily with the Quickshot cover. Users just peel back the tablet’s cover to expose the 8 MP high definition camera, triggering the camera app to open. Once captured, users can view and edit their photos and videos on the super bright 8.3 inch 1920×1200 display and transfer them wirelessly using Miracast technology or view them via a cable using its microHDMI port. Supporting a full PC experience, ThinkPad 8 is armed with the latest Intel Bay Trail Quad Core processor, up to 128GB of storage, a microUSB 3.0 port, LTE2 connectivity and a full Windows8 Pro experience for professional needs.
Businesses can also opt for a variety of service and support solutions to fit their needs. Lenovo’s new Advanced Exchange warranty upgrade option in the U.S. and Canada raises the bar on the tablet support experience. This upgrade provides a replacement tablet the next business day after determining that a customer’s tablet has failed. The customer simply ships back the original tablet in a pre-paid shipping box and keeps the replacement. With the same serial number as the original tablet, the replacement makes it easy for businesses to track and manage leased products.
Lenovo Services offers Integrated Solutions
Lenovo’s comprehensive portfolio of Services provides relevant and integral value to businesses. With a committed focus on customer, quality and responsiveness, Lenovo Services offers innovative and integrated solutions to ensure maximum productivity. Warranty Extensions, Upgrades, Accidental Damage Protection, Keep Your Drive, Priority Technical Support and a complete set of factory and automated deployment services help organizations effectively bridge the gap between consumer and business.
Pricing and Availability
Models of the ThinkPad X1 Carbon start at $1299 and availability will begin late January. The OneLink Dock Pro is available now at $179.
ThinkPad 8 convertible tablet configure to order models start at $399 and Topseller models start at $429 and will be available late January.
Lenovo has debuted its first multimode Yoga Tablet at a livestream launch event with Ashton Kutcher, the company’s newest product engineer. Known for pioneering innovative multimode devices like the Yoga convertible laptop, Lenovo now brings people a new way to get the most out of their tablet experience.
The game-changing Yoga Tablet features three unique modes, giving consumers a better way to use a tablet. With hold, tilt and stand modes, the tablet adapts to the way people use it instead of forcing people to adapt to the technology. Additionally the Yoga Tablet has an amazing up to 18 hours of battery life1 to truly fit users’ ultra mobile lifestyles.
“Watching and discovering that people frequently use tablets in three main ways allowed us to break the mold on the current ‘sea of sameness’ designs, giving them a better way to read, browse, watch and interact with content,” said Liu Jun, senior vice president and president, Lenovo Business Group, Lenovo. “As consumers’ continue to demand innovative multimode designs we’re thrilled to have Ashton Kutcher on board with us to help further develop the immersive and complementary hardware and rich content experience.”
Yoga Tablet: Three Modes And Longer Battery Life Give Tablets A Better Way
One size does not fit all, especially when it comes to tablets. Lenovo designers and engineers identified three challenges tablet users face: fatigue when holding and using the tablet; no self-supporting mechanism when laid on a flat surface; and an inadequate viewing angle when set on a table. These scenarios inspired Lenovo to break the mold on the “sea of sameness” design and to create Yoga Tablet’s unique modes.
With its exclusive cylindrical handle, hold mode is designed to fit an individual’s hand, so the Yoga Tablet is easier to hold and offers more control over the device whereas other tablets require two hands. Hold mode makes reading, checking social media and browsing the web easy and parallels how people hold magazines when reading.
To convert the Yoga Tablet into stand mode, simply rotate the side cylinder 90° so that the tablet stand deploys, allowing the tablet to stand by itself on a desk or table. Users can change the viewing angle to fit what’s comfortable for them from 110° to 135°. Stand mode makes it easy for users to comfortably watch movies, place video calls and interact with the ten-finger touchscreen without having to rely on add-on accessories.
Users can lay the Yoga Tablet down in tilt mode to type directly on the tablet, play games and just surf the Internet with a better viewing angle. To further enhance the rich content and multimode tablet experience, users can enable the tablet’s auto-detection software that automatically brings up frequently used apps in hold and stand modes.
The Yoga Tablet’s multimode design not only provides a better usability experience, it offers dramatically longer battery life of up to 18 hours, which is significantly more than the amount of typical tablets. Its cylindrical handle packs in powerful, dual batteries and unlike most tablets, it uses batteries typically found in laptops. The Yoga Tablet can even charge other devices such as smartphones via its USB on-the-go. The 10 inch and 8 inch models run on MT8125 for Wi-Fi models and MT8389 Quad Core processors for 3G models with 16 or 32 GB capacity and feature Android 4.2. Also equipped with Dolby audio, Yoga Tablet’s front-facing speakers create a powerful surround sound experience through the device speakers and with headphones.
Extremely mobile, both models are featherweights weighing in at 605 grams for the 10-in model and 400 grams for the 8-in model. They feature high definition 1280 x 800 displays, a 5 MP auto focus rear camera plus an additional front camera, a micro SD expansion slot, allowing up to 64 GB of total storage, Wi-Fi and optional 3G in select countries and a micro USB connection and Dolby DS1 for rich audio. Lenovo offers an optional Bluetooth keyboard for the 10-in model that functions as a cover and even wakes up the tablet when it’s removed and puts the tablet to sleep when it’s attached. Users can also opt for a WD100 dongle in select countries to stream video content from the tablet wirelessly to a TV. Lenovo also offers a portfolio of services solutions for the Yoga Tablet including warranty extensions, upgrades and premium technical support.
Pricing and Availability
Estimated price of Lenovo Yoga Tablet is £199 and £249 VAT included for the 8-in and 10-in, respectively. For 3G models, estimated price is £229 and £279 VAT included for the 8-in and 10-in, respectively. Models will be available in EMEA starting in November. Estimated price of Lenovo Yoga 10 Bluetooth Keyboard Cover is £79 VAT included.
Lenovo has announced several new touch-enabled Windows laptops, along with Lenovo Miix, a platform-bending multi-mode device that adapts to a user’s every need. As a 10.1-inch tablet that converts instantly into a fully-functioning, Windows 8 laptop, the Lenovo Miix combines versatility and power in one touch-enabled device. The IdeaPad S400 Touch, S500 Touch, S210 Touch, U330 Touch and U430 Touch all hail from the company’s S Series and U Series, which are notable for their thin and lightweight designs.
The new Lenovo Miix, S Series and U Series devices demonstrate Lenovo’s commitment to “touch” as a defining trend in consumer computing. Research analyst firm IDC expects the penetration rate of touch laptops, which now sits at close to 15 percent, to double next year. Leading that trend, Lenovo is innovating across traditional technology segments – such as desktop and laptop PCs – with its new multi-mode, touch-enabled devices.
“Users don’t want to choose between a laptop and a tablet. They want both without compromise, and Lenovo Miix delivers,” said Vincent Fauquenot, vice president Products and Channels, Lenovo EMEA. “Bringing touch to our laptops is about more than adding a touch-enabled screen. It requires a rethink of the way we interact with our devices, starting with the expectations of customers for a fluid, intuitive user experience. With these devices, touch becomes mainstream.”
The new Lenovo Miix multi-mode device, S Series and U Series laptops run Windows 8, providing users a touch-optimized experience utilizing Intel processors for superior performance. The devices also offer pre-loaded software to improve user experience with security and support applications, internet solutions, multimedia and productivity software.
“Lenovo continues to develop sleek and slim touch devices, and the new Miix tablet is a great example of its innovation,” said Jordan Chrysafidis, vice president of WW OEM Marketing, Microsoft Corp. “We look forward to continued collaboration with Lenovo to provide amazing devices and experiences to customers that want all the capabilities of a PC in a very mobile tablet design.”
The latest entry to Lenovo’s rapidly expanding range of multi-mode PC innovations, the Lenovo Miix is a 10.1-inch Windows 8 tablet with a PC processor, perfect for entertainment and productivity on the go. Sporting a “quick-flip” detachable folio case with an integrated AccuType keyboard, the Lenovo Miix instantly switches between PC mode and tablet mode to quickly adapt to user’s needs.
The Lenovo Miix display has a 10.1-inch HD (1366×768) IPS display that is accessible in both laptop and tablet mode. The device runs on an Intel Atom dual core processor and comes with 64GB of built-in eMMC storage, expandable up to 32GB with a micro-SD slot. The Lenovo Miix tablet weighs in at only 1.2 pounds and is just 0.4 inches thin. It also includes integrated Bluetooth 4.0, WiFi and/or optional3G-GPS connectivity and boasts up to 10 hours of battery life.
IdeaPad S400 Touch/S500 Touch/S210 Touch
Lenovo S Series laptops are defined by their elegant design and full performance at an attractive price point. Designed to look even more stylish with a tactile metallic finish and a thin (from 0.8 inches) and light (from 3 pounds) frame, S series devices pack a solid punch with far greater performance than comparably priced laptops. The IdeaPad S400 and S500 can be configured with up to 3rd generation Intel Core i5 processors and optional discrete graphics. The IdeaPad S210 is equipped with up to to 3rd generation Intel® Core™ i3 processors. All three devices also offer Dolby Advance Audio v2 certification for high-quality immersive experiences with multimedia. Lenovo Companion, Lenovo Support and Lenovo Cloud applications help S Series users easily share data and access their computer’s full functionality, while OneKey Recovery makes data backup and recovery simple. The S400 and S500 come with 14-inch and 15.6-inch HD widescreen displays, respectively. The S210 comes up with an 11.6-inch HD widescreen display.
IdeaPad S400 Touch
IdeaPad S500 Touch
IdeaPad S210 Touch
U330 Touch/U430 Touch
The Lenovo IdeaPad U series laptops are notable for their very thin and light designs, starting from only 0.77 inches, as thin as a smartphone, qualifying them as Ultrabooks™. U Series devices are ultra-responsive, offering advanced options such as motion control, voice control and a multi-touchtouchpad. The latest touch-enabled U Series laptops also offer 10-point capacitive multi-touch. U Series are available with up to 4th generation Intel Core i7 processors plus optional NVIDIA GeForce graphics with DirectX 11 and up to 1TBHDDwith 16GB SSDor 500GB SSHD with integrated 16GB NAND flash or 256GB SSD storage, all packed into a metal frame that still stays light at as little as 3.7 pounds. The U330 Touch comes with a 13.3-inch HDor FHDdisplay and the U430 Touch comes with a 14-inch HD+ or FHDdisplay.
Pricing and Availability*
The Lenovo Miix will be available August beginning at £449.99
The IdeaPad S210 Touch will be available August beginning at £349.99
The IdeaPad S400 Touch will not be coming to the UK market.
The IdeaPad S500 Touch will be available August beginning at £549.99
The IdeaPad U330 Touch will be available August beginning at £649.99
The IdeaPad U430 Touch will be available August beginning at £699.99.
Today Lenovo has launched the ThinkPad S531 Ultrabook, a Windows 8 machine aimed at the business market. The PC features a 15.6-inch display that can be laid flat at 180 degrees, and is powered by an Intel 3rd Generation Ivy Bridge processor.
Lenovo claims that the machine offers a 15% boost over its predecessor, the ThinkPad S431, despite missing out on Intel’s next-generation Haswell chip.
Other features include a backlit keyboard, USB 3.0, and support for up to 10GB of memory and 500GB of storage space.
The ThinkPad S531 is not equipped with touchscreen functionality, with users required to navigate Windows 8 with a five-button glass click pad, but it is said to be fully spill-resistant.
The ThinkPad S531 is available to purchase now for £575 excluding VAT.
Lenovo has unveiled three Android tablets at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. The Chinese manufacturer will releases two 7-inch devices and a larger 10-inch slate running Google’s Jelly Bean operating system this summer.
The 10-inch S6000 will be the leader the range, with a 1280 x 800 display and 1.2GHz quad-core processor on board. It weighs in at 560g and features a sleek 8.6mm chassis.
Lenovo’s A3000 will serve as a mid-range with its 1.2Ghz quad-core MTK processor and IPS 1024 x 600 screen. Weighing 340g and measuring in at 11 inches thick, the tablet is available in 3G and WiFi-only models.
The budget A1000 features a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, 16GB of on-board storage and Dolby Digital Plus sound capabilities.
Lenovo has confirmed that the three tablets will debut in June, priced between £112 and £261 depending on specs and models.
Lenovo is reportedly considering the possibility of entering a partnership with BlackBerry maker Research in Motion (RIM).
Chief financial officer Wong Wai Ming said at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland that the Canadian firm is one of several potential companies they could from ties with to boost their mobile division.
“We are looking at all opportunities – RIM and many others,” Bloomberg quotes the executive as saying. “We’ll have no hesitation if the right opportunity comes along that could benefit us and shareholders,”
RIM CEO Thorsten Heins recently sparked speculation that the company is considering moving away from hardware development when he admitted the sale of this division is one of several options currently under consideration.
However, he insisted that the launch of the BlackBerry 10 operating system on January 30 is the immediate priority.
BB10 is viewed by some as RIM’s last chance to remain competitive in the marketplace following a dismal year marred by below-par sales and reputation-damaging service outages.
RIM is also said to be mulling over the possibility of licensing out BB10 to third-party manufacturers, but a move in this direction is dependent on the success of the platform.
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