Lenovo buys into the US Smartphone Market

Lenovo purchases Motorola Mobility from Google for $2.9B

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On 29.01.2014 the Internet was abuzz over Google’s announcement that it had sold Motorola Mobility to Chinese-based Lenovo for $2.9B.  The news is significant because Google has only held Motorola Mobility for 19 months; and it’s selling the manufacturing business to Lenovo at a $9.5B loss.  That’s enough to give any stockholder the willies.

I’ve seen a number of reports that differ on how long Google held the property.  Some say August of 2011. Some say May of 2012. The key point is that Google didn’t have Motorola for long; and honestly, Google didn’t buy them for the manufacturing business.  They never used Motorola to produce a Nexus branded smartphone.  All they were really interested in was their patents.

This is further supported by the fact that Google is retaining most of those patents. While the sale includes a license to most/all of those patents to Lenovo, they will also receive a number of patents, the Motorola Mobility brand and their trademark portfolio.  It also provides Google with some relief – Motorola Mobility’s hardware division has been struggling for quite some time.  And besides… Lenovo has been frantically searching for a way to enter the lucrative North and South American smartphone markets.  Now, it appears, they have a way to do that.

Hopefully, Lenovo will be able to do something more with Motorola Mobility than Google did.  Google really let them sit there and collect dust. They never really went all in; and since being acquired by Google, Motorola – who recently produced both the Moto G and Moto X Android smartphones – was never profitable, operating at a $192M loss last year and a $248M loss in the third quarter of 2013 alone.

Lenovo on the other hand has a decent track record for turning businesses around. In 2005, it bought IBM’s PC business for $1.25B. It’s made steady strides in that arena; and last year over took HP as the world’s largest PC manufacturer. It’s also done a great deal of work to build and expand the ThinkPad line’s perception of value and quality.

Acquiring Motorola Mobility will make Lenovo the third largest smartphone manufacturer in the world, behind Samsung and Apple, respectively.  With only two possible mobile OS’ to choose from – Android and Windows Phone, as Apple doesn’t license any of its operating systems to 3rd parties – Lenovo can capitalize on Android’s vast popularity and Blackberry’s waning market share.

That last bit is important.

Many feel that with the rapid decline and documented demise of Blackberry, Windows Phone, with Exchange ActiveSync’s solid, well positioned Push system, is becoming the enterprise-messaging platform of choice.  If that ends up being accurate and true, then a deeper partnership with Microsoft may really help Lenovo cement itself as an enterprise equipment supplier in the coming months and years.

Unified communications is something that Microsoft has been trying to get together for a number of years. Their MOC (Microsoft Office Communicator) application handles enterprise-level instant messaging via Exchange. If they can pair that with a secure, enterprise mobile messaging offering via Windows Phone, not only would it help them get back to relevance, but also it would make Lenovo’s goal of getting a foothold in the North American smartphone market possible.

What do you think about Google’s sale of Motorola Mobility to Lenovo?  Is this a good move? Did Google really just act as a protracted patent troll? Is Motorola Mobility worth saving? Why not give us your thoughts in the discussion area below and let us know what you think?

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New Workstation & Desktop engines for powerful performance by Lenovo

Lenovo announced the ThinkStation E30 workstation and ThinkCentre M81 desktop – two new solutions that bring users speedy performance with 2nd generation Intel Core processors, rapid boot up/shut down and extra productivity features. Designed for creative, engineering and financial professionals who rely on specialized software applications to power their work, users get workstation-class performance and reliability starting at an affordable $599. Meanwhile, the ThinkCentre M81 desktop equips large businesses with the advanced computing features employees need to be most productive.

“Workstation users need the kind of performance that lets them do more each minute. The ThinkStation E30 workstation builds on our strong workstation platform, combining new rapid processing for data-crunching with more vivid and intense graphics capabilities,” said Tao Gu, executive director and general manager, Workstation Business Unit, Lenovo. “We created the ThinkStation E30 workstation to offer extremely powerful processing on a software-certified solution at desktop prices.”
The ThinkStation E30 workstation builds on its predecessor, the E20 which was named Editor’s Choice by PC Magazine for entry-level workstations in 2010. It offers choices of 2nd generation Intel Core processor technology with up to four cores for super fast computing when including an Intel Xeon processor. Both the ThinkStation E30 workstation and ThinkCentre M81 desktop can take advantage of Intel Turbo Boost technology to overclock on performance-laden tasks. Only Lenovo machines can stay in Turbo Boost+ mode longer for greater performance due to specific proprietary thermal engineering enhancements.

In addition to traditional hard drive storage, the ThinkStation E30 workstation offers choices of 80 or 160 GB SSD for snappy performance opening, rendering and saving/closing files. For creating and consuming 2D and 3D content, the powerful workstation offers choices of NVIDIA Quadro or NVS graphics. The workstation features SATA III for twice as fast and USB 3.0 for 10 times faster data transfer speeds compared to SATA II and USB 2.0. And with up to 16 GB of 1333 mHz Error Correcting Code memory, memory-related failures are virtually eliminated.

The ThinkStation E30 workstation will be available starting in May and late April for the ThinkCentre M81 desktop through business partners and www.lenovo.com. Pricing for models starts at approximately $629 and $599, respectively.

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Lenovo ThinkPad laptops recharged, reenergized and renewed – up to 24 hour battery life

Lenovo x220 Tablet

Lenovo announced today the next generation of the best-selling ultraportable laptop of 20101 – the ThinkPad X220 laptop – and the X220 convertible Tablet PC. These PCs give mobile business professionals the full performance and usability found in larger laptops, but in a super ultraportable design. The PCs run up to 75 percent faster than ultraportable competitors that use low-powered CPUs2, feature smart PC technologies for incredibly long battery life up to 24 hours3 on the ThinkPad X220 and sport a clean, revamped design with hinge-based latching and a giant touchpad in a thinner portable design. Additionally, they feature improved durability with wider drain-holes in the spill resistant keyboard and a 50% improvement in drop test performance.

24 hour Battery Life for Around the Clock Computing
The ThinkPad X220 offers up to 15 hours of battery life with a standard 9-cell battery. Battery life jumps up to 24 hours by adding the new ThinkPad external battery. The convertible tablet starts under four pounds with its standard 4-cell battery. When combined with a 6-cell battery and the external battery pack, the tablet can run for 16 hours continuously on one charge. Users charge the PCs on the external ThinkPad Battery connected to the PC or separately, and a charge indicator shows when the battery reaches a full charge.
Full-Performance Under Three Pounds
These speed-optimized PCs fit the same full-powered CPUs as bigger 14 and 15-inch laptops for full performance5, while similar weight competitors offer only low powered CPUs. Lenovo Enhanced Experience 2.0 primes the PCs for rapid boot, shut down and resume from sleep by tuning the BIOS and other hardware settings. With Intel™ HD integrated graphics the PCs perform twice as quickly in streaming video, editing photos and loading web pages. Additionally, USB 3.0 technology on select models transfers data lightning fast, up to 10 times that of USB 2.0.
Smart PC Technologies
Equipped with second generation Intel™ Core® i7 processors, applications run fast and make multi-tasking hassle-free. The PCs come with self-aware and adaptive technologies to ensure priority components receive power for the highest levels of performance and battery life. Intel™ Turbo Boost Technology 2.0 boosts processor speed during intensive tasks, and with Lenovo Turbo Boost+, the PCs can stay in Turbo Boost mode longer by keeping processor temperatures below certain thresholds. With reduced power to non-essential hardware, the laptops achieve up to 30 percent longer battery life while playing multimedia so users can watch DVDs, listen to MP3s or stream web content longer.
Loud and Clear Voice and Video Calling
The “no compromise” performance experience continues with technologies that solve everyday challenges. For example, they incorporate several technologies for excellent voice and video conferencing, such as private chat and conference call microphone modes, keyboard noise suppression technology and a dedicated LED-lit microphone mute key.
The PCs also keep corridor warriors connected longer with Lenovo’s new Instant Resume function. This function maintains connections during sleep mode for up to 99 minutes, eliminating the need to login and reconnect between meetings. And tablet users don’t have to worry about losing their pen with the new “never-lost-pen” technology. It notifies a person when he or she moves the tablet without the pen in the pen-holder.
ThinkPad Remodels with Clean, Sharp & Durable Design
The inside of the new PCs reveal a cleaner, sharper design over previous models. Both the ThinkPad X220 laptop and X220 Tablet feature a 12.5-inch HD screen and self-closing hinges that shut the PCs. This space-saving hinge design brings several key benefits: better antenna and speaker placement for stronger throughput, a 45 percent larger touchpad and a cleaner visual design. The larger, buttonless touchpad gives extra room for fingers to scroll, highlight and do multitouch gestures.
For students, mobile sales forces and other mobile professionals working outside, the multitouch tablet now adds a new rough and tough feature to its super bright, 300-nit screen with scratch-resistant Gorilla Glass. Already military specifications tested to meet extreme conditions, Gorilla Glass strengthens the screen so it can withstand scratches, scrapes and abuse from the field.
Pricing and Availability
The ThinkPad X220 laptop and X220 Tablet will be available starting in April through business partners and www.lenovo.com. Prices for models start at approximately $899 and $1,199, respectively.

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Lenovo Thinkpad X120e – over 7 hours of battery life

ThinkPad X120e

ThinkPad X120e

Don’t be fooled by the X120e’s light exterior and entry-level price tag. The first ThinkPad withVISION Pro technology from AMD comes chock full of features: a full-sized, spill-resistant keyboard, plenty of connectivity options (including VGA, HDMI and Bluetooth®) and up to 4GB DDR3 memory. Up to 7.5 hours of battery life will keep you working long past your deadline, while 10 percent lower thermals will make sure you and your PC don’t overheat in the process.

Fact sheet:

Great Computing Experience
•  Industry’s best ergonomically designed keyboard with
easy-access multimedia keys
•  The ThinkPad® X120e offers corporate grade OS support
with advanced features
•  Faster boot-up and shutdown with Lenovo® Enhanced Experience for Windows®7
Reliability and Durability
•  Reliable data protection and easy system recovery with:
» Active Protection System™ to protect data
» Full-size spill-resistant keyboard
Long battery life
•  Up to 3.6 hours with a 3-cell battery and up to 6.6 hours with a 6-cell battery
•  AMD PowerNow™ 3.0 technology to actively manage power use to maximize battery  running time
Latest Memory and Storage
•  Genuine Windows®7 Professional 64-bit
•  4GB maximum memory:  DDR3, 1333MHz (runs at 1066MHz) with 2 DIMM slots
•  Storage:
» 250GB/320GB Hard Disk Drive (5400RPM)
» 160GB/320GB Hard Disk Drive (7200RPM)
» 128GB Solid State Drive (SSD)
Shipping prices starting at $ 399

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