By Lisa Johnston
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Barcelona, Spain — Lenovo unveiled its Yoga 10-inch HD+ Android tablet, a trio of quad-core Android smartphones, and a family of DoIt Android apps intended to protect and manage data.
The Android 4.3 Yoga 10 HD+ multimode tablet will be available from major U.S. retailers as a Wi-Fi-only model at $349. A version with 3G W-CDMA voice and data will be available outside the U.S.
Lenovo launched its first Yoga multimode Android tablets last October in the U.S. in 8- and 10-inch versions at a suggested $249 and $299.
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Mountain View, Calif. – Google agreed to sell its Motorola Mobility cellphone business to PC maker Lenovo in a $2.91 billion deal that will give the world’s largest PC maker a presence in the U.S. cellphone business.
Lenovo’s move will supplement its cellphone sales that take place outside the U.S.
New York – Lenovo today announced a corporate-wide reorganization that divides the company into four groups: PC business, mobile business, enterprise, and ecosystem and Cloud services.
The new format replaces the company’s current structure that has it divided into two elements, Lenovo business and Think business.
The PC business group will be led by Gianfranco Lanci, who now heads Lenovo EMEA. This group will contain the Lenovo and Think compute brands and focus on the company’s core PC business.
Berlin — Lenovo is attempting to challenge the traditional clamshell laptop market with its Flex design of portable computers.
With the new Flex 14-inch and Flex 15-inch Ultrabooks, starting at $629, Lenovo has borrowed from its Yoga device with a display that can rotate back about 300 degrees, allowing it to be used in stand mode as a display. The flexible hinge has been tested 25,000 times for durability purposes.
The Flex models are full-fledged Ultrabooks running Windows 8 and powered by a fourth-generation Intel Core i7 processor.
San Mateo, Calif. – Tablet shipments were up almost 60 percent to 45.1 million units during the second quarter, but could have been even higher, according to an IDC report.
The research firm noted that shipments were down 10 percent from the first quarter of 2013 and it blamed the lack of a new iPad by Apple this spring as the culprit for the fall off.
Apple shipped 14.6 million units during the second quarter, down from 19.5 million during the previous quarter. Apple also saw a shortfall compared to 2012 second quarter when it shipped 17 million units.
Research Triangle Park, N.C. – Lenovo plans summertime availability of a 10.1-inch Windows 8 tablet that connects to a detachable folio case with built-in keyboard to turn it into a full-function laptop.
The Miix tablet, designed for entertainment and productivity, starts at $500 for the base Wi-Fi model, but a SIM card port is available for a version with 3G W-CDMA SIM card.
When bundled with keyboard, the package will be $549, a spokesperson said.
New York — Lenovo has begun shipping its IdeaCentre Horizon Table PC, first introduced in January.
The 27-inch 720p Horizon has a starting price of $1,699 and is available at a variety of retailers including Best Buy, Fry's, Microcenter, Amazon.com, TigerDirect and Newegg.com.
The Horizon is part of a new class of computers that sit flat on a table so families can gather around to play games. It is bundled with several gaming accessories, including a joystick and electronic dice.
LAS VEGAS - Lenovo is also adding new convertible Ultrabook/tablet models to is consumer and business lines during CES this week.
The consumer IdeaPad Yoga 11s has an 11.6-inch display, an Intel Core i7 processor, 8GB of DDR3 memory and a 128GB SSD. Other features include Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, USB 3.0 and 2.0 ports, a 720p HD webcam and an HDMI output.
Pricing should be in the $799 range and it will be available in grey an cotton candy pink.
Research Triangle Park, N.C. – Lenovo’s new IdeaCentre Q190 all-in-one (AIO) desktop is so small it could be called a portable computer.
Lenovo has packed a fully functioning home-theater-centric AIO into the 0.84-inch-thick device, which overall is not much larger than an external hard drive.
Lenovo is marketing the $349 and more Q190, shipping in January, as a portable home theater. It supports full HD graphics, 7.1 surround sound, has an optional Blu-ray player and supports 3D Blu-ray playback.