Lenovo's First Tablet On Tap For CES

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Lenovo will show off its first consumer and business tablets at International CES.

The company will also introduce new models into its consumer IdeaPad lines of laptops and all-in-one computers.

Nick Reynolds, Lenovo’s global marketing director, product group, said consumer and business tablets would be included among the introductions. However, he declined to reveal any details by press time.

Lenovo was much more forthcoming with information regarding its notebook and desktop CES plans.

Lenovo will also press on with plans to expand its retail footprint in the North American market.

“Retail is very important. We now have about 2,200 storefronts in North America and we want to expand the number of our retail partners aggressively,” Reynolds said.

The company will show new all-in-one (AIO) PCs in its A, B and C series, with prices ranging from $399 to $1,299. On the traditional desktop segment are models in its K, H and Q series, $249 to $1,999, and new notebook models will be unveiled in seven different IdeaPad lines.

Lenovo will not introduce any new netbooks at the show.

“We see slates having an impact on the netbook market. Slates and netbooks are similar to each other in how they are for consumer content,” said Reynolds.

The company updated its S10 netbook line in April 2010.

The new AIO models start with the A710. This is a 3D-capable model with a 23-inch multitouch screen that can show full 1,080p resolution. Prices will range up to $1,299.

The B-series AIOs, priced from $599 and $1,299, will contain the B520 and B320. The B520 is a 23-inch 3D model, while the B320 has an optional TV tuner card.

The C205 is Lenovo’s small-footprint model with prices in the $399 range.

Lenovo’s laptop rollout consists of five models strictly intended for the consumer space and two for the SO/ HO market.

Reynolds said the company is spreading out its product portfolio to cover more price points.

The new Y-series models are the Y570d, Y570 and Y470. These use the Intel second-generation Core i3, i5 and i7 processors with up to Nvidia GT555M with 1GB of GDDR5 memory available on the Y570. This model also has 3D viewing capability. Prices will range from $799 to $999.


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