Rumour: BlackBerry up for acquisition

Published by on May 22nd, 2015, No Comments


The BlackBerry rumour mill is once again turning, with new rumours citing that the Canadian company is up for acquisition. Speculation posits that many tech behemoths are interested in purchasing the company, including major names such as Xiaomi, Lenovo and Huawei.

Interestingly, another certain company – which acquired another famous smartphone marque not too long ago – is also interested: Microsoft.


Lenovo launches Quad HD behemoth (video)

Published by on Aug 7th, 2014, No Comments


A while ago we saw some teaser for Lenovo’s new phablet with a Quad HD display. Lenovo has officially announced the Vibe Z2 Pro.

It has a large 6-inch, 2560 x 1440 panel up front, offering a pixel density of about 490ppi. The phone’s construction offers a metallic unibody design, measuring just 7.7mm thick. Inside you’ll find a Snapdragon 801 SoC, 3GB of RAM, and a 16MP camera with optical stabilization. (more…)

Motorola CEO departs for Dropbox

Published by on Feb 17th, 2014, No Comments


Motorola’s CEO Dennis Woodside has confirmed that he will be leaving the company. Often when large companies are acquired by others, the CEO is the first to get shown the backside of a door, and in Lenovo’s acquisition of Motorola it proved to be the same. Less than two years after taking over the position from Sanjay Jha, who ran the company before the Google acquisition, Woodside is stepping down to become the first COO of Dropbox. (more…)

Lenovo shines in stagnant market atmosphere

Published by on Nov 7th, 2013, No Comments


Lenovo has been one of the biggest PC selling companies for many years. Unfortunately, we know that the PC market is stagnating and sales keep declining for all companies in this market. Lenovo have found a way around this problem, however. The company sold a record 29 million devices last quarter and saw double-digit rises in revenue and profit – a level of growth that almost makes it seem like it has stepped out of the PC market. (more…)

Lenovo considering BlackBerry acquisition?

Published by on Oct 18th, 2013, No Comments


Possible BlackBerry sales to different consortiums and companies have been speculated over the last couple of months and they aren’t stopping anytime soon. According to the Wall Street Journal, Lenovo could also now be considering the possible purchase of the struggling Canadian smartphone maker. (more…)

HP Back on Top in Overall PC Sales

Published by on May 2nd, 2012, 2 Comments

HP has had some tough times in the past year – after their then-CEO Leo Apotheker announced that HP would be stepping out of the PC game, their sales figures took a small dive, but luckily he got ousted before such rash moves. HP is now once again back in the number one spot when it comes to overall PC sales worldwide.

Canalis’s research now starts to include tablet devices under PC sales, and Apple’s iPad sales has contributed significantly to Apple’s sales numbers, but even so, HP’s sales was slightly higher overall. So Apple was in second place, Lenovo in third (with big increases in sales) and Acer and Dell taking the fourth and fifth spots.

What is clear however, is that tablet devices has started to eat away at the previously very popular netbook market:

“The total client PC market grew by 21% to 107 million units. Importantly, while the pad category exhibited the highest growth – more than 200% year on year – notebook and desktop PC shipments were up too, rising 11% and 8% respectively. Netbook shipments, however, were down 34% on the year-ago quarter – the sixth such fall in succession.”


Lenovo Enters TV Market – Announces Android Powered TV

Published by on Jan 9th, 2012, 11 Comments

Clearly the next big battle in the tech world is TV – not in terms of ever growing screen sizes and resolutions, but rather the software and services that power it. With rumours circling about Apple’s apparent entry into the TV market, many manufacturers are taking a wait and see approach. Not Lenovo though – they decided they will build there first TV as well, and it will be powered by Android. Lenovo is planning to release their first TV in China at first, but international markets will get it later. It should be noted that this TV will not ship with Google TV. Instead it will ship with Ice Cream Sandwich, with Lenovo’s own custom skin, and it will pack some serious processing power. Here are some of the specs:

  • Snapdragon processor running at  a healthy 1.5 GHz.
  • Two screen sizes – 42 and 50 inch. Both LED, Full HD.
  • Built in Webcam with 5 megapixel resolution – great for Skype sessions.
  • 8GB of built in storage, which is expandable by SD card.
  • The remote control will include a touchpad, and it will recognize your voice with a built in microphone.

The TV will still ship with standard HDMI inputs, so you can still connect your set-top boxes. Lenovo must still announce their streaming services that combine with this TV – which makes us think this was rushed to market as an answer to that apparent Apple threat. Which we are not to certain about either… The idea that Apple would move into a highly commoditzed market like TV manufacturing is still difficult to comprehend, but their advantage will lie in the ecosystem that iTunes will provide. But if a Apple Cinema Display costs $1000, we wonder if Apple can crack the TV market where profit margins are lower than ever.

Review: Lenovo Thinkpad Tablet – the First Professional Grade Android Tablet?

Published by on Nov 9th, 2011, 5 Comments

This Android Tablet means business...

The tablet market is in a peculiar situation right now – according to sales figures it is basically Apple’s iPad and then everyone else. This is however not because of a lack of choice. In fact, there is a multitude of Android tablets out there from a variety of manufacturers in all shapes and sizes. The danger with this situation is that the Android tablet market is becoming somewhat commoditized, and there is not really a lot of them out there that are truly unique.

So we have been looking forward to trying the Lenovo Thinkpad Tablet, which really does seem a bit different from the rest, and not *Just Another Android Tablet*. Yes, it is called the “Thinkpad Tablet” despite Lenovo making a variety of tablets on a number of operating systems. So why is this one different? First off, it carries the Thinkpad name, so it should have good performance and be built well. Right? And secondly, the Thinkpad Tablet has a decent stylus included (at least the one I reviewed) for handwriting recognition and notes. But we will get to that later.

Our current favourite Android tablet is the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 (see our review here), but the Thinkpad might just take that crown. So how does it do?