The much-awaited Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2013 is finally here. As usual, the event will be held between January 8 – January 11 in Las Vegas, United States. HP, Lenovo and Vizio are expected to launch a number of ultrabooks, while LG, Samsung, Sony and HTC will launch their flagship smartphones and tablets. Check out the complete schedule below. All timings are mentioned in PST (GMT -0800).
Monday, January 7, 2013:
08:00 am – LG Press Conference
09:00 am – Sharp CES Press Showcase
09:00 am – AT&T Developers Summit
12:00 pm – Fujifilm Press Conference
12:00 pm – NETGEAR Press Conference
01:00 pm – Huawei Device Press Conference
01:00 pm – Intel CES Press Briefing
02:00 pm – Samsung Press Conference
03:00 pm – Casio America Inc. Press Conference
04:00 pm – Ford Motor Company Press Conference
05:00 pm – Sony Press Conference
06:30 pm – Qualcomm Keynote
Tuesday, January 8, 2013:
11:00 am – Audi Press Conference
01:00 pm – Bang & Olufsen Press Conference
01:30 pm – ZTE Grand S Announcement
04:00 pm – U.S. Launch of Motörheadphönes
04:30 pm – Verizon Wireless Keynote
05:30 pm – T-Mobile Press Event
Wednesday, January 9, 2013:
09:00 am – Pebble: E-Paper Smartwatch for iPhone and Android Announcement
11:30 am – Official Launch of SendBoo Mobile Application
02:00 pm – SmartKlear by LensPen launch: Remove Fingerprints from your iPhone Screen
02:00 pm – TAIWAN Products Launch & International Press Conference
03:30 pm – Synaptop: Living in the Cloud Announcement
What is only thing you don’t like about your smartphone? Ask this question to any of the Android smartphone users and you will get the same answer from almost everyone. The battery life! Last year, Motorola surprised everyone with Motorola Razr Maxx, which was the first smartphone to ship with a powerful 3300 mAh battery. This year, Motorola launched Razr Maxx HD which was packed with some amazing features and the same 3300 mAh battery.
Now, it seems that other manufacturers are ready to join the bandwagon. Lenovo has recently launched the Android powered Lenovo P770 smartphone which comes with a 3500 mAh Li-Po battery. Yes, the battery on this device is even larger than the Razr Maxx and Razr Maxx HD. Lenovo P770 runs on the Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) Operating System. This handset is currently available for purchase only in China.
Lenovo P770 features a 4.5 inch IPS display, sporting a resolution of 960 x 540 pixels, 1.2 GHz dual-core processor, 5 megapixel camera with LED flash, VGA front-facing camera for video calls, 3.5 mm headset jack, 1 GB RAM, 4 GB internal memory, MicroSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, 3G Connectivity, Wi-Fi 801.11 b/g/n, GPS, up to 29 hours of talk-time, up to 644 hours of stand-by time and a 3500 mAh battery.
The handset measures 133 x 67 x 11.9 mm and weighs 161 grams. The Lenovo P770 comes with a price-tag of 1699 Chinese Yuan (approx. $270). You can easily get this handset from Lenovo China’s official website. The manufacturer has not yet announced the availablity of this device in other markets. But we really hope to see this device or similar devices from other manufacturers in our Indian market.
Lenovo has previously launched a number of smartphones in the European and Asian market which failed miserably. However, the manufacturer release new devices for the Chinese market every now and then. The latest handset to enter the Chinese market is the mid-budget Android powered Lenovo A660 smartphone.
There is nothing much to talk about the specs, since you can’t expect much from a mid-range smartphone. Thankfully, this device runs on the Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) Operating System and the much-awaited Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) update won’t make its way to this device in the near future. Lenovo A660 is the company’s first water-proof and IP67 certified device.
It comes with a 4 inch WVGA Gorilla Glass display, sporting a resolution of 800 x 480 pixels, 1 GHz dual-core processor, dual SIM (GSM + WCDMA) capabilities, 5 megapixel rear camera, VGA front-facing camera for video calls, 3.5 mm headset jack, Bluetooth, Google Play Store, MicroSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory and a 1500 mAh battery.
The price and release date of this handset has not been announced yet. It is expected to be available for less than $200. Lenovo A660 won’t be available in other European and Asian markets.
With Windows 8’s general availability pegged for October 26th, several OEMs — Asus, HP, Fujitsu, Samsung, and others — have already announced their first tablet devices built just for Windows 8. And of course, Lenovo will also be throwing its hat into the ring. Today, the company announced their first Windows 8 tablet, the ThinkPad Tablet 2.
It packs a 10.1 inch multi-touch display (which can also handle pen/stylus input), measures in at 9.8 mm thin, and weighs less than 600 grams (1.3 pounds). Under the hood, the tablet is powered by a next-generation Intel Atom processor and will run Windows 8 Pro. Clearly, it’s targeted more towards professionals over the average consumer, and the price point will rightfully reflect that.
So, with that being said, how does Lenovo feel about the Surface? According to Acer — who previously urged Microsoft to “think twice” about making the device — the device will have a “huge negative impact” on the ecosystem. Dilip Bhatia, vice president and general manager of the ThinkPad business unit holds a different view altogether. He says that Lenovo isn’t worried about the Surface as it doesn’t step on the ThinkPad’s toes at all, and thinks that it’s a good thing that it is stirring up excitement around the Windows 8 tablet ecosystem as a whole:
“Microsoft is a strategic partner for us. The Surface has brought more excitement to the marketplace. The ThinkPad tablet is focused after the business individual; the Surface is more geared towards the consumer offering,” he said.
The ThinkPad Tablet 2 will be available in late October.
Lenovo has just announced its latest Android tablet running Ice Cream Sandwich, the IdeaTab S2109. Beside its complex name, the tablet sports a 9.7-inch IPS LCD with a 4:3 aspect ratio. The resolution of the tablet is known, but considering it has a 4:3 aspect ratio, the resolution should ideally be 1024*768. Compared to the Full HD (1920*1080) resolution in the upcoming Android tablets, and the Retina display on the new iPad, the resolution is quite a disappointment. The tablet is a mere 8.9 mm thin, and will have a unibody gunmetal finish for a premium feel in the hand.
The S2109 will be powered by a TI OMAP SoC, either the 4430 or the 4460, which is again inferior to the Tegra 3 in benchmarks. Other specs of the tablet include 1GB of RAM, a microSD card slot, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and GPS, FM radio (!), micro-HDMI, micro-USB and the usual bunch of sensors. Lenovo also states that the tablet comes with quad (!) speakers for a true SRS Trumedia experience. Whether the tablet really manages to fit in four quality speakers in such a slim body, or is this just a marketing gimmick from Lenovo can only be found once it hits the retail market. Lenovo also promises up to 10 hours of battery life for the tablet.
Thankfully, the IdeaPad will run on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich right out of the box. The company is yet to send out a a press release about the launch of the tablet, along with more details about its pricing and release date though.
While at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, I was able to get some video of the Lenovo IdeaPad YOGA. The YOGA is a convertible Ultrabook which has four modes of operation:
Regular laptop mode: In its simplest form, the YOGA is a nice Ultrabook. It conforms to the Ultrabook specifications with the thickness (16.9mm), weight (3.1lbs) and startup/resume times (not specified since it is not final yet).
Tablet/slate mode: With its patented dual hinge, the YOGA can flip back completely and become a tablet/slate. Now, don’t get me wrong, it is not going to compare to a regular slate in terms of weight or thickness. Instead, think of it as a way to use your laptop more comfortably for say browsing the web or consuming other content.
Stand mode: The hinges are strong and the body is sturdy, and as a result you can flip back the screen and leave the computer on a table instead of carrying a dock around with you. The IPS panel (1600×900 resolution) does provide great viewing angles which helps this mode’s usage.
Tent mode: This mode, I am not too sure about, but for sake of completeness, let me describe it. You can fold the laptop so it becomes an inverted “V” and then use it as a photo frame.
I like it a lot because it is thin, it is light and it is not just another laptop. The skeptics may say that we have seen these before and they didn’t work then, so there is no reason they should work now – tablet users want a tablet, and PC users want a PC. Well, I was one of them! The difference between then and now is that this laptop is built for Windows 8. Lenovo didn’t even pretend that it is a Windows 7 PC upgradeable to Windows 8. Windows 8 is a touch-first operating system compared to Windows XP or even Windows 7 which is what powers the “legacy” convertibles.
The operating system being touch-first is one big difference, but also, the form factor. The convertibles of old were thick and bulky, almost like a tablet stacked on top of a regular laptop. The YOGA is sleek, and at 3lbs, it is lighter than most PCs in the market today. The person who was providing me the demo said that they are going to be able to shave another 100 grams before the machine becomes final!
There are many other Ultrabooks worth drooling over, at CES, but this is my best because finally there is a design which is different from the MacBook Air, and not just for the sake of being different (I am looking at you, HP with the Gorilla Glass-covered Ultrabook).
See below for a quick eyes-on, with a demonstration of all four modes in action.
Intel is probably the biggest name at CES 2012. It has finally delivered on the Ultrabook concept with more than 75 new Ultrabooks launching this year. Intel also entered a strategic relationship with Motorola which includes the latter building new Android smartphones and tablets powered by the former’s chips. This may be the opening Intel was desperately searching for – to enter the mobile market which is currently dominated by ARM.
Today, Intel and Lenovo officially unveiled the K800 – the first Intel powered smartphone. It comes with a 1.6 GHz Intel Medfield processor and runs Android 2.3 Gingerbread, with a possible update to Ice Cream Sandwich on the way. It comes plastered with a heavily skinned UI by Lenovo.
It sports a 4.5 inch HD display and offers an 8 MP camera. It will be launched in China in Q2 2012 on China Unicom’s network. It is comes with WCDMA HSPA+, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 3.0 and GPS connectivity. No information about the pricing or global launch has been revealed yet.
Here are some images of the Lenovo K800, courtesy Engadget.
Intel will be launching many more smartphones with device partners in 2012. What remains to be seen is whether it will be able to beat ARM at its own game, on its home turf.
Along with the Lenovo S2 smartphone, the manufacturer has also unveiled the new Lenovo Idea Tab S2 10 tablet at the CES 2012 in Las Vegas. This tablet runs on the latest Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) Operating System. Lenovo has skinned the Lenovo Idea Tab S2 10 tablet with the Lenovo Mondrian user interface, instead of the new Lenovo Magic 3.0 UI found in the Lenovo S2 smartphone.
Lenovo Idea Tab S2 10 features a 10.1 inch IPS display, sporting a resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels, 1.5 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 8960 dual-core processor, Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) OS, Lenovo Mondrian UI, 5 megapixel rear camera, 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera, 1 GB RAM, 16 GB /32 GB /64 GB internal storage, Wi-Fi 801.11 b/g/n, 3G Connectivity, micro USB, micro SD card slot, micro HDMI ports, Android Market and up to 9 hours of battery life.
The Lenovo Idea Tab S2 10 tablet comes with a keyboard dock, which offers an incredible 20 hours of battery life. This device will also be first available in China, followed by other important markets worldwide. Lenovo has not yet announced the price of this device. We will update you as soon as the price is announced. Until then, check out the official pics after the break.
Lenovo recently announced the new Lenovo S2 smartphone at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2012 in Las Vegas. This handset might disappoint some Android fans, since the device runs on the old Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) Operating System, instead of the new Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) OS. Apart from that, Lenovo has skinned the Lenovo S2 smartphone with its Lenovo Magic 3.0 user interface.
The Lenovo S2 features a 3.8 inch display, sporting a resolution of 800 x 480 pixels, powerful 1.4 GHz dual core Qualcomm Snapdragon 8260 processor, Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) OS, Lenovo Magic 3.0 UI, 8 megapixel rear camera, VGA front facing-camera for video calls, Wi-Fi 801.11 b/g/n, 3G Connectivity, 3.5 mm headset jack, HDMI-out, 512MB RAM / 1 GB RAM, 8 GB/ 16 GB internal storage, MicroSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, Micro USB, MHL Connectivity and a 1500 mAh lithium-ion battery.
The Lenovo S2 smartphone includes a unique Kernel-level security system to protect personal data, prevent phishing and control network and SMS traffic. This handset also allows you to instantly syncs photos, music, videos and personal information with a dedicated online storage space and share it across multiple devices. The price of this device will be announced soon. The Lenovo S2 will be first available in China, followed by other European and Asian markets.
In 2005, Lenono acquired IBM’s PC business to instantly become the third largest PC supplier in the world, edging out Dell and others who were also vying for the massive and profitable division.
Now, Samuel J. Palmisano, who has successfully led IBM through the past decade, has revealed that Lenovo was picked as a buyer due to political considerations. Palmisano fought off intense internal opposition against selling the PC division as he was convinced that the real opportunity to innovate and shine was elsewhere. His decision led to IBM losing its title of the world’s largest information technology company, but resulted in generating more value for shareholders.
Palminaso revealed to NYTimes that he deflected overtures from Dell and private equity firms and sold to Lenovo to please the Chinese government. The Chinese government wants its corporations to expand globally, and by helping Lenovo fulfill that national goal IBM was hoping to get into the good books of the government. China, where the government still wields a large amount of influence, is a lucrative market for IBM. The Chinese government is also a stakeholder in Lenovo thanks to investments by the state-owned Chinese Academy of Sciences.