Lenovo: We are lucky Apple doesn’t care about China

By on July 5, 2010, 7:03 AM
The first time you heard about Lenovo was probably when IBM's PC division was getting acquired by the Chinese manufacturer in 2004. By then Lenovo was already China's number one computer maker. The move cost them almost $2 billion, but that bought them a household name with worldwide recognition, as they continue to do by selling ThinkPad laptops under the Lenovo brand.

Most recently Lenovo's Chairman Liu Chuanzhi was caught saying they are lucky "Steve Jobs has such a bad temper and doesn’t care about China." Despite its current PC-centric focus, earlier this year Lenovo's management claimed that mobile devices would account for 80% of Lenovo's sales in five years. Although this would also include their notebooks and upcoming tablet devices, right now they are pushing the LePhone, an Android powered smartphone that targets the iPhone and other competing devices. According to Chuanzhi, Apple is missing out by not putting the necessary effort in understanding the Chinese consumer, which in turn they see as an opportunity to become the brand that will drive consumer desire in the growing sector.

Lenovo has suffered the same kind of setbacks as everyone else in the slowing computer market, taking the losing end on the battle among major manufacturers like Acer, Dell and HP. However the company continues to strive in China, where it accounts for about 30 percent of the home PC market.

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Guest said:

Im glad to see Lenovo is doing so well. They make good quality laptops and sell them at dirt cheap price.

raybay said:

Lenovo laptops are not what they used to be under IBM, but they beat the socks off other laptop computers for work and business-related functions... Not the best gamers, but I prefer them over any other laptop... Their used ones hold up better than any other manufacturer's used ones, as well. We have 50 of them as loaners... and they can ever take customer abuse better. I do fault their power cords compared to the super tough IBm power supply cords.

Guest said:

They are. They have the magnesium rollcage and the best laptop keyboard in business. They are built very well--not invincible, mind you, but these have good survivability. The exception is the SL line, which lacks the rollcage and does not feel as sturdy.


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