The CES 2011 saw many new products and technologies but, nothing that was news breaking and exclusively exclusive. The 3011 show was swarmed with tablets, smart phones, goggle free 3D TVs and the like. Lenovo for one, which had introduced the Hybrid tablet and notebook prototype in the CES 2011, surprisingly withheld introduction of the product after the display, due to inhibitions probably on technological demand and needs. One year around, Lenovo came in with a bang re-introducing the Hybrid U 1, christening it as a combination of the LePad standalone tablet and IdeaPad U1 Hybrid Dock.
Lenovo went further into announcement of the creation of its new business group exclusively towards developing the facility for creating unique mobile devices – tablets, smart phones, cloud computing devices and smart TV. Lenovo also announced, their former senior vice-president and president of Lenovo’s product group would head the new conglomerate as the president. Considering the opportunities in business today, and the requirements to drive growth for years to come, Lenovo launched their “The Mobile Internet and Digital Home Business Group” to spearhead and leverage their leadership in the personal computing arena and position themselves to a point of expertise in internet centric devices. Lenovo expects tremendous growth potential of the mobile internet putting focus and investments in place to fully capitalize these opportunities, to position themselves for the upsurge in demand, and technological growth.
Lenovo group, the Chinese conglomerate based in Beijing and headquartered in US is the world’s fourth largest computer maker. Expecting the market for tablets, smart phones and many other internet connected devices to expand rapidly Lenovo has taken a weighted decision to create a separate product group solely to create and develop these products and technologies. The technology research firm Gartner Inc. reported at least 55 million tablets may be shipped this year, most of it being still the Apple iPads giving room for the sales of the 10 to 15 million devices to other entrants.
The iPad was definitely not the first tablet in the market. Lenovo and other manufacturers have been long offering laptops with swiveling screens which also function as tablets. But, Apple took the cake with its focus on multimedia, content and sleek design, spearheading the revolution at a price-tag as low as $499. This year sees Lenovo, Motorola, Toshiba, Samsung and a hoard of others introducing equivalent tablets probably even better, with soaring hopes that this product category will see the light of day, this year.
Lenovo, who has successfully promoted both tablets and smart phones have gone the Android way for the tablets and the Windows 7 way for their Hybrids, using the tablets as the display on the Keyboard Dock of the hybrid to perform. They have thus managed the best of both worlds – the strength of the tablet world and the desktop world with Windows 7.