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    Well, this is odd. Lenovo traveled all the way from Beijing to Las Vegas for glitzy CES introductions of a number of laptops and a very ingenious convertible tablet, yet its only new smartphone broke cover in India, as part of a separate and unrelated press event. Then again, it wouldn’t have made much sense to bring the K4 Note to the US if the surprisingly affordable mid-range Android is unlikely to ever sell outside of the Asian continent. Which is a great shame, considering the more than respectable 5.5-inch Full HD screen in tow, the extremely generous 3,300 mAh battery, and overall ...

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    CES 2016 hasn't even officially started yet (that happens on January 6, today, depending on your time zone), but we've already seen a lot of cool things in Vegas on January 4. Of course, there are a lot of things we expect to see at this year's Consumer Electronics Show, and a lot of things that will sadly be absent from the show floor. In case you missed something yesterday, here's a round-up of what happened on Day 1 (day zero, really). Acer Liquid Jade Primo Acer's Liquid Jade Primo isn't a stranger as the phone has been in the headlines before CES. However, we've learned that the ...

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    There’s a solid reason Lenovo refused to endorse Microsoft’s Surface Pro family a while back, as more than any other PC manufacturer, it feels it’s got a chance to compete in the increasingly cutthroat convertible space. As expected for a good few months now, a new 2-in-1 Windows tablet debuts at CES, with more than just a detachable keyboard in tow however. Don’t get us wrong, the Type Cover-rivaling dock looks pretty great, full-sized, well-spaced and all, complemented by an “iconic” TrackPoint and three adjustable typing angles. But it’s three other accessories that steal ...

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    Companies manufacturing smartphones have dozens of options when it comes to choosing the chips that power them, and despite the presence of some big names in SoC-production, it sounds like more and more of these companies are looking to some less-traditionally-popular alternatives. Last month we heard that Lenovo could be among the phone-makers looking to throw its own hat into the SoC-making ring, but before it gets there, the company may turn to Samsung for a taste of its Exynos action, as rumors suggest Lenovo could launch a handset running the Exynos 8870. The 8870, as you may recall, ...

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    Even though Lenovo’s smartphone business restructuring and cost-cutting efforts are set to continue, likely seeing the Vibe family exit the scene as the focus moves chiefly on Lemon and Moto-branded devices, the K Note series should also get a refreshment before long. Not very familiar with Lenovo K Notes? That’s probably because they’ve predominantly targeted a budget-conscious Indian and Chinese audience thus far. The K3 Note launched last March, incorporating such respectable but short of remarkable features like a 5.5-inch Full HD screen, octa-core MediaTek SoC, and 2GB RAM. A ...

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    It’s no big secret Samsung continues to dominate global smartphone sales despite recent profit dips, and Apple follows in second as far as shipments go, with the lion’s share of net financial gains. Meanwhile, Huawei has reportedly consolidated its last spot on the podium even before the Nexus 6P launched, and according to Digitimes Research, Lenovo and LG wrapped up the top five between July and September. Typically, that’s where most quarterly market reports end, only some occasionally going until the tenth position. But things often get mighty interesting as you descend down the ...

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    "Welcome to Pocketnow, your one-stop-shop for smartphones, phablets, tablets, and wearables - and Chromebooks? I'm going to have to find some bigger pockets." - Joe Levi, Pocketnow Android has been powering smartphones since 2008 when the T-Mobile G1 was released. Later on, OEMs scaled the phone-centric OS up and crammed it into tablets (Google put the brakes on that until it could release Android Honeycomb, which was specifically designed for tablets - and horrible). Google even rolled out not one, but two flavors of Android for televisions. The only experience missing was the one right ...

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    Just because the PC market's contracting doesn't mean that competition doesn't get colder. At least in Japan, it's actually getting warm enough to the point of a possible three-way merger between the personal computing parts of Toshiba, Fujitsu and VAIO — the latter a spin-off from Sony and resurgent in the high-end market. The three Japanese companies will hash out details and may have a preliminary agreement within the month. Toshiba, Fujitsu and VAIO's controlling investor will have approximately equal, if not equal shares in the operation. It's likely that VAIO will be the ...

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    They say holiday shopping is a marathon, not a sprint. They don’t? Well, they should, and we do. Especially nowadays, with many an electronics merchant hell-bent on taking your money before Thanksgiving, as soon as you wrap up your Turkey Day feast, days after, and then on and around Christmas. Forget the biggest shopping day of the year, as stores, chiefly online, are taken by storm practically throughout November and December. Still, December 1, 2014 was responsible all by its lonesome for a record-breaking $2.68 billion worth of e-sales in the US, and there’s no reason to expect any ...

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    Chipsets ahoy! What's with manufacturers coming up with their own systems-on-a-chip lately? Sure, Apple and Samsung have had great prominence in doing it. Huawei also has its own HiSilicon subsidiary that has brought more prestige to the Kirin line recently. LG's figuring out its own way with Intel. But Sony's denying rumors it's doing anything by itself. What's going on with manufacturers' factories? Apparently, tons of money if you're in China. ZTE just got a ¥2.4 billion ($73.8 million as of this post) infusion from the National IC Industry Investment Fund. The company plans on using ...

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    The global ruler of the ailing PC market must take drastic action to stop its smartphone business from bleeding money after a not-so-smooth Motorola acquisition. Apparently, there’s not enough room under the Android sun for both Lenovo-branded handhelds and Motos, so before long, the Vibe family could go extinct. We’ve seen a slim-bezeled, premium built and hardly extravagant Vibe X3 5.5-inch device unveiled as recently as last week, but if Chinese media reports relayed by Digitimes are correct, this might be the product roster’s swan song. Surprised? Upset? Well, it’s not like the ...

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    Gartner’s full mobile Q3 2015 sales numbers are in, and the identities of all the winners and losers should come as no shock to anybody the least bit familiar with recent market trends. Spurred by growing popularity in both China and Europe, Huawei managed to seize a generous 7.7 percent slice of the smartphone pie between July and September, up 2.5 points from the same period last year. Clearly, double-digit global share is the next realistic target for the makers of the Mate S and Nexus 6P, especially if the latter model puts Huawei on the US map. At the opposite end of the spectrum, ...

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    At this point we weren’t really expecting any more hardware from Lenovo, mainly because the company decided to use the Motorola brand for its smartphones going forward. Still, we’ve seen the company announce a few products here and there, as it seems that part of the plan is not yet going to begin. Today the company announces a new product, and this time it goes all out in a few departments. Lenovo has just announced the new Vibe X3, a product it started teasing a few days ago. This is not your average smartphone though, as Lenovo is featuring Hi-fi 3.0 stereo speakers thanks to a ...

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    Android might still eat iOS's lunch in terms of global usage share, but with the annual bean counts coming up in the tens of billions, you have to wonder how much money the iPhone makes for Apple. Well, at least for this past quarter, it seems like we've reached a high watermark. 94 percent. That figure according to Canaccord Genuity research. Samsung came in second place with a staggering 11 percent while Sony, HTC, BlackBerry and Lenovo ended up in the negatives and, thus, accounts for the mathematical discrepancy. Compare these numbers with the shipment report from this quarter: the ...

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    Hong Kong-based hardware manufacturer Lenovo bought Motorola Mobility from Google last year and it finalized that acquisition last year. But just because a deal's done doesn't mean it takes time and treasure to readjust things. As a result, it needed to clean house not only within Motorola, but within itself. And for earnings reporting reasons, Lenovo's had to use some of its money to make that happen. Revenues were up 16 percent from last year to $12.2 billion. But with the conversion of its smartphone production to its Motorola subsidiary as well as other charges related to inventory and ...

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    Lenovo has been promoting its "Vibe" series of phones in China as "Lemon." Shaking citrus allusions aside, we saw a bit of a TENAA tease a couple of months ago of what might be the last of the Lenovos in terms of mobile phones. While Motorola is said to be taking the wheel soon, we might some fun being set up in Beijing. Lenovo is teasing a Vibe X3 launch for November 16. The whole artsy bit might refer to the Lenovo Vibe brand translating to "Legend Music lemon" on Google. As a reminder, here are some of the specs we know of in table form: [table] Component,Type Screen size,5.5 inches ...

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    Oversaturation is the word that best describes the two biggest smartphone markets in the world right now, so naturally, it’s vital for everyone from Samsung to Apple, Huawei, and Microsoft to make a decent splash in India. Even as sales gradually decelerate in China, the country is unlikely to be overtaken at the top of the mobile ranks, thanks to its staggering 1.35 billion population. But India may well surpass the US as early as 2017, and become the world’s second largest smartphone market. Hence, it’s less and less likely that Samsung will soon throw in the towel, given the ...

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    The holiday season should help tablet demand surge sequentially after a dreadful few quarters, but year-over-year, things will continue to look gloomy for iPads, Microsoft Surfaces, and large-screen Androids alike from a global perspective. That’s the trend both Digitimes Research and TrendForce forecast for Q4 2015, when shipments in the plunging market segment are to reportedly total 58.7 million units. A decent escalation from the sub-par 48.7M result posted between July and September, but only a fraction of the 76.1 mil tally in the October – December 2014 timeframe. Like last ...

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    It may have taken consumers a little while to warm to Microsoft's line of Surface tablets, but especially with last year's Surface Pro 3, the line really came into its own not just as a big success for Microsoft, but also as a design competitors were interested in duplicating for themselves. Recently we've seen no shortage of reports identifying new tablets as potential “Surface killers,” each attempting to find the same level of success for their respective manufacturers – Lenovo found itself facing just such a label earlier this year when we saw it introduce its Miix 700. Now we're ...

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    Of all of Microsoft’s partners, Lenovo seems to mount the strongest Surface and Surface Pro opposition, with an onslaught of Windows 10 tablet/laptop hybrids covering essentially every possible price bracket. Now, the newly unveiled Yoga 700 isn’t detachable, so Lenovo could have probably stocked this and Redmond-designed 2-in-1s sans fear of sales cannibalization. Still, you can easily flip the 11 and 14-inch displays back 360 degrees for multimode use, including one that apes a conventional albeit chunkier than usual tablet. Despite what the name suggests, the Lenovo Yoga 700 is ...

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    We've recently heard not one, but two bits testifying to the fact that Apple, the leading tablet vendor on the market, isn't doing as well as some would have predicted, when it comes to the tablet market. Initially, we heard unconfirmed rumours that orders placed for the upcoming iPad Pro are cautious, then we heard reports that poor iPad sales are affecting the supply chain manufacturers. Apparently, the issue is a larger one, affecting all players on the market. According to the most recent IDC numbers, the entire tablet market is down. For the third quarter of the year, tablet shipments ...

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    After big numbers from Apple, Microsoft and Google, of course we should move to Samsung to cover its digits. After all, talking about the declining shipments, the iPhone's comet chasing and a chaebol in a commandeering crisis. (Drop below for the deets on Samsung shipments, but first, some bits of its Q3 earnings.) Earnings Nevertheless, good news for the most part as Samsung revenues went up 9 percent year-over-year to the US currency equivalent of $45B. Operating profit, while down in sequential quarters, remains a vast improvement from last year: Nearly $6.5B this year versus $4.2B in ...

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    Slowly but surely, we’re starting to piece together Lenovo’s smartphone roadmap after handing the design reigns to the Motorola team, with a couple of hybrid-looking Vibe models most certainly in the pipeline. The high-end-ish Lenovo Vibe X3 and decidedly mid-range X3 Lite should make the transition to global Moto-branded devices a bit smoother, as the two seem to mix architectural elements from both companies set to become one before long. China’s FCC-like Tenaa agency already revealed the exterior physiognomy and internal specifications of the superior 5.5-incher, and now, it’s ...

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    Officially released in the five biggest European markets just a couple of weeks back at prices converting to the rough equivalent of $430, the Cyanogen OS-powered ZUK Z1 can be purchased now if you hurry (and are lucky) for much less. Specifically, $280, two-year warranty included, from international e-tailer AliExpress, which remarkably also ships the 5.5-inch Android worldwide for no extra fee. What’s the catch, you ask? Well, there were only 1,000 units on sale to start with, and at the time of this writing, almost half have already been ordered. If bargain hunters keep it up, all ...

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    The hunt for a quality tablet that won’t break your budget is an elusive one. There are some really low prices out there, and the Android tablet landscape is littered with tablets that should not exist, because they are incredibly bad. So, what is a budget conscious tech nerd to do? The answer used to be, “Get a Nexus” and indeed once upon a time, the Nexus 7 tablet was extremely budget friendly and worked pretty well. But since the Nexus 9’s $400 price tag came out, we’ve been searching for other options. Amazon? Samsung? The good people over at Lenovo think they might have the ...

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