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    As smaller tablets like the Nexus 7 and the iPad mini have gained traction, we knew it was only a matter of time before these became a more popular breed among different platforms and OEMs. Microsoft's answer to this new market is Windows 8.1, though Redmond's strategy was to bring us more powerful tablets by allowing us to use a full desktop operating system on an 8-inch tablet. Both Dell and Toshiba have pioneered this market with their inexpensive offerings late last year, but none of these companies offered us a really powerful business tablet, as Lenovo claims to do so with their ...

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    Technology trade shows are often a breeding ground for plague and disease, so here at Pocketnow we opted to inoculate ourselves early … by picking up some crazy wintertime head colds just days before flying to Vegas for the 2014 International CES. That's right: on the first podcast of the year, all three of your humble hosts are suffering from respiratory distress and an overabundance of mucus, all of it glazed over with enough combined medication to drop a Snapdragon dead in its tracks. Or something. On the brighter side, in addition to being bastions of bacteria, trade shows like ...

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    We still may be days away from the official start of CES 2014, but smartphone OEMs sure like to grab the spotlight when they can, so you had better believe that we'll be seeing plenty of these companies trying to get a leg up on the competition by making some of their announcements a little early. Today that means some news from Lenovo, which has a few new 4.7-to-6-inch phones all ready for us to check out. Well, perhaps “new” is too strong a word, because the first guy here is one with which we're already familiar, having first heard the company talk about its LTE-supporting Vibe Z ...

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    Is Lenovo a company we should all start paying a lot more attention to when it comes to smartphones and tablets? Lately it's been cranking out some very interesting designs, like that cheap $300 Windows 8.1 tablet, the Android laptop with a permanently attached keyboard, or the Yoga tablets with their rotating kickstands. The latest to catch our eye is its Vibe Z smartphone, with some very respectable hardware under the hood. You may recall the Lenovo Vibe X handset, announced back in September. While that model ran a MediaTek SoC, the Vibe Z instead packs everyone's favorite, the ...

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    Lenovo's been all over the place with some unusual mobile electronics lately, and in some less-than-standard form factors. We just looked at an Android laptop with non-detachable keyboard the other week, and today we learn of two new tablets from the manufacturer, each with an odd design of its own. The eight-inch and ten-inch Lenovo Yoga Tablets both have a bulky cylinder on one edge, from which a convertible kickstand rotates out. That can be twisted to either hold the tablet upright, or just give it a little boost off the table. While this seems to offer a lot more versatility, the ...

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    Smartphones are great and useful tools, but until you get a bigger screen on them, they're never going to replace your laptop computer. Tablets are gaining in popularity and in functionality. They're doing so well, in fact, that many smartphone makers are pushing the limits of what can be called a "phone" by making screens bigger -- much bigger. At Pocketnow we call them "phablets". When we started we were sort of making fun of the huge-screened phones, but despite our mocking, the phrase suck -- and we learned that, when done right, phablets can be pretty awesome. But tablets and phablets ...

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    There's no shortage of Android tablets out there, and more than a few supporting official add-on keyboards (to say nothing of the generic Bluetooth keyboards one could connect to any model). But we haven't seen a huge number of devices we might call Android laptops: those with their keyboards permanently attached. Well – not from major manufacturers, at least. Still, there's been the odd model now and then, and we've even heard that Google might be planning to release such a device. Today we're looking at a new Android laptop from Lenovo, the 10.1-inch A10. To help differentiate it from ...

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    Forget Windows RT: the most interesting thing happening with Windows tablets lately is arguably the rise of incredibly affordable slates running full-on Windows 8.1 – no RT restrictions. We just saw Dell introduce its Venue 8 Pro, starting at a super-cheap $300 sticker price, and now it looks like Lenovo wants in on that action, too, announcing an eight-inch Windows 8.1 tablet of its own. Like that Dell, Lenovo's Miix2 features a 1280 x 800 display, runs a Bay Trail Atom, and sells starting at $300. That's for the base 32GB option; Lenovo has also announced 64GB and 128GB versions, but ...

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    This is a rumor! It will probably be debunked in the next day, so treat it accordingly! According to hear-say, Lenovo and HTC have been in talks for quite some time now, concerning a buyout. HTC buyout, that is, at least that's what this report is claiming, and, beyond the reports itself, there's this terrible automated translation and a lot of perspectives getting in the way. The rumor goes like this: since HTC has posted not-so-good financial numbers, apparently, and reportedly, there have been alleged top-level meetings between Lenovo and HTC executives, back in August. Lenovo has ...

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    One of the nice things about expos like the IFA is that they give us an opportunity to look at the hardware from manufacturers that don't necessarily grab our attention too much otherwise. Take Lenovo, for instance: it's been churning out Android phones, as well as a bunch of tablets, but its models just haven't yet managed to captivate us like ones from a Samsung or HTC might. Could it finally be time for that to change? Lenovo has brought a few new devices to show off at the IFA this year, and today we hear about a new Android phone and tablet. First up, there's the Vibe X, Lenovo's new ...

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    At the core of every smartphone, phablet, tablet, computer, or piece of electronic equipment is a processor. Processors aren't as simple as a single chip anymore. The processor inside mobile devices today is what's called a "System on a chip", or SoC for short. This SoC includes a lot of "processors". Some handle video, some handle traditional "CPU" tasks. Others take care of your cellular, WiFi, and Bluetooth radios. Still more process audio, and others monitor and handle the vast array of sensors that are tucked away snugly inside modern phones and tablets. Each SoC has its advantages ...

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    Lenovo continues to try making a name for itself as a smartphone manufacturer; earlier this year we learned about the K900 with its 2GHz Intel chip, as well as a whole slew of lower-powered Androids. Today we have a couple new ones to add to the bunch, upon some pictures surfacing of the Lenovo S920 and S820. The S920 (above) is solidly into phablet territory with its 5.3-inch display. It's powered by a quad-core MediaTek MT6589 SoC, one of the company’s new A7-based designs for increased operating efficiency. Additional details are sparse, but look for dual-SIM support, Jelly Bean, and ...

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    A report, citing Lenovo's CFO, claimed last week that the company might consider the acquisition/merger or a strategic alliance with Research in Motion, in order to strengthen its mobile line-up. According to a company statement, the quote is out of context and pure speculation: "we are aware that Lenovo’s CFO [Wong] Waiming was speaking broadly about M&A strategy in a recent interview. RIM was raised as a potential target by the journalist and Mr. Wong repeatedly answered in a manner consistent with all of our previous statements on M&A strategy: Lenovo is very focused on ...

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    Research in Motion is preparing to launch its brand new BlackBerry 10 devices in less than a week but according to a Bloomberg report Lenovo might have some merger plans that include the Canadian company. The Chinese multinational computer maker is trying to boost its mobile business and executives are dropping hints about the options. Lenovo's Chief Financial Officer Wong Wai Ming said that the company is "looking at all opportunities, RIM and many others. [...] We’ll have no hesitation if the right opportunity comes along that could benefit us and shareholders". Lenovo already bought ...

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    Lenovo announced the IdeaPhone K900 for China this week and if you somehow missed this phone, among all the other CES news, it's time for you to catch up on it. We're looking at one of the first phones to pack a 2GHz dual-core Intel Atom processor; it has a 5.5-inch Full HD 1080p screen, 13-megapixel camera and will ship with Android 4.2. That dual-core Intel Atom processor at 2GHz seems to be dominating the landscape benchmark-wise (if the results above are real, excluding PhotoShop hocus-pocus, other trickery, or benchmark application anomalies). Above 27,000 points in AnTuTu means ...

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    Overnight, we shared news with you of Lenovo's 2GHz K900 Android, but as it turns out, that's just the tip of the Lenovo Android iceberg. In addition to the K900, the company has five other new Androids making their debut at the CES this year. First up, in the S-series, a designation promising media and entertainment superiority, Lenovo is introducing the S890 and S720. The former has a 5-inch qHD display, while the S720 goes with a 4.5-inch component in the same resolution; both feature eight-megapixel main cameras. Lenovo doesn't mention the S890's SoC, but spells-out that the S720 runs ...

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    Intel is slowly increasing its presence in the mobile industry and the just announced IdeaPhone K900 from Lenovo is such a device packing the chip-giant's processor. While at it, the device is also among the first ones to pack a 2GHz dual-core Atom processor. The screen is 5.5 inches in diagonal with Full HD 1080p resolution calling for a pixel density rating of 400 PPI. The camera appears to be similar to the one found on the newly announced Sony Xperia Z, meaning 13-megapixels as well as a Sony Exmor R backside illuminated sensor. It will ship with Android 4.2 and a UI on top of it when ...

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    The new Lexington platform for mobile devices in emerging markets is not the only thing that came out of Intel's labs at this year's CES. The chip-maker also announced its new line-up of low-power Ivy Bridge processors meant to drive ultrabooks and tablets. Offering five times the performance of the now quite stale NVIDIA Tegra 3, the new processors draw much less power then the current low-power processors, specifically 7 watts instead of 17. The upcoming Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 11S, shown off at CES, is not the only device that will pack these new processors. Apparently, Microsoft's ...

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    You know the drill: another week, another overload of tech news for three geeky guys to talk about. On this exiciting episode of the Pocketnow Weekly, though, things are a little different: in addition to the usual news from the three big mobile platforms, Michael, Anton, and Joe discuss issues of major import for the industry in our broadcast's new preshow segment. Today's "Thought Thread" covers the Digital Millennium Copyright Act and its impact on smartphones and tablets, as well as a little invention called CommBadge that has the potential to bring voice interface back into the ...

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    How large a battery do you look for in a smartphone? Being able to get though a full day of heavy usage can be tricky for plenty of handsets, but luckily we live in a time when there are more options than ever when it comes to battery capacities. It might have been the arrival of the Droid RAZR Maxx earlier this year that really got us thinking about things in earnest, as it marked a major manufacturer giving its users a clear choice between thin phones and those with jumbo-sized batteries, all other things being equal. While the RAZR Maxx (and now, RAZR Maxx HD) topped-out at 3300mAh, ...

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    One of the pleasant surprises at this year's IFA was the cornucopia of Windows 8-powered tablets and each and every one of the x86 flavors was running on an Intel architecture, regardless of the OEM that built the slate. Now it seems that Intel is preparing a rather large Windows 8 event for September 27 in San Francisco, as invites start to pop up. With so many Windows 8 tablets in Berlin it was safe to assume that every manufacturer who wanted to announce and showcase their products did just that. However, Intel promises that there will be speakers from manufacturers like Acer, Asus, ...

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    The latest rumors regarding the pricing for Microsoft's Surface tablet talks about models as cheap as $199, competing directly with Google's Nexus 7, a budget tablet aimed at power users and fans of the Nexus brand. According to David Schmoock, head of Lenovo’s North America operations, devices running Windows RT will cost $200 to $300 less than those powered by Windows 8. Windows RT will be compatible with ARM processors while Windows 8 will have Intel and AMD chips at its core. Tablets running Windows 8 will cost $600 to $700, said Schmoock, and Windows RT-based slates ...

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    Lenovo announced the ThinkPad Tablet 2, its first slate specifically designed for Windows 8. Since it is powered by an Intel Atom processor, we're looking at a tablet which is running Windows 8 Pro, after the initial ThinkPad was powered by Google's Android mobile platform. It sports a 10.1-inch screen with 1,366 x 768, pen precision input, Intel Atom processor, two cameras (eight-megapixel at the back, two-megapixel on the front), 3G and 4G capability, NFC, fingerprint reader, and measures 9.8 mm in thickness and less than 600 grams (1.3 pounds) weight. There will also be an ...

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    When Microsoft announced its Windows Phone 8 hardware partners last month, it named Nokia, Huawei, Samsung, and HTC, all producing phones running Qualcomm chips. Earlier in the year, though, we heard rumors that some additional companies were looking to produce models for the WP8 launch, including both ASUS and Lenovo, and Lenovo has recently confirmed that work is underway on a WP8 model. Now a new rumor says that Lenovo has been in talks with Microsoft about the idea of making this model a bit of a departure from the standard WP8 Metro UI. Supposedly, a Lenovo team traveled to meet with ...

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    Lenovo may be experimenting with Intel chips in Androids with its K800, but the company's latest handset to cross our path goes with Samsung chips, instead, running the same Exynos 4 Quad as used in the international Galaxy S III. Lenovo's LePhone K860 will apparently be a five-inch model, pushing the upper limits of handset sizes in the same way as the Galaxy Note. Unlike that model, though, with its 1280 x 800 display, the K860 may go with a 1280 x 720 component. The smaller screen combined with the different display geometry means that the K860 should be nearly a centimeter less wide ...

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