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28
May

Lenovo unveils its Smart Cast concept, a smartphone with a built-in laser projector


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If you’ve been hankering after a smartphone with a built-in projector, Lenovo may well have you covered. At its TechWorld conference in Beijing today, the Chinese company unveiled a smartphone concept that included a built-in laser projector that can turn any flat surface into a keyboard that you can type on.

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The Lenovo Smart Cast has a couple of other neat tricks up its sleeve, the first one being the ability to play a virtual musical keyboard, where you can create music in real-time with no discernible lag. You can even project the image of your favourite game on to a surface and control the game by swiping on the projected image. The smartphone recognises your gestures and converts them into commands.

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The second nifty feature is that by rotating the projector and laying it flat on a table, for example, you can display your media content onto a nearby wall.

Naturally, being a concept, it’s unclear whether Lenovo will ever put the Smart Cast smartphone into production, but it is a sign that the Chinese company is attempting to think outside of the box in terms of smartphone development, much like it does with its range of laptops.

We have some a video and some more pictures for you to look at below and don’t forget you can follow our Google I/O 2015 coverage right here.

 

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28
May

Lenovo TechWorld 2015 – the highlights


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Today, Lenovo held its TechWorld event in Beijing, China and alongside announcements of new consumer products, the company also showcased some concept devices that show the company’s future products may also be truly spectacular. Let’s take a look at some of the highlights of TechWorld 2015:

Laptops and Tablets

We’ll kick things off with Lenovo’s new tablets and laptops range:

ThinkPad 10 tablet

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The updated 2nd-generation ThinkPad 10 tablet runs full Windows 10 and is Lenovo’s first product to run on Microsoft’s newest operating system. The ThinkPad 10 combines a quad-core Intel Atom processor with 64GB or 128GB internal storage and 2GB or 4GB RAM along with a 10.1 inch WUXGA display, which sports 1900×1200 pixels resolution and Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection.

The ThinkPad 10 also has a 5MP camera with LED flash, 1.2MP front camera, non-removable 32Wh battery that lasts up to 10 hours and is 9.1mm thick. It also comes with a fingerprint scanner, ThinkPad Pen Pro with Cantonese writing support – the first digital stylus to support this complex language – dTPM encryption and a smart card reader. The ThinkPad 10 will cost $549 before taxes and subsidies and will be available once Windows 10 launches later this summer.

Read more about the ThinkPad 10 at our sister site, TabTimes.

Lenovo Z41 and Z51 laptops / IdeaPad 100 notebook

From a Windows tablet to two laptops and a notebook; Lenovo introduced the Z41 and Z51 laptops and the IdeaPad 100 notebook.

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First up are the Z41 and Z51 laptops, which feature 14 inch and 15 inch displays respectively and are focused on multimedia consumption. These laptops start at $499 and run Windows 8.1 until Windows 10 launches later this year.

The specs vary by region and the price point you choose but the available options include the latest Intel Core i7 processor, a full HD display with integrated Intel or AMD graphics cards, 16GB RAM, 1TB HDD or SSD, an array of ports and 4 hours battery life.

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The IdeaPad 100 is designed to provide competition for the notebook market and provides a full Windows experience at an affordable price point. The notebook has a start price of $249 and comes with a 1366×768 pixels resolution display with integrated Intel graphics and an Intel processor.

Like Lenovo’s laptops, the customisation options vary by region and price point but max out at an Intel BayTrail-M N3540 processor, 8GB DDR3 RAM and either a 500GB hard drive or 128GB solid state drive. These notebooks are again quoted at offering up to 4 hours battery life from a single charge.

Read more about the new laptops and notebook at our sister site, TabTimes.

The Concepts

From the consumer devices to the concept and cool devices that showcase exactly what Lenovo can do:

Lenovo Magic View dual-screen smartwatch

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The Lenovo Magic View is a concept smartwatch designed to solve one of the major problems with current smartwatches; the super small display. The Magic View looks similar to the Moto 360 but offers a Virtual Interactive Display (VID) between the watch face and the wrist strap, that allows you to view images up to 20 times the size of the standard watch screen.

The VID also has benefits for privacy concerns as it can be used to view information that you would otherwise not like publicly displayed on your wrist. As an example, the VID could be used for bank balance updates, which you would not necessarily want displayed for all to see.

Read more about the Lenovo Magic View here.

Lenovo Smart Cast smartphone

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Lenovo wasn’t done with the concepts there though as the company decided to show us what the future for its smartphones could hold.

The Smart Cast smartphone is a truly unique device as it features the world’s first laser projector on a smartphone as well as the world’s smallest pico projector. In use, the smartphone allows you to project your content onto a large wall or project a keyboard or other controls onto any surface.

As an example, famed Chinese pianist Lang Lang took to the stage during the keynote to demo the projector and it showed that the technology has several real-world applications. From projecting content to being used as a teaching aid, the projector could be open up new realms for technology that were previously only concepts.

Read more about the Lenovo Smart Cast smartphone here.

Other highlights

From the concepts to other consumer devices that took our eye:

Lenovo Cast

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The Lenovo Cast is Lenovo’s answer to the Google Chromecast but trumps Google’s offering in a few key ways. While the Chromecast is limited to support for just Cast technology, the Lenovo Cast also supports DLNA and Miracast which essentially means it can convert any HDMI-enabled display into a fully-fledged multimedia device.

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The other key feature compared to Chromecast is support for dual-band Wi-Fi; one of the biggest issues with the Chromecast is that it only supports the 2.4GHz channel so if you have a dual-band router, you’ll often need to split the channels for your Chromecast to consistently work. The Lenovo Cast solves this and also comes with a mount to attach the puck-shaped device to the back of your TV.

Read more about the Lenovo Cast here.

Lenovo VR Googles

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From media streaming to an entirely new world of virtual reality and Lenovo has entered the VR race with its new Lenovo VR Goggles. Designed just like the Gear VR, the goggles use your Lenovo smartphone as the display and come with a handheld remote control to navigate the on-screen menus.

Read more about the Lenovo VR Goggles here.

So there you have it, our highlights from Lenovo’s TechWorld 2015. Our very own Darcy is in Beijing for Lenovo’s event and captured the photos in the gallery above but for now, which was your favourite device shown off at TechWorld 2015? Vote in our poll and let us know your views in the comments below

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28
May

Lenovo announces the $49 Lenovo Cast streaming device


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Lenovo has been unveiling its latest creations at its Tech World 23015 conference, and here we have the Lenovo Cast streaming device that fills a similar role to Google’s Chromecast device. Instead of looking like a weirdly shaped USB stick though, the Lenovo Cast looks rather like a hockey puck, black and round.

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Whereas the Chromecast uses Google’s proprietary casting technology, the Lenovo Cast uses Miracast and DLNA standards that are present in almost Android smartphone or tablet. The Lenovo Cast will mirror your phone or tablets display, much like you can with the Chromecast, the downside of which is that when your display times out, the content being cast to the TV will also vanish.

The Lenovo Cast can cast Full HD movies, images and games from up to 20m away, with the ability to get its signal through two walls. Unlike the Chromecast, the Lenovo Cast offers dual-band WiFi (2.4GHz & 5GHz) compatibility. The device connects to the TV or monitor via HDMI cable, and if you were worried about having to find room in your TV cabinet for the Lenovo Cast, fear not. A bracket is included in the box that allows you to mount the device on the back of your TV.

At $49, Lenovo Cast is a little more expensive than the Chromecast, although it does offer slightly higher specifications than Google’s device. For me, the Chromecast still edges it by giving the user the option to stream content without needing to keep the phone or tablet display on. There’s also a good chance we will see the second generation Chromecast being announced at Google I/O 2015 later on today. Still, you can never have too many options, am I right? Remember to check out our complete Google I/O 2015 coverage by clicking here.

We have the full specifications of the Lenovo Cast below.

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28
May

Lenovo’s ‘Magic View’ smartwatch concept hides a private display


Smartwatches, you know the drill: a touchscreen display, and it feeds you notifications and stuff. Pretty boring, right? Lenovo agrees, so has cooked up a “Magic View” concept to show things don’t need to be this way. The problem Magic View solves is simple: the small displays inherent in watches. The answer? A small, second screen in the strap that initially appears cosmetic, until you hold it to your eye. Once you do, you’ll see an image the company claims is 20 times larger than the watch’s main display. Lenovo says it’s using “optical reflection” to achieve this, and that the second display can be used for viewing maps, looking “around” images (using the accelerometer in the watch we gather) and even viewing videos — should you be ok with holding your wrist to your eye to do so.

The prototype was on show at Lenovo’s Tech World show in Beijing, and bares more than a passing resemblance to a Moto 360 — hardly surprising. Android Central say that the demo device was running an Android-based OS that was different to both Wear and Google’s main mobile operating system. The second display might seem a little goofy at first, but Lenovo is likely pitching it as a security feature, too. Given that only you can see what’s on the second screen, it’s ideal for private viewing, or showing notifications you don’t want the person next to you catching. Given that Lenovo also showed some smart shoes, that display your mood on a screen, the Magic Eye doesn’t seem so crazy after all?

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28
May

Lenovo unveils concept smartphone with laser projector


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At its TechWorld event in Beijing today, Lenovo has unveiled more than just a concept smartwatch as the company’s latest smartphone concept is unique and impressive. The company has already released a handheld pico projector and the Smart Cast concept smartphone aims to bring projectors to the main stream as it has the world’s first laser projector in a smartphone, as well as the world’s smallest pico projector.

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Smart Cast comes with a unique rotating projector system – which appears similar to the Lenovo Pocket Projector – which allows you to project movies, TV shows or video games onto a wall. The projector can also be used to project keyboard and other controls onto nearby surfaces, allowing you to expand your keyboard rather than rely on a small on-screen keyboard. Lenovo then uses its gesture recognition software to recognise gestures such as clicking and sliding and presumably, this gesture recognition could also be used in other non-projector Lenovo and Motorola smartphones.

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At its keynote, Lenovo showed off the projector with a keyboard demo from Chinese pianist Lang Lang and the demo definitely showed that the technology has a lot of real-world applications. From being used as a piano keyboard to a multi-touch keyboard as a teaching aid and a lot more, the Smart Cast may not be a consumer device but given the company’s past record, we’ll see a consumer release at some point in the future. Maybe in the Moto X 2015?

28
May

Lenovo launches depth-sensing laptop and Surface 3 rival


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If you’re in the market for a mid-range laptop, Lenovo has revealed an interesting option at its Tech World event in Beijing. The 15-inch Z51 laptop has an Intel RealSense 3D camera that can be used for scanning, gaming or gesture control. If you’re not into that gimmick, the Z51 and 14-inch Z41 have pretty decent bang for the buck, however, with 1080p displays, optional discreet AMD graphics, 16GB max memory and up to a Core i7 CPU. Both will arrive next month starting at $499, but on the off-chance you want a depth camera, you’ll pay an extra $100 for the 15-inch model.

Lenovo also revealed the Ideapad 100 (above), a $249 laptop coming next month that could give potential Chromebook buyers pause. It’s available in 14- and 15-inch sizes, with a 1,366 x 768 non-touch screen. Lenovo says it’s aimed at buyers “who need only the most essential features” like web browsing, meaning the max configuration has a mere BayTrail-M N3540 CPU and 500GB of storage. Still, it’ll let you watch a movie with four hours between charges, as long as you don’t mind holding 4-plus pounds of computer on your lap.

Lastly, there’s the 10-inch ThinkPad 10 (2nd generation) tablet pictured above. Lenovo’s pitching that to business pros with features like a ThinkPad Pen Pro stylus, 1,920 x 1,200 IPS touch screen, Intel Atom quad-core CPU, up to 4GB RAM, a 5-megapixel camera, LTE connectivity and 10 hours of battery life. Lenovo says it’ll also bring “a full PC experience,” à la Microsoft’s Surface 3, provided you’re willing to spend up on accessories. You can add, for instance, a folio keyboard for $110, an ultrabook keyboard for $119, a tablet dock for $129 and $70 4-way privacy film. That’s on top of $549 for the tablet itself, which is $50 bucks more than a base Surface 3. Still, it’s good to have options, and hopefully we’ll get a better look to let you know if it’s worth it. The ThinkPad 10 will be available August 2015.

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28
May

Lenovo unveils a $49 Chromecast competitor


Lenovo has unveiled its own media sharing device to keep up with the Chromecasts and Roku Streaming Sticks of the world. But the Lenovo Cast differs considerably from Google’s similarly named device, and not just because it looks like a puck instead of a stick. You start by plugging it into the HDMI port of your TV or monitor (it supports HDMI 1.3) and sync up with your WiFi network, like similar products. But from there, it taps into your DNLA or Miracast-enabled smartphone, tablet or laptop, to output up to 1080P video to your big screen. That’s unlike the Chromecast, which uses its proprietary (though ubiquitous) Chrome browser environment.

While that might make setup a bit more messy than Google’s dongle, Lenovo’s Cast should be a bit more versatile. With dual frequency WiFi (5GHz and 2.4Ghz), the disk will let you cast in most formats up to 20 meters (65 feet), even through walls. The DLNA and Miracast capability also means plenty of video, image and sound formats will be supported, and you can mirror any content from a smartphone. All that will cost you $50, which is a bit more than a $35 Chromecast, but the same as Roku’s Streaming Stick and Amazon’s FireTV stick (though the latter also includes a remote). The Cast will arrive this August at the same time as Lenovo’s incoming Surface 3 competitor, the ThinkPad 10 tablet.

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25
May

‘Buy Buy’ BlackBerry? Microsoft could make offer for sleeping phone giant, rumors say


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Rumors have been circulating recently that companies are lining up to acquire Blackberry. The shortlist includes Microsoft, Xiaomi, Huawei and Lenovo for now —  last month, Samsung was reportedly also on the list but backed out after getting a $7.5 billion asking price.

As of now, Microsoft seems to be preparing a $7 billion offer for the company — that’s a 26 percent premium for the stock.

While BlackBerry continues to struggle on the sales end of its operation, it still does have a great reputation in mobile security as a part of its enterprise/business-class devices — the U.S. government still lists BlackBerry as its preferred smartphone OEM. (This, of course, is the valuable asset these suitors wish to gain in any purchase of the company.)

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21
May

ZTE aims to become world’s third largest smartphone vendor


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In its latest quarterly earnings report, Lenovo become the world’s third largest smartphone vendor. Now, ZTE has its eyes on the title, aiming to become the world’s third largest smartphone manufacturer in three years time.

ZTE plans to achieve this goal by sponsoring more NBA teams in order to boost ZTE’s brand in the United States. The Shenzhen-based company already sponsors three NBA teams, and its tripled its US marketing budget last year. Considering that the company’s US smartphone shipments jumped nearly fifty percent in 2014, and they plan on another 20% rise this year, ZTE seems to be on the right track.

Interestingly, ZTE’s jump in shipments are rising, even though US lawmakers are voicing security concerns when it comes to Chinese telecommunications. Huawei was under investigation for a year and half under espionage allegations, where the White House wasn’t able to find any clear evidence. However, vulnerabilities in Chinese telecommunication equipment still remain a concern.

What’ll really be interesting to see is how popular their smartphones will be after they ditch Android in favor of an in-house operating system.

Either way, ZTE does create some quality smartphones. It’ll be interesting to see how popular their devices become in the US and where they’ll stand in three years.

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21
May

Lenovo posts quarterly earnings, becomes world’s third largest smartphone manufacturer


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It’s been a promising year for Lenovo, completing a full quarter of business with Motorola under its wing. The Chinese manufacturer shipped a record 18.7 million smartphones in its most recent Q4 2014 report, making the company the third largest smartphone vendor in the world.

Lenovo brought in a revenue of $2.8 billion, which not only includes smartphones, but Android TVs and tablets as well. Motorola had a big part to play in this quarter’s smartphone figure, shipping over 7.8 million devices. For the full year, Lenovo said it shipped 76 million smartphones, the best the company has seen yet. China made up the majority of the shipments, at 44.9 million units.

In addition to smartphones, Lenovo said they shipped 12 million tablets, with a market share of 5.1 percent.

The Chinese company beat a lot of expectations, boasting a record setting revenue of $46.3 million, an increase in profit by 20% from the same period last year. They boasted a gross profit of $6.7 billion and an operating profit of $1.1 billion.

In other words, Lenovo is becoming an increasingly stronger player in the smartphone market, not only in sales, but in the products they offer as well. It wouldn’t be a far-fetched idea for their smartphone shipments to drastically increase if the Chinese manufacturer lived by the same update standards as Motorola does.

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