It seems like every manufacture is making their own chips now a days. It used to be just the biggest manufactures like Apple and Samsung making their own chips, but now more and more Chinese manufactures are getting in on the action.
ZTE has just recently received CNY2.4 billion (US$73.8 million) from China’s National IC Industry Investment Fund. This money will be used to help accelerate their mobile chip development.
Xiaomi is another China based manufacture that will be partnering with chip designer Leadcore Technology to co-develop ARM-based SoCs for Xiaomi’s 2016 device line up.
Finally, Huawei already provides chips to many smartphone vendor’s phones. However, they are doing so well that they are becoming a real problem to mainstream chip companies like MediaTek and Qualcomm.
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As part of Lenovo’s major ongoing restructure, the company has recently stated that it will dissolve its mobile division and fold it into Motorola. Another report also suggested that Lenovo would be replacing its Vibe series of smartphones and possibly its Lemon series too in order to simplify its product portfolio. However, Lenovo has since dismissed the latter point and insists that its Vibe brand will be sticking around.
“Vibe remains an important brand in the Lenovo mobile family … We plan to continue to expand and grow the franchise in select markets around the world.” – Lenovo spokesperson
So what’s going on? Well, we know that Lenovo is reorganizing its smartphone business under the legal Motorola entity. The company has also stated that it will rely on Motorola to design, develop and manufacture smartphone products. However, this doesn’t necessarily mean that all Lenovo branded smartphones will disappear, and we can probably expect Lenovo to keep some of its brands around in regions where they are proving popular. What we don’t know is how these changes will affect the design of Lenovo’s future handsets.
The original report had suggested that Lenovo would axe some of its own brands to make room for Motorola’s portfolio, so as not to create conflicts across the various market segments. Case in point, the Lenovo Vibe and Moto G/X ranges both target the mid-tier of the market. However, the two names currently see different levels of success around the globe, take Asia verses the US for example. The key to Lenovo’s statement is “select markets.”
Both the Vive and Moto brands will continue to be sold and developed, at least in the near future, despite all being integrated under a single organization.
The Lenovo K32c36 is a new mid-range handset that just received its certification from the China agency, TENAA.
The Lenovo K32c36 will likely have a different name time come its official unveiling, which could be just a few days off. Specs include a 5-inch full-HD display, an octa-core processor clocked at 1.5GHz, 2GB of RAM, likely a 13MP rear-facing camera, a 5MP front-facing camera and 16GB of internal storage that can expanded for an extra 32GB of memory via its built-in microSD card slot. The handset will also include a variety of other sensors including GPS and Bluetooth connectivity. The handset weighs in at 140g and measures only 8.2mm thick.
The official announcement of the Lenovo K32c36 could be just around the corner. The design features a metal build with rear-facing speakers and a monotone flash on the rear side. It’s expected to debut in four colors, black, white, gold and silver. For more details you can check out the official listing at the source link down below.
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When you think of gaming PCs, Lenovo probably isn’t your first choice. It has gaming PCs, but it’s often far more tempting to either go with a game-centric brand or build a system yourself. Lenovo may have a way to improve its reputation, though. It’s partnering with Razer on special editions of its Y series devices that pack both the performance you’d expect from a gaming rig as well as Razer’s signature design cues, such as multi-hued Chroma lighting. The first confirmed project from the two is the Lenovo Razer Edition desktop you see here (due for a full debut at CES in January), but there are promises of “multiple” products and joint development of new technology.
New images have been posted online of the rumored ZUK Z2, which is said to be a revolutionary smartphone with a 360-degree rotating camera. ZUK, a Lenovo-supported brand in China, launched the Z1 earlier this year, and thus far, it’s seen great success.
These leaked renders indicate the the ZUK Z2 will feature a dual-sided metal and glass design and that the display will be made out of 2.5D glass. From the renders, there doesn’t seem to be a front-facing camera, which is what makes the 360-degree rotating camera really interesting.
Theoretically, with it being so rotatable, you could use the smartphone’s rear camera as a front-facing camera, giving you some really detailed selfies.
As far as specifications go, the ZUK Z2 is rumored to have a Snapdragon 820 in tow. There are no rumors as to what else the ZUK Z2 is packing under the hood, but some reports are saying that the Chinese market could see a 128GB model of this smartphone.
Keep in mind that these are unofficial leaked renders, so it’d be wise to take all of this with a grain of salt. It’s a really neat smartphone concept, and it’ll be interesting to see if it makes it to the Chinese market down the line.
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Lenovo’s Yoga laptops hardly need an introduction at this point: The company’s iconic 2-in-1s are so popular that its competitors have been copying them right and left. Last year’s edition, the Yoga 3 Pro, was especially notable for how thin and light it was: just 2.6 pounds and half an inch thick, and that was with a folding touchscreen, too. The problem, we found, was that as easy as it was to hold, that compact design came with significant compromises, including lackluster performance and mediocre battery life. Enter this year’s model, the new Yoga 900 ($1,199 and up). Like its predecessor, it has a 13-inch, 3,200 x 1,800 screen and a slim build, but this time it claims faster performance, longer battery life and a sturdier hinge. It is, essentially, an improvement in almost every way.Slideshow-342989
Sorry we haven’t updated the buyers’s guide in a couple months — we’ve been too busy pumping out reviews of all the new devices. Now that things have finally started to slow down (fingers crossed), let’s take a step back and look at all the awesome stuff we’ve had a chance to test this fall. For starters, there’s a bunch of excellent smartphones that we absolutely need to add to our guide. Namely: the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, the Nexus 6P and 5X, and the Moto X Pure. On the tablet side, we’re inducting both the iPad mini 4 and the Surface Pro 4. Microsoft makes another appearance in the laptop section, where we’ve added the Surface Book, along with Dell’s Chromebook 13. Rounding out the list, we threw in a few miscellaneous items, including the new Xbox One Elite Wireless controller, the redesigned Sonos Play:5 wireless speaker and Google’s $35 Chromecast Audio.
Source: Engadget Buyer’s Guide
On paper, Motorola’s Droid Turbo 2 looks like an upgraded version of the Moto X Pure Edition, which was already one of our favorite Android phones. In particular, the Turbo 2 brings more powerful components, a big battery and a shatterproof screen. In reality, though, the Turbo 2 suffers from a slightly dim screen, mediocre camera and loads of Verizon bloatware. The battery life, while pretty decent, is not quite as long as advertised. Also, at $624, it’s expensive for what it is, and it’s not likely to receive software updates as quickly as the Moto X. Don’t get us wrong, it’s a decent phone, but given the choice, you’d still be better off with the bog-standard Pure Edition. That’s the gist, as you’ll see in our mini review video, and if you have time for a longer read, check out our full review here.
The race to come out ahead in the Indian smartphone market is still hotly contested and the consumer appeal of manufacturing devices locally has become a major differentiating factor, with the Make-in-India campaign gaining some major momentum. Lenovo seems very aware of this trend and has announced that it is committed to making long term investments into manufacturing and R&D in the country as well.
The announcement came while Lenovo was busy unveiling its logo and new tag-line in the country: “Innovation never stands still”. As well as new hardware research, Lenovo also stated that is sees software development heading to the country in the future as well. Upcoming products were also announced at the event. The Moto X Force and Yoga Tab 3 are scheduled to arrive “soon”, although we don’t have an exact date or prices for either device just yet.
“In three years, we have reached a revenue of $2.5 billion (roughly Rs. 16,540 crores) in India compared to a target of $800 million (roughly Rs. 5,292 crores) when we came to this country which is fast evolving in the area of technology,” – Lenovo Chief Executive, Yang Yuanqing
Lenovo currently sits in third position in the Indian smartphone market, partly due to its range of very cost effective, super-midrange smartphones. However, the company has had a tougher year in the global market, where is slowing share and shipments, coupled with some very large expenses, has seen the company recently post its first quarterly loss in six years.
Lenovo is looking to become one of the fifty largest companies in India, and a strong position in the country’s booming smartphone market is certainly a good place to start.
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We’ve previously heard of the dire state of Android manufacturers slowly losing all their profit margin in an increasingly competitive smartphone industry, but we had no idea it was this bad – or how badly Apple is beating everyone. According to Canaccord Genuity, Apple’s share of global smartphone operating profit share has risen to 94% in Q3 2015, a jump from 85% the same time last year. Perhaps the more depressing news from this analysis is that Samsung, the last remaining Android manufacturer to be making any kind of profit margin, has now decreased its share to 11%, a far cry from its 42% just two years ago.
As you can see, plenty of manufacturer’s profit margin have dipped to 0%, with some even incurring losses for every device made a la Microsoft and Lenovo/Motorola. Going forward, it’s not clear how some manufacturers will be able to increase their profit margin with how things are progressing, but presumably the hope is that devices start to get cheaper with more focus on usability and user experience over sheer performance.
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