Lenovo launches 'LePad' tablet in China

Mar 29, 2011

Chinese computer giant Lenovo has warned that supplies of its just-released tablet computer could be restricted after the earthquake and tsunami in Japan disrupted production of memory chips.

The LePad -- powered by Google's Android software -- was launched in China on Monday at a Chinese-media only event as Lenovo seeks to compete for a share of an increasingly crowded market dominated by Apple's .

Lenovo will begin selling LePad directly to Chinese consumers this week through its own retail stores and will put it on sale outside China by June, spokesman Jay Chen told Dow Jones Newswires.

But Lenovo vice president Chen Xudong said stocks of the devices could be hit after the twin disaster in Japan led to the supply squeeze, the firm said.

The quake-tsunami on March 11 led to the closure of hundreds of factories in Japan and the breaking of supply chains crucial to making cars, and machinery.

Lenovo did not how long the possible disruption could last.

The news comes after research firm IHS iSuppli said last week that Apple could face shortages of components for its new iPad 2 because of the earthquake and tsunami.

Other companies are facing similar problems. ZTE Corp, a Chinese maker of telecoms equipment, said last week it expected supply problems from Japan to last for the next three to six months.

Yang Yuanqing, CEO of China's biggest PC maker Lenovo, launches the company's new tablet computer, LePad, in Beijing on March 7. The IT giant has unveiled its new tablet computer for the domestic market in a bid to compete for a share of an increasingly crowded sector dominated by Apple's iPad.

Lenovo said in a statement that it was aggressively pursuing the mobile Internet device business and established a special division -- the Mobile Internet and Digital Home Business Group -- this year to better compete.

"The LePad is the first major launch since the business group's founding, we are confident in it and will continue to enrich its product line with better performing products and a richer selection of styles," Lenovo said.

In addition to the iPad, Lenovo's new tablet will compete against gadgets from other major electronics companies such as Dell, Samsung Electronics and BlackBerry-maker .

It faces tough competition. Apple's iPad accounted for 73 percent of the global tablet market in the fourth quarter, according to data from IDC intelligence firm while Samsung's Galaxy Tab had more than 17 percent market share.

LePad -- which was first unveiled in January at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas -- has a 10.1-inch (26 centimetre) colour screen and connects to the Internet using WiFi or 3G telecom services.

In China, models equipped with WiFi wireless technology will carry a recommended price tag of 3,499 yuan ($533) for the 16-gigabyte version, the company said.

It did not say when it would go on sale, but pre-orders began on March 16.

Lenovo, which bought IBM's PC business in 2004 for $1.25 billion, had roughly 27 percent of its home market last year and was ranked fourth globally with a share of about eight percent, IDC said.

Research firm Gartner estimates total tablet shipments will reach 54.8 million units in 2011, draining demand for laptops and notebook computers.

Apple sold 15 million iPads last year, generating $10 billion in revenue and establishing the multi-tasking device as a "must-have" consumer item for many.

Explore further: Five features an Amazon phone might offer (Update)

add to favorites email to friend print save as pdf

Related Stories

China's Lenovo creates unit for tablets, mobiles

Jan 18, 2011

Chinese computer giant Lenovo said Tuesday it will create a special unit to create mobile and other Internet-connected devices, as it seeks to grab a bigger slice of the fast-growing market.

Lenovo 'LePad' combines tablet and laptop

Jan 05, 2011

Chinese computer colossus Lenovo has unveiled an IdeaPad computer that serves as a laptop for work tasks then converts to a touch-screen tablet for play time.

China's Lenovo to launch game console

Aug 30, 2010

China's IT giant Lenovo has said it will launch a video games console this year to vie with Nintendo's Wii, Microsoft's XBox 360 and Sony's PlayStation 3 in the booming motion-gaming market.

China's Lenovo, NEC form PC joint venture in Japan

Jan 27, 2011

Japanese and Chinese electronics firms NEC Corp. and Lenovo Group on Thursday announced they will form a personal computer joint venture in Japan, as they take on global giants such as Hewlett-Packard.

PC maker Lenovo says profit up 25 percent

Feb 17, 2011

(AP) -- Chinese personal computer maker Lenovo said Thursday its quarterly profit rose 25 percent on double-digit sales growth in developing markets.

Recommended for you

Five features an Amazon phone might offer (Update)

Apr 18, 2014

A report this week in The Wall Street Journal that Amazon is planning to release a smartphone has prompted industry analysts and technology blogs to muse about what the device might offer.

Sony's PlayStation 4 sales top seven million

Apr 17, 2014

Sony says it has sold seven million PlayStation 4 worldwide since its launch last year and admitted it can't make them fast enough, in a welcome change of fortune for the Japanese consumer electronics giant.

User comments : 0

More news stories

Ex-Apple chief plans mobile phone for India

Former Apple chief executive John Sculley, whose marketing skills helped bring the personal computer to desktops worldwide, says he plans to launch a mobile phone in India to exploit its still largely untapped ...

Airbnb rental site raises $450 mn

Online lodging listings website Airbnb inked a $450 million funding deal with investors led by TPG, a source close to the matter said Friday.

Health care site flagged in Heartbleed review

People with accounts on the enrollment website for President Barack Obama's signature health care law are being told to change their passwords following an administration-wide review of the government's vulnerability to the ...

A homemade solar lamp for developing countries

(Phys.org) —The solar lamp developed by the start-up LEDsafari is a more effective, safer, and less expensive form of illumination than the traditional oil lamp currently used by more than one billion people ...

NASA's space station Robonaut finally getting legs

Robonaut, the first out-of-this-world humanoid, is finally getting its space legs. For three years, Robonaut has had to manage from the waist up. This new pair of legs means the experimental robot—now stuck ...

Filipino tests negative for Middle East virus

A Filipino nurse who tested positive for the Middle East virus has been found free of infection in a subsequent examination after he returned home, Philippine health officials said Saturday.

Egypt archaeologists find ancient writer's tomb

Egypt's minister of antiquities says a team of Spanish archaeologists has discovered two tombs in the southern part of the country, one of them belonging to a writer and containing a trove of artifacts including reed pens ...