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Lenovo Creates Official Smartphone and Tablet Division

We all know the entire computing market is shying away from big desktop and laptop devices and shifting to smartphones and tablets, and it seems Lenovo has just caught on. The company has announced that they have created a separate division to focus on smartphones and tablets.

Lenovo Announces LePad US Launch in 2011, Plus the Founding of a $15m App Investment Fund

Lenovo Chief Executive Yang Yuanqing has reconfirmed the group's plan to launch LePad in the USA and China somewhere inside 2011. CEO Rory Read said the company will be holding off until Honeycomb with the slate, as Honeycomb will be Google's tablet-centric version of the Android OS. Read noted that the current and soon-to-come versions of Android (that being Froyo and Gingerbread) were not “the right base to have a fully functioning pad." The company plans on taking software "into it's own hands," ramping up a $15 million dollar app investment program.

Lenovo: No tablet plans until Android Honeycomb, LePhone China-only for two years

Lenovo has confirmed it has no plans to release an Android tablet until Honeycomb debuts, which could mean waiting until Summer 2011 before a slate from the company goes on sale.  CEO Rory Read told PC Mag "I don't believe 'Froyo' is the right base to have a fully functioning pad," with the company instead waiting for the tablet-centric release Google has promised is in the pipeline. Meanwhile the company's LePhone isn't apparently set for a US debut for another two years, potentially, with Lenovo looking to further grow their smartphone share in China before they consider broader availability. [via Engadget]

Lenovo Skylight and UI Hybrid will now feature Android

Since we first laid eyes on this innovative tablet at CES, we’ve always wondered what it would be like if Android was running on such a device. Well, our dreams have come true, Lenovo has opted out of using their own custom version of Linux in favor of Android. They also have pushed back the release most likely in preparation for an Android loaded Skylight and UI Hybrid.

Lenovo Lephone not just for China

Lenovo have confirmed that, despite some rival Android handsets seeing their Chinese launch delayed, they plan to push ahead with the Lenovo Lephone launch there nonetheless.  Of interest to the rest of us, however, is confirmation that the Lephone will also see an overseas launch later in 2010. The Lephone was announced at CES 2010 earlier this month, and is a touchscreen smartphone running Android on a Qualcomm 1GHz Snapdragon processor.  While normally it's a candybar format device, Lenovo have also been showing the Lephone off with a snap-on clamshell keyboard/case which should aid text-entry. No word on exact pricing, Chinese availability or which countries Lenovo plan to ship the Lephone to next. [gallery id="4801"]

Google Chrome OS hardware partners named

Hot on the heels of their Chrome OS announcement, Google have revealed a list of the technology companies they are working with to eventually produce devices running the new platform.  Tipped as a partial list, the roster nonetheless includes several names we're familiar with from Open Handset Alliance membership. Acer, Adobe, ASUS, Freescale, HP, Lenovo, Qualcomm, Texas Instruments and Toshiba are all named, though Google says these are "among others".  Notable by their absence are Sony and Dell, as are Samsung; the latter has obviously invested in Android, as it is about to launch the I7500 Galaxy, and has a well-received netbook range. The search giant has also re-confirmed that Google Chrome OS will be a free product for end-users, and made open-source later on in the year.  Actual shipping products based on the OS - which has been described as the Chrome browser sitting within a new windowing system on top of a Linux kernel - aren't expected until the second-half of 2010.

Sizemodo: Lenovo OPhone vs. iPhone 3G and iPhone

Here are the first ever images of the highly anticipated Lenovo OPhone sizemodo against the iPhone 3G and iPhone.  As far as size goes, the OPhone definitely holds its own against the two giants.  The OPhone measures in at 115.84 x 61.57 x 57.12.03mm, which is only 1mm larger than the original iPhone in all dimensions.  Located on the left hand side right next to the volume rocker lives a slot for a microSD card.   According to the website, OPhone support is capable of supporting microSD card size of 16GB. Unlike the original iPhone and iPhone 3G, the 3.5mm headphone jack is located at the bottom right hand side of the OPhone.  The microUSB slot for synching and charging is placed to the left of the headphone jack. There's a dedicated camera button on the right hand side. One of the main reasons that I'm still carrying a Nokia N95 8GB NAM (now sporting the new N85 NAM edition) is because of the 5MP camera and flash.  Unfortunately both of these features are missing from the iPhone 3G.  Seems as though Lenovo has thought long and hard about these two features and have included them into the OPhone.  Another much needed feature is a removable battery. I'm looking forward to next year for the OPhone to hit the market; I'll fly to China if I have to - to buy one of these babies!  Obviously, I suspect the OPhone will show up at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. [gallery] Sina Blog [via Gizmodo]

More Lenovo OPhone picture leaked

It appears that more images of the Lenovo OPhone have surfaced and we are simply dying to get our hands on this device. We brought you the first actual picture not long ago and already there is more. Forget Christmas, just release this handset already. It looks like the photographer apparently enjoys rocks. There are a few more details and plenty more picture to check out after the jump.

From what we can see in the pictures, the OPhone has a 5-megapixel camera with autofocus and flash. There is also a microSD card slot –no surprises there. It’s a no-brainer that there will be an onscreen keyboard, but there will be Chinese and English input methods. Though we are unsure if there is any data exchange support, what we do know is there will be a video recorder and Bluetooth support.

We are still waiting on the core specs of the device; we will let you know the second we find out more about the Lenovo OPhone. There is still no word on whether this will be branded under the "OPhone" name or not. The only branding we see is the red circle with "MS" next to it. This is a very curious branding as the last time I checked MS did not stand for Andoid. [gallery]

Lenovo OPhone Android smartphone for China Mobile

An image of Lenovo's work-in-progress Android smartphone for China Mobile, currently named OPhone, which will use the open-source OS together with support for China's high-speed TD SCDMA network.  Little is known about the device, aside from what can be gleaned from this image; that means a large touchscreen interface with touch-sensitive controls and what's likely a single hardware 'Home' button.

This Lenovo handset will not be the only OPhone, however.  The project is China Mobile's attempt to marry the open-source OS with the Chinese government's favored 3G standard, and refers to the OMS (Open Mobile System) they have developed.
"Given these (iPhone, Android, Symbian) developments, it is becoming very clear that developing a proprietary handset operating system is essential for dominance of the mobile Internet market in China. At the moment, China Mobile is in a comparatively weak position without its own operating system. With its own operating system, China Mobile will be able to commission customized phones from handset makers and keep its hand strong in negotiations over profit sharing. There is even the possibility that China Mobile may move into manufacturing handsets itself" Source familiar with situation
Unfortunately the nature of TD SCDMA means that the Lenovo handset, in its Chinese form at least, will not be available outside of the country.  However we can hope that Lenovo will consider developing a US/Euro version of the smartphone. [gallery]
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