Lenovo not concerned with Microsoft's Surface

On Wednesday, Lenovo officially announced plans to release the ThinkPad Tablet 2, which will run on Windows 8 Pro and be released in October. Lenovo will be competing with a number of Windows 8 and Windows RT-based tablets this fall, and that includes Microsoft when it launches the Windows RT version of the Surface device.

However, unlike others in the PC hardware business, Lenovo doesn't seem concerned with Microsoft's entry in the PC hardware market. ABCNews.com reports that, according to Lenovo vice-president Dilip Bhatia:

Microsoft is a strategic partner for us. The Surface has brought more excitement to the marketplace. The ThinkPad tablet is focused after the business individual; the Surface is more geared towards the consumer offering.

This is in sharp contrast to Acer, one of Lenovo's biggest rivals. Its CEO recently declared, in a somewhat threatening manner, that Microsoft should "think twice" about entering the PC hardware market with the Surface.

In addition to the ThinkPad Tablet 2, Lenovo also announced this week that the previously revealed ThinkPad X1 Carbon laptop will start shipping on August 21st. The 14 inch laptop is made of carbon fiber and weights just three pounds. Pricing starts at $1,399.

Source: ABCNews.com

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Who is going to come out with a fully functional keyboard geared to touch-typists, and not to those who hunt-n-peck? [If a user ends up having to buy a keyboard to be fully useable to touch typists, the tablet has failed--you might just as well have bought a laptop.]

TsarNikky said,
Who is going to come out with a fully functional keyboard geared to touch-typists, and not to those who hunt-n-peck? [If a user ends up having to buy a keyboard to be fully useable to touch typists, the tablet has failed--you might just as well have bought a laptop.]

uh, Microsoft? You mean like the TypeCover for Surface?

Eh, I recently picked up a Lenovo X230T because I'm one of those idiots that prefer a convertible that can still crank out some power. The Surface is cool, but I'll be getting the WinRT version of that. For work, I want a little more beef.

So yeah, Lenovo has nothing to worry about. Them and Dell (oddly enough) have this figured out. How Acer made it to number three with whiny people getting put in charge is a mystery.

Acer: it's time to hang up your primary brand and bring to the forefront your subsidiary Packard Bell. THAT name has a better reputation than you. At least it can market on nostalgia.

The Surface will be a reference device for the most part. Asus is afraid that even their "high end" products will be too cheap and crappy to even scratch the surface (pun intended)

Obry said,
The Surface will be a reference device for the most part. Asus is afraid that even their "high end" products will be too cheap and crappy to even scratch the surface (pun intended)
They are? Didn't read that anywhere. Their upcoming Win8 transformers look like they can match up with the Surface.

Obry said,
The Surface will be a reference device for the most part. Asus is afraid that even their "high end" products will be too cheap and crappy to even scratch the surface (pun intended)

you mean Acer, right?

if the other OEMs weren't ****, microsoft wouldnt' be making the surface... They are doing it because they want to have at least one good device that not only supports windows 8 but run it well.... Acer and the rest need to see this as a wakeup call and stepup their game.

Jimmy422 said,
The ThinkPad is aimed towards businesses? With an Intel Atom processor? Come on, Lenovo. You can't be serious.

The new Atom CPU is not the same as the 2008 CPU. It isn't a core i5 or i7, but it really isn't that far off from an i3 and has better battery life.

Jimmy422 said,
The ThinkPad is aimed towards businesses? With an Intel Atom processor? Come on, Lenovo. You can't be serious.

Most business users are Word and Excel jockeys, do you really think they need a lot of power?

Jimmy422 said,
The ThinkPad is aimed towards businesses? With an Intel Atom processor? Come on, Lenovo. You can't be serious.

Yes because word processing and spreadsheets require a killer gaming rig.

Why would lenovo be worried? Lenovo has way more experience than Microsoft in retail selling and distribution in regions all over the world. After-sales services such as warranty included. They don't have to worry about the Surface.

Microsoft doesn't plan to sell that may surfaces either anyway. It is not Microsoft's aim to squeeze out their hardware partners with their own hardware.

FalseAgent said,
Why would lenovo be worried? Lenovo has way more experience than Microsoft in retail selling and distribution in regions all over the world. After-sales services such as warranty included. They don't have to worry about the Surface.

Microsoft doesn't plan to sell that may surfaces either anyway. It is not Microsoft's aim to squeeze out their hardware partners with their own hardware.

Exactly, furthermore if Microsoft really did want to sell lots of Surface Tablets, they would have said so or at least implied, for example having the prices set under the competing products.

Then the ACER CEO goes like this on Lenovo:

"We have said think it over. Think twice. It will create a huge negative impact for the ecosystem and other brands may take a negative reaction. It is not something you are good at so please think twice."

Oh please, Acer. Man up, grow up, learn to make quality hardware.

Yes that is the proper reaction to the Surface

Acer is a crap OEM that needs a big kick in the butt to increase the quality of it's products.

swanlee said,
Yes that is the proper reaction to the Surface

Acer is a crap OEM that needs a big kick in the butt to increase the quality of it's products.

Well said about Acer

swanlee said,
Yes that is the proper reaction to the Surface

Acer is a crap OEM that needs a big kick in the butt to increase the quality of it's products.

What about the Acer Ferrari

swanlee said,
Yes that is the proper reaction to the Surface

Acer is a crap OEM that needs a big kick in the butt to increase the quality of it's products.

Are you kidding? They need to to change their BRAND NAME. A kick in the butt would only make them want more. Where was the recession for them?

swanlee said,
Yes that is the proper reaction to the Surface

Acer is a crap OEM that needs a big kick in the butt to increase the quality of it's products.

I have an acer laptop and it runs smooth. Im guessing Acer hate is like EA hate where people say things just to fit in but I do disagree with them on telling MS to stay out. Im getting a surface day 1.

Colin McGregor said,

I have an acer laptop and it runs smooth. Im guessing Acer hate is like EA hate where people say things just to fit in but I do disagree with them on telling MS to stay out. Im getting a surface day 1.


I had an Acer netbook and it ran like sh*t O.O I couldn't even play music right without screwing with the hard drive http://www.engadget.com/2009/0...e-hard-drive-flaw-distaste/ (but, then again, I've never owned one of their real laptops, so I could be wrong about their higher-end laptops, but for the netbooks they suck)

swanlee said,
Yes that is the proper reaction to the Surface

Acer is a crap OEM that needs a big kick in the butt to increase the quality of it's products.

Couldn't have said it better myself