Lenovo: We will have better hardware than Surface

Earlier this month, Lenovo announced plans for the ThinkPad Tablet 2, a Windows 8 based tablet that it will launch this fall. Microsoft has also confirmed that Lenovo will release a Windows RT tablet as well. Both of these products will be competing with a number of other tablets, including Microsoft's own Surface product.

This week, Lenovo's CEO Yang Yuanqing has admitted that while we would rather Microsoft not enter the PC hardware market, he claims Lenovo is ready for Microsoft and everyone else. News.com reports that during Lenovo's quarterly financial conference call with analysts, he said, "Although we don't like Microsoft providing hardware, for us, it just adds one more competitor. [They're] just one of our many competitors. We are still confident that we are providing much better hardware than our competitors including Microsoft."

Yuanqing continued to be a bit critical of Microsoft in his remarks, adding, "They are strong in software, but [we] don't believe they can provide the best hardware in the world. Lenovo can." Even with these statements, Yuanqing says that he is "very optimistic" in regards to the launch of Windows 8.

Lenovo's CEO's statements are in sharp contrast to those of Acer's JT Wang, who believes Microsoft's introduction of the Surface will have negative connotations for the PC hardware industry.

Source: News.com | Image via Lenovo

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That tablet looks sweet, but I'm still hoping the rumor about the $199 Surface RT is true.
Although I don't have high hopes

The photo in this article of the Lenovo Win8 tabby "looks" pretty cool. But its missing the iconic nipple mouse thing. (just kidding). Here's hoping to super high quality products from all these manufacturers. The customer will be extremely happy if this pans out for Microsoft.

Exactly, Lenovo - you've gotten the message. (As have HP, Dell, even ASUS.) Bring your A-game, and may the best hardware win. (Also, in any event, the *customer* wins.)

Let's look at *all* the hardware that Microsoft makes - including the Xbox. Regardless of whether or not Microsoft set out to actually lead that market space, they did manage to get the extant IHVs in that space to produce better hardware. (Yes - that even holds true for the one space they didn't stay in - networking.) The LifeCam was a slap across Logitech's face - and a quite deliberate one; however, the two long-time *frenemies* didn't come to blows (or even lawsuits) over it - Logitech is starting to respond to the challenge that is the LifeCam (by doing a gradual ground-up refresh of their webcam lineup, and engaging in a price war in the midrange - Logitech's HD-525 vs. Microsoft's LifeCam HD-5000). It's the Logitech (and Lenovo, and Dell, and HP, and ASUS) response that Microsoft is seeking - not that of Acer.

This is exactly what we need! These companies need to fight for our money and actually produce decent products. I'm hoping to get a Surface RT or two (depending on the price) but if it also sets a high watermark for other vendors, everybody wins.

OEMS not only needed the kick in the teeth, but a punch on the mouth too. Lenovo's tablet will be nice, overpriced, and have stupid Lenovo utilities attached to it. At least they have English speaking tech support. That's a major plus right there.

Decent response, I'm glad they feel they can put out better hardware and can up their game which is pretty much exactly why MS brought out Surface.

I'm glad that the Surface is creating these emotions within other vendors. I'll still sticking with the Surface Pro, however- for the time being.

Mainer82 said,
I'm glad that the Surface is creating these emotions within other vendors. I'll still sticking with the Surface Pro, however- for the time being.

I'm buying a SurfacePro too, unless I can be convinced. They have a tough job to do so though.

I would like to know the backroom strategy conversations from Microsoft as to why they feel a need to put out the Surface. IMO though, I think it's really the only tablet that could compete with the iPad on a brand cachet level. A Win8 tablet from Samsung, Acer, Dell, Lenovo, HP, etc. will likely be good quality but in the hearts and minds of consumers it will be commoner compared to the unassailable lovefest the general public currently has toward Apple and its royal brand. In other words, people are proud to own an Apple product...period. They love to say the phrase "my iPad" or "my Mac." It's a social status thing. I think Microsoft knows there needs to be a celebrity device out there to compete with Apple's celebrity brand status. Speeds and feeds don't mean much; it's a brand cachet competition and I believe the strategy is put something out there with brand name recognition. Will people desire and be proud to say "my Surface" or answer "it's a Microsoft Surface" when asked about it? We'll see.

rdlind said,
I would like to know the backroom strategy conversations from Microsoft as to why they feel a need to put out the Surface. IMO though, I think it's really the only tablet that could compete with the iPad on a brand cachet level. A Win8 tablet from Samsung, Acer, Dell, Lenovo, HP, etc. will likely be good quality but in the hearts and minds of consumers it will be commoner compared to the unassailable lovefest the general public currently has toward Apple and its royal brand. In other words, people are proud to own an Apple product...period. They love to say the phrase "my iPad" or "my Mac." It's a social status thing. I think Microsoft knows there needs to be a celebrity device out there to compete with Apple's celebrity brand status. Speeds and feeds don't mean much; it's a brand cachet competition and I believe the strategy is put something out there with brand name recognition. Will people desire and be proud to say "my Surface" or answer "it's a Microsoft Surface" when asked about it? We'll see.

Not everything is about social status. Some consumers like when stuff works. How easy it is. The integration. Etc. Microsoft finally had that with windows 8, their mobile devices, Xbox and computers will be fully integrated and hopefully work together flawlessly. I like the fact that microsft improved on AirPlay. Now hopefully SmartGlass works like its suppose to. I'll be getting an RT to add to my family of both Microsoft and apple products.

Sikh said,

Not everything is about social status. Some consumers like when stuff works. How easy it is. The integration. Etc. Microsoft finally had that with windows 8, their mobile devices, Xbox and computers will be fully integrated and hopefully work together flawlessly. I like the fact that microsft improved on AirPlay. Now hopefully SmartGlass works like its suppose to. I'll be getting an RT to add to my family of both Microsoft and apple products.

An excellent point! If it doesn't deliver the goods, it doesn't matter how you try to spin the brand.

I doubt that's true with their current products (for example, I doubt their x86 tablet has ventilation holes all around the device, like the Surface does). However, hopefully the Surface will motivate them to make sexier and innovative products.

This is how they should react. Acer got a bit angry because they're scared. Can't imagine why you'd be willing to be a shareholder of such a company. Acer could just as well have shouted "We are not confident in our own products!"

We are still confident that we are providing much better hardware than our competitors including Microsoft.

This is exactly why we need the Surface. Now hopefully we can look forward to high-quality Windows 8 tablets from all the PC manufacturers.

Bioran said,

This is exactly why we need the Surface. Now hopefully we can look forward to high-quality Windows 8 tablets from all the PC manufacturers.

Except Acer.

Bioran said,

This is exactly why we need the Surface. Now hopefully we can look forward to high-quality Windows 8 tablets from all the PC manufacturers.

Indeed.. The only reasons for the Surface's existence is to force a better quality of hardware on to the market. MS know damn well that if they didn't do this, all the tablet makers would just produce hardware as bad as they can get away with, and pretty much kill Windows 8 dead.

Well if anything it seems that MS got the OEMs to get in gear with the Surface. I doubt you'd be hearing them talking up their own devices to this degree so early on otherwise.

GP007 said,
Well if anything it seems that MS got the OEMs to get in gear with the Surface. I doubt you'd be hearing them talking up their own devices to this degree so early on otherwise.

And that means that Microsoft has accomplished what they've wanted.

Calum said,
Perhaps. But they'll still stick a massive ThinkPad logo on it

Why do they do that? The new Dell XPS 27" looks nice, but it's ruined by those two Windows and intel logo on the front.

Speaking of Dell and logos, though, the company did the right thing with the XPS 13 and placed the logos on the back cover.

A340600 said,

I won't mind that, but I will object if the Windows and intel logos are placed in front like in desktops and laptops.

Dell's XPS 27 looks nice, but it's ruined by those two Windows and intel logo on the front. Speaking of Dell and logos, though, the company did the right thing with the XPS 13 and placed the logos on the back cover. I hope they do the same with their tablets.

Calum said,
Perhaps. But they'll still stick a massive ThinkPad logo on it

Yea the logos really put me off when they create such great looking devices. Only to ruin them by slapping their brand right on he front where it doesn't look good.

Calum said,
Perhaps. But they'll still stick a massive ThinkPad logo on it

Put some electrical tape over it and buy an Apple car decal to put on the back. There ya go bud, you can feel cool again.

MrHumpty said,

Put some electrical tape over it and buy an Apple car decal to put on the back. There ya go bud, you can feel cool again.
Watch out we got a bad-ass over here!