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Lenovo CEO: we want to sell smartphones in the U.S. next year

Posted: , by Alan F.

Lenovo CEO: we want to sell smartphones in the U.S. next year
Chinese manufacturer Lenovo wants to start competing in the U.S. smartphone market. The company's CEO, Yang Yuanqing, says that even though the company has conquered the PC market, it seeks new areas of growth. "Smartphones are our new opportunity," the executive told the Wall Street Journal, "As a public company you always have to consider how to grow."

Speaking about growth, in its home market of China, Lenovo is the second largest smartphone vendor trailing only Samsung. The Korean manufacturer enjoyed a 17.4% share of the Chinese smartphone market in 2012, topping the 11% share owned by Lenovo last year. But the major point to note is that Lenovo's share in 2011 was just 4.1%.

Last year, Lenovo concentrated on emerging markets like Russia, Indonesia and India. Next stop is the U.S. and Europe. Lenovo is not about to just saunter into the states and grab another manufacturer's share. The company will need to work to make its name known in  the U.S. and Europe. Take a look at the PC market where world-wide, HP leads with Lenovo a close second. In the states,  Lenovo is the fifth largest PC manufacturer with a 9% share.

Yang compares the smartphone industry to the fashion business. "We know the importance of marketing, and we will strengthen that," Yang says. One thing that Lenovo will have to learn is the difference in how smartphones are sold in the U.S. Unlike in Asia where retailers sell the bulk of smartphones, in the U.S. the mobile phone manufacturers depend on the mobile carriers to sell their products.

source: WallStreetJournal

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posted on 26 May 2013, 00:46 13

1. xperiaDROID (banned) (Posts: 5629; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)

Good luck Lenovo!

posted on 26 May 2013, 00:51 7

2. HDShatter (Posts: 1021; Member since: 17 Jan 2013)

Just make a K900 with LTE and a silvermont cpu with a bigger battery and an 8 core power vr gpu and it would be faster than anything running an a15 or krait cpu by a ton while getting 2 days of battery life with average use.

posted on 26 May 2013, 07:11 1

20. CellularNinja (Posts: 306; Member since: 27 Sep 2011)

Yeah, if they just make a smartphone equal in quality & design to their laptops then I bet you they'll do great

posted on 26 May 2013, 18:36

28. Jeradiah3 (Posts: 1122; Member since: 11 Feb 2010)

I agree with that. Lenovo COULD do well here, but you never know how turns out. Id buy one depending on the design and specs

posted on 26 May 2013, 01:08

3. b1acktiger (Posts: 223; Member since: 19 May 2012)

Its worth mentioning that Lenovo makes pretty good looking smartphones that i've seen in budget segment. Couple of month back one of i bought P700i in the month of launch. after a week, the battery leaked and i say, they are ruining the brand value they have in PC. Customization is terrible, You can't even go to next line in text messages. Android with Go Launcher in some of the models. Good Luck lenovo. Atleast i'm not going to buy again.

posted on 26 May 2013, 01:11 4

4. mydi.maus (unregistered)

Wanna see what lenovo has to offer,your flagships will knock lg Samsung and Sony off their throne...

posted on 26 May 2013, 01:19 9

5. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4275; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)

Sony maybe, LG most likely not, Samsung definitely not. I don't see Samsung getting off of their throne for another 2 or 3 years at least, Sony will be easy to beat here in the U.S, but LG is kind of a challenge.

posted on 26 May 2013, 01:40 6

7. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5993; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)

Only time will tell how well Lenovo is able to do in the U.S. But if they are serious about stepping up the game, that can only be a positive outcome for the U.S. smartphone consumer.

I say - Bring it on!

posted on 26 May 2013, 01:58 4

8. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4275; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)

If Lenovo decides to go all in with the U.S market with a high end phone (maybe a nice mid range to go along it), decent marketing, and multiple carrier deals, then they could make an impression on the U.S market, and that's great.

However, if they just provide a few mid range handset on one or two carriers with no real marketing, they don't stand a chance and will be drowned out by all the big OEMs.

If they want to make a dent, they need to give it all they've got.

posted on 26 May 2013, 02:33 4

10. HDShatter (Posts: 1021; Member since: 17 Jan 2013)

Lenovo did a very good job on the camera. Shame that no US sites are reporting in on this phone its better than the HTC One and S4 by far.




zoomed in a ton


more HDR

More delicious HDR

Even more


Close up.

Night shot:

I'll just let the truth hurt everyone.

posted on 26 May 2013, 02:39 3

11. xperiaDROID (banned) (Posts: 5629; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)

Not bad! Good job Lenovo!

posted on 26 May 2013, 02:43 3

12. HDShatter (Posts: 1021; Member since: 17 Jan 2013)

I would really like to see a direct comparison to pure view, HTC One and the S4. Those images were hard enough to find doubt we will ever see a comparision. The K900 has also been rooted already, very little info on that outside of Chinese forums.

posted on 26 May 2013, 02:55

13. xperiaDROID (banned) (Posts: 5629; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)

Yeah me too! Don't know why those reviewers haven't do a camera comparison between these phones yet.

posted on 26 May 2013, 03:02

14. HDShatter (Posts: 1021; Member since: 17 Jan 2013)

If any editors on Phone Arena want to you can buy a k900 direct from China for about $600.

posted on 26 May 2013, 03:03

15. xperiaDROID (banned) (Posts: 5629; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


posted on 26 May 2013, 03:21

16. Jason2k13 (Posts: 1311; Member since: 28 Mar 2013)

ummm since the photos are not zoomed in, it looks exactly the same as HTC ONE or S4 camera?

We just need a side by side comparison, and theres not much info on what phone is used to take those pictures?

posted on 26 May 2013, 03:23

17. HDShatter (Posts: 1021; Member since: 17 Jan 2013)

K900 camera is an exmor RS 13mp, sameas the S4 but it can take in more light because the FL is lower.

posted on 26 May 2013, 05:03 1

18. vincelongman (Posts: 5082; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)

Also depends on software, for example the Xperia Z's photos look somewhat washout compared to the Galaxy S4, both have the same Exmor RS sensor.
I also hope PhoneArea (or another site) do a comparison between the K900, Lumia 928/925, S4, One and iPhone 5.

posted on 26 May 2013, 23:33

29. ncarlosmiguel (Posts: 206; Member since: 14 May 2013)

If Lenovo can't knock Samsung in their home court, how will they do it in US?

posted on 26 May 2013, 01:30

6. FlushGordon (unregistered)

Any idea why they chose Intel instead of Qualcom? Please don't give me that "because intel is faster" answer crap...do you think they have made the right decision? I'm a bit skeptikal about the intel platform(ditto tegra4) because major OEMs seem to ignore it atm...

posted on 26 May 2013, 02:20

9. HDShatter (Posts: 1021; Member since: 17 Jan 2013)

x86 in phones is the future and Lenovo hopped on board early. There are very few apps that are x86 native for android but a good example is MX player's x86 Codec.
You can get it here:https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.mxtech.ffmpeg.x86&hl=en

Video of it but its in Chinese.http://video.sina.com.cn/v/b/104342859-1846559912.html

Arm needs to get its heat/power consumption under control. Intel is 1 generation away from beating them in that if they don't lower it soon.

posted on 26 May 2013, 05:30

19. FlushGordon (unregistered)

so the K900 is Intel's guinea pig I presume

posted on 26 May 2013, 15:30

27. HDShatter (Posts: 1021; Member since: 17 Jan 2013)

Theres been other intel phones but the K900 is the first thats actually decent.

posted on 26 May 2013, 07:52

21. pyradark (Posts: 884; Member since: 10 Jun 2012)

I kinda like the intel phone from lenovo, cool looking phone!!
Do what you have to do but dont bash nor sue like others hahaha

posted on 26 May 2013, 09:02

22. InspectorGadget80 (unregistered)

They are going too end up like Huwaei. Because not too many know Lenovo. Even though they have nice handsets still consumers WONT buy a brand they don't know.

posted on 26 May 2013, 09:06

23. roldefol (Posts: 4365; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)

In the US at least, Lenovo is a known and trusted PC make. I had to correct a Best Buy salesman, but essentially IBM sold its consumer PC business to Lenovo. So they've got the ThinkPad trademark, etc. I think if any Chinese company can break into the US smartphone and tablet markets, it's Lenovo.

posted on 26 May 2013, 09:34

24. cornerofthemoon (Posts: 601; Member since: 20 Apr 2010)

There was some recent internet buzz about Lenovo making Windows Phones too. I wonder if there is any truth to it.

posted on 26 May 2013, 11:04 1

25. papss (unregistered)

They would have come with a much better product that the competition for me to jump to ANY Chinese brand. I try to not support their economy anymore than I have to. There are too many other good mfgs for that imo

posted on 26 May 2013, 13:30

26. roldefol (Posts: 4365; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)

I try to be open-minded about global companies and foreign-owned businesses, but it's widely known that China does not compete fairly. And that's not even accounting for human rights and pay practices. I have no buying from S Korea, Taiwan and Japan, but China gives me pause.

posted on 27 May 2013, 07:09

30. papss (unregistered)

Agree completely... Hell I've been supporting South Korea for year through LG and SS.

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