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All posts tagged "Lenovo"

  • Samsung leads the chip-buying war, but China’s firms are quickly gaining

    Samsung retained the title of top semiconductor buyer for 2018, according to a report by Gartner. The South Korean tech firm spent $43.4-billion on silicon throughout last year, up from $40.4-billion in 2017. Notably, that is a growth rate of 7.5% -- the lowest of the world's top ten. In second place, Apple spent more than $41-billion on chips, claiming 8.8% of the global market share. But the real conversation starter is the rise of Chinese companies. Huawei claimed third position ahead of Dell, spending $21.1-billion on semiconductors in 2018. That's a growth rate of 45.2% over the previous year, Gartner notes. Lenovo,...

  • Lenovo’s ThinkSmart Hub 500 for boardrooms arrives in South Africa

    Lenovo has today launched its latest Skype system device for your company's swanky meeting room. Dubbed the ThinkSmart Hub 500, the device is geared towards smaller office spaces. "The Lenovo ThinkSmart Hub 500 tackles conference room complexities and helps companies embrace the digital transformation of modern workspaces," the company explained in a release. "With the ability to simply connect remote and local participants to Skype for Business meetings and shared content, it eliminates the hassle of sharing personal laptop screens and messing about with cables." The ThinkSmart Hub 500 is effectively an all-in-one computer, featuring a 11.6 inch screen that can rotate, Dolby...

  • Lenovo ThinkPad P1 announced with dizzying spec sheet

    Chinese laptop giant Lenovo has this week announced its "thinnest, lightest and sleekest mobile workstation" ever, the ThinkPad P1. To match that descriptor, the laptop's specifications sheet is also pretty extensive. Lenovo's GM of workstations, Rob Herman, suggests that the ThinkPad P1 was something of a dream machine for the company and those requiring a powerful mobile machine. "When we set out to create the ThinkPad P1, we knew our challenge was to build a mobile workstation that would carry the legacy of professional power and reliability of our ThinkPad portfolio, but also meet our customer’s need for a thin, light and sleek...

  • Lenovo Legion Y520 review: excellent price for unbalanced hardware

    The gaming laptop is a technology genre that makes little sense to me. They're almost always expensive, combine an awkward and lopsided combination of hardware, and more importantly, they're not exactly pretty. Granted, there are a few exemptions. The Lenovo Legion Y520, at least on the surface, isn't one of them. The Chinese manufacturer's Y series is marketed to gamers, in case you didn't quite grasp that through the red keyboard and angular case. It's not exactly ugly, the Lenovo Legion Y520. The company itself calls it "stylishly savage". But it doesn't exactly boast Mona Lisa's smile. There's a healthy dose of...

  • Lenovo Z5 is not the all-screen pocket monster we hoped for

    Hype can be the creator and killer of devices, but it seems the Lenovo Z5 is the victim of the latter this time around. After the company's marketing material suggested that the phone would feature a full-face screen -- sans notch or notable bezels -- the company on Tuesday debuted a phone with a notch, and a chin. Hmph. Nevertheless, the Chinese manufacturer has included a 6.2-inch display from corner-to-corner, with a 18.7:9 aspect ratio and a resolution of 2246x1080. Internally, the Z5 runs Qualcomm's Snapdragon 636 chipset -- decidedly upper mid-range, and not flagship -- mated to 6GB of RAM. Users will...

  • Gallery: the MWC 2018 smartphones you may have missed

    From Sony and Samsung to LG and Huawei, there are loads of recognisable names at MWC every year, but the huge event also plays host to wares from lesser known brands and devices. Whether it's ZTE's Nubia line, dual-screen smartphones or Ulefone, we take a look at some of the less prominent and/or more innovative devices.  

  • Microsoft calls out Chromebooks (literally) with $200 laptops

    Laptop manufacturers have hopped on the Chromebook bandwagon in a big way, offering a variety of Google-powered laptops. And the cheaper devices have quickly found a niche in the education sector, being an affordable option for students. Now, Microsoft has announced that it will be showing off education-focused Windows laptops, starting at US$189. And the company has clearly painted a target on Chromebooks in its announcement. "This week at Bett, we'll show new Windows 10 and Windows 10 S devices from Lenovo and JP, starting at just US$189, providing more options for schools who don't want to compromise on Chromebooks," read...

  • CES 2018: Acer, Asus, HP, Lenovo bring laptops, convertibles

    CES 2018 isn't just about smart speakers, cars and gigantic TVs. Those on the hunt for new laptops and convertibles also have a few options thanks to HP, Lenovo, Asus and Acer. From gaming notebooks to super-slim laptops, we take a look at the new wares... What did HP bring? The US computer brand came blasting out of the gate with its Spectre x360 15 (seen above), claiming that it's the most powerful two-in-one device. The device will come in two flavours: an eighth generation Core i7 8705G CPU with Radeon RX Vega M graphics, or a quad-core eighth gen Intel Core chip and GeForce MX150...

  • You can now print smartphone photos with this Moto Mod [Update]

    Update, 17 November 2017: Lenovo/Moto have come back to us -- looks like you'll have to import the mod. "Motorola is not planning to bring the Polaroid mod to SA," a representative told us via email. Original article: Lenovo's Moto Z smartphones and Moto Mods have done a good job of bringing hardware add-ons to the smartphone world. Sure, the add-ons might be a little pricey, but between power banks, speakers and gamepads, there's a Moto Mod for everyone. Now, the company has revealed its latest add-on, in the form of the Polaroid Insta-Share Printer Moto Mod. And it does exactly what you think,...

  • Exclusive: Moto Z2 Play, G5S Plus prepaid prices revealed for SA

    Last week saw Lenovo and Telkom team up to launch the Moto Z2 Play and Moto G5S Plus in South Africa, being available on contract via the network. The cheaper G5S Plus starts at R289 a month on a 24-month FreeMe 1GB package, while the Z2 Play (and speaker Moto Mod) starts at R429 a month for the same package. But what about prepaid pricing? In response to a Gearburn query, Lenovo has revealed off-contract pricing for the two devices. The G5S Plus will set you back R4999 and the Moto Z2 Play and speaker mod will have an R8799 price...