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Lenovo on Surface Tablet: Microsoft Just Another Competitor

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Like HP, Lenovo isn't worried about Microsoft's entry into the tablet sector with Surface.

During Lenovo's first fiscal quarter 2013 earnings call on Thursday, CEO Yang Yuanqing waved off Microsoft's own entry into the tablet sector with the Windows 8-based Surface. In response to an analyst's question, he admitted that Lenovo wasn't thrilled about Microsoft producing its own hardware, but in the end, the Redmond company just becomes one more competitor on the list.

"[They're] just one of our many competitors. We are still confident that we are providing much better hardware than our competitors including Microsoft," he said.

Microsoft reportedly didn't tell its partners about the Surface tablets until just hours before the public reveal. Since then, Acer has seemingly been the only OEM highly vocal about the tablets, saying that Microsoft is making a mistake and that Surface will hurt its partners. HP has seemingly shrugged off Microsoft's efforts, and now Lenovo is doing the same.

"They are strong in software, but [we] don't believe they can provide the best hardware in the world. Lenovo can," Lenovo's CEO said. "To be frank, we're not that worried about [Surface]. Microsoft is still our strategy partner. We are very optimistic on the Windows 8 launch so we will fully leverage that to launch our new products."

Earlier this week, ABC News said that Lenovo is gearing up to launch both Intel and ARM-based Windows 8/RT versions of the convertible IdeaPad Yoga later this year. The Intel model will feature the Core family of processors, up to 8 GB of RAM, up to 256 GB SSD, and a 13.3-inch screen. It will have an estimated price of $1,199 -- so far there's no word on the specs and price of Lenovo's ARM-based version.

Microsoft confirmed four Windows RT OEMs earlier this week, naming Asus, Dell, Lenovo and Samsung. However Toshiba said it has pulled out of the Windows RT race for now due to problems acquiring the necessary components for a "timely" launch. "For the time being, Toshiba will focus on bringing Windows 8 products to market. We will continue to look into the possibility of Windows RT products in the future while monitoring market conditions," a Toshiba spokesperson said.

 

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    back_by_demand , August 16, 2012 9:01 PM
    Acer says:-
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    Acer has seemingly been the only OEM highly vocal about the tablets, saying that Microsoft is making a mistake and that Surface will hurt its partners

    Or in other words:-
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    We simply can't make anything of that quality and our cheap tacky shit will stick out like a sore thumb


    However, Lenovo says:-
    Quote:
    We are still confident that we are providing much better hardware than our competitors including Microsoft

    Which means:-
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    We are very confident that we are providing much, much, MUCH better hardware than Acer
  • 11 Hide
    livebriand , August 16, 2012 8:07 PM
    Acer makes crap, and that's why they have to worry about this. Lenovo doesn't, so it's no wonder that they're not too concerned.
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    internetlad , August 16, 2012 8:07 PM
    Microsoft? That upstart? Nooo. . . . heh heh. . . we're not worried about them at all *cough*
  • 11 Hide
    livebriand , August 16, 2012 8:07 PM
    Acer makes crap, and that's why they have to worry about this. Lenovo doesn't, so it's no wonder that they're not too concerned.
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    booyaah , August 16, 2012 8:07 PM
    $1200 for a Win8 Pro tablet?

    Thanks but no thanks.
  • 6 Hide
    blazorthon , August 16, 2012 8:36 PM
    Booyaah$1200 for a Win8 Pro tablet? Thanks but no thanks.


    If it has an i5 or an i7, then that would be pretty good price. It doesn't specify what CPU(s) is(are) available for it, only that is uses Intel Core CPUs, so we shouldn't knock it at least until we have more information.
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    house70 , August 16, 2012 8:55 PM
    Lenovo makes good hardware, so they actually can't wait to put this OS on it. More exposure to them...
  • 13 Hide
    back_by_demand , August 16, 2012 9:01 PM
    Acer says:-
    Quote:
    Acer has seemingly been the only OEM highly vocal about the tablets, saying that Microsoft is making a mistake and that Surface will hurt its partners

    Or in other words:-
    Quote:
    We simply can't make anything of that quality and our cheap tacky shit will stick out like a sore thumb


    However, Lenovo says:-
    Quote:
    We are still confident that we are providing much better hardware than our competitors including Microsoft

    Which means:-
    Quote:
    We are very confident that we are providing much, much, MUCH better hardware than Acer
  • 7 Hide
    back_by_demand , August 16, 2012 9:09 PM
    Booyaah$1200 for a Win8 Pro tablet? Thanks but no thanks.

    It has a keyboard on the other side of that hinge, it's an convertable 13.3" Ultrabook running a Core i5, 8Gb ram and 256Gb SSD
    ...
    $1200 is very realistic and certainly a lot better than the crap Acer has just pooped out
    http://www.tomshardware.com/news/Aspire-S7-Acer-Ultrabook-Windows-8-Ivy-Bridge,16833.html
    Touch based Ultrabook with smaller 11.6" screen, but not convertable
    4Gb ram, half that of the Lenovo
    128Gb SSD, half that of the Lenovo
    All for the tiny sum of $1465
    ...
    And if you want to match the screen, ram and SSD expect to pay a serious premium and it STILL isn't a convertable
    ...
    Acer has seriously misread this whole play and in today's well informed world it is not going to fly with anyone
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    damianrobertjones , August 16, 2012 9:18 PM
    If MS didn't release Windows rt then what competition would there be?

    Well some of these oems are already 'in' a market with their Android tablets so in reality there's no market to join with regards to Windows RT. There's not much to moan about and if MS 'creates' a new segment then all these oems can jump straight in with the next 'upgraded' models. Stylus, higher res, bits and bobs. Win win if you ask me. Nothing to complain about
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    Shin-san , August 16, 2012 11:11 PM
    I don't feel that Acer should panic. The Microsoft tablet is expensive, and Acer makes cheap crap. It's amusing that most of the quality makers that they are competing with don't seem phased at all.
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    back_by_demand , August 16, 2012 11:18 PM
    Shin-sanThe Microsoft tablet is expensive, and Acer makes cheap crap

    By the looks of it:-
    http://www.tomshardware.com/news/Aspire-S7-Acer-Ultrabook-Windows-8-Ivy-Bridge,16833.html
    Acer makes expensive crap, if you're gonna be expensive, at least make it look good
    ...
    And as yet, no prices from Microsoft, so can't see how you can justify that claim
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    eddieroolz , August 16, 2012 11:34 PM
    livebriandAcer makes crap, and that's why they have to worry about this. Lenovo doesn't, so it's no wonder that they're not too concerned.


    Its been a long time since Acer made only "crap" - I picked up one of their budget laptops with a Radeon 5650 and it's standing up better than a HP I paid double that for.
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    blazorthon , August 16, 2012 11:40 PM
    eddieroolzIts been a long time since Acer made only "crap" - I picked up one of their budget laptops with a Radeon 5650 and it's standing up better than a HP I paid double that for.


    Making crap and making crap that is better than HP are two entirely different things. Beyond that, laptops and tablets aren't the same and being made by the same company doesn't mean that they'd be built with the same quality.
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    Pinhedd , August 16, 2012 11:54 PM
    eddieroolzIts been a long time since Acer made only "crap" - I picked up one of their budget laptops with a Radeon 5650 and it's standing up better than a HP I paid double that for.


    That's because Acer makes crap and HP makes diarrhea
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    bllue , August 17, 2012 12:41 AM
    I laughed out loud when they say they'll make better hardware than MS. Every single OEM will HALF-ASS the windows 8 tablets and Microsoft will easily take the throne
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    darkavenger123 , August 17, 2012 1:15 AM
    livebriandAcer makes crap, and that's why they have to worry about this. Lenovo doesn't, so it's no wonder that they're not too concerned.

    I agreed. ACER makes shitty hardware. Lenovo makes solid stuff. Just bought a Lenovo lappy a month ago. Love it. The keyboard is definitely the best in the market.
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    chewy1963 , August 17, 2012 7:28 AM
    Lenovo is just whistling as they pass the grave yard. They and most other would-be Win 8 tablet makers are scared crapless.
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    dademurphy , August 17, 2012 3:36 PM
    As an owner of multiple Lenovo thinkpad and ideapad laptops, I am rather excited to see what Lenovo comes up with. I honestly don't care about it being a convertible because I use Logitech's unifying receiver to switch between multiple multi-monitor setups at home and in the office so I'm not sure this will be for me as I'd rather just have the tablet on the go (without the bulk of a full keyboard) and then dock the thing at my workstations. I suppose the Microsoft Surface keyboard cover is what most intrigues me about using windows 8 on a tablet as it serves the dual purpose of cover and a slim keyboard on the go if absolutely necessary. I guess I'll have to see how bulky the keyboard is before I can commit to this thing.
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    blazorthon , August 17, 2012 5:43 PM
    chewy1963Lenovo is just whistling as they pass the grave yard. They and most other would-be Win 8 tablet makers are scared crapless.


    I don't know if I'd say that. Lenovo is pretty good.
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    olaf , August 18, 2012 8:45 AM
    don't know about most but the last cheap lenovo table i had in had impressed me a lot, it was working extremely well for its specs and the build quality was good, only thing i hate(d) was the Alps touchpad.
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    Anonymous , August 20, 2012 12:01 PM
    Weak interest for win8 on the desktop and laptop from both the consumer and manufacturer. Microsoft is leveraging manufacturers in the only field where win8 makes sense, the tablet. I imagine the licensing for tablets will be horrendous, and third parties have two options: Get forced out of the windows tablet market OR pay whatever ridiculous licensee fee Microsoft demands. It's win win for microsoft. It's desperate and blatant. None of Microsofts OEM partners even KNEW about Surface before ms announced it. Just grasping at straws to make money off the windows that nobody wants.