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Lenovo's LePhone

In Pictures: The Most Promising Tech Of 2010
By , Jane McEntegart, Kevin Parrish, Marcus Yam, Tuan Nguyen
Lenovo's LePhone

It might be slightly underwhelming in the marketing department (LePhone, really?) but the fact that Lenovo is releasing a smart phone says something about the way cell phones are changing. The year 2007 saw the release of the iPhone, and in the two years that followed, we saw more and more companies take the plunge and release smart phones.

Cell phones are becoming more powerful and we have long since passed the stage where the phone part of a mobile phone was the most important thing. The LePhone is similar to Lenovo's IdeaPad U1 Hybrid. It offers an external keyboard that clips onto the screen. The keyboard also contains a speaker and a spare battery.

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    sunzeal , February 6, 2010 11:22 AM
    cmon! good tech for PC would be better
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    yoy0yo , February 6, 2010 11:38 AM
    @sunzeal, sad thing is, you've got the new, fresh off the boat stuff.. and its already inferior to something else.
    computer hardware has come to a very mature point. (with he exception of SSD's they're evolving quick)
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    Anonymous , February 6, 2010 12:05 PM
    In typical Tom's style, Nehalem 32nm refresh and Tegra get a nod, but not Bulldozer and Fusion. I'd venture as far to say that neither of the former are all that exciting, Nehalem will consume less power(not that most TH readers care), and perform about the same. Tegra will marginally improve the performance of your Zune, while still being unable to do the work of a real computer.
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    wira020 , February 6, 2010 12:42 PM
    "OLED and AMLOED displays are promising, but they're still too expensive. LED displays are actually cheaper to make than traditional panels on the same scale, but still cost a premium"

    Thats AMOLED right?.. btw... the 2nd sentences doesnt make much sense to me.... it's cheaper to make but also expensive at the same time???
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    wira020 , February 6, 2010 12:46 PM
    6nm_Phenom_6_BEIn typical Tom's style, Nehalem 32nm refresh and Tegra get a nod, but not Bulldozer and Fusion. I'd venture as far to say that neither of the former are all that exciting, Nehalem will consume less power(not that most TH readers care), and perform about the same. Tegra will marginally improve the performance of your Zune, while still being unable to do the work of a real computer.


    Moving to smaller node might also mean less heat and better oc... that's interesting enough to me... tegra not meant to be a computer.. bulldozer, fusion and bobcat is planned for next year.. maybe that's why it doesnt appear in this year's expected tech...
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    Anonymous , February 6, 2010 1:13 PM
    wira020: Higher OC? Typically, OCing has tapped out at 4ghz (or less) SINCE THE 130nm node!!!! Why on earth do you think that you'll somehow get a higher OC this time? You'll have an easier time getting to ~4ghz, but that'll be about it.
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    Anonymous , February 6, 2010 1:20 PM
    And just the other week Toms was running articles on all the things that are wrong with the iPad and how they would fix it. Hilarious and ironic.
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    enzo matrix , February 6, 2010 1:24 PM
    How does a different technology for the backlight in the LED LCD vs CCFL LCD displays give you better contrast and faster response time?
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    nukemaster , February 6, 2010 1:28 PM
    enzo matrixHow does a different technology for the backlight in the LED LCD vs CCFL LCD displays give you better contrast and faster response time?

    That is what I was about to ask. +9999 for you
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    tuannguyen , February 6, 2010 1:28 PM
    an0nym0useAnd just the other week Toms was running articles on all the things that are wrong with the iPad and how they would fix it. Hilarious and ironic.


    Nothing ironic about it really. I said originally that I felt the iPad is gimped. I still feel the same about it--but it doesn't change what's inevitable.

    As time has proven again and again, not all superior products are successful. Often, the inferior devices with great marketing are the ones to dominate. That was my point here.

    / Tuan
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    tuannguyen , February 6, 2010 1:34 PM
    wira020"OLED and AMLOED displays are promising, but they're still too expensive. LED displays are actually cheaper to make than traditional panels on the same scale, but still cost a premium"Thats AMOLED right?.. btw... the 2nd sentences doesnt make much sense to me.... it's cheaper to make but also expensive at the same time???


    Yeah, LED displays are cheaper to manufacture, but because they're the newest "high-tech," they come with a higher asking price. You always pay more for the cutting edge.
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    enzo matrix , February 6, 2010 1:41 PM
    Maybe in a year I'll get an array of LED lights to fit the shape of the CCFL in my monitor and replace.
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    touchdowntexas13 , February 6, 2010 2:12 PM
    tuannguyenNothing ironic about it really. I said originally that I felt the iPad is gimped. I still feel the same about it--but it doesn't change what's inevitable.As time has proven again and again, not all superior products are successful. Often, the inferior devices with great marketing are the ones to dominate. That was my point here./ Tuan


    So what you are saying is that even though the product may be sub-par, or even a big piece of crap, good marketing will allow it to sell well?

    I believe it. That's like Apple's life story...
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    wira020 , February 6, 2010 2:17 PM
    @tuannguyen
    Right, now i understand... lols... you're saying because it is better and newer, the manufacturer will sell it for higher price despite the same cost to manufacture it... :p ... i do hope OLED tech will become mainstream soon... My pc is good enought for gaming and movies but the monitor really take away half the fun...

    @3point99ghz_constipation

    I said better oc and what i was trying to say is better overclockability... i'm just saying that with smaller node, the heat generated is usually lower... like when oc on air, it might be easier to achieve 4ghz while staying in acceptable temp limit..
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    gsacks , February 6, 2010 2:20 PM
    I top 10 would have been better. You guys really reached to get to 33. A portable hard drive! Really ?!?
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    Anonymous , February 6, 2010 2:57 PM
    Quote:

    I said better oc and what i was trying to say is better overclockability... i'm just saying that with smaller node, the heat generated is usually lower... like when oc on air, it might be easier to achieve 4ghz while staying in acceptable temp limit..


    But... with adequate air cooling, it already stays within very acceptable temperatures at 45nm or even 65nm. Does the possibilty of spending $1000 on a new Intel CPU to lower your CPU temps by 5C qualify as "exciting" ? This will be another pointless refresh for Intel if you already had their last-gen CPU, just like Conroe to Wolfsdale.
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    Reynod , February 6, 2010 3:51 PM
    So get some more information out to us soon guys ...

    I agree ipad looks to be a fizzer - all locked up, no expansion, no phone or webcam ... it could have been an awesome videophone to start with ... instead its a halfbaked toy. No recharegeable batteries either.
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    an0n , February 6, 2010 4:35 PM
    A washed out porn star from the '70s is 2010's top tech? WTF?
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    steiner666 , February 6, 2010 4:40 PM
    an0nA washed out porn star from the '70s is 2010's top tech? WTF?


    lol that's almost as absurd as Asus' netbook-keyboard thing making the list. It's got all the power of a netbook (total sarcasm, in case you've never used a netbook) without it's own dedicated display and with around half the battery life... yeah, a step backwards in technology ftw!
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    taltamir , February 6, 2010 5:31 PM
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    Thats AMOLED right?.. btw... the 2nd sentences doesnt make much sense to me.... it's cheaper to make but also expensive at the same time???

    Because its newer and BETTER.
    The new atom pinetrail is cheaper to make, but more expensive because it improves power efficiency over the old one, so people are willing to pay more. Cheaper + charge customers more = even more profit!

    LED LCDs are cheaper to make then cathode LCDs, and OLED screens are cheaper to make then LED LCDs...
    Cost to make OLED < LED LCD < CLCD
    Cost to buy OLED > LED LCD > CLCD

    Why? first rule of economics, something is worth as much as people are willing to pay for it... and when you have the newest bleeding edge tech, people are willing to pay you more.
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