At a New York event yesterday, China-based computer company Lenovo revealed new laptops for users interested in a tablet-like experience. According to Cnet, Lenovo’s new laptops use Windows new operating system, and can transform from notebooks into tablets. Just last year the company surpassed Dell as the second largest maker of PCs.
David Schmook, the company’s president, said, “What people want is flexibility. People need, at the end of the day, a fully functioning PC as their primary device. But they also want the flexibility to use a tablet.” Lenovo hopes these devices will help “bridge the gap between PCs and tablets.” Additionally, three of their four devices unveiled use Intel chips and run Windows 8 while the other device uses a Nvidia chip and runs on Windows RT. Because consumers have been weary of the global economy, PC purchases are expected to decline. IDC recently predicted that global PC shipments will only rise 0.9% this year.
IdeaPad Yoga 13, one of the Windows 8 devices, will only be available through Best Buy and Lenovo’s site. The ThinkPad Twist will be available at Staples, other retailers, and through the Lenovo site. Both will be available for order on October 12. The other two devices, ThinkPad Yoga 11 and the IdeaTab Lynx, will be ready for purchase in December. The PC makers hope that these convertible devices will catch on, despite speculation from others.