Lenovo Social

We came. We saw. We basically conquered. We gave as much blood and sweat (thankfully no tears) as we could in a few short days. CES 2011 has ended—all hail CES. Lenovo arrived in Las Vegas on a huge roll—our market share rising, our financial results stellar and, as always, our products synonymous with innovation and class. Speaking of which, we introduced more than 20 products at CES—from ultraportable ThinkPads to majestic ThinkCentre all-in-ones and mind-bendingly innovative hybrid notebook/tablets—and we walked home with five awards. We hosted parties with partners Intel and Microsoft and friends from Social Media Club and GDGT. We entertained incredible bloggers and modders. We helped people unleash their inner goofball with our photobooth and our jackalope mascot. And we told our stories—as always—on social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Flickr and our “Lenovo Live” blogs. Across 19 countries and in seven languages, we transformed lenovo.com into a remarkable Matrix-like "social logo"—it got more than 2.2 million views in the U.S. alone during CES. Finally, as is often the case, we felt the love from the press. From Brazil to Slovakia, Canada to India, well over 2,000 stories were written about us worldwide—and more than 500 articles were written about the IdeaPad U1 Hybrid/LePad...

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Wondering about the “Lenovo Enhanced Experience 2.0 for Windows 7” tag on more than 20 of our CES PCs? Wonder no more. It’s a sign of improved Windows 7 performance, the next generation of our certification/optimization program that includes faster start-up and other enhancements for business and multimedia applications. Enhanced Experience 2.0 computers can include Lenovo RapidBoot technology, with optimized files, processes and hardware geared for quicker boot/shutdown. Some also have Lenovo RapidDrive technology, using an SSD with or in place of a traditional hard drive and combining with RapidBoot technology to give you even faster boot/shutdown and improved app performance. Some Enhanced Experience 2.0 models are capable of booting up in less than 10 seconds, giving rise to a $10,000 challenge from Lenovo. Our CES lounge features some of the fastest-booting Windows 7 PCs in the world; if you think your PC has what it takes to beat them to the punch (or to the desktop, as it were), then bring it in – all you have to do is boot it up faster than ours and you’ll win $10,000! Sound easy? It’s not; nobody’s won yet. On top of the fast boot/shutdown, Enhanced Experience 2.0 optimizations include enhanced audio and HD graphics on Idea products and better security and web conferencing on Think products. Come down to the Lounge and check them out!   

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Walk through the casino, eavesdrop on a press briefing, listen in the elevator—it doesn’t matter where you go at CES this week, the chatter about tablets is everywhere. We’re pleased to say a healthy portion of that chatter is about us—Lenovo is showcasing not one but two tablets here. By now, most people know about our IdeaPad U1 Hybrid with LePad Slate, which debuts this month in China. A similar product will follow in other countries (including the United States) later this year. What they may not know about is our forthcoming IdeaPad Slate, also on display here. This is a full Windows 7 tablet based on the new Intel Ultra platform. It comes with a 10.1-inch touchscreen and supports a digitizer pen as well as 1080p HD playback. It is also stunning looking—we saw models in white and the same clementine orange found on our IdeaPad U260. We did our own hands-on video with product manager Yang Chun. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DweWmq-83dc[/youtube] If you need more, you can also check out on-the-scene reviews by Wired and Laptop Mag Ideapad Slate will go into production later in 2011 and is expected to be available in many countries so stay tuned....

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We’ve unleashed a barrage of All-In-One (AIO) PCs at CES—four new models, and keeping up with them is as easy as A, B, C. Does the “A” in our IdeaCentre A Series stand for “art” or perhaps “awestruck?” The new IdeaCentre A320 suggests so. At 0.75” thin, it’s the world’s slimmest AIO, but it’s still feature-rich: integrated Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity, (with Bluetooth, wireless keyboard and mouse); up to 750GB HDD storage, 8GB DDR3 memory and DirectX10 graphics; HDMI in/out; and up to 2nd generation Intel® Core™ i5 processor – all packed neatly behind the 21.5” HD widescreen display. Our new IdeaCentre B Series models are still beautiful but with more angular, strong facades. The IdeaCentreB320 doubles as a PC and an HDTV that runs independently of the computer, thanks to our new HWTV technology. As a computer, it’s got easy touch input with optional Surface Acoustic Wave (SAW) multitouch technology that detects your input more accurately. It comes with a 21.5” frameless screen, 2TB HDD and fast boot via Lenovo Enhanced Experience 2.0 for Windows 7 with RapidBoot technology. IdeaCentre B520 includes a TV tuner with optional 3D vision, SRS Premium Sound audio and a sweet 23” HD screen (with the same SAW multitouch technology) framed in brushed metal. It also offers 2TB HDD storage, 16GB memory and up to 2nd generation Intel Core i7 processor. The Lenovo C205 from our Essentials line is a great AIO for people who find...

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If you look at the line-up of our new products this week, you’re going to see the phrase “second generation Intel® Core™ i# processor” a lot. This is the meaning of “Sandy Bridge” – another phrase you’re sure to have heard bandied about. It was Intel’s code name for their breakthrough, 2nd generation core processor family, which they unveiled yesterday at CES. The family includes Core i3, i5 and i7, which you’ll find in 23 of our new PCs. Intel touts the new family as a game-changer and we can’t help but agree. With video features built into the chips via processor graphics, they’re a great complement to our products – watch for stunning HD graphics from our multimedia, gaming and 3D-capable PCs. The new chips will also give viewers previously unavailable access to full HD movies on their computers, as well as improved efficiency, battery life and power management capabilities and a smoother, faster, immersive gaming experience. All in all, the Sandy Bridge crosses the chasm to better all-around performance.

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