Page 2 of 2
Also aimed to thrust it forward into the so-called post-PC era, Lenovo said it is investing $792 million in a new R&D and production facility in Wuhan, China, to fuel the development of mobile devices, including tablets and smartphones.
Frey said Lenovo's investment in mobile devices is part of its broader "four-screen strategy." The company is working to enable entire Lenovo-based ecosystems centered around four key products or "screens" -- namely, PCs, tablets, smartphones and TVs. The end goal is to create a cloud-based environment through which all four of these products can communicate with one another in an enterprise or home environment.
Most of the smartphones and tablets being produced at the new Wuhan facility will first be targeted at the Chinese market. But, over time, the idea is to broaden Lenovo's mobile offerings on a global scale.
"You're going to see us starting to really ramp the four-screen strategy in China," Frey said. "Once those products become mature in China, we will then gravitate those around the world to different geographies, as we think those geographies will adapt that technology."
Douglas Grosfield, president and CEO of Xylotek Solutions, a Cambridge, Ontario-based solution provider, said the prospect of new Lenovo mobile devices hitting the North American channel would be an exciting one as a partner.
"Mobility is a growing and important focus for VARs in the channel," Grosfield said. "Knowing that a strong and channel-focused partner like Lenovo is working toward offerings relevant to our markets in North America serves to strengthen our commitment not only to embracing the rapidly growing and changing mobility market, but to Lenovo as a partner."
Lenovo's Accelerate Partner Summit kicks off Monday and is expected to draw about 500 channel partners. The number of authorized Lenovo resellers grew by 20 percent during the company's fiscal 2011 year, Frey told CRN.
<< Previous | 1 | 2