Lenovo will launch tablet PCs in the United States starting in 2011, according to a new report in The Wall Street Journal.
Lenovo will launch a tablet PC in the U.S.
market starting in 2011, according to a Nov. 12 report in The Wall Street Journal
. That would mark yet another manufacturer
entering the burgeoning tablet market, currently dominated by Apple's iPad.
Lenovo CEO Yang Yuanqing offered few
details about the tablet to the Journal,
but suggested the device will also launch in China.
In the meantime, Lenovo apparently aims to outsize Dell, Hewlett-Packard and
Acer: "We will keep growing faster than the market average, than the
told the newspaper
If the report proves accurate, it would suggest Lenovo also plans to challenge
the likes of Samsung and Research In Motion, which are producing tablet devices
to compete with the iPad.
plans to market its PlayBook tablet PC for less than $500
in North America,
according to news circulating earlier this week. The 7-inch device will likely
arrive on store shelves in the first quarter of 2011, sold through a
combination of carriers and stores such as Target and Best Buy.
In the meantime, Samsung
is attempting to bulldoze its way into the tablet market with the 7-inch Galaxy
, which is offered on five major U.S.
carriers. J.K. Shin, president of Samsung's mobile business, reportedly told an
audience during a Nov. 4 press conference in Seoul
that he expects sales of 1 million Tab units by the end of 2010.
Samsung could also produce future tablets with varying screen sizes.
"Various tablet sizes will be launched by many companies next year," Shin told
the press conference. "In order to cement our strong presence in the tablet
market, Samsung is preparing other kinds of tablet devices."
Analysts generally expect the tablet market to expand rapidly over the next
"The tablet wars are up and running," Neil Mawston, a Strategy Analytics
director, wrote in a Nov. 2 statement accompanying the research firm's newest
report on the tablet market. "Apple has quickly leveraged its famous brand, an
extensive retail presence and user-friendly design to develop the tablet market
into a multibillion-dollar business. Android, Microsoft, MeeGo, WebOS,
BlackBerry and other platforms are trailing in Apple's wake, and they already
have much ground to make up."
Strategy Analytics estimated the iPad's hold on the worldwide tablet market
at 95.5 percent. However, competing devices are only beginning to enter that
market, suggesting that market-share percentages could change rapidly if one of
them proves a hit.