Back in 2004, Lenovo made history with the acquisition of IBM's PC division. It was not an ordinary deal for the Chinese PC maker at that time. As during those days, the company had a negligible presence in the International market. Consequently, Lenovo spent $1.25 billion to get IBM's entire PC catalog including R&D and manufacture facilities.
That said, it was a signal in itself that Chinese firms are looking at western markets. ThinkPad, a brand popular among corporate executives was also a part of deal. Now Lenovo design and manufacture ThinkPad notebooks. Lenovo also follows legendary design used by IBM originally. No one can ignore black colored carbon fiber chassis, red colored TrackPoint, and the ThinkLight.
Since past few months there is a rumor on the web in regards to ThinkPad smartphone. Back in April, Chinese site Sina Tech reported that Lenovo might be planning a smartphone with ThinkPad logo ducked outside.
The word came from Dilip Bhatia, VP and General Manager of ThinkPad Business unit, a senior executive at Lenovo. Since that day, the tech world is reporting something or other related to so-called ThinkPad smartphone. No one actually came up with internal specifications nor talked about the design part.
Recently, Lenovo India announced a series of Android powered handsets in India. One handset i.e. K900 is an answer to Samsung Galaxy S4. It is priced rather competitive at Rs. 32,999 and has been introduced with monster specs packed in a sleek body. During Bloggers meet organized later in the evening on June 5, GizBot interacted with Nick Reynolds, Executive Director, Worldwide Product Launch- Consumer, Lenovo. Dressed in Business casuals, and looking confident in positioning Lenovo as a mass oriented smartphone vendor. The executive told us that company is not working on ThinkPad smartphone device as of now.
The senior executive didn't elaborate much about so-called ThinkPad phone. But if you are thinking to buy a business oriented phone - better buy Lenovo P780, as the handset was announced in India alongside K900. It has a 4000mAh battery ducked inside. P-series by Lenovo stands for "Professional "or targeted at power users.
Nowadays every tech vendor is working on phablets. Some of the biggest handset manufacturers - be it Samsung, HTC or even Sony, who is working on a 6-inch handsets. While the Executive Director didn't share any plans but he told us that "wait for IFA Berlin." The company might be planning something exclusive but did not wished to comment on anything. Meanwhile, the young executive was definitely excited about wearable computing devices, and flexible displays to be precise. Stay tuned to GizBot.