Unwired Planet Completes Patent Deal with Lenovo
Apr 17 14
Unwired Planet Inc. announced that it has completed its patent license and purchase deal with Lenovo Group Ltd. The agreements called for $100 million upfront payment for both a pre-payment on the license and for the sale of 142 patents. Net proceeds to Unwired Planet, after payments to Ericsson, total $70 million. Under the terms of the agreement, Lenovo is licensed to Unwired Planet's intellectual property portfolio for a number of years, covering standard essential, implementation, and application layer technology for mobile devices.
Lenovo Group Ltd. Flexes Multimode Muscle with New Dual Mode Laptops
Apr 16 14
Lenovo Group Ltd. introduced two new additions to its FLEX family of dual mode laptops with the new FLEX 2 laptops available in 14 and 15.6-in models. Not only do the laptops give users 300deg flexibility with two great modes, Laptop and Stand, they improve upon the original models in compelling new ways with an enhanced visual experience offering full HD screen and discrete graphics models. Shaping Higher Performance: Available in either a 14 or 15.6-in screen, the laptops take Lenovo's family of dual mode devices to the next level with new design and performance features. The black or silver FLEX 2 laptops catch attention for their 300deg rotation and their optional backlit keyboard, which finishes the look on this beautiful device. Inside the laptop, consumers will love the eye-popping visuals with a noticeably brighter full HD 1920X1080 widescreen display on select models. Users can choose NVIDIA GeForce graphics on models with up to 4 generation Intel Core i7 processors for a rich entertainment experience, making images in games and videos display quickly and smoothly. Or they can opt for models with dynamic AMD Radeon(TM) R5 M230 discrete graphics and AMD APU processors all the way up to AMD A8 models with on-chip Radeon graphics. Equipped with Dolby Advanced Audio v2 technology, the FLEX 2 laptops make sound from movies, games and music come across its stereo speakers louder with greater clarity, consistent tone and less distortion. And for users who like to video chat, the laptops come with an optional dual array digital microphone for truer to life calls when using the 720p HD webcam. The FLEX 2 further provides an overall better user experience over its predecessor. For fast and efficient operations, the FLEX 2 laptops offer choices of the latest Intel and AMD processors, come with a range of three storage options - up to 1 TB of HD or hybrid SSHD storage or up to 256 GB SSD storage - and long battery life. Two Modes in One Machine: Starting at just $429, the laptops give users one of the most affordable 'convertible-like' PCs, with two unique modes in one machine. Users can enjoy the benefits of a Windows 8.1 touch-centric experience in both modes via the 10-finger multitouch screen. FLEX 2 works great in its traditional clamshell laptop mode for productivity tasks with its comfortable keyboard with its stylish and functional one piece multitouch touchpad with an optional cool metal palmrest. Then simply flip the keyboard underneath the screen 300deg to transition into Stand mode for a different way to watch movies and riveting digital content up close. Pricing and Availability: Pricing for models of the FLEX 2 14-in and 15.6-in start at $799 and $429, respectively. The FLEX 2 laptops are available beginning in June via Lenovo retailers and www.lenovo.com.
Lenovo Introduces New PCs
Apr 16 14
Lenovo introduced several new PCs starting with the Lenovo A Series A540 AIO desktop built for families and equipped with the latest audio and video features for enjoying digital content. Lenovo also introduced the B50 laptop for small businesses with a balance of essential technologies and affordability; the essential G50 laptop for general computing; and the Z40 and Z50 entertainment-focused laptops. The sleek A540 AIO includes a super bright 23.8-in FHD 1,920X1,080 IPS display in an aluminum shell just four millimeters thin at its edge. Users can adjust the screen from -5deg to 90deg to position it for however they like to use it. Running Windows 8.1 and supporting 10-finger touch, the A540 lets users experience touch functionality with its collection of 20 pre-loaded games and education apps. Users can even go hands-free with Lenovo Motion Control, which supports up to 12 gestures to complete actions like muting the volume, advancing photos or playing videos. The A540 comes with top-of-the-line technologies including up to NVIDIA GeForce GT 840A graphics, up to an Intel 4(th) generation Core i7 processor, JBL speakers with Dolby Home Theatre, optional Near Field Communications to transfer files from compatible devices and an optional TV Tuner to watch TV programming right on the desktop. Starting at just $399, the new 15-in B50 laptop offers small business users incredible value with a host of essential features. The laptops offer multiple screen choices: an HD 1,366X768 anti-glare touch display, a FHD 1,920X1,080 or an HD 1,366X768 display. Running Windows 7, users can select either models with up to an Intel 4(th) generation Core i7 processor and optional NVIDIA GeForce 820M graphics or up to an A8 AMD processor and either AMD integrated or AMD Radeon R5-M230 graphics. They also have a DVD burner/player, up to 1 TB of HD or hybrid SSD storage, an optional fingerprint reader for security and Dolby Advanced Audio v2. The G50 laptop comes with a set of computing technologies including choices of up to Intel 4(th) generation Core i7 or up to AMD R5-M230 processors, Windows 8.1, Dolby Advanced Audio v2, a DVD burner/player, an HD display and HD webcam. Users can easily log in to their PC with just their face using Lenovo's VeriFace Pro facial recognition software. Meanwhile, the stylish Z40 and Z50 laptops provide a full multimedia experience for on-the-go. At under an inch thin, they come equipped with an optional gorgeous FHD 1,920X1,080 display, a DVD burner/player, large storage options, and Dolby Home Theatre with a 720p webcam. For opening and running users' digital files and apps, the laptops offer extreme performance with up to AMD's newest, higher performance APU processor with up to R7 discrete Radeon graphics. Pricing for models of the Lenovo A540 AIO start at $1,279.99 and will be available beginning in July and will be available via Lenovo retailers. Pricing for models of the Lenovo B50 laptops start at $399 and will be available beginning in July via Lenovo retailers. Pricing for models of the Lenovo G50 laptop starts $399 and will be available beginning in July via Lenovo retailers. Pricing for models of the Lenovo Z Series start at $579. The Z40 will be available beginning in May via www.lenovo.com, and the Z50 will be available beginning in August via Lenovo retailers.