Lenovo hopes to reach US customers faster with 'Made in USA' computers

Lenovo hopes to deliver ThinkPad laptops and tablets quicker, but customers may have to pay a price for that

By , IDG News Service |  Hardware

The company is also trying to adapt to regional trends when building computers, Hortensius said. For example, in Germany and China there is a big demand for discrete graphics cards, which is not the case in the U.S. Lenovo has also launched smartphones in countries including Russia and China, but has no plans to launch handsets in the U.S.

Lenovo earlier this week launched a range of hybrid devices that function as both a PC and a tablet. The devices are based on Windows 8 and RT operating systems, which will ship in computers later this month.

Lenovo is also building up its cloud service to supplement the new devices. The company talked about its cloud service in January this year and in mid-September acquired Stoneware to boost its cloud computing offerings.

"We're planning to roll out some tests of that towards the end of the year," Hortensius said. "I use it in the office today."

The products offered by Stoneware are similar to the cloud capabilities being developed by Lenovo, Hortensius said. Lenovo's cloud service will have two elements: one tied to calendar, contacts and syncing, and the second tied to accessing applications in the cloud from any device via a browser interface.

The Stoneware program is similar to Lenovo's products under development, but smart enough to know where the content is, and to take advantage of local device resources such as a graphics processor.

"We're very excited," Hortensius said.

Agam Shah covers PCs, tablets, servers, chips and semiconductors for IDG News Service. Follow Agam on Twitter at @agamsh. Agam's e-mail address is agam_shah@idg.com

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