SAN FRANCISCO: Chinese technology giant Lenovo is taking aim at the booming small business market with a new line of ThinkPad notebook computers tailored for entrepreneurs.
Lenovo’s ThinkPad Edge line redesigns technology long relied on by global corporations to fit the needs and preferences of operators whose territory may be smaller but is no less precious.
Analysts project the number of small businesses worldwide will climb to 45 million this year and that they will account for two-thirds of the notebook computers sold.
“Small business is an enormous market and it is growing fast,” Lenovo Thinkpad notebooks segment manager Charles Sune told AFP while providing a glimpse at the new Edge models.
Thinkpad machines have become a staple among corporations interested in notebooks geared to handle the performance and security demands of executives. – AFP
The Edge design is the first significant change to the Thinkpad design in 17 years and for the first time ever adds AMD microprocessors to machines that had been driven exclusively by Intel chips.
Neo AMD chips provide Edge computers with high graphics performance while enabling Lenovo to offer a base model for 550 dollars. Some 70% of the laptops sold are priced less than US$1,000 (K2,700). – AFP