This afternoon, Lenovo introduced their new SmartTV product line that consists of the K81 and K91, as well as the IdeaPad Yoga which claims to be the world's slimmest convertible Ultrabook, at the pre-Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2012.
Lenovo is a name closely associated with PCs, tablets and smartphones in China), and it looks like the Chinese manufacturer is adding a new product to its existing portfolio, the SmartTV. The company has announced two models, the 42-inch K81 and 55-inch K91. The K91 claims to be the world’s first SmartTV to be powered by Qualcomm’s 8060 Snapdragon CPU running at 1.5Ghz as well as the first smart TV to run the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich operating system. Both offer voice control, gamepad control and other smart device control, including smart phones and tablets. Lenovo is also partnering with content providers in China to offer video on demand services and TV content. According to a Lenovo executive, content may be purchased for Lenovo tablets, but due to resolution constraint, it would not be advisable to share the content on the TVs. Both SmartTVs are also 3D-capable (passive 3D technology and 2D-to-3D upscale feature) with built-in wireless and wired connections. If you have a Lenovo Android tablet, you can also use a remote control application to control the TVs. The K81 and K91 will be available in China, in March, though no news as to the pricing and whether they will be available to other parts of the world.
Liu Jun, senior vice president and president for Mobile Internet and Digital Home Business Group (MIDH), Lenovo, said that that the traditional devices are being replaced by the new smart devices; and even the personal computer is moving to the tablets and Ultrabooks. Lenovo believes that in future, smart devices will have similar hardware and software architecture and that they will be connected and powered by the cloud.