Liu Jun, senior vice president and president at Lenovo’s Consumer Business Group, recently announced that the company would continue their ‘Le’ brand and follow up on the LePhone with the LePad. The LePad is set to compete with the iPad and is confirmed by the company. Lenovo are reported as saying that they want to ‘win’ in China before taking their wares abroad. According to analyist Bryan Ma, associate vice president for IDC Asia-Pacific, “Lenovo has a strong brand name that resonates with local buyers. That’s something that’s in their favor.” Lenovo are widely respected for their sturdy laptops and…

Wow, what a rough day yesterday was.  Had really hoped to get this video up much sooner than this, but the CES gods must not have been pleased with me.  In any case, here’s Lenovo’s slick looking LePhone, an Android based device for the Chinese market.  The user interface is really slick, but you’ll see a lot of things that are most obviously “borrowed” from other smartphone operating systems.

I just got back to my hotel in Las Vegas after sitting in at the official launch event for Lenovo’s LePhone, its new Android powered smartphone for the Chinese market. It’s quite a good looking device, and features a beautiful 3.7-inch AMOLED capacitive touchscreen display in a body that is 60mm wide and only 12mm thick. It has no buttons at all, but makes use of a Palm Pre-like gesture area under the display. The LePhone also features a task manager that looks just like the one Palm’s webOS uses, a card view of running applications. The device looks pretty…

The folks over at Silicon.com got a first hand look at the latest and greatest technology that Qualcomm has to offer. Of interest to the Android lovers amongst us is an upcoming lineup of smartbooks powered by Qualcomm’s 1GHz Snapdragon processor. The smartbook is a new category of devices that combine the form factor of a netbook with the streamlined OS and always-on connectivity of a smartphone. On hand was a working smartpbook prototype, manufactured by Quanta, that was running an unmodified version of Google’s Android OS. A pretty significant prototype as Quanta is the largest notebook manufacturer in the…

The Lenovo OPhone has been announced to be released sometime next month through China Mobile.  The device runs a customized skin over top of Android that appears to take some of its look and feel from the iPhone. The device will sport the Chinese TD-SCDMA 3G standard that has grown slowly as a result of slow adoption. [via PCWorld]

So we’ve been following Lenovo and their OPhone with a mixture of curiosity and a healthy dose of scepticism. We showed pictures of the device side-by-side with Apple’s iPhone back in December, something anyone would have done given the close similarities in name. But we all know the similarities do not stop there. The OPhone’s build also looks particularly similar to the iPhone, and we were disappointed when we saw pictures of the OPhone running a custom version of Android that basically cloned the iPhone’s home menu and many other input screens. Recently, there has been more information floating around…

More pictures of the Ophone have surfaced over at the iloveophone by Sina Blog. This time, however, we can finally see what the Ophone looks like relative to its inspiration; the iPhone and iPhone 3G. In short, it is slightly bigger (1mm), but not enough to notice even when holding them in your own hands. The Ophone is reputed to come with a better spec sheet, including what the iPhone misses out on most: a 5 megapixel camera. With that said, we have not been able to confirm the specifications of the Ophone from Lenovo, so until we hear more…

The guys over at ModMyGphone.com have scored a number of new pics of the Lenovo OPhone Android powered smartphone that is headed to the Chinese market. Some new details about the device have surfaced, as well.  For starters, we can plainly see that it has a 5 megapixel autofocus camera.  It also sports a microSD memory card slot and supposedly features an on-screen virtual keyboard for both Chinese and English text input – which means it’s not out of the question for people outside of China to get one to work properly. In any case, what you really want are…

China Mobile were once in negotiations with Apple over the possibility of an iPhone launch using their mobile network. However, China Mobile were unwilling to share any of the profit and negotiations fell apart because, let’s face it, both companies are pretty stubborn regarding profit sharing issues. However, there appears to be a slither of light at the end of the tunnel for China Mobile in the form of Android. Whispers on the wind from the Far East tell tales of how Lenovo will be producing the ‘OPhone’, a sleek Android based touch screen affair with some dedicated touch sensitive…

According to a story on the JLM Pacific Epoch website, a Lenovo Mobile brand general manager was quoted as saying that his company will be producing an Android powered cell phone for China mobile. The device is supposedly slated for release in the February/March 2009 time frame. The Lenovo manager supposedly made the statement at the P&T/Expo Comm China 2008 event that is taking place at this moment in Beijing. While known only for its personal computers in much of the west, Lenovo is also known in China for manufacturing cell phone and smartphones. You can take a look at…