Lenovo unveiled a lighter, quicker ThinkPad notebook computer to appeal to customers who like the convenience of tablets and smartphones.
Lenovo Group acquired the ThinkPad brand with IBM Corp.’s personal computer unit in 2005. Lenovo passed Dell Inc. last year to become the second-largest PC manufacturer after Hewlett-Packard Co.
The latest ThinkPad has third-generation wireless connectivity and other features inspired by tablets and smartphones.
Lenovo reduced the 14-inch (35.5 centimeter) laptop computer’s weight to three pounds (1.3 kilograms) from the 3.7 pounds (1.7 kilograms) of last year’s model. it would have up to eight hours of battery life and the startup time was reduced by as much as half to under 20 seconds.
The ThinkPad unit launched the first tablet version of its computer last year.
Forecasts call for global notebook sales to reach 230 million this year, versus 110 million for tablets.
Lenovo took the unusual step of unveiling the new computer in China because of the fast growth of its market and the local popularity of ThinkPads.