Lenovo creates separate unit for tablets, phones

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Associated Press

Posted on January 18, 2011 at 1:00 AM

Updated Tuesday, Jan 18 at 1:02 AM

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Lenovo Group, the world's fourth-largest personal computer maker, expects the market for tablet computers and other mobile and Internet-connected devices to expand so rapidly that it is creating a product group devoted solely to these products.

The Beijing-based company said Tuesday that its new mobile Internet and digital home division will focus on creating tablets, smart phones and other Web-connected home electronics, such as television sets.

The group will be headed by Liu Jun, who has been responsible for product development as the head of Lenovo's product group. Peter Hortensius, who had run the company's Think product group, is taking Jun's old post.

Given the enormous popularity of Apple Inc.'s iPad, which was released last April, analysts expect tablet sales to jump this year.

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