Despite rumours of aggressive pricing for their Surface tablet and a future walled-garden approach to the Windows OS, Microsoft pose little threat on the hardware front to Lenovo, according to their CEO. It’s a confident stance that few other manufacturers have taken since the announcement that Microsoft would be entering into the hardware market as well as their tried-and-tested software field.
“[They’re] just one of our many competitors,” said Lenovo CEO Yang Yuanqing during an earnings call.
“We are still confident that we are providing much better hardware than our competitors including Microsoft.”
It’s in stark contrast to the stance Acer CEO JT Wang took once the Surface had been revealed. He revealed that:
“We have said [to Microsoft] think it over. Think twice. It will create a huge negative impact for the ecosystem and other brands may take a negative reaction. It is not something you are good at so please think twice.”
Lenovo have a busy few months ahead of them when it comes to Windows 8 tablets. As well as the convertible IdeaPad Yoga in it’s Intel-based and ARM configurations, it’s also got a the ThinkPad Tablet 2 waiting in the wings.