It’s interesting to see the type of competition Microsoft has spawned by entering the hardware market. Both Lenovo and HP have been good sports about the announcement, while Acer has thrown up more than a few complaints. The reason Lenovo isn’t joining in on the crying is because it believes it can beat out the Surface with its ThinkPad priced between $300 and $400. David Schmoock, Lenovo’s chief of North American operations had this to say:
[quote]“RT will play in consumer and retail at very aggressive price points. It will do well but it’s going to be more of a consumer price point play to begin with.”[/quote]
Even Lenovo’s CEO Yang Yuanqing doesn’t think Microsoft can handle the pressures of hardware offerings, saying:
[quote]“Microsoft are strong in the software, but I don’t believe they can provide the best hardware in the world. Lenovo can. We are still confident in ourselves. We are providing much better hardware than our competitors including Microsoft.”[/quote]
It’s good to see Lenovo getting into the spirit of competition instead of whining about it.