Lenovo Smart TV Production to Kick Off, Discussions Now on with OEMs

April 19, 2011, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

To make the most of its experience from churning out excellent PCs, laptops and notebooks, Lenovo has now decided to venture into the smart TV world. The venture, which is expected to give a tough challenge for the players already in the domain, Lenovo has kicked off their quiet advance towards manufacturing smart TVs and are trying to take a good bite of this growing market segment in the gadget world.

The company has already switched to discussion mode, holding serious meetings with several OEMs such as Wistron and Compal Electronics regarding the hardware production and component supply. Among them, Wistron has an excellent record of handling outsourced assignments from the big shots like Sony efficiently.

Wistron reportedly shipped 900,000 TVs in March – a record. They have also clinched the deal from Lenovo when it outsourced the production of notebooks.

Meanwhile, Compal Electronics also has a past of good relations with Lenovo, when the latter approached them with for the production of its first 10.1 inch tablet PC. Moreover, Compal was one among the companies who got the outsourcing deal of making notebooks for Lenovo along with Wistron.

Compal Electronics also is a major player in delivering quality TV hardware to major companies like Toshiba and Hitachi. In last March the company shipped 520,000 TVs, which was a jump from the February figure of 410,000 units.

So that is about the backstage team bringing out the first smart TV product for  Lenovo. We expect the devices to roll out during the second half of the current year.

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