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TMCNet:  Lenovo to introduce tablets locally [Nation (Kenya)]

[February 20, 2013]

Lenovo to introduce tablets locally [Nation (Kenya)]

(Nation (Kenya) Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Chinese computer and mobile devices maker, Lenovo, is set to expand its Kenyan business.

The firm, which sells its products through distributors in Nairobi, said that it plans to open shops in Mombasa and Kisumu.

During a press briefing yesterday, the company also said that it would be introducing a new range of tablets running on Android software to the Kenyan market next month through Safaricom.

In April, the firm will also launch tablets running on Windows 8 operating system.

"Kenya is one of the markets where we are adopting our attack strategy. It is a growing market that is increasingly important to us," said Lenovo's general manager for the Middle East and Africa Oliver Ebel.

Lenovo sells its notebooks and personal computers (PC) through four local distributors.

The company has primarily targeted enterprises and government.

Data from research firm IDC shows that Lenovo controls about 8.6 per cent of the local PC market.

In 2011, Lenovo zoomed past Dell to become the world's second largest PC vendor after HP.

According to research firm, Gartner, the company held a 15.5 per cent market share of the global PC market as of December last year.

The firm shipped 12.9 million computers in the fourth quarter 2012 and recorded a growth of 8.2 per cent even as giants such as Acer, HP and Dell sales declined.

Lenovo purchased IBM's personal computer business arm in 2005 and has since diversified into smartphones, tablets, smart televisions and convertible devices.

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