If we told you that the trend in technology was towards the mobile
side, you probably wouldn't be surprised. Think about how much mobile
news you've seen over the past few years, and try to think if you had
ever seen or heard that much mobile news in the 10 years prior. The
smartphone has emerged as a must-have tool in society, whereas it was a
real luxury held only by certain businesspeople a decade ago. Think
about the notebook PC; now, more people are buying notebooks in place
of desktops than ever before, because those machines are nimble and
able to be easily transported.
is a huge company in the notebook and desktop space.
Having the ThinkPad line has been the hallmark of their arrival in the market when they picked up the division from IBM years ago. It seems that
the company is anticipating that sales of their equipment will trend smaller (in terms of
item size) as the years move on. According to a new report based on
quotes from CEO Yang Yuanqing, wireless Internet products will account
for "up to 80%" of total Lenovo sales within five years. That's a huge
percentage, and that means that Lenovo expects four out of five items
that it sells to be release with mobile Internet in some way.
But with the proliferation of mobile Broadband
, particularly WWAN chips
that are built into netbooks, notebooks and tablet PCs, this claim
seems a bit less far-fetched. Yang stated that "mobile Internet is very
important," and that "even today, notebook sales already are higher
than desktops. Mobile
Internet products are going to be 70 to 80 percent of our sales ...
within three to five years." He also stated his plans to pursue mobile
Internet sales in emerging economies such as Asia, Latin America and
Eastern Europe, though no acquisitions were in their roadmap.
We're curious to know if any other companies are in this same boat.
Does everyone view mobile sales as such an important aspect of total
sales in the near future? Does this explain the sudden influx of tablet
and slate PCs? Does this explain the cutting back of desktop
production? How small can we reasonably go? And can our networks handle
all of this mobile data usage? Only time will tell, but it should
definitely be interesting to watch it all pan out.