Unlike some OEMs (cough *Acer* cough), Lenovo
isn't the least bit concerned about its ability to compete with Microsoft
in the tablet space, or at least the company is putting on a darn good poker face. That's not to say Lenovo is thrilled with going up against Microsoft, but at the end of the day, Lenovo believes it will put out a better product.
"Although we don't like Microsoft providing hardware...for us, it just adds one more competitor," Lenovo CEO Yang Tuanqing stated during a conference call. "[Microsoft is] just one of our many competitors, We are still confident in ourselves; we are providing much better hardware than our competitors, including Microsoft."
Plain and simple, Lenovo said quite frankly that it's "not that worried" about Surface, a point the company repeated a second time. How true that statement is might depend on whether or not recent rumors suggesting Surface could debut at just $199 are true or not. Even if Lenovo builds better hardware, an aggressive pricing strategy -- however unlikely -- would tip the scales in Microsoft's favor.