Lenovo Expects 80% Of Future Sales To Involve Mobile Wireless

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.

Lenovo 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.