Company History
Lenovo combines two pioneering technology companies – Lenovo and IBM – into an innovation leader.

Our History

 

1980s

 

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    • 1981
      • IBM PCD introduces its first personal computer, the IBM PC
    • 1984
      • IBM PCD introduces its first portable computer, the IBM Portable PC, weighing 30 pounds.
      • Liu Chuanzhi launches the New Technology Developer Inc. with 10 colleagues, RMB200,000 (US$25,000), and funds from the Chinese Academy of Sciences.
    • 1986
      • IBM PCD announces its first laptop computer, the PC Convertible, weighing 12 pounds.
    • 1988
      • Legend's Chinese-character card receives the highest National Science-Technology Progress Award in China.
      • Legend Hong Kong is established.

 

1990s

 

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    • 1990
      • Legend launches its first PC, completing shift to producer of own computers
    • 1992
      • IBM PCD introduces ThinkPad, the industry’s first notebook with a 10.4" color Thin Film Transistor(TFT)display and a TrackPoint (red ball) pointing device.
    • 1993
      • Legend enters the Pentium era, producing China's first "586" PC.
    • 1994
      • IBM PCD introduces the industry's first notebook with integrated CD-ROM, the ThinkPad 755CD.
    • 1995
      • Legend introduces its first server.
    • 1996
      • Legend becomes the market share leader in China for the first time.
      • Legend introduces its first laptop.
    • 1997
      • IBM PCD introduces the industry's first notebook equipped with a DVD-ROM, the ThinkPad 770.
    • 1998
      • The millionth Legend PC comes off the production line and is given to the Intel Chairman, Andy Grove, for Intel's museum collection.
    • 1999
      • Legend becomes the top PC vendor in the Asia-Pacific region.

 

2000s

 

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    • 2000
      • IBM PCD ships its 10-millionth ThinkPad notebook PC.
      • Legend becomes a constituent stock of the Hong Kong Hang Seng Index.
    • 2001
      • An IBM notebook with an embedded security chip becomes the first notebook to be certified by the Trusted Computing Platform Alliance, an industry body setting data security standards.
      • Legend appoints Yuanqing Yang President and CEO.
    • 2002
      • Legend launches DeepComp 1800,  China's first computer with 1,000 floating point operations per second, China's fastest computer for civilian use, and  #43 among the world's fastest computers.
    • 2003
      • Legend announces the birth of its new "Lenovo" logo to prepare for its expansion into the overseas market.
    • 2004
      • IBM PCD introduces the first notebook with an integrated fingerprint reader.
      • IBM PCD ships its 100-millionth PC (counting both desktop and notebook computers).
      • Lenovo becomes an Olympic worldwide partner. It is the first Chinese company to become a computer technology equipment partner of the IOC.
      • Lenovo and IBM announce an agreement by which Lenovo will acquire IBM's Personal Computing Division.
    • 2005
      • Lenovo completes the acquisition of IBM's Personal Computing Division, making it the new international IT competitor and the third-largest personal computer company in the world.
      • William J. Amelio is appointed as CEO and President of Lenovo.
    • 2006
      • Lenovo technology supports the 2006 Olympic Winter Games in Torino, Italy, supplying 5,000 desktop PCs, 350 servers and 1,000 notebook computers.
    • 2007
      • The Beijing Organizing Committee for the Olympic Games selects a Lenovo-designed Olympic Torch as the winning design from among 300 entries.
    • 2008
      • Lenovo enters the worldwide consumer PC market with its new Idea brand.
      • BusinessWeek magazine calls Lenovo's ThinkPad X300 "the best laptop ever".
      • As the worldwide computing equipment partner, Lenovo provides the technology backbone for the Beijing Olympic Games.
    • 2009
      • Yuanqing Yang returns as CEO and President of Lenovo, and company founder Liu Chuanzhi returns as Chairman of the Board.
      • Lenovo becomes senior technology sponsor for the World Expo 2010 in Shanghai.
      • Lenovo sells its one millionth Idea product.

 

2010s

 

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    • 2010
      • Lenovo introduces LePhone, its first smartphone.
      • Lenovo sells its 60 millionth ThinkPad.
    • 2011
      • Lenovo forms its new Mobile Internet Digital Home (MIDH) business unit to focus on consumer internet-centric devices, such as tablets, smartphones, and smart TVs.
      • Lenovo forms a joint venture with NEC, creating the largest PC company in Japan.
      • Lenovo acquires Medion, a PC and consumer electronics company based in Germany.
      • Lenovo names Yuanqing Yang Chairman of the Board, in addition to his role as CEO.
    • 2012
      • Lenovo forms a joint venture with EMC to sell servers in China and develop storage solutions.
      • Lenovo acquires Stoneware, a software firm focused on cloud computing
      • Lenovo sells its 75 millionth ThinkPad.
    • 2013
      • Lenovo becomes the world's #1 PC company.
      • Lenovo reaches #329 in the Fortune 500 list of the world's largest companies.
      • Lenovo acquires CCE, a leading consumer electronic company in Brazil
      • Lenovo becomes the world's #3 smartphone company.
    • 2014
      • Lenovo announces it will acquire the System x server business from IBM and, eight days later, announces it will acquire Motorola Mobility from Google.
      • Lenovo reaches #286 on the Fortune 500 list.
      • Lenovo finalizes the purchase of System x and Motorola Mobility, making Lenovo #3 worldwide in both servers and smartphones.
    • 2015
      • Lenovo sells its 100 millionth ThinkPad.
      • ShenQi, Lenovo’s new internet-based smart device business unit, releases its first product, the Zuk smartphone.
      • Lenovo hosts Tech World in Beijing, an event that sets the vision for the future ecosystem of connected devices.
      • Lenovo reaches #231 in the Fortune 500 list.
      • Interbrand lists Lenovo among the top 100 global brands.
      • Boston Consulting Group ranks Lenovo among the top 50 most innovative companies worldwide.
    • 2016
      • Lenovo expands partnership with SAP to develop agile cloud solutions.
      • Lenovo partners with Nutanix to bring invisible infrastructure to data centers around the world.
      • Lenovo collaborates with Google to develop the world’s first mobile device with 3D motion tracking and depth sensing.
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