Hong Kong, April 17, 2008 – In celebration of the upcoming Beijing 2008 Olympic Games, Lenovo, worldwide partner of the Olympic Torch Relay and the exclusive computing equipment supplier for the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games, announced today that the Global Online Philanthropic Auction of the Lenovo Olympic torch-themed limited edition notebook PCs for Hong Kong market will be launched starting from April 22, 2008. The three Lenovo Lenovo Olympic torch-themed notebook PCs which Lenovo will be offering in Hong Kong are limited-edition notebook PCs inspired by the Lenovo-designed Olympic torch leading into the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games. Each of the notebook PCs is autographed by Leo Ku, a leading Hong Kong pop singer and actor, Liu Xiang, one of the Lenovo Champions as well as the winner and world record holder of the Olympic 110-meter Hurdles, or Yao Yingjia who designed the Olympic torch with the theme “Cloud of Promise”. In addition to signing his own name, Leo Ku has remarkably demonstrated the persona of a Lenovo “New Thinker” who also illustrated his ingenuity through his artistic painting on the auctioned notebook PC.
The slim and airy Lenovo Olympic torch-themed limited edition notebook PCs are exquisitely crafted with a design inspired by the Lenovo-designed Olympic torch. Like the “Cloud of Promise” on which the design is based, the notebook cover features striking swirls of red against a silver base color, a contrast representative of the traditional Chinese concern for balance and harmony. In addition, Leo Ku applied his artistic talent and drew unique patterns on one of the notebook PCs. This master-stroke will generate a new collection wave among the Olympic fans.
“It is a pleasure for us to offer three Olympic torch-themed limited-edition notebook PCs for the Online Philanthropic Auction in Hong Kong to mark this historical moment in the Olympics”, said Ken Wong, Vice President of Lenovo Group and General Manager of Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan. “Leo Ku, Liu Xiang and Yao Yingjia are outstanding representatives from the entertainment, sports and design circles respectively of which all of them are closely linked with the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games. Attaching their autographs on the limited notebook PCs adds significance for fans of the Olympics in their collection. The innovative paintings drawn by Leo Ku, Lenovo’s “New Thinker”, on one of the auctioned notebook PCs echoes perfectly with Lenovo’s passion in creation.”
The auction will be carried out from April 22 to August 8, 2008 in three phases, with each phase lasting for 10 days. The first phase, offering the Lenovo limited-edition notebook PC with Leo Ku’s signature and painting, will commence on April 22. The notebook PC with the signature of Yao Yingjia, who designed the Olympic torch with the theme “Cloud of Promise”, will be available for bidding at the second phase starting on June 10. During the last phase which will start on July 29, we will be offering the notebook PC with the signature of Liu Xiang, one of the Lenovo Champions as well as the winner and world record holder of the Olympic 110-meter Hurdles. Bidders must make their bids through the following website: www.lenovohopefundauctions.com.
In the spirit of Lenovo’s sponsorship of the Olympic Games, 100 percent of the proceeds of the global online philanthropic auction of the “Olympic torch-themed limited edition notebook PCs will go to the Lenovo Hope Fund, who will in turn allocate the funds to individual philanthropies which concentrate on microfinance, small- and medium-enterprise development and bringing sports to communities of children. Right to Play, an organization that uses specially-designed sport and play programs to improve health, build life skills and foster peace for children and communities affected by war, poverty and disease, will be one of the benefiting charity.
“In the spirit of balance and harmony emphasized by ‘Cloud of Promise’ and the internationalism and cooperation upheld by the Olympic, it is fitting that these Lenovo Olympic torch-themed limited edition notebook PCs should benefit worthy causes. We are very excited that we can extend the concept of ‘Cloud of Promise’ to this meaningful event,” Ken Wong added.
Lenovo (HKSE: 992) (ADR: LNVGY) is dedicated to building the world's best engineered personal computers. Lenovo's business model is built on innovation, operational efficiency and customer satisfaction as well as a focus on investment in emerging markets. Formed by Lenovo Group's acquisition of the former IBM Personal Computing Division, the company develops, manufactures and markets reliable high-quality, secure and easy-to-use technology products and services worldwide. Lenovo has major research centers in Yamato, Japan; Beijing, Shanghai and Shenzhen, China; and Raleigh, North Carolina.
In addition to its role as the designer of the Beijing 2008 Olympic torch, Lenovo is also the technology hardware supplier for the 2008 Games. Nearly every aspect of the management of the Games, from gathering and storing participant data to displaying the scores to organizing all activities for BOCOG, depends on hardware provided by Lenovo. The company was also the Technology Equipment supplier for the Torino 2006 Olympic Winter Games, where Lenovo hardware supported critical Games systems as well as specially designed Internet lounges for athletes and journalists. For more information, see www.lenovo.com.