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Lenovo Adds to New PC Line with First Dual-Core, Widescreen Model

   

RALEIGH, N.C. March 29, 2006 - Lenovo today unveiled its first Lenovo-branded dual-core notebook computer, a widescreen, easy-to-use system designed for small business customers with a limited IT budget.

The Lenovo 3000 N100 simplifies owning and operating a PC by automating many routine security and maintenance tasks though a unique suite of productivity tools. Lenovo Care tools help alleviate the need for a dedicated IT help desk by offering a central location for essential PC tasks such as:

Weighing in at just 2.54 kg,(2) the new N100 comes in 14.1-inch and 15.4-inch widescreen models for viewing 20 percent more data space in spreadsheet applications or watching DVDs in the optimized format. "We designed the Lenovo 3000 N100 with mobile small business customers in mind, understanding their need for a powerful, yet easy-to-use notebook," said Marc Godin, vice president of worldwide marketing, Lenovo's notebook business unit. "With the N100, we wanted to create a notebook that helps make our customers work more efficiently and effectively. The N100's widescreen display, dual-core processor and Lenovo Care tools help create a powerful, worry-free computing experience." The N100 is available with an Intel Core™ Duo or Solo processor that efficiently runs multiple programs simultaneously, such as business applications while conducting virus scans in the background.(3) The N100 also offers complete connectivity features such as integrated 802.11 a/b/g wireless LAN(4) and 10/100 Ethernet on all models, and Bluetooth on select models. With a host of multimedia capabilities, such as forward facing stereo speakers, an integrated microphone for playing and recording audio; and an integrated combo or DVD recordable drive, the N100 is well suited for the growing segment of small business users who rely on the same computer for both business and personal use. The N100 also incorporates a 4-in-1 multi-card reader for downloading digital pictures from multiple types of memory cards, four USB ports, 1394 and S-Video ports. In addition, the multimedia software allows for easy management of photos and music. An integrated web cam for business and personal communications and an integrated fingerprint reader for easier management of passwords are available on select models.

The Lenovo N100 will be available starting on March 29, 2006. Prices for the N100 start at $1,908.18 (Ex GST).(5) Lenovo 3000 products will mostly be sold through Lenovo business partners and directly via the web at www.lenovo.com .

Lenovo (HKSE: 992) (ADR: LNVGY) is dedicated to building the world’s most innovative 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. For more information about Lenovo, see www.lenovo.com .

Q1: What are you announcing today? Lenovo is rolling out its first Lenovo-branded widescreen notebook available with a dual core processor. With Lenovo Care tools, an integrated fingerprint reader, and integrated camera, the N100 has many high-demand features at an affordable price.

Q2. What is the significance of this announcement? The N100 is the first product launch following the initial announcement of Lenovo’s international PC offerings under the Lenovo name.

The N100 reflects the core of the Lenovo 3000 brand: it includes many multimedia, security, and maintenance features usually available on high-end systems but available on the N100 at an affordable price.

Q3. Are these new products replacing ThinkPads and ThinkCentres? No. Lenovo now offers the Lenovo 3000 product family in addition to its line of ThinkPad notebooks and ThinkCentre desktop PCs.

To complement Lenovo’s Think product portfolio, the Lenovo 3000 products meet the specific business needs and budgets of small businesses, and very small businesses

Q4. What are the benefits and features of the N100? The Lenovo 3000 line gives customers more value for their money, worry-free computing and stylish new designs:

- Value For Your Money - In addition to attractive price points, the Lenovo 3000 products offer dependability and durability. Lenovo’s global teams came together to create the Lenovo 3000 product line that small business customers can count on in terms of high quality and reliability.

- Worry-Free Computing - For customers with limited IT budgets and resources, the 3000 products offer new standard features through Lenovo Care, a unique suite of easy-to-use productivity tools, accessed on the notebooks as a one-button recovery system, and accessed on the desktops via an icon.

- Multimedia-rich System - The N100 comes with features including integrated stereo speakers and microphone, 4-in-1 multi-card reader, 4 USB ports, 1394 Firewire, S-Video and a software applications that allow for easy management of photos and music. In addition, the N100 also comes with an integrated fingerprint reader and integrated camera on select models, and comes standard with Lenovo-Care tools and wrapped in a stylish design.

Q5. Who is your target audience for these products? The Lenovo 3000 products are designed for small business customers who want a reliable, easy-to-use PC featuring modern design silhouettes.

Q6. What is Lenovo Care?

- A one-button system recovery to help users diagnose, get help, and recover systems from catastrophic software failures caused by today's viruses and malware. - Automatic updates that autonomically download and install critical updates on a user-configured schedule to help keep the system running at peak performance.- (For notebooks) Simple Network Connectivity allows users to quickly find and connect to wireless networks, switch between connections and automate manual configuration changes. No other PC makes getting and staying connected easier.

Q7. Are any ThinkVantage Technologies included in today’s announcement? Lenovo 3000 PCs come equipped with ThinkVantage-inspired technology that are simple to use and targeted to meet the needs of small business customers called Lenovo Care Tools, providing a rich variety of enterprise-level functionality including security, back-up, recovery and automation.

Q8. When and where will the Lenovo 3000 PCs be available? The Lenovo N Series will be available in Asia Pacific starting from late March or early April depending on the country .

Q9. What is the price for base configuration of the Lenovo 3000 PCs? Price starts from $1,908.18 (Ex GST)

Q10. With Lenovo offering such good prices on this new product line, how do customers know they are getting reliable, quality products and not something that's just cheaply made? The new Lenovo 3000 Family of products is brought to you by the same makers of the world-class ThinkPad and Lenovo notebooks, known throughout the industry for its high standards of quality, reliability and durability.

In addition, Lenovo stands by this new product line by contracting with IBM to deliver its award-winning service & support to its customers worldwide, and also providing an optional warranty upgrade from the standard 1-year limited warranty to 3-years.

Q11. Lenovo is an unknown brand name to me. What does this new product line offer me over other familiar vendors, like Dell or Acer? Lenovo is now the third largest PC maker in the world, and has been rated the #1 PC vendor for 8 consecutive years in China, where they currently have 30% market share.

Lenovo acquired the IBM PC division in May 2005, and continues to have the strong backing by IBM who provides its award-winning service and support team and experienced sales staff to Lenovo customers. The Lenovo 3000 product line offers small business customers, very small businesses and individuals, new innovative and stylish designs at an exceptional value.

Q12. How is the N100 different from the ThinkPad Z60? Didn’t you claim the Z60 was a "widescreen model designed specifically for small businesses", too? Each machine will appeal to a different type of small business owner. The ThinkPad Z60 will appeal to small businesses looking for the ultimate business tool – a PC with advanced security features; durability innovations such as Active Protection System, the ThinkPad roll cage, and a titanium cover; and new connectivity features such as WWAN. The Lenovo 3000 N100 will appeal to small business customers who want to focus on running their business, not their PC. They'll turn to Lenovo 3000 products for easy-to-use PCs at a great value.

Q13. What is the impact of this new launch on Lenovo's overall channel strategy? A critical success factor of our overall channel strategy is the breadth of our product portfolio, and the launch of the Lenovo 3000 product line will give us the opportunity to reach a much broader market through the channel network.

Our channel partners who sell to the small and very small business market are in need of products that hold the same attributes as the Lenovo 3000 line: value for your money, worry-free computing and stylish designs.

The value that the Lenovo 3000 product line brings to the small and very small business market enables us to approach our channel strategy in an innovative way.

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