Lenovo @ MWC 2017: Plotting the Course Towards a New Era of Mobility

Most of us remember flip-phones or those with sliding keyboards and even the early tablets that weighed nearly as much as a traditional laptop. A lot has changed since then to the latest generation of smartphones and tablets. Mobile technology is charting a course towards ubiquity. It continues to astonish me that more than 25 billion devices will be connected by 2020 – 25 billion. That sheer number shows just how much the connected world needs a smart ecosystem that allows devices to share information between each other.

I’m thrilled to be joining Lenovo, one of the few technology companies in the world with the ability to provide people with a truly connected device experience – from smartphones, PCs, tablets, smart home devices and cloud services. As its Chief Technology Officer, part of my mission is creating a new era of mobility for our customers.

Mobile technology has become “elemental” in our daily lives. In our Research & Technology (R&T) organization, we’ve set our sights on “One Mission, Two Pillars and Three Directions,” a strategy that brings in some of the technologies that will define the next generation of devices, mobility and connectivity. 

One Mission, Two Pillars and Three Directions" strategy.

One Mission: Customer-Centric Innovation

The mission is “Customer-Centric Innovation,” like the iconic ThinkPad red dot, or the Yoga Book’s virtual keypad. Our newest series of tablets, the Tab 4 family launched this week in Barcelona, includes four different configurations and optional accessory packs to transform each tablet into the perfect device for each member of the family. Combined, these are great examples of customer-centric innovations that redefine the user experience and are grounded in the premise that different is better.

Two Pillars: Device + Cloud and Artificial Intelligence

As we look to the future, we plan to step up efforts in Device + Cloud innovation, while simultaneously reinforcing Artificial Intelligence (AI) capabilities to power Device + Cloud. With this dual-engine strategy, which leverages AI as a major technology development trend, we aim to unite innovations across our business units in the short term, strengthen Lenovo’s cutting-edge technology capabilities and work towards smarter connectivity.

Three Directions: Smart Devices, Lenovo’s Smart Cloud Platform, and Smart Services

To achieve our strategy of Device + Cloud powered by AI, Lenovo R&T will focus on three major directions: smart devices, smart cloud platform and smart services. We’re confident that making great strides within these three technical directions will help turn our connected vision into a reality.

Smart devices are becoming smaller and smaller in size and more and more portable. From traditional laptops, multi-mode PCs (such as Yoga) to detachable two-in-one PCs, Lenovo leads the industry in the development of thin, light and portable smart devices.

Our smart cloud platform is the foundation for smart devices to gain intelligence as well as the central place to process users’ big data. R&T will focus on the core functions of the cloud platform. With an open source framework based on OpenStack, we will strive to deliver a high-performance, cross-cloud management experience to enterprise customers.

Finally, smart services will bring out the real value of smart devices. Thanks to the development of artificial intelligence technologies, smart services will know more and more about people’s needs and habits. Based on these insights, smart services will get a better and better understanding of users.

Lenovo at Mobile World Congress

Mobile has a new definition in today’s world. The future of the mobile industry will be driven through innovative form factors – including tablets with adaptive or digital keyboards, modular smartphones like the Lenovo Moto Z and more – that serve as a user’s personal information hub.

At Mobile World Congress 2017, we’re bringing fresh ideas and innovations that challenge industry conventions. From our adaptive Yoga laptop and tablet line to the swappable Moto Mods, our latest products at MWC are engineered using our customer-centric approach to device design and development to meet the fluid needs of today’s mobile consumers and professionals. Beyond physical devices, we’re also excited to announce Lenovo Connect e-SIM, which allows customers to take advantage of the best local wireless pricing, wherever they are in the world.  

Although mobile is the primary path to the connected world and the cloud, innovation in mobility demands infrastructure and services and we must consider the full ecosystem. This is a key consideration of my “One Mission, Two Pillars and Three Directions” strategy for future innovation, and I look forward to working with Lenovo R&T to harness the power of the cloud, AI and beyond for our customers.

What do you think is the future of mobile? Leave a comment below. If you’re in Barcelona this week, be sure to visit Lenovo (Hall 3, Stand 3N30) at Mobile World Congress to demo some of our most exciting mobile innovations.