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Lenovo says 7-inch tablets is set to compete with larger smartphones

Chinese hardware and electronics conglomerate Lenovo says 7-inch tablet is set to compete with large-screen smartphones than large tablets or personal computers.

Lenovo Chief Executive Yang Yuanqing stated he’s optimistic about the current trend in the tablet market that shows customers preference on 7-inch tablets over the 10-inch tabs such as Apple’s latest product – the iPad Mini.

“The market accepts the 7-inch [tablet] better than the 10-inch. That’s a very strong signal, the tablet will not replace the traditional PC,” Yuanqing said during Lenovo’s second-quarter earnings conference call on Thursday.

The Lenovo executive claimed their 7-inch tablets – like the Lenovo 7-inch IdeaTab A2107 – are strategically developed to compete in the smartphone arena, where some of its main players are starting to introduce smartphones with larger screens.

Samsung, the largest smartphone-maker in the world, has already launched several smartphones with larger screens such as the 1,280×720 resolution 4.8-inch Samsung Galaxy S3.

Apparently, Yuanqing’s forecast is on a right track.

Last Thursday, DisplaySearch released a research paper showing that majority of today’s tech companies will eventually launch smartphones with 5-inch displays and a 1,920×1080 pixel resolution.

Yuanqing is apparently upbeat on Microsoft’s Windows 8 laptops, which caters consumers with flexibility and convenience of a hybrid computers.

“Touch will become a very popular feature on the traditional PC,” the Lenovo executive said.

Yuanqing assured that Lenovo will be considering all option to maintain a steady supply of touch screens despite the existence of tight competition for supply in the panel industry.

“We can’t guarantee we’ll get 100 percent of what we want to get [but] we are definitely trying our best to get enough supply,” he said.

In the past months, Lenovo has introduced to the market convertible laptops (Yoga series laptops) equipped with touch capability. The Chinese tech company believes these “hybrid laptops” will find their mark in the PC market, replacing rational clamshell laptops computers.