Global technology and innovation leader Lenovo is gearing up for another big year following its stellar performance during fiscal year 2018-19, which saw the company once again claiming the top spot in worldwide PC shipments. This is a feat driven by significant growth largely coming from sales in its consumer division.
Lenovo’s recently concluded fiscal year reveals that the company’s revenue reached an all-time high of $51 billion, up 12.5% YOY, with company net income reaching $597 million. A strong fourth quarter performance also led to double-digit growth with revenue coming from its PC and Smart devices amounting to $38.5 billion, making Lenovo the #1 PC company in the world with a record market share of 23.4% for the fiscal year while also becoming the fastest-growing among the top five players (+9.5% YOY).
“Lenovo’s solid performance reflects the continuous efforts on our strategies to put the customer at the core of our business. In today’s world, we focus on enabling them to thrive through the process of ‘intelligent transformation’ by continuing to provide innovative technology whose features can perform in a wide variety of tasks, whether for gaming, entertainment, work, and everything in between,” said Lenovo Philippines Country General Manager Michael Ngan.
The rise of Lenovo Legion
A critical factor in Lenovo’s growth surge is its Legion gaming lineup which started 2019 in the Philippines with a bang. This year saw the opening of the first exclusive Legion Concept Store in SM City North EDSA, and shortly after, Legion was a co-presenter of GameCon 2019, one of the country’s biggest gaming conventions.
Boosted with the release of new devices and the formation of the Legion PH community, the Legion lineup is now the fastest-growing gaming notebook brand in the country per monthly brand share statistics from GFK. Moreover, Legion is the only brand to post consecutive growth since December 2018. Globally for the whole FY18/19, Lenovo posted Gaming PC revenue growth of 19.4% YTY and saw premium to market growth in both revenue and shipment.
To sustain this, Legion is strengthening its lineup with new devices. With complete immersion as the name of the game when it comes to modern gaming, the new Legion lineup is set to provide just that, with devices equipped with the latest graphics cards and processors for a truly immersive gameplay.
A GAMING BEAST. With NVIDIA® GeForce RTX™ 2060 graphics card and 9th Generation Intel® Core™ i7-9750H Processor, the Legion Y740 is a gaming beast that can handle today’s graphics-demanding games with ease.
Bannering the upcoming products is the gaming beast Legion Y740 with its NVIDIA® GeForce RTX™ 2060 graphics card and 9th Generation Intel® Core™ i7-9750H Processor. Intel says this will provide gamers 56% higher frames per second and 38% faster game turn times while content creators will enjoy a 54% speed boost when editing 4K videos. Wrapped in all-aluminum chassis and thin bezels, the Y740 breaks the convention of what gaming devices look like with its sleek design. It is available for PHP 119,995.
Legion is also releasing the Lenovo IdeaPad L340 Gaming laptop for those on the lookout for their first gaming PC. Available in either Intel Core i7 with +128GB SSD (PHP 59,995) or Intel Core i5 (PHP 49,995) variants, the IdeaPad L340 Gaming laptop is one of the most affordable devices out in the market equipped with an NVIDIA® GeForce GTX™ 1650 graphics card. Three variants of the Legion Y540 are also in the lineup. Leading them is one equipped with NVIDIA® GeForce RTX™ 2060 graphics card with 6GB VRAM, 1TB SSD storage, 16GB RAM, and an Intel® Core™ i7-9750H processor.
Complementing these are Legion peripherals and accessories designed to offer the complete gaming experience. One of these is the mammoth-sized Legion Y44w gaming monitor that has a 43.4-inch curved (1800R) display with a 144Hz refresh rate. All devices come with Lenovo’s 2-Year Premium Care Support, including 24/7 support from Lenovo’s senior tech resources; Zero Tolerance to Dead Pixel, a service that repairs displays even with only a single dead pixel; and 2-year onsite warranty wherein Lenovo’s staff will go directly to the customer’s location for any troubleshooting needs.
Pushing boundaries with the new IdeaPad and Yoga Ultrabooks
Alongside Legion’s role in Lenovo’s growth is the strong performance of its popular Yoga and IdeaPad lineups. The sales are mainly driven by the customer demand for thin and light devices (a 72.6% YTY increase for Lenovo), which according to IDC will continue to see mid to high single-digit shipment growth in the coming years. Known for their iconic watchband hinges and convertible features, the Yoga and IdeaPad lines are considered as among the most portable devices available.
Last year, Lenovo bid the problem of thick and bulky notebooks goodbye by refreshing its Yoga and IdeaPad lineups and turning all devices into Ultrabooks ─ powerful laptops that are on-trend and in demand as they are less than 20mm thick and weigh below 2kg. Lenovo is finally bringing the new IdeaPad and Yoga Ultrabooks in the Philippines. With a total of 16 Ultrabook models, no other company has such a large portfolio of Ultrabook devices.
Headlining the new Yoga devices is the Yoga S940 (PHP 115,995). Measuring a sleek 12.2 mm and weighing only 1.2 kg, it is the world’s first laptop to have Contour Glass which wraps around the display for smoother edges that minimize the appearance of its already thin bezels. Accompanying the Yoga S940 is the Yoga S730, a device designed to be an ideal travel companion with its weight of 1.1 kg, thinness of 11.9mm, and its cooling system that pulls air through secondary vents hidden in the keyboard.
The upcoming IdeaPads, on the other hand, will be led by the IdeaPad S540, available in six variants. The most premium will come with NVIDIA® GeForce GTX™ 1650 graphics card and an Intel® Core™ i7-8565U processor (PHP 69,995). Meanwhile, multiple variants of the ultra-slim IdeaPad S340, the 2-in-1 convertible laptop IdeaPad C340, and the powerful everyday laptop IdeaPad S145 are also arriving, with higher variants coming with a Microsoft Office Perpetual bundle worth PHP 5,995.
Like the Legion devices, the new Yoga Ultrabooks will be covered under a 2-Year Premium Care Support with 24/7 support from senior tech resources and Zero Tolerance to Dead Pixel, a service that repairs displays even with only a single dead pixel. Premium Care Support also includes a 2-year onsite warranty, wherein Lenovo’s skilled and experienced technicians offering comprehensive hardware and software support will go directly to the customer’s location for any troubleshooting needs, an unmatched service unique to Lenovo for customers’ extra peace of mind.
All of the upcoming Lenovo devices were recently unveiled in a launch party in Makati City. For full specifications of the new devices, visit https://www.lenovo.com/ph/en/pc/