Lenovo smart televisions use the Android operating system and are marketed under as the "LeTV" in Mainland China.
In November 2011 Lenovo said it would soon unveil a smart television product called LeTV, expected for release in the first quarter of 2012. "The PC, communications and TV industries are currently undergoing a 'smart' transformation. In the future, users will have many smart devices and will desire an integrated experience of hardware, software and cloud services." Liu Jun, president of Lenovo's mobile-Internet and digital-home-business division.
Lenovo unveiled its first smart TV at the 2012 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. The company said the set would be available for sale in Mainland China in April of 2012. During a keynote speech at the Consumer Electronics Show, Paul Jacobs of Qualcomm asked Liu Jun, head of mobile products for Lenovo, to demonstrate the K91.
Lenovo released the K91 in Mainland China on 8 May 2012. Lenovo opted to release its first smart television in China because it would be easier to negotiate deals for content in its home market.
Specifications and features
Lenovo's first smart TV, the LeTV, used the Android 4.0 operating system. The LeTV features the ability to display 3D content, a face-recognition feature designed to help parents limit the time their children spend watching TV, and voice recognition. The LeTV will be offered in 42-inch and 55-inch screen sizes. The LeTV also allows smart phones and tablets to be used as remote controls.As the K91 is an Android-based device, it is capable of running hundreds of applications available for download online. Lenovo has created an app store dedicated specifically to the K91.
The LeTV uses a Qualcomm 8060 Snapdragon dual-core processor running at 1.5 GHZ, 1 GB of RAM, 8GB of flash storage, and Android 4 ICS. The LeTV has a five-megapixel webcam built into its bezel. It has a remote and game controllers. The LeTV's remote features a microphone necessary for the TV's voice recognition functions and a track pad. The game controller has track pad, and embedded motion sensor.
Lenovo has established a joint venture called iSmarTV with SMG's BesTV to offer high-definition video for streaming to the LeTV. The service currently offers more than 300,000 hours of television shows and movies. Some iSmarTV content is available in 3D.
As of May 2012, more than 1,000 apps have been developed for the LeTV and are available from Lenovo's app store. 40 apps come pre-installed on the LeTV. Apps demoed at the time of the LeTV's release include a web browser, a directory of recipes, and social media tools.
The "Le" series of devices, including the LePhone, LePad, and the LeTV are sold under the "idea" brand outside of China. The "Le" pre-fix means "happy" in Mandarin Chinese and this branding is only used in Mainland China.
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