Local Tech Wire

MORRISVILLE, N.C. – Lenovo, the world’s No. 4 PC maker, is getting the star treatment Wednesday in India’s Silicon Valley.

Bollywood actress Gul Panag (see photo) helped Lenovo executives roll out new “Z-series” laptops at an event in Bangalore, India.

The company, which bases its global headquarters in Morrisville, also introduced other notebooks and desktops at the event.

The products are part of Lenovo’s drive to improve its marketshare in the Indian market.

"Our 12 new products across categories are based on the changing perspective of consumers, especially youth, about PCs being lifestyle enablers than mere computing devices," Lenovo India Managing Director Amar Babu said, according to The Economic Times of India.

"In the first quarter of 2010, our market share in India shot up to 8.9 percent and are hoping to register a double-digit growth in the next two years," Babu added.

Citing data from analyst firm IDC, the newspaper noted that Lenovo’s marketshare in India grew to 7.2 percent over the past year, up from 4.7 percent.

The Z-series drew much of the attention. Features as noted on Lenovo’s include:

• Choice of screen sizes-all worthy of the latest HD technology.
• Processors ranging from basic to the fastest 2010 platforms.
• Hard drive disc space and expandable HDDs.
• Memory for today and enough for tomorrow.
• Basic, high-end and advanced discrete graphics.
• Battery options for the amount of time unplugged you’ll need.
• Built-in technology or available ports for wireless, internet snd downloading and sharing.
• LED 16:9 displays, not lower-end LCD panels.
• Dolby® stereo surround sound and two 2 inch quality speakers.
• Premium hi-def NVIDIA graphics.
• OneKey™ Theatre – go from movie to web cruise mode.
• Plenty of ports – too many to list here.
• Full HD support for flawless video and audio playback.

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