CES 2012: Lenovo planning to launch smartphones in U.S.

LenovoLenovo appears to be eyeing the U.S. smartphone market. Asked if the company planned to launch a phone in the United States, David Schmoock, a Lenovo senior executive, responded, “I think we will.” What is not so clear is when this could happen but it could still be a few years away.

Lenovo has begun to work with some U.S. carriers, including AT&T, Sprint and Verizon, and distributors in preparation for such a move. Schmoock expects that it will take “the next couple of years” to build up the relationships necessary to launch a smartphone in the US. “You have to build out that network first, then that allows you to put products on the shelf,” he explained.

Lenovo reacquired its mobile phone business in 2009 after selling it off earlier. It has so far focused handset and tablet sales on China.

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