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Lenovo CEO ready to take on Microsoft's Surface, 'just one of many competitors'

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On Lenovo's Q1 earnings call, the company's CEO Yang Yuanqing dismissed the threat posed by Microsoft's Surface tablets, saying "they're just one of our many competitors." Lenovo had an impressive

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Lenovo’s CEO Yang Yuanqing isn’t worried about Microsoft’s upcoming Surface tablet eating into his sales. "[They’re] just one of our many competitors. We are still confident that we are providing much better hardware than our competitors including Microsoft," he said during the company’s Q1 earnings call, reports CNET. It sounds like Yuanqing is gassed up over his company’s recent performance — net profit up 30 percent year over year on strong sales that leave it just a hair (0.7 percentage points) behind HP for most PC shipments worldwide.

While Acer CEO JT Wang warned Microsoft to "think twice" about Surface, up until now Lenovo had been striking a more diplomatic tone, with VP Dili Bhatia telling ABC News’s Joanna Stern last week that "Microsoft is a strategic partner for us." We hope the newfound confidence at Lenovo carries through the launch of its rumored Windows RT tablets.