Lenovo to up handset production

Laptop maker Lenovo Group plans to expand its mobile phone production and develop it into the company's second-largest business. Lenovo sold 1.4 million handsets in the three months leading up to September, a 139 percent increase from the same period a year ago. The company reported handset revenues have already reached $142 million this year so far, doubling last year's total. Lenovo's mobile phone business is largely concentrated in China where the competition is heating up after the country granted 16 new mobile phone manufacturing and retail licenses in the first nine months of 2005. Huawei, BenQ and other handset makers plan to add annual production capacity of 25 million mobile phones. China claimed 378 million mobile subscribers through the end of September.

For more on Lenovo's handset business push:
- take a look at this article from Telecom Asia