Lenovo is making Android-powered desktop PCs

Lenovo, a leading computer manufacturer, is set to introduce four desktop machines running on the Android operating system.

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Lenovo acknowledges that Android is already a favoured OS for edge devices and is increasingly prevalent in enterprise-specific systems. Android accounts for 41% of device estates in surveyed enterprises, outpacing Microsoft Windows (26%), Apple iOS (24%), and Linux (8%).

Lenovo stated that organizations using Android for a significant portion of their device fleets cite lower total cost of ownership, robust platform and app developer tools, and strong security features as primary reasons for their choice.

It’s important to note that Google doesn’t offer an Android version optimized for PCs; instead, it provides ChromeOS for Chromebooks.

To create Android PCs, Lenovo has entered into a reseller agreement with Esper Device Management, a company that produces customized Android versions compatible with enterprise PCs using x86 or Arm hardware.

Lenovo highlighted that this partnership will be particularly beneficial for customers in the retail, hospitality, and healthcare sectors. They will have access to cutting-edge Lenovo hardware, the ability to deploy devices immediately, and remote monitoring and control capabilities through Esper’s offerings.

The initial Android-powered Lenovo system will be the ThinkCentre M70a 3rd Gen, which can also be configured with Windows 11 or Linux. This all-in-one touchscreen device boasts impressive features, including up to a 12th-gen Intel Core i9 processor, 16GB DDR4 RAM, and a 512GB PCIe SSD.

With Esper Foundation for Android support, it will offer an “enterprise-ready” Android 11 experience complete with customizable branding, peripheral compatibility, quarterly security updates, and a minimum of three years of support.

Lenovo plans to expand its Android-powered lineup by the end of 2023, including the addition of the ThinkCentre M70q, M90n-1 IoT, and the ThinkEdge SE30 v2.