Cloud, “smart TV” anchor Lenovo’s plans to become the Apple of China (AAPL, LNVGY, BIDU, ALBIY)

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China's Lenovo Group ( LNVGY , quote ), the world's second-biggest maker of personal computers, is rolling out upgraded versions of its smartphone and tablet computer in China and will would release a "smart TV" product called "LeTV" in the first quarter of 2012.

Lenovo did not say when it would start selling the "LePhone S2" smartphone or its "LePad S2" tablet, which will come with a five-, seven-or ten-inch screen, but the obvious target in this "Le" branding campaign is obviously Apple ( AAPL , quote ).

The new 'smart' devices will support various operating systems including Google's ( GOOG , quote ) Android and Microsoft's ( MSFT , quote ) Windows.

In addition, Lenovo announced it is starting a cloud-computing service for consumers. The new "Lenovo Cloud" service allows users to store and download data on remote computer servers with devices including phones and tablets.

The cloud move follows Chinese internet companies such as Alibaba Group Holding ( ALBIY , quote ) and Baidu ( BIDU , quote ) in offering distributed computing services in China -- the world's largest Internet market by users.

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