1981IBM PCD introduces its first personal computer, the IBM PC
1984IBM PCD introduces its first portable computer, the IBM Portable PC, weighing 30 pounds.
1984With an initial capital outlay of only RMB200,000, (US$25,000) Lenovo's founding chairman Liu Chuanzhi, together with 10 like-minded colleagues, launches the New Technology Developer Inc., funded by the Chinese Academy of Sciences.
1986IBM PCD announces its first laptop computer, the PC Convertible, weighing 12 pounds.
- Legend's Chinese-character card receives the highest National Science-Technology Progress Award in China.
- Legend Hong Kong is established.
1990The very first Legend PC is launched in the market as the company shifts to a producer and seller of its own branded computer products.
1992IBM PCD introduces ThinkPad, the industry's first notebook with a 10.4 inch color Thin Film Transistor (TFT) display and a TrackPoint (red ball) pointing device.
1993Legend enters the Pentium era, producing China's first "586" PC.
1994IBM PCD introduces the industry's first notebook with integrated CD-ROM, the ThinkPad 755CD.
1995Legend introduces the first Legend-brand server
- Legend becomes the market share leader in China for the first time.
- Legend introduces the first Legend brand laptop.
1997IBM PCD introduces the industry's first notebook equipped with a DVD-ROM, the ThinkPad 770.
1998The millionth Legend PC comes off the production line. Intel Chairman Andy Grove attends the ceremony, and takes the PC for Intel's museum collection.
1999Legend becomes the top PC vendor in the Asia-Pacific region.
- IBM PCD ships its 10-millionth ThinkPad notebook PC.
- Legend becomes a constituent stock of the Hang Seng Index - HK.
2001An IBM notebook with an embedded security chip becomes the first notebook certified by the Trusted Computing Platform Alliance, an industry body setting data security standards.
2001Legend appoints Yuanqing Yang President and CEO.
2002Legend's supercomputer, the DeepComp 1800 makes its debut. It is China's first computer with 1,000 GFLOP (floating point operations per second) and China's fastest computer for civilian use, ranked 43rd in the Top 500 list of the world's fastest computers.
2003Legend announces the birth of its new "Lenovo" logo to prepare for its expansion into the overseas market.
- Lenovo becomes an Olympic worldwide partner. It is the first Chinese company to become a computer technology equipment partner of the IOC.
- Lenovo and IBM announce an agreement by which Lenovo will acquire IBM's Personal Computing Division.
- IBM PCD introduces the first notebook with an integrated fingerprint reader.
2004Lenovo and IBM announce agreement in which Lenovo will acquire IBM's Personal Computer Division
2005Lenovo completes the acquisition of IBM's Personal Computing Division, making it a new international IT competitor and the third-largest personal computer company in the world.
2005William J. Amelio is appointed as CEO and President of Lenovo.
2006Lenovo technology flawlessly supports the 2006 Olympic Winter Games in Torino, Italy, supplying 5,000 desktop PCs, 350 servers and 1,000 notebook computers.
2007The Beijing Organizing Committee for the Olympic Games selects a Lenovo-designed Olympic Torch as the winning design from among 300 entries.
- Lenovo enters the worldwide consumer PC market with new Idea brand.
- Lenovo's ThinkPad X300 is called "the best laptop ever" by BusinessWeek magazine.
2008Lenovo provides a smooth, error-free performance at the Beijing Olympic Games, the largest sporting event in history.
- Yuanqing Yang returns as CEO and President of Lenovo with company founder Liu Chuanzhi returning as Chairman of the Board
- Lenovo becomes senior technology sponsor for the World Expo 2010 in Shanghai.
- Lenovo sells its 1 millionth Idea Product.
- Lenovo introduces LePhone, its first smartphone
- Lenovo sells its 60 millionth ThinkPad
2011Lenovo forms a joint venture with NEC, creating the largest PC company in Japan.
2011Lenovo acquires Medion, a PC and consumer electronics company based in Germany, substantially increasing presence in consumer market in Western Europe.
- Lenovo forms Mobile Internet Digital Home (MIDH) business unit to attack growing opportunity in consumer devices such as smartphones, tablets and smart TV
- Yuanqing Yang named Chairman of the Board of Lenovo in addition to his role as CEO.
- Lenovo acquires Stoneware, a software firm focused on cloud computing
- Lenovo sells its 75 millionth ThinkPad
- Lenovo becomes the world's #1 PC company
- Lenovo reaches #329 on the Fortune 500 list of the world's largest companies
- Lenovo becomes the world's #3 smartphone company
2014Lenovo announces it will acquire Motorola Mobility from Google to become the #3 global smartphone maker.
- IBM PCD ships its 100-millionth PC (counting both desktop and notebook computers).
- Lenovo begins the year by announcing it will acquire the System x server business from IBM and finalizes purchase to make it the #3 server company worldwide.
- Lenovo reaches #286 on the Fortune 500 list.
2015Lenovo is named to Interbrand’s prestigious list of the world’s Top 100 brands
2015Lenovo hosts the TechWorld in Beijing. The day-long event sets vision for future system of connected devices.
2015Lenovo sells its 100 millionth ThinkPad
- ShenQi, a new internet-based smart device business lauched by Lenovo releases its first product, the Zuk smartphone
- Lenovo reaches #231 in the Fortune 500 list
- Lenovo named one of the world’s “Top 50 Most Innovative Companies” by Boston Consulting Group