By DAVID BARKLEY | The Washington Post Lenovo is working on a new video-sensor coating for its Yoga laptops that could reduce the amount of dust, moisture and heat that could build up on the devices.
The new coating could be used on any laptop with a 3-inch or 4.5-inch display, Lenovo Chief Executive John Chen said during an earnings call Tuesday.
In addition, the company is working with Intel to improve the power-saving capabilities of the latest Intel Atom processors.
The coating could make the new laptops much quieter and offer more protection to touchscreens and the bottom of keyboards, Chen said.
The video-screen coating is being made by a technology company that is owned by Lenovo, according to a statement.
The company did not provide a name for the company.
A company spokeswoman declined to comment on the potential new coating.
Lenovo has been criticized for its decision to leave its own video-display coating on its new 4K laptops, which have a resolution of 4K.
The new screen coating is expected to improve video quality and make the devices more rugged.
In October, Lenovo unveiled a new 4.8-inch and 4.9-inch touchscreen for the new Yoga line of laptops.
The touchscreen displays are larger and include a built-in touchpad, a new fingerprint reader, a small button to turn off the fingerprint scanner and a fingerprint scanner for a smaller, more comfortable design.
But the company also is working to improve its cooling technology, which has been blamed for overheating the devices and causing problems with their hinges.
The company also has a patent on a method to automatically remove dust from the surfaces of the touchscopes.
The technology could help prevent dust buildup on the new screens and help prevent the laptops from catching on fire.
In January, Lenovo’s stock fell after it reported a $12.8 million loss for the fourth quarter, which ended Sept. 30.
Lenovo shares have been trading in recent weeks up about 6 percent, on average, compared with a 10 percent decline for the S&P 500.