Lenovo brings smartphones to Malaysia

Local IT provider ECS ICT will partner the Chinese company to bring two of its smartphones into the Southeast Asian market for the first time.

Chinese PC giant is expanding its smartphone presence in the region when it inked a deal with IT vendor ECS ICT to distribute its handsets in Malaysia for the first time.

In a press release issued Thursday, ECS ICT said it has sealed a distribution agreement with Lenovo's Malaysian unit Lenovo Technology to distribute two Android Jellybean-powered smartphone models--the S890 and P770--in the country.

"We are pleased to be appointed as the first to distribute one of the fastest-growing smartphone brands into the Malaysian market. Lenovo is already a leading player in the China market and is now keen on translating its success on the international stage," said Foo Sen Chin, managing director at ECS ICT, in prepared statements.

Lenovo entered the smartphone market only in 2011, but it has quickly established itself in China to be the second-largest smartphone maker with 13.2 percent market share in 2012, it added.

Malaysia is the latest market the Chinese company is offering its smartphones, joining India , Indonesia, the Philippines, Vietnam and Russia.

In January, Lenovo revealed that its smartphone business in China had turned profitable . This helped the company achieve its best ever third quarter financial result, with record numbers for both sales and profit at US$9.4 billion and US$205 million, respectively.