Lenovo has launched its first-ever AI-powered cashier-less store, the Lecoo Unmanned Store, in Beijing after four months of pilot operation, our sister site TechNode Chinese is reporting.

After a quick registration through WeChat, users can enter the store through facial recognition. No smartphone operations will be needed at the cashier because the charges will be deducted from their accounts automatically. The 80-square meter unmanned convenience store sells daily groceries including juice boxes and other small snacks. The good damage rate is controlled at around 1% during the pilot period, lower than regular retail stores and supermarkets, Lenovo explained.

Best known for making computers, phones, and smart home devices, Lenovo is trying to catch up with China’s burgeoning new retail trend. The company rolled out its first offline smart gadget store at the beginning of this year and plans to launch 5,000 smart automated sales machines in the future five years.

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Emma Lee

Emma Lee is Shanghai-based tech writer, covering startups and tech happenings in China and Asia in general. We are looking for stories related to tech and China. Reach her at lixin@technode.com.