The renowned Chinese manufacturer revealed couple of new and intriguing products at Lenovo Tech World Conference held in Beijing. Lenovo is really thinking to take its services to a higher stage with all new quality products it has unveiled.
‘ThinkPad 10’ is clearly here to dominate ‘Surface 3’. It will be one of the first devices having ‘Windows 10’ out of the box, including a ThinkPad Pen Pro and a new Folio keyboard. ThinkPad 10 tablet can be with either an Intel Atom Z8500 or a Z8700 quad-core SoC. Joining the SoC is a 10.1-inch 1900 x 1200 10-point multi-touch display with Corning Gorilla Glass 3, 2GB or 4GB of RAM, 64GB or 128GB internal storage, triple-array microphones, a standard 3.5mm audio jack, graphite black color, and Bluetooth 4.0. There’s a USB 3.0 port, micro HDMI, micro SD card slot, optional 3G/4G LTE support, and 802.11ac WiFi. Audio comes via Realtek ALC5672 and 1watt speakers. The rear-facing camera has a 5 megapixel resolution with auto-focus, while the front camera is 1.2 megapixel with a fixed-focus. The internal 32Wh battery, finally, gives up to 10 hours of run time on a charge. The Lenovo ThinkPad 10 Gen 2 tablet will be available sometime this summer for $549 USD. The launch will also bring with it a bunch of accessories, including the QuickShot cover we’ve seen before ($45 USD), the Folio Keyboard ($110 USD) and an Ultrabook keyboard ($119 USD), a dock ($129 USD), privacy film ($70 USD), and several more device-specific optional gear.
This was one of the highlights of conference. Lenovo Cast is here to compete against ‘Chrome Cast’. A puck-shaped wireless hub compatible with just about any Miracast or DLNA device; it can be connected with any display that supports HDMI, as you’d expect, and serves to cast content from gadget to display. As far as specifics go, the Lenovo Cast features a single micro USB port and a single micro HDMI port, a pair of antennae, 802.11 a/b/g/n dual-band WiFi, HDCP 2.0, support for resolutions up to 1080p, and distance support up to 15 meters when in maximum resolution. It is plug-and-play, using DLNA and Miracast technologies to send content to an HDMI display. The puck will be available starting this upcoming August for $49 USD.
Lenovo Z41 and Z51
Pretty standard laptops with Core 15 and 17 processors, full-HD displays, up to 1TB of storage and 16GB RAM, Lenovo’s Z41 and Z51 are ideal if you’re looking to consume media on the go. The Z41 offers a 14-inch screen, while the Z51 boasts a 15-inch display along with an Intel RealSense camera that can sense depth. Both machines will be available from June, with prices starting at $499.
Lenovo Ideapad 100
Yet another affordable machine for consumers. Now that the Z41 and Z51 targeted at the mid-tier segment, the Ideapad 100 is Lenovo’s offering in the entry-level category. The notebook will be sold in 14- and 15-inch models offering a resolution of 1366 x 768, and is customizable with either a mechanical drive up to 500GB or a 128 GB SSD, up to 8GB RAM and a four-hour battery life. Available in June for $249, the Ideapad 100 offers a full Windows 8.1 experience for the same price as most Chromebooks.
Cortana integration with Lenovo REACHit
The major highlight of conference. Lenovo showcased a feature that will be available in its Windows 10 PCs, called REACHit. The feature extends the functionality of Cortana, allowing you to search documents, music, videos and images across devices. There’s location-based tagging of content as well, which when combined with the natural language queries allows you to find your files with a minimum of hassle. For instance, you can ask, “Cortana, find the picture I took at Starbucks last week”, and the service will search through your connected services — cloud storage accounts and devices — to locate the image you took. If you’re interested in what REACHit has to offer, you can beta test the feature right now.
Lenovo Magic View
Lenovo showcased a smartwatch concept with dual displays. The Magic View smartwatch features a main circular display, and a secondary screen between the watch face and the strap. Through a technology called Virtual Interactive Display, the secondary display will allow users to view content that is up to 20 times the size of the watch face.
Lenovo Smart Cast
The Chinese manufacturer showed off a smartphone with a built-in pico projector. The rotating projector allows users to project content, such as TV shows, movies or games onto a wall, or keyboards and any other control system onto a surface. There’s no word on when we’ll see a consumer-oriented version of the concept, but it will be interesting to see where Lenovo takes this technology.
Lenovo Smart Shoes
Lenovo is also dabbling in the IoT segment with the Smart Shoes concept. The shoe has built-in LEDs that project a wearer’s mood, and comes with sensors that track heart rate and caloric intake. Navigation assistance is also included.