Lenovo, the world’s top PC seller, is rolling out a host of new tablets, PCs and other devices at the Consumer Electronics Show this week in Las Vegas.
Aiming at a global market penetration of 30 percent from 20 percent, Lenovo says it needs more “amazing products.”
And some media like what they see.
“Lenovo’s ThinkPad T460/T560 Packs Some Serious Mobile Hardware,” says UberGizmo.
“If you find yourself constantly on the go, or maybe you’re a freelancer who works from place to place, but your job requires you to work on tasks that might need a bit more power, Lenovo has announced two new laptops that might be of interest to you. They come in the form of the ThinkPad T460 and the ThinkPad T560.”
The Verge and TechRadar also have early reviews.
“Lenovo’s ThinkPad X1 tablet transforms into a laptop, projector, and 3D camera,” reports The Verge.
“The ThinkPad X1 tablet. It’s a regular 12-inch tablet powered by Intel’s latest Core m7 chipset. … While the main portion…looks like any other Windows tablet, you can attach three modules…to transform it into a laptop, projector, or a 3D camera.”
“The ThinkPad X1 Carbon is Lenovo’s fourth generation notebook under the X1 brand, following last year’s debut of the ThinkPad X1 Carbon Third Generation. Lenovo claims that this is the lightest 14-inch business notebook, and the model has gotten some performance improvements as well.
“Now, there is support for up to Intel’s sixth generation Skylake Core i7 processor, 16GB RAM and 1TB NVMe PCIe-based solid state drive. Battery life is rated for up to 11 hours, and there is support for an optional WiGig dock to go wire-free. The notebook measures 13.1 x 9.0 x 0.66 inches (33.3 x 22.9 x 1.7cm) and weighs 2.6 pounds (1179g) with a WQHD screen. The ThinkPad X1 Carbon is priced starting at $1,299 and will start shipping in February.”
Banking on CES
The CES event has become a crucial marketing venue for Lenovo over the past several years as it grew into a global brand through the acquisition of IBM’s PC business a decade ago and with a boost from several other acquisitions since.
And the company boasts about CES awards it wins.
The company hopes 2016 is no different, aiming for a “wow” factor.
“Thinking back to Yoga tablet with its unique cylindrical battery, the Horizon all-in-one desktop that showed how families can interact together around a PC, the Lenovo IdeaPad U1 that defined the hybrid detachable category or even further back, the ThinkPad W700ds, the world’s first dual screen mobile workstation,” Lenovo said in a blog announcing its latest products.
“As the number one PC vendor worldwide, we cannot afford to rest on our laurels. The market continues to face challenges from smart connected devices and slower growth in emerging markets. But our ambition remains to continue to grow faster than the market and reach 30 percent share. To achieve this, we must continue on our path of creating amazing products with a purposeful design, trusted quality and with a relentless pursuit of innovation.”
Here’s a look at the initial CES lineup from Lenovo as announced late Sunday:
- ThinkPad T series
“ThinkPad T series has been the workhorse notebook of thousands of companies since the ThinkPad T20 appeared in May 2000. Today’s T series may be substantially lighter, thinner and far more powerful, but the ThinkPad design heritage remains. The new ThinkPad T460 and T560 deliver incredible battery life with scalable performance through a wide range of screen resolutions, storage and memory configurations. The ThinkPad T460s offers the same performance and durability, but in a thinner and lighter package. Just 18.8mm thin and weighing less than 3.0 pounds, this 14-inch notebook is designed for the business professional who likes to travel light but needs a durable ultrabook with the performance to conduct the most rigorous tasks in or out of the office. Power users will want the ThinkPad T460p. With a WQHD IPS display, discrete graphics, up to 32GB DDR4 memory and powered by Intel 6th generation H series quad core processors, this notebook delivers on all fronts.
“Other ThinkPad models get similar makeovers. ThinkPad X260 answers the demand for a very light 12-inch ultrabook with astonishing battery life. The X260 with optional battery can deliver over 21 hours. Nearly enough for a full day of work and an all night movie-fest! The latest ThinkPad L460 and L560 will provide Mil-Spec durability and ThinkPad confidence within a high-value package.”
- ThinkPad 13
“[S]tudents and educators often need a notebook that offers exceptional value and balances mobility and productivity. With the option of Windows or Chrome operating systems, the new ThinkPad 13 offers real flexibility making it also ideal for some business professionals. With multiple input/output options including a USB type C port, the ThinkPad 13 does not skimp on features. It also includes SSD storage and up to 16GB memory on the Windows model. It is the first ThinkPad to support Chrome for Business. Oh and did I mention Mil-Spec durability.”
- ThinkPad accessories
“The ThinkPad Stack system of interchangeable accessories … has been expanded with new options. The new ThinkPad Stack Mobile Projector is a standalone 150 lumens 720p Projector with a rechargeable battery and speaker. Including embedded wireless with Miracast, cable free projection is possible. The ThinkPad Stack Charging Station is the first of its kind to offer a consolidated wireless solution that can supply both data and power for smart phones. With a wireless charging pad and a wireless dongle, the kit provides a simple way to backup and charge your phone without the trouble of managing cables or multiple connections.”
- ThinkVision X24 Pro
In a desk environment, you also need a screen. Ergonomically and to minimize eye strain, an external display is an essential addition at work or in the home office. The latest ThinkVision X24 Pro further improves last year’s design.
“With an integrated Intel 3D RealSense camera and multiple ports including USB type C, the X24 Pro enhances any desk-based solution.
“It also comes with its own selection of optional accessories including a WiGig Bar for wireless connectivity to suitably equipped notebooks or desktops and a Wireless Charging Stand for charging compatible mobile phones.”
- The Desktop PC is Dead? “We Don’t Think So,” says Lenovo
“Lenovo redefined the business desktop category with its ThinkCentre Tiny. An ultra-small form factor desktop with full features. We then took it a step further with the ThinkCentre-in-One. A clever display with an integrated mount on the rear to slot the ThinkCentre Tiny into to keep the flexibility of a separate desktop and display option but with the design appearance of an all-in-one. Quite ingenious and very popular.
“[W]e are announcing the 2nd generation ThinkCentre-in-One 22 and 24 (TIO). With a more refined design and anti-glare display, the new TIO, available in 21.5-inch and 23.8-inch configurations, now also comes with a touchscreen option. It is also even simpler to setup. A ThinkCentre Tiny just slots in to the back and you are ready to go, no manual connections, no secondary power, just slide in and power on.”
- Yoga tablets
“YOGA 900 Business Edition and MIIX 700 Business Edition are ideal to Bring Your Own Device to work or for your work to offer Choose Your Own Device. You may have seen our recent announcement of the consumer version of these products, wanted one, but then realized that your IT department would never allow them. So how about business optimized versions?
“YOGA 900 BE includes all the same design features as its consumer namesake such as watchband hinge, multimode capability and amazingly thin and light at just 2.8 pounds and 14.4mm. But also has enterprise security features with a TPM (Trusted Platform Module) chip and extended warranty options …”
Availability and pricing
- ThinkPad T460s, T460 and T560, T460p will be available from February, starting at $1059, $909, $969, $1249 respectively.
- ThinkPad X260 will be available from February, starting at $929.
- ThinkPad L460 and L560 will be available from Feb, starting at $749 and $779 respectively.
- ThinkPad Stack Mobile Projector and Stack Charging Station will be available from April 2016, starting at $399 and $49.99 respectively.
- ThinkPad 13 will be available from Q2, starting at $449
- ThinkVision X24 Pro will be available from June, starting at $399.
- ThinkCentre TIO II will be available from May, starting at $239 for 21.5-inch and $269 for 23.8-inch.
- Lenovo YOGA 900 Business Edition will be available via special bids only from February.
- Lenovo MIIX 700 Business Edition will be available from April, starting prices will be quoted closer to availability date.