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Lenovo unleashes a slew of notebooks, tablets, and convertible products on Las Vegas

Lenovo is the number two PC manufacturer in the world, and it is looking to strengthen that position in 2014 by further expanding/updating its PC and tablet lineups. With CES 2014 kicking off this week, Lenovo is dropping a slew of new products onto the market, and we’re going to give you a brief overview of all of them.
First up are two additions to the MIIX 2 production family. Lenovo introduced a Windows 8.1-powered 8.1” MIIX 2 tablet in October of last year with a 1280x800 display and quad-core Intel Bay Trail-T processor. This week sees the introduction of both a 10” and 11” models to the MIIX 2 family.
The 10” MIIX 2 is just 0.36 inches thick and weighs in at only 1.3 pounds. Compared to its older, 8.1” sibling the 10” MIIX 2 receives a nicely upgraded 1920x1200 resolution display. Processing power comes courtesy of a quad-core Intel Atom processor. The tablet will be available with up to 128GB of onboard storage, while a micro SD slot is included to expand storage further if needed.

The 11” MIIX 2 boosts processing power courtesy of a fourth generation Intel Core i5 processor. This larger tablet also sports a 1920x1200 display, but it is available with up to 256MB of onboard storage. In addition to the full-size SD slot, the 11” MIIX 2 also incorporates micro USB port and an HDMI port.
Both new MIIX 2 models include dual cameras (front/back), JBL speakers, “all-day” battery life, Wi-Fi, and optional 3G wireless connectivity. The 10” MIIX 2 starts at $499 while its larger brother can be had for $699. They will be available in March and April respectively.
Next up are the 11” and 13” YOGA 2 convertible laptops. The 11” model is just 0.67” thick and weighs just under 3 pounds. It packs in a quad-core Intel Pentium processor and a 500GB HDD. The 13” model is slight thicker at 0.68” but offers up a 1080p display and Core i5 processors. The 11” (February availability) and 13” YOGA 2 (January availability) will retail for $529 and $999 respectively.
Also on tap are the new Flex 14D and 15D. Both of these convertible laptops will start at $499 and include AMD A6 quad-core processors, AMD Radeon graphics, Dolby Advanced Audio v2 and all-day battery life. Both laptops are currently available.
Other lines that are seeing updates this week include the Y, Z, and C series products. The new Z40 (14”) and Z50 (15.6”) notebooks can be equipped with up to Intel Core i7 processors, 1080p displays, optional NVIDIA GeForce graphics, and Dolby Home Theater v4 surround sound. Storage duties are handled by traditional HDD storage up to 1TB or by a hybrid solid-state hard drive (SSHD).

Y40 and Y50
The Y40 (14”) and Y50 (15.6”) can also be equipped with up to an Intel Core i7 processor, JBL speakers, and Dolby Home Theater v4. The Y40 comes with an AMD Radeon graphics processor and a 1080p display. The Y50, on the other hand, comes with NVIDIA GeForce graphics and can be had standard with a 1080p display or with a whopping 3840x2160 4K display.
For the all-in-one market, Lenovo also announced the C560 that makes use of a 23” 1080p multi-touch display. It can be equipped with an Intel Core i7 processor, NVIDIA GeForce graphics, and up to 2TB of storage. A TV tuner is optional on the C560.

The Z40 and Z50 will start at $599, while the Y40 and Y50 will start at $999. The C560 starts at $659. The Z40 and Z50 will be available in March, the Y40 and Y50 will be available in May, and the C560 will hit stores in February.
While the previous products were aimed at the consumer market, Lenovo also has a refreshed lineup of business-oriented “Think” products on tap as well. The company today is announced its third generation X1 Carbon ultra book. As its name implies, it’s 14” chassis is constructed of carbon fiber, allowing it to weigh in at a svelte 2.8 pounds.

X1 Carbon
The biggest addition to the X1 Carbon is a new Adaptive Keyboard that can dynamically adjust based on the application that’s in use. The third generation X1 Carbon also incorporates voice and gesture control along with optional 4G wireless. The ultrabook provides up to 9 hours of battery life, and will start at $1,299 when it launches later this month.
Lenovo has also announced the $429 ThinkPad 8, which it calls a “professional-ready” tablet that’s constructed of machine-cut aluminum. The tablet features an 8.3”, 1920x1200 display, quad-core Intel Bay Trail processor, up to 128GB of onboard storage, micro HDMI port, micro USB 3.0 port, and optional LTE connectivity.

ThinkPad 8
The ThinkPad 8 can be equipped with an optional keyboard base or with a dock to use the tablet in desktop mode. It will be available later this month.

Source: Lenovo

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So Lenovo has doubled down on bad touchpad design
By chucky2 on 1/5/2014 11:21:35 PM , Rating: 3
I don't know why Lenovo continues on with the trend of bad touchpad design. You'd think as a top vendor they'd try not to incorporate shit design into their products, and instead, let the el cheapo solutions from lessor vendors go that route. At the rate Lenovo has been going, they're going to marginalize themselves within 3-5 years. Good luck asking for a premium on your products then...

By retrospooty on 1/5/2014 11:28:47 PM , Rating: 2
I've never had any experience with Lenovo other than great laptops and desktops. What is the issue with their tablets?

By Omega215D on 1/6/2014 1:19:25 AM , Rating: 2
I've had excellent experiences with the Thinkpad line while the Ideapad and cheaper consumer products don't compare but aren't too bad for the price.

I found the touchpads on new Thinkpads to be very good as I'm not one to use the trackpoint eraser head thingy.

By retrospooty on 1/6/2014 7:31:38 AM , Rating: 1
"I've had excellent experiences with the Thinkpad line "

I imagine you did. They are the highest quality laptops on the market year after year with the lowest return/defect rates of any manufacturer including Apple. It's not only extremely good, its extremely consistent.

"I'm not one to use the trackpoint eraser head thingy."

You mean the nipple? ;) I cant imagine why anyone would use either when good portable mice are like $10.

By ebakke on 1/6/2014 2:42:48 PM , Rating: 2
I cant imagine why anyone would use either when good portable mice are like $10.
1. In a car, airport, on the couch, etc. There are many times when an external mouse isn't practical.
2. Writing anything, but particularly writing software. Taking my hand off of the keyboard to reach for the mouse slows me down both physically and mentally. Keyboard shortcuts are a lifesaver and they fit the bill 95% of the time, but for the scenarios where a mouse is in order and I'm using the laptop keyboard, I absolutely prefer the "nub" to anything else.

By lagomorpha on 1/7/2014 2:43:02 PM , Rating: 2
Appropriate Term:

I'm just glad manufacturers no longer have the "j" key double as a mouse.

ThinkPad 8
By SignalPST on 1/6/2014 2:41:57 AM , Rating: 3
ThinkPad 8

The first 8" Win 8.1 tablet with 1920 resolution!!! *GASP*

was gonna grab me a Venue 8 Pro, but now this...

RE: ThinkPad 8
By lagomorpha on 1/6/2014 10:43:18 AM , Rating: 2
Was in the same boat. CNet is reporting the ThinkPad 8 is going to have a Micro-USB 3.0 as well as Micro-HDMI which is another thing that makes this more tempting.

RE: ThinkPad 8
By lagomorpha on 1/7/2014 11:43:29 AM , Rating: 2
Something else I noticed but filed away under, "huh that can't be right, must be an error."

The Venue 8 Pro, Miix 2, and Toshiba equivalent all use the Z3740 or Z3740D at 1.33-1.86GHz. The ThinkPad 8 uses the Z3770 which has dual-channel memory and runs at 1.46-2.39GHz.

Should be a bit quicker even though GPU frequency is the same.

4k finally
By mik123 on 1/6/2014 12:22:01 AM , Rating: 2
4k display on Y50? Nice!

RE: 4k finally
By SignalPST on 1/6/2014 2:43:27 AM , Rating: 2
ya, really exciting stuff. First 4K laptop

By troysavary on 1/6/2014 4:21:41 AM , Rating: 3
Charlie, at Semiaccurate, has been predicting doom for MS so long the site has pretty much driven away everyone except a few anti-MS and anti-NVidia (whom he also regularly predicts the demise of) zealots and has become an echo chamber on the forums. He told us that OEMs were abandoning Windows in droves. According to him, we were not going to see more Windows tablets. Apparently, he cannot tell the difference between RT and 8.1, because I am not seeing what he is seeing.

By althaz on 1/5/2014 11:20:42 PM , Rating: 2
I LOVE the "detachable" 11" model - 16:10 that's not much heavier than an iPad and packing a Core i5? Nice! If it had a kickstand (something I consider absolutely essential for any 10"+ tablet now that I've had such a thing) I'd be ordering one immediately. The price is also spectacular at only $699 (I paid hundreds more for my Surface Pro)!

The 10" looks good too, I may get one of those for my wife.

By jbwhite99 on 1/6/2014 9:39:23 AM , Rating: 2
Brandon, go check both Gartner and IDC - Lenovo is #1 in both surveys, and has been for 2 quarters. The numbers you have are channel numbers for some region - no one has more than 20% market share WW. Lenovo is close to 18%, and HP is about 17%.

Numbers will come out at the end of this week or the beginning of the week after, and it is possible that HP might pass Lenovo for this quarter, and possibly next quarter, but then Lenovo should be #1 for good.

Error in Specs on MIIX2
By KingofL337 on 1/6/2014 10:33:07 AM , Rating: 2
The 11” MIIX 2 boosts processing power courtesy of a fourth generation Intel Core i5 processor. This larger tablet also sports a 1920x1200 display, but it is available with up to 256MB of onboard storage. In addition to the full-size SD slot, the 11” MIIX 2 also incorporates micro USB port and an HDMI port.

Either there is an error here or this is throwback model.

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