CES 2014: Lenovo Opens the Floodgates with New Consumer, Business Products
January 5, 2014 7:00 PM
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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.
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.
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.
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So much for Charlie's predictions
1/6/2014 4:21:41 AM
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.
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