Lenovo has pulled the wraps off an extensive series of new and updated notebooks, including its first Windows 10 device with an ARM-based processor, as well as a graphics dock designed to let Ultrabook users enjoy desktop-like data transfer speeds and video performance.
The announcements were made yesterday and today at the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show, which is now underway in Las Vegas.
Named the Miix 630, the new ARM-bearing laptop features Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processors. The 12.3-inch detachable, which comes with integrated 4G LTE, runs the Windows 10 S operating system, Microsoft’s stripped-down, locked-down answer to Google’s Chrome OS. Just 0.6 inches thin, it weighs 2.93 pounds and supports up to 20 hours of battery life.
Other new laptops introduced today fall within Lenovo’s X, T, and L families. The X series debuts include a new sixth edition of the ThinkPad X1 Carbon equipped with 8th Generation Intel Core processors and an optional Dolby Vision high dynamic range (HDR) display, as well as optional support for multi-touch functionality. The 14-inch device weighs just under 2.5 pounds and, according to Lenovo, provides up to 15 hours of battery life.
A new third generation ThinkPad X1 Yoga also offers 8th Generation Intel Core chips and Dolby Vision HDR graphics. A convertible 2-in-1 with a fold-back display and retractable keyboard, the 14-inch device weighs roughly half a pound more than the X1 Carbon but offers the same battery life. It also comes with new 360 degree Far-Field Communication microphones capable of supporting Wake on Voice functionality, and a built-in webcam privacy cover designed to protect users from unauthorized snooping.
The redesigned 13-inch ThinkPad X1 Tablet unveiled today offers a 3K HDR-compatible display and optional global LTE-A connectivity.
All three devices come with Crystal Image, Lenovo’s version of the lightweight, bloatware-free Signature Edition of Microsoft’s Windows 10 operating system. According to Lenovo, Crystal Image also establishes a foundation it will draw on in the future to support Microsoft’s AutoPilot self-provisioning and configuration technology.
Available this month, the latest ThinkPad X1 Carbon and ThinkPad X1 Yoga will have list prices starting at $1,709 and $1,889 respectively. The revamped X1 Tablet ships in March, and will list at $1,599 and up.
Accessories for those devices include a variety of docks and carrying cases, plus the new ThinkVision X1 monitor, a 27-inch, 4.7mm UHD display with a nearly borderless bezel. It reaches market this month, at price points to be announced later.
New T series laptops introduced today include the T480, T480s, and T580. At just 0.7 inches, the T480s is only 0.1 inches thicker than the pricier ThinkPad X1 Carbon. Like the other T series models showcased at CES, it supports dual battery configurations that Lenovo says are capable of providing up to 27 hours of battery life.
Available this month, the T480, T480s, and T580 list at $989, $1,269, $1,079 and up respectively.
Four new L series devices—the L380, L380 Yoga with fold-back display, L480, and L580—are set to arrive next month and are priced at $449, $549, $779, and $769 and up respectively. All offer optional multi-touch displays.
Armed with Intel Thunderbolt 3 technology and an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 graphics card, the Thunderbolt 3 Graphics Dock that Lenovo announced today supports up to 40 Gbps data transfer rates and can deliver 4K video performance to three external displays.
Lenovo’s CES product onslaught arrives on the same day as word that Sammy Kinlaw, its North American channel chief, plans to leave the company effective January 19th.