Lenovo’s annual Transform 3.0 at Accelerate serves as a launching pad for many of the company’s new products. At this year’s event several technologies were highlighted through product introductions in the categories of augmented/virtual reality, edge computing, business.
Business Potential of AR/VR
Created as part of Lenovo’s smarter business initiative, ThinkReality is a newly launched sub-brand designed to help enterprise workers use AR applications to receive assistance, reduce repair times, eliminate errors, streamline complex workflows, improve training quality, collaborate and save money.
The platform is device and cloud agnostic, making it easy for enterprise customers to adopt and manage AR and VR software applications across multiple operating systems, cloud services, and devices, such as the new ThinkReality A6.
The ThinkReality A6 is a lightweight, heads-up, hands free mobile head-worn device that can be used to deploy both simple and complex AR solutions for enterprises looking to enhance the productivity of their workforce.
End-to-End IoT Solutions
Long known for innovative hardware and PCs, Lenovo continues making businesses smarter by adding enhanced customer-validated solutions to its ThinkIoT ecosystem of offerings. An IoT device captures information from the various repeated actions in an environment and then analyzes data to inspire workplace efficiencies and optimized performance.
Lenovo has added new devices to its ThinkIoT portfolio including its ThinkCentre Tiny, ThinkCentre Nano IoT, and EPC300 edge computing devices, plus an array of sensors, high-powered smart cameras, motion-enabled lighting, machine vision cashier and facial recognition devices.
Lenovo displayed ThinkIoT offerings powered by Azure that will accelerate customers’ digital transformations, with Azure SQL Database Edge and solutions for verticals such as retail and manufacturing. Now, customers deploying Microsoft Azure solutions for IoT, AI and data management can do so leveraging the full spectrum of Lenovo offerings including the ECP300 edge gateway and IOT510C Smart Camera, ThinkCentre Nano IoT and ThinkSystem SE350 edge server.
“More than ever, customers want to connect the physical world to the digital world and to implement IoT and AI solutions to enable business transformations. Working with trusted partners who can provide infrastructure and services that simplify IoT is critical,” says Sam George, director, Azure Internet of Things, Microsoft Corp. “Our new IoT partnership with Lenovo brings together Microsoft Azure platform and Lenovo’s ThinkIoT solutions portfolio of hardware, software and services to dramatically accelerate time to value for our joint customers.”
ThinkCentre Nano and Nano IoT
The ThinkCentre M90n is a compact commercial desktop series, with models measuring one-third the size of Lenovo’s ThinkCentre Tiny and boasting 30 percent energy savings annually versus traditional desktops.
ThinkBook 14s and 13s
Lenovo is launching a new sub-brand dedicated to small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) called ThinkBook – starting with a new line of ultra-slim laptops that embrace the portability and ease-of-use of modern consumer-oriented devices.
The new Lenovo ThinkBook 13s and 14s combine modern style and consumer-oriented design elements, such as aluminium exteriors, with the business-grade and built-in security features that consumers expect from the Think family PCs.
ThinkPad X1 Extreme Gen 2
The ThinkPad X1 Extreme Gen 2 improves upon its predecessor with upgrades including up to 9th Gen Intel Core i9 processors and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 GPU with Max-Q design, and up to double the storage at 4TB.
Made for advanced business users, the ThinkPad X1 Extreme Gen 2 Windows 10 laptop features a brighter optional 4K OLED touch display featuring Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos Speaker System.
ThinkShield Security Services
Built to protect businesses, ThinkShield is a fully customizable suite of security related services, software and hardware capabilities that protect the full lifecycle of commercial devices, from development to disposal. The ThinkShield portfolio is designed to provide greater security across all Lenovo Think devices, data centers and emerging solutions.
Launched last year, ThinkShield is adding seven new offerings to its robust security portfolio, such as Lenovo Self Healing BIOS that ‘self-heals’ and reverts back to its last known good backup copy in the event a BIOS is corrupt or maliciously attacked, or ThinkShield Secure Wipe that allows users to completely delete sensitive data on their devices without the need for external tools or removing the drive.
Pricing and Availability:
ThinkPad X1 Extreme Gen 2 starts at $1,499.99 and is expected to be available starting July 2019.
ThinkBook 13s will be available in late May 2019, with an expected starting price of $729.
ThinkBook 14s will be available in late May 2019, with an expected starting price of $749.
ThinkCentre M90n Nano expected to ship August 2019, with an expected list price $639.
ThinkCentre M90n Nano IoT expected to ship August 2019, with an expected list price of $539.
ThinkReality is launching as a Developer Program with global enterprise accounts. ThinkReality A6 will have a limited release in 3rd quarter of 2019.