Lenovo has always been the headline grabber at CES, and this year it’s no different. The world’s largest PC maker has brought plethora of new devices and has updated its existing portfolio at CES 2014. This includes an Android All-in-one, a first of sorts, and an 8-inch Windows 8 tablet
ThinkPad X1 Carbon – World’s lightest ultrabook?
The ThinkPad X1 Carbon has been made cooler and lighter. This carbon fiber built ultrabook is much lighter and stronger than aluminum or magnesium and the 14-inch model weighs just around 2.8 pounds. The ThinkPad X1 Carbon features Intel’s fourth-generation Core processors (with Intel vPro management features), up to 8GB of memory, and up to a 512GB SSD. The screen comes with a resolution of 1600 by 900 pixels, but users can upgrade to an IPS panel with a resolution of 2560 by 1440 pixels.
The new X1 Carbon features an adaptive keyboard, with the top row of function keys replaced by touch-sensitive buttons that dynamically adjust their purpose based on the application being used. So depending upon the software being run, these function keys transform themselves.
The ThinkPad X1 Carbon will come with 9-hours of battery life and the battery will recharge to 80 percent in less than 1 hour. Prices will start at $1299 when the X1 Carbon ships later in January.
ThinkPad 8 – Windows 8 based iPad mini alternative
There’re not many 8-inch based Windows 8 tablets in the market right now. Dell venue Pro and Toshiba Encore are the prominent ones. The Lenovo ThinkPad 8 is aimed at business customers, and comes with an optional keyboard case. It’s powered by Intel’s quad-core Atom Intel Z3770 mobile processor and 2GB of RAM, with upto 128GB of internal storage.
The 8.3-inch touchscreen has a resolution of 1900 by 1200 pixels. It comes with a micro-HDMI port which enables you to connect to a bigger external display. ThinkPad 8 starts from $399 and will go on sale in late January.
Miix 2 Tablets
The latest Mixx 2 tablets come in 2 new models – 10.6-inch and 11.6-inch. The Mixx 2 use magnets to attach the tablet to the dock instead of complex hinges or other mechanisms. This mechanism is similar to what Microosft is doing with the Surface models, but feels a lot sturdier.
The smaller model uses an Intel Bay Trail processor and the bigger version is making use of an Intel i5 processor. Whereas the 10.1-inch model comes with 2GB of RAM, the 11.6-inch model can be configured to support up to 8GB of RAM. Also, the 11.6-inch model supports USB 3.0 charging. The 10.1-inch model with the keyboard dock will be sold for $499, but the 11.6-inch model will be sold without it for a base price of $799. The 10-inch Miix 2 will be available in March, with the 11-inch model shipping in April.
N308 Table PC – Android AIO
This is something which deserved a better name. The first ever Android 4.2.2 based All-in-One PC runs on the new Nvidia Tegra K1 processor. The Lenovo N308 includes a 19.5-inch touchscreen with resolution of 1600 x 900 pixels and two touch points; 2GB of DDR3/1600 memory; a 10/100 ethernet port; and a 500GB, 5400 rpm hard drive.
This Android PC weighs 10.4 pounds and can run on battery power for up to three hours. The stand adjusts to any angle, including completely flat. It comes with a wireless keyboard and mouse, but it also has two USB 2.0 ports and a 6-in-1 card reader. The enclosure has built-in stereo speakers, mic and headphone jacks, and a 720p webcam. Prices for the N308 will start at $450 and starts shipping in February.
Horizon 2 Table PC
Our personal favorite Horizon Table PC has got an update as well. It’s much slimmer and lighter than its predecessor. The 27-inch Horizon 2 comes with a higher resolution (2560 by 1440 pixels) display and will be available with up to a fourth-generation Intel Core i7 processor, 8GB of DDR3 memory, an Nvidia graphics processor, and a 500GB hybrid hard drive with an 8GB SSD cache.
Connectivity features include 802.11b/g/n (with 802.11ac available as an option) and Bluetooth 4.0. The Horizon 2 has three USB 3.0 ports, HDMI-in, an integrated mic, and integrated stereo speakers. The new machine can run on battery power for up to four hours. Prices will start at $1499 when the Horizon 2 ships in June this year.
Other new products announced includes:
- the new clamshell 14-inch Y40 and and 15.6-inch Y50 laptops with focus on graphics and audio. The Y40 and Y50 laptops start at $999 and will be available from May 2014.
- Lenovo also announced the mainstream 14-inch Z40 and 15.6-inch Z50 laptops with emphasis on colors and motion control. The Z40 and Z50 laptops start at $599 and will go on sale in March 2014.
- The C560 all-in-one is a 23-inch Windows 8.1 home PC, which has a full HD 1920×1080 optional multitouch display. The pricing starts at $659 and will be available from February 2014.
- The A740 AIO is the thinnest in its class, measuring just 0.15 inches at its thinnest point.The A740 will be available with up to a fourth-generation Intel Core i7 processor, 8GB of DDR3 memory, Nvidia discrete graphics, 1TB of storage, and a 10-point touchscreen with resolution of 2560 by 1440 pixels. Prices for the A740 will start at $1499 when the computer ships in June.
- The new Yoga 2 convertible comes in 11-inch and 13-inch versions. Prices will start at $529 when it ships in late January.