Lenovo has announced a slew of new devices, primarily focused on laptops and hybrids, ahead of CES 2016, which begins later this week. The company will be launching the devices in coming months, the headlining device being the modular ThinkPad tablet that comes with add-on accessories like a pico projector and 3D depth sensing camera. Also Read - Lenovo Legion gaming laptops with updated Intel 11th Gen H series processors launchedAlso Read - Lenovo Yoga Slim 7i Carbon Review: Stylish, Slim, Super Performer
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ThinkPad X1 Tablet
Lenovo has expanded its X1 series with a new ThinkPad X1 tablet featuring modular design along with ThinkPad X1 Yoga with OLED display, and a slimmer ThinkPad X1 Carbon. For desktop users, the company has announced a new ThinkCentre X1.
The ThinkPad X1 is powered by an Intel Core m7 processor. It comes with detachable ThinkPad keyboard with integrated TrackPoint. Main highlights of the tablet include a Presenter Module featuring a pico projector and HDMI port, and the 3D Imaging module (Intel RealSense camera). The X1 is claimed to deliver 10 hours of battery life. The X1 tablet range starts at $899 (Rs 60,000 approximately), and will be hitting the shelves in February.
The X1 Yoga is claimed to be world s first convertible to come with an optional Samsung OLED display. The tablet also comes with a stylus, which can be housed and charged inside the system. The tablet is ultra slim at 0.66-inches and weighs about 2.8 pounds. The X1 Carbon is claimed to be world s lightest 14-inch business ultrabook, and weighs about 2.6 pounds.
The X1 Yoga starts at $1,499 (Rs 1,00,000 approximately), and will be available this month, while the X1 Carbon starts at $1,299 (Rs 86,000 approximately), and will be available next month.
The ThinkCentre X1 AIO has an 11mm frame, and is claimed to be one of the world s slimmest desktops. It has a 23.8-inch display along with a slim chassis. The ThinkVision X1 has a 27-inch Ultra HD edge-to-edge anti-glare display and includes connectivity options such as a USB type C port.
The ThinkCentre X1 AIO will be available starting March, from $1029 (Rs 68,000 approximately), while the ThinkVision X1 will be available starting March from $799 (Rs 53,000 approximately).
Common features of the three devices include 1TB SSD storage, Qualcomm Snapdragon X7 4G LTE modems, optional WiGig docking, and TPM security.
The X1 lineup also includes a slew of accessories – X1 Wireless Touch Mouse, X1 In-Ear headphones, X1 sleeve magnetic flap, and ThinkPad micro adapter.
Lenovo has also expanded its ThinkPad series of laptops. It has introduced a new ThinkPad T460, T460s, T460p and T560. The new ThinkPad laptops are powered by a sixth-gen Intel processors, SSD options up to 512GB and system memory up to 24GB or 32GB. The Lenovo T460 has 14-inch full HD display, T560 has 15.6-inch display with option up to 3K resolution.
The new devices will be available next month, starting at $909 (Rs 60,000 approx).
Lenovo s ThinkPad 13 is targeted at the enterprise segment and comes in a choice of Windows and Chrome OS options. The Windows 10 variant starts at $499 (Rs 33,000 approximately) while the Chrome OS variant starts $399 (Rs 26,500 approximately). Other important features of the laptop include USB C connectivity, SSD up to 512GB and up to 16GB of memory. The Windows 10 model will be available in April, while the ChromeOS will be available in June.
Lenovo s ThinkPad X260 comes with a 12.5-inch display. Other important features of the device includes 21 hours of battery life and power bridge dual batteries. Its price starts at $929 (Rs 62,000 approximately).
The Yoga 900 Business Edition and MIIX 700 Business Edition are other two enterprise-centric laptops. The Yoga 900 BE comes with security features with TPM (trusted platform module) chip and extended warranty options. The Miix 700 BE has similar features but with a detachable 2-in-1 form factor. It comes with a 12-inch tablet display with 400nits brightness and Gorilla Glass and an Intel RealSense R200 3D camera.
The Lenovo YOGA 900 Business Edition will be available from February, while the Lenovo MIIX 700 Business Edition will be available from April, starting prices will be revealed later.
Projectors and Charging stations
Lenovo has introduced a new ThinkPad Stack Mobile projector. It features 150 lumens 720p resolution and comes with rechargeable battery and speaker, HDMI input, and Miracast support for wireless projection.
The ThinkPad Stack Charging Station provides wireless charging to smartphones. The charging dock can also be used to transfer data through a microUSB port.
Forthcoming announcements: K4 Note and Project Tango
One of the major announcements Lenovo is set to make is the latest K4 Note smartphone. Though the smartphone is set to be launched in India on January 5, a global variant might be launched at CES 2016.
The new Lenovo smartphone, follow up to the successful K3 Note, is expected to come with 3GB of RAM, 32GB of internal storage, NFC chip, fingerprint scanner, dual front facing speakers and a full HD display.
Another, and perhaps the biggest, announcement Lenovo is expected to make at CES is a partnership with Google for the latter s Project Tango. The two companies are likely to make a formal announcement on January 7. If reports are to be believed, Lenovo will be launching a reference smartphone based on Project Tango.