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September 29, 2020
Lenovo ThinkBook next generation products were announced today. The company also announced new ThinkPads and the new Lenovo Data Intelligence software.
The new ThinkBook products are the ThinkBook 13s Gen 2 i, the ThinkBook 15s Gen 2 i and the ThinkBook 14s Yoga.
The ThinkBook 13s Gen 2 i features the 11th Gen Intel Core processor and is EVO certified. That makes this device a premium grade laptop. Designed for ultra-modern mobility, the ThinkBook 13s Gen 2 I has a frameless design, immersive display and offers enhanced performance.
It has a touch screen, features Wi-Fi 6, and battery life is up from 45watt hours (Whr) to 56 Whr. Lenovo addresses the user experience with a Service Hot Key, AI-based noise cancellation, and three audio modes – private, shared and environmental sound.
Given the new business normal, the Service Hot Key is timely. Activated with a single touch it gives remote workers instant access to Lenovo tech support.
“Our mission is to provide the modern professional with business grade features and a modern design,” Melanie Jin, director, ThinkBook product management at Lenovo
The new ThinkBook 14s Yoga i is Lenovo’s first 2-in-1 product in the ThinkBook family. It’s powered by 11 Gen Intel Core processors, and features thunderbolt 4 and USB-C ports.
The Smart Pen is a feature unique to this product. It stays in synch with the user, and it automatically opens note-taking app in standby. Additionally, when the user is logged into Windows 10, Windows Ink workspace is ready the moment the user picks up the pen.
Lenovo also introduced the ThinkBook 15 Gen 2 i. The vendor highlights integrated ThinkBook wireless earbuds, which can be stored within the laptop. The earbuds charge automatically when stored and connect to the laptop audio instantly when taken out.
Among the long list of features are flexible storage options, including a combination of hard disk drive (HDD) and solid-state drive (SSD) or dual SSD. It also features the service hot key.
The ThinkBook brand first launched in the market a year ago.
Also on Tuesday, Lenovo unveiled the premium ThinkPad X1 Nano. It weighs in just under 2 pounds and is based on the Intel Evo platform. It is powered by 11th Gen Intel Core processors. The company also announced the availability of the ThinkPad X1 Fold. The Fold first debuted at CES in January.
Here are some product features for the ThinkPad X1 Nano.
It’s packed with up to 11th Generation Intel Core™ i7 processors with Intel Iris Xe graphics. It delivers up to 2.7x faster content creation and more than 20% faster office productivity.
Thunderbolt 4 offers fast, single cable connection to power, monitors, storage and many other external devices.
X1 Nano is the first ThinkPad to feature an updated suite of AI and biometric ThinkShield security features. These range from new voice recognition and human presence detection that enable zero-touch login and device lock when the user walks away, to the familiar Match on Chip fingerprint reader.
X1 Nano can be preloaded with Windows 10 Pro or Ubuntu Linux OS and features optional 5G6 for future-ready connectivity.
A 13-inch Dolby Vision 2K display features a 16:10 aspect ratio and 100% sRGB ensures clarity and color accuracy. Touch display options are also available.
The speaker system includes four speakers with Dolby Atmos support for immersive sound and combined with four 360-degree microphones.
The ThinkPad X1 Fold is a new product type that the company says adapts to new remote, office and hybrid working models.
Lenovo’s Tom Butler
“We see this new X1 fold device as the beginning of a new category of folding PCs that will unlock new ways to using devices and new use cases,” said Tom Butler, executive director, commercial portfolio at Lenovo.
Since the X1 Fold debuted at CES, Lenovo has made some product refinements for better usability, productivity and durability.
The company’s new cloud-based SaaS tool, Lenovo Device Intelligence (LDI), is an AI-based, predictive and proactive product designed for PC fleet management.
The company refers to LDI as its first digital experience monitoring tool. It aims to help in-house IT staff manage large fleets of PCs and improve the user experience. It not only monitors the health and performance of Lenovo Think products, but also third-party PCs.
“LDI monitors the health of PCs and then uses advanced predictive analytics as well as proactive device insights to diagnose and service current PC issues. And, it predicts potential issues before the occur,” said Amy Clauss, direct product marketing, Lenovo Global Services.
Reporting data is available via a dashboard that displays health information on individual devices and the overall fleet.
Lenovo Device Intelligence (LDI) is sold directly from the vendor. Sales through the indirect channel are set for 2021.
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