This year at CES 2020, Lenovo has introduced two new worlds first products, the first ever foldable PC called the ThinkPad X1 Fold and the first ever 5G laptop called the Lenovo Yoga 5G. Lenovo also announced a version of the ThinkBook series with a e-ink display, a couple of Chromebooks and three new smart home displays.
The ThinkPad X1 Fold was teased back in May 2019 with the idea of having a device with laptop efficiency but with smartphone portability. The X1 fold, when unfolded, will be present the user with a fully flat 13.3-inch display. The device is powered by Intel Core series processors and will run Windows 10 initially at launch but Lenovo will ship it the foldable device focused Window 10x later in the year.
The foldable pOLED in the X1 fold will offer many different use cases with the laptop for the user. When semi-folded in the vertical orientation, the laptop is ideal for reading e-books while in the horizontal orientation the device can used as a traditional laptop. When unfolded completely, the laptop is excellent as a media consumption device or you can use the pen support to create art. Lenovo also provides the option of a Bluetooth Mini Fold Keyboard if the user prefers actual button instead of those on a screen.
In the ultra slim laptop segment, Lenovo has launched the Yoga Slim 7 which can be configured with up to an AMD Ryzen 4000 Series Mobile Processor with Radeon graphics or an Intel-based 14-inch laptop. The 14-inch model can go up to 4K panel with HDR support and the 15-inch features a Full HD display and NVIDIA GeForce GTX graphics support. The Yoga 7 will also be Lenovo’s first series of laptops that will feature the upcoming Amazon Alexa later in the year.
Another interesting product that Lenovo announced at CES was the ThinkBook Plus which has an e-ink display built in to the lid of the laptop. On the back, or rather the front of the cover lid of the laptop, Lenovo has fit a 10.8-inch e-ink display which users can use to create illustrations and diagrams with the integrated Lenovo Precision Pen and receive essential notifications when the lid is closed.
Next we have what Lenovo claims is the worlds first 5G laptop with the launch of the Lenovo Yoga 5G PC. The ultra portable 2-in-1 laptop is one of the first to ever include the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx 5G Compute Platform that supports both millimeter wave full-band and sub-6GHz 5G networks. For graphics, we have a Qualcomm Adreno 680 graphics running a 14 inch 400 nit peak brightness FUll HD IPS screen and for audio, the laptop has user-facing stereo speakers powered by Dolby Atmos.
In the world of Chromebook, Lenovo released two new laptops; the Lenovo IdeaPad Duet Chromebook and IdeaPad Flex 5 Chromebook. The first one is an extremely thin and light Chromebook that claims a long battery life of 8 hours. The laptop is a fully-featured 2-in-1 detachable device with a 10.1-inch (1920×1200) IPS Full HD display and has pen support.
The second Chromebook announced is the IdeaPad Flex 5 Chromebook which is a 13-inch device that features a convertible laptop design. The laptop comes with up to a 10th Gen Intel Core i5 processor, up to 128GB PCIe SSD of storage, 8GB DDR4 of memory, WiFi 6 support and dual front facing speakers.
Coming to smart home devices, Lenovo introduced 2 new devices namely Lenovo Smart Frame and the Lenovo Smart Tab M10. Beginning with the Lenovo SmartTab M10, it is a successor to the previous Smart Tab M8 with a 10.3-inch Full HD screen and two side speakers that are powered by Dolby Atmos. The tablet comes with a Smart Charging Station, which stands up your tablet while keeping it charged and turns your tablet into a smart speaker with a screen with the integrated Google Assistant built in.
The second device Lenovo announced was a unique one called Lenovo Smart Frame. As suggested by the name, it is a 21.5-inch display with a matte screen finish and anti-glare layer that is designed to be a photo frame. Lenovo has integrated a color tone sensor adjusts the picture’s brightness in accordance with the ambient light giving a more natural viewing experience with the Smart Frame. The device also features Lenovo Smart Frame’s built-in AI that will automatically select the highest-quality images from your collection and then automatically composing them into digital collages.
- ThinkPad X1 Fold with Windows 10 is expected to be available mid-2020 with prices expected to start at $2499 (Approx. Rs. 179255 ).
- The ThinkBook Plus is expected to be available from March 2020, starting at $1199 (Approx. Rs. 86005 ).
- The 14-inch Lenovo Yoga 5G will start at $1,499 (Approx. Rs. 107524) and is expected to be available starting spring 2020.
- The Lenovo Yoga Slim 7 laptop will start at $849.99 (Approx. Rs. 60970) available from April 2020.
- The Lenovo IdeaPad Duet Chromebook starts at $279.99 (Approx. Rs. 20083) and expected to be available starting May 2020.
- The 13-inch Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 5 Chromebook starts at $359 (Approx. Rs. 25751) and is expected to be available in late June 2020.
- The Lenovo Smart Frame (21.5-inch) starts at $399 (Approx. Rs. 28620) and is expected to be available starting August 2020.
- The Lenovo Smart Tab M10 FHD Plus 2nd Gen with Google Assistant starts at $1893 (Approx. Rs. 135786) and is expected to be available starting 2020.