Lenovo ThinkPad, Yoga Notebooks Unveiled At IFA

At IFA, Lenovo is covering all the bases by releasing new and updated models of its Yoga notebooks, ThinkPad laptops, desktops geared toward small businesses, smartphones, and tablets.

Nathan Eddy, Freelance Writer

September 3, 2015

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<p align="left">Yoga Convertible Notebook (Image: Lenovo)</p>

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At the IFA expo in Berlin this week, Lenovo unveiled a large portfolio of computing solutions, including ThinkPad notebooks, desktops aimed at small businesses, and a number of consumer-friendly convertible notebooks, tablets, and smartphones.

To start, Lenovo's ThinkPad E Series notebooks are aimed at small to medium size businesses (SMBs). The E series is available with 14-inch and 15.6-inch antiglare displays and optional fingerprint security. 
They feature the latest generations Intel and AMD processors and up to nine hours of battery life.

The ThinkPad E560 features an optional Intel RealSense Technology 3D camera. In addition, all E series models offer numerous ports, including three USB 3.0 ports, one HDMI port, and a Gigabit Ethernet option.

The Lenovo M41 notebook features a 14-inch full HD IPS antiglare display, Intel Core i7 processor, discrete AMD Radeon R7 graphics, 16GB memory and solid state storage. The E41 and E51 models offer a 14-inch and 15.6-inch displays up to full HD and offer optional fingerprint security.

In terms of more robust computing, the Lenovo S series AIOs are available with 19.5-inch,  21.5-inch, or 23-inch full HD displays with optional touchscreen capability. They come in tower, desktop, and small form-factor options.

On the consumer and home office side, Lenovo's upgraded ThinkPad Yoga 260 and 460 convertible notebooks incorporate an LTE-Advanced (LTE-A) wireless wide area network (WAN) option. They offer optional integrated fingerprint and smartcard security and a more accurate ThinkPad Pen Pro, which comes with the company's WRITEit application.

The ultra-small form-factor ThinkCentre M900 Tiny features the latest 6th Generation Intel Core processors and offers a wide range of CPU, storage and graphics options, with upgrades or maintenance made easier with tool-less access.

The IdeaCentre Y900 and Y700 desktops and IdeaPad Y700 notebook with Windows 10 are aimed at gamers, with the desktops sporting internal and external red LEDs, up to quad-core 6th Gen Intel Core i7 processors and discrete graphics options.

The Y700 notebook offers an optional 10-point multitouch display and, on the 15-inch model, Intel's RealSense 3D Camera.

One the smartphone side, Lenovo released the VIBE P1 and P1m, which feature a manual power saver switch to extend battery life, as well as an on-the-go (OTG) charging function that works with other USB-connected devices, such as Bluetooth headsets and portable speakers.

Other features include a 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 64-bit octa-core processor (on the P1), an embedded fingerprint scanner, WiFi boost, and NFC connectivity. The P1m features a MediaTek 64-bit quad-core processor and is splash proof thanks to nano-coating technology.

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The company is billing the VIBE S1 as the world's first dual-selfie camera smartphone with two front-facing cameras. The 8MP primary front camera takes the sharpest photos, and a 2MP secondary front camera analyzes depth-of-field information to replicate human binocular vision.

Moving on to tablets, the PHAB Plus is a 6.8-inch HD device with dual SIM capability that runs Android 5.0.

The device sports a Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 octa-core chip with 2GB of memory, an aluminum unibody design. It has been optimized for one-handed use thanks to voice command activations and a shake-to-lock feature.

Finally, the Yoga Tab 3 Pro and Yoga Tab 3 are designed for an enhanced multimedia experience. The Tab 3 Pro boasts a built-in 70-inch projector and four front-facing JBL speakers.

About the Author(s)

Nathan Eddy

Freelance Writer

Nathan Eddy is a freelance writer for InformationWeek. He has written for Popular Mechanics, Sales & Marketing Management Magazine, FierceMarkets, and CRN, among others. In 2012 he made his first documentary film, The Absent Column. He currently lives in Berlin.

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