The Consumer Electronics Association of 2012 (CES 2012) features the biggest names in the electronics industry all bringing new toys and gadgets that will be rolled out into the market. The 2012 CES doesn’t begin until the 10th; however many of the big companies have been incredibly busy boasting about some of the gadgets they will reveal in the shows later.
As one of the biggest names in computers, laptops, and other electronics, Lenovo is sure to bring some new toys with them this year at the CES – and they were kind enough to give a few sneak peeks!
So what will Lenovo be revealing at the CES this year? Let’s find out!
ThinkPad Hybrid X1
Back in 2010 Lenovo presented their new laptop called the Skylight at the CES. This laptop featured a customized Linux Operating System and a Qualcomm ARM processor amongst other impressive features. Unfortunately Skylight was never introduced into the market. This year Lenovo is rolling out a new product at the CES which features two different processors, two separate operating systems, and much more all in one laptop called the ThinkPad Hybrid X1.
This ThinkPad Hybrid X1 would allow users to instantly switch to a different OS simply by clicking on a desktop icon. When the switch is made to the Linux OS, all of the work being done on the Windows OS
wouldn’t be lost as the hard drive will simply go to sleep.
The ThinkPad Hybrid will have apps, some handy tools, a web browser, and it will be able to have up to ten hours of battery life when using the Linux OS. While no actual demonstration has been done to see how fast the switch can be made, and the other specs, this ThinkPad will surely delight viewers at the CES when it begins.
ThinkPad Hybrid X1 Specs: Intel Core i5 and i7 processors, Windows 7 OS, 8GB RAM, and additional 1.2 GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon AP18060 processor, 1 GB RAM, 16 GB storage and a Linux OS.
The ThinkPad T430u is a sleek ultrabook with some intense features that will completely destroy its competition when put out into the market. It weighs less than four pounds, has a 14 inch screen, contains that beloved SD card slot, two USB ports, an Ethernet jack, and a HDMI socket. Sounds decent, however let’s find out what truly sets this ultrabook apart from the others.
Lenovo did not release too many details about this ultrabook because it’s not going to be available until later on this year, however they did give us a few carrots. First, the ThinkPad T430u will have the third
generation Core processors from Intel which will make these ultrabooks incredibly fast – much faster than any others out. Additionally, the graphics will be astounding because it will also feature Nvidia graphics options. Since Windows 8 is on the way, this ultrabook will be ready for the new OS. Lastly, the 1TB hard drive just adds icing on the cake for this laptop.
While the features on this ultrabook are incredibly enticing it is unsure what features will be on the model that costs $849 – which is the starting price for the base T430u ThinkPad. During the CES there will be hands on demonstrations for this ultrabook so hopefully more details can be discerned then!
ThinkPad Edge S430, E430, E530, B480, B580
On top of announcing their new ultrabook and hybrid ThinkPad, Lenovo is rolling out a variety of other laptops. First there is the S430. This model won’t be available till June of 2012 however it will feature a 1600 x 900 display, .8 –inches thick, optical drive, and it has a mocha colored lid with an antiglare display all for only $749.
Next is the ThinkPad Edge E430 and E530. The main difference between both of these laptops is that the E430 has a 14” display while the E530 has a 15”. Both of these will feature the third generation Core processors from Intel as well as AMD Fusion APU’s. Additionally each will be available in either black, red, or blue, and will be out on shelves in April starting at $549.
Lastly Lenovo is putting out the budget laptops which will also be available in April of 2012. The specs on the B480 and B580 were not released yet however Lenovo did let us in on their price which will be starting at only $399.
IdeaPad S200 and S206
Here we see a fresh new look for netbooks (something that other companies are leaving behind). The IdeaPad S200 and S206 are a few of the first netbooks that are being powered by the Cedar Trail Atom processors by Intel. These little guys have an 11.6 inch display that features 1366 x 768 resolutions. They also have 500 GB hard drives, 2GB DDR3 SDRAM, and a few other average specs.
Each one of the models will be available in a variety of colors and will be out on the market in June with a price of $349.
Y, G, and Z laptop series updates
Atop of all the ultrabooks and netbooks Lenovo is releasing this year, they are also spicing up a few of their older laptop series including the Y, G, and Z series.
The Y series will see two new models, the Y480 and Y580 which are a 14 inch and a 15.6 inch HD display laptop. Each will have an i7 processor, NVIDIA GeForce graphics, and they will also have up to 8GB of DDR l SDRAM as well as up to 1TB HDD. The price for the new Y series laptops will start at $899 and will be available in April.
The G series is seeing three new models: G480, G580, and G780. The screen sizes on these will be, in order, 14”, 15.6”, and 17.3” and these will also feature Core i7 CPU, NVIDIA GeForce graphics, 8GB of DDR3 SDRAM, and the 1TB HDD. The updated G series laptops will be out on shelves in June starting at $399.
Lastly is the Z series. This series will also see three new models; the Z380, Z480, and Z580. These HD display models will be available in 13.4”, 14”, or 15.6” screen sizes and will have the same i7 Core as the previous models as well as the NVIDIA GeForce graphics. Additionally these three new Z series laptops will also feature an “intelligent Touchpad” and will be out in April starting at $599.
IdeaPad U310 and U410
Lenovo isn’t done with ultrabooks even after their fantastic T430u model. No, here they are introducing a more Macbook-ish design with the silver casing and the black keyboards (no backlit keys though) with an array of various colored lids to appease consumers. The IdeaPad U310 and U410 will be available in 13.3” and 14” display sizes and will actually have an SD card reader on them (something that the previous models were lacking). Unfortunately the processor specs and other specs are not released however the hands on display at the CES did reveal that they are a lot like the previous U series ultrabooks.
The price on the new U Series ultrabooks will start at $699 and they will be available in May.
New Lenovo Desktops: B Series All-In-Ones, K430, and H520
Amongst the plethora of new computers and laptops Lenova has released for the CES 2012, they are also releasing a string of new desktops. These desktops include the B Series All-In-Ones, K430, and the H520.
The All-in-ones come in two different models: the B340 and the B540. The B340 is available in both 20 inches and 21.5 inch displays and the 540 has a 23 inch display. Both models have a completely HD multitouch touchscreen with Intel Core CPUs. Additionally they will sport NVIDIA’s GeForce 615M graphics, and contain up to 8GB of DDR 3 memory with up to 2 TB SATA III HDD. The B340 model also comes equipped with the OneKey TV feature and a variety of apps. The All-in-ones will start out at only $699 for the base model and can be purchased in June.
Next in the line of desktops comes the K430. This model has the coveted i7 CPU and it has up to 32GB of DDR3 SDRAM. The graphics are fantastic as you have dual support from both NVIDIA and CrossFireX and you can have up to 4TB HDD. This will be available at $599 starting in May 2012.
Lastly we have the H520 desktop. This is a much smaller desktop that contains an Intel Core CPU with the option of the 2GB Radeon or 2GB Nvidia GeForce graphics card. Additionally this desktop has 8GB of DDR3 SDRAM as well as 2TB HDD. The H520 will go on sale starting at $499 and will be available in June.
K91 55-Inch TV
Aside from computers and laptops Lenovo is also bringing their advanced new 55 inch TV to the CES this year. The K91 is an incredibly advanced flat screen that has tons of fancy new features. The two best features are the Ice Cream Sandwich OS which runs on the Qualcomm 1.5GHz dual-core 8060 Snapdragon CPU. Next this TV can be controlled wirelessly via your voice and it even uses facial recognition for video interaction.
Some other specs: LED backlight, HD IPS panel, 8GB storage, 2GB removable SD card, custom apps, Wi-Fi, and even access to the Android Market and Lenovo Store.
Lenovo IdeaTab S2
Lenovo is now introducing their own tablet into the competitive market. The IdeaTab S2 ten inch tablet comes with a detachable keyboard dock and weighs just a hair above a pound. The IdeaPad S2 is just 1/3 inches thick and it will run on the Qualcomm dual-core Snapdragon S4 MSM8960 processor.
Unfortunately not all of the specs are known about the Lenovo IdeaTab S2 but we do know that combined with the keyboard dock it can last up to 20 hours on a single charge!