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Lenovo Expands Tablet, Ultrabook, Laptop Lines

1/08/2012 07:18:00 PM Eastern

Las Vegas - Lenovo is introducing 20 new consumer PC
products including tablets and Ultrabooks during International CES, here, this
week.

Other additions include all-in-one PCs and traditional
desktops. The company will also enter the Smart TV market in late 2012,
initially only in China, but with plans to expand outside that marketplace at a
later date.

Lenovo's IdeaTab S2 10Lenovo's latest tablet is the S2-10 IdeaTab. With the S2-10
Lenovo will officially rebrand all its tablets with the IdeaTab name, giving its tablets a common identity, the company said.

While all the details were not released prior to the show, including pricing,
the S2-10 will ship in the second quarter.

It will feature the Android 4.0 operating system, have a
10-inch display, a Qualcomm 8960 1.7Ghz dual-core Snapdragon processor, 64GB
solid state drive, Wi-Fi and 3G connectivity, and front and rear-facing cameras.

It comes with a keyboard docking system that contains two
USB 2.0 ports, a card reader and an additional battery that will boost its
usage time up to 20 hours.

Lenovo's 2012 Ultrabook lineup starts with the IdeaPad U310
and U410. These have a starting price of $699, with May shipping for both lines. The U310 has a 13.3-inch display and the U410 a 14-inch screen. Each is
about 18mm thick and weighs about 3.7 pounds. Battery life is estimated at
eight hours.

The laptops will come in a slew of colors, including aqua blue, cherry
blossom, graphic gray, ruby red, sapphire blue and peppermint.

Two new S series netbooks are on tap, the S200 and S206.
Both have similar specifications, but the S200 will be available with Intel dual-core
processors, while the S206 uses AMD dual-core chips. Each has an 11.6-inch display, and has a four-hour
battery life. They have a $349 starting price point and will ship
in June.

Lenovo's Y series, which represents the company's
performance laptop line, will gain the Y580 and Y480. These will be available with either 15- or 14-inch displays,
respectively, and have Intel Core processors and Nvidia graphics. All will come
with a DVD drive with an option for Blu-ray, Dolby Home Theater V4 with JBL
speakers and a brushed metal cover and palm rest. They will ship in either
steel gray or jet black color configurations.

The Y Series will start shipping in June with a $899
beginning price point.

The new Z series models are the Z580, Z480 and Z380 and will
have a $699 starting price.

They come in 13.1-, 14- and 15-inch screen sizes with Intel
processors and integrated graphics or discrete Nvidia GeForce graphics. All have
the same audio and optical drive options as the Y Series.

Like the Ultrabooks, the Z models are available in several
different colors, including pretty pink, enamel white, coral blue, cherry red and graphic
gray.

The Z Series start shipping in April beginning at $599.

In the all-in-one category Lenovo is introducing the B540
and B340 models.

The B540 has a 23-inch touchscreen with 3D vision, Intel
processors and Lenovo's OneKey TV technology, which switches the device
from PC to TV mode with one click. The B340 has the same specs, but sports a 21.5-inch
touch display.

Both models are bundled with Lenovo developed touch-optimized multimedia applications.The B540 features high-end graphics for gamers, while the
B340 has integrated speakers with Dolby Advanced Audio V2.

The AIOs will ship in June at $699.

In the traditional desktop space Lenovo has the K430 and the
H520.

The K430 is a premium-priced machine capable of handling up to 32GB of DDR3 memory, up to 4TB of hard
disk storage and 128GB of solid-state disk storage. It uses Intel core
processors and supports dual graphics with Nvidia SLI or ATI CrossFireX. The K430 will carry a $599 price when it ships in May.

The H520 is part of Lenovo's slim line of desktops that are
about half the size of its regular towers. These have a $499 starting price
point and ship in June, come with a DVD burner or an optional Blu-ray drive,
5.1-channel surround and an HDMI output. The H520 uses Intel's core processors and has Nvidia's GeForce or AMD Radeon discrete graphics.

Lenovo will also be showing Smart TV
and smartphones that are so far limited to the Chinese domestic market,
however, the Smart TVs could find themselves on the international market at
some point, the company said.

The K91 SmartTV is being positioned as a premium TV and
features a Snapdragon processor, Android 4.0, voice control, access to Lenovo's
Cloud services and a built in 5-megapixel webcam. It will be available in 42- and
55-inch LED 240Hz screen sizes.

The company is adding four smartphones to its line, the
LePhone S2, K2, S760 and S790. None are expected to ship outside the Chinese
market.

 

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