Lenovo Expands Tablet, Ultrabook, Laptop Lines

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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 possiblyoutside that marketplace at a later date.

Lenovo’s latest tablet is the S2-10 IdeaTab. With the S2-10 Lenovo will officially rebrand all its tablets with the IdeaTab name. This will give all tablets a common identity, said Nick Reynolds, Lenovo’s marketing and strategy director.

The S2-10 will ship in the second quarter; pricing was not set.

The tablet 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 rearfacing 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 line up starts with the Idea- Pad U310 and U410. The starting price is $799 for both lines, with the U310 having 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: Aqua Blue, Cherry Blossom, Graphic Gray, Ruby Red, Sapphire Blue and Peppermint.

Two new S-series netbooks are on tap, with S200 and S206. Both have similar specification, but the S200 will be available with Intel dual-core processors, while the S206 uses AMD dual-core chips.

Each shares an 11.6-inch display and has a fourhour battery life.

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 with come with a DVD drive with an option for Blu-ray, Dolby Home Theater V4 with JBL speakers and have a brushed metal cover and palm rest. They will ship in either steel gray or jet black color configurations.

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 Ge- Force graphics and have the same audio and optical drive options as the Y Series. Like the Ultrabooks, the Z models are available in several colors: pretty pink, enamel white, coral blue, cherry red and graphic gray.

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. OneKey will switch the device from PC to TV mode with one click. The B340 is the same, but sports a 21.5 inch touch display.

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

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

The K430 is a premium-priced machine with Intel processors available, and 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 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, come with a DVD burner or an optional Blu-ray drive, 5.1-channel surround and an HDMI output. It uses Intel’s Core processors and for graphics has Nvidia’s GeForce or AMD Radeon discrete graphics.

Lenovo will also be showing products in two categories, 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 positioned as a premium TV and features a Snapdragon processor, Android 4.0, voice control, access to Lenovo’s Cloud services, a built in 5-megapixel webcam. It will be available in 42- and 55-inch LED 240Hz screen sizes.


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