Lenovo has announced a number of new products and product updates, including some details on Cortana integration with their ReachIT app at Lenovo Tech World in Beijing.
The first new device that Lenovo introduced is Lenovo Cast, their first media casting device which allows users to wirelessly display photos, videos, and apps from their smartphones and tablets to larger screens. Lenovo Cast plugs into an HDMI port and connects to a smartphone or tablet using DLNA or Miracast. The device will mirror any content you have on your smartphone and has a range of up to 20 meters.
“Today people want more from their devices – the freedom technology gives them to accomplish more. They want to share a variety of content from their smartphones and tablets such as online videos and games with friends and family on a larger screen,” said Liu Jun, executive vice president and president, Mobile Business Group, Lenovo. “The new Lenovo Cast is our latest device created to enable such personalized experiences.”
Lenovo has outfitted Lenovo Cast with dual frequency WiFi in order to ensure seamless streaming between your devices and is only 70mm (2.75″) in diameter and 15mm (0.6″) in height. Lenovo Cast will launch in August for the price of $49USD.
With Windows 10 right around the corner, Microsoft and Lenovo have teamed up to extend Cortana’s search capabilities with Lenovo’s REACHit app. The app comes installed on Lenovo computers, laptops, tablets, and other devices. By integrating Cortana and REACHit, based on a unique Lenovo user ID, users can search for a specific item – a photo for example – on their tablet and Cortana will also be able to search their laptop or other Lenovo device to find it. By having REACHit enabled, Cortana can search any of a user’s linked cloud accounts including Google Drive, Dropbox, Box, Gmail, Google Calendar, and more in addition to Microsoft’s OneDrive.
“We are living in a world where technology has made it easy to amass unprecedented amounts of personal digital content,” said Mark Cohen, Vice President, Ecosystem and Cloud Services, Lenovo. “So much information that it can be extremely difficult to remember where it is stored. What you need is an assistant – a friend – who is always at the ready to help. That is where Cortana and REACHit comes in, enabling people to find their personal content in an incredibly natural way – by asking a friend for help.”
Lenovo is also targeting small and medium sized business with the Lenovo Storage S2200 and S3200 storage arrays. These two devices integrate into existing network environments and simplify data management for a variety of applications. The S2200 will support up to 96 drives while the S3200 supports 192 drives and both devices support Fibre Channel, iSCSI and SAS connectivity with the S3200 supporting both Fibre Channel and iSCSI at the same time. In addition, the Lenovo Storage S2200 and S3200s utilize Intelligent Real-Time Tiering which moves data to faster drives according to how frequently it is accessed, providing near All-Flash-Array performance of up to 120,000 IOPS.
Lenovo’s SAN Manager is included with each unit and provides advanced features including:
- Data Tiering – automatically moves data between storage layers increasing overall storage performance
- Thin Provisioning – helps customers purchase only the storage needed for operations
- SSD Read Caching – enables priority access to “hot” data accelerating read performance
- Rapid RAID Rebuild – minimizes recovery time and risk factors with rapid data restoration
- Snapshot – provides point-in-time copies of live data, eliminating the need for restore and performance hits
- Storage Pooling – virtualizes storage across multiple drive types improving IO by up to 2.5x without impacting applications
The S2200 and S2300 SAN devices will be available starting in June.
Lenovo’s updated ThinkPad 10 provides better business tablet computing with the included ThinkPad Pen Pro. The ThinkPad 10 10.1-inch tablets will ship with Intel’s Atom quad core processors and feature 2 or 4GB of RAM with 64 or 128GB of storage. The tablet will include WiFi, micro HDMI, USB 3.0, microSD card slot, and Bluetooth with optional 3G or 4G LTE for use on the go. A rear 5MP and front facing 1.2MP camera round out the features of the ThinkPad 10.
An optional ThinkPad 10 Folio Keyboard or Ultrabook Keyboard adds additional typing capabilities, and the ThinkPad Tablet Dock provides the additional ports to allow users to plug in monitors, printers, and other devices.
“Best in class, the ThinkPad 10 highlights our extreme focus on innovation and responding to the diverse needs of our customers and tablet usage scenarios,” said Luis Hernandez, vice president, ThinkPad Business, Lenovo. “Now the most mobile of users can enjoy the best of both worlds with the convenience of a tablet and the function of a full-PC style experience without compromising mobility, connectivity and security.”
The ThinkPad 10 will ship with Windows 10 installed and be available later this summer starting at $549USD with a range of accessories costing between $10-$129USD.
Lastly, Lenovo is introducing three new consumer notebooks – the Lenovo Z41, Lenovo Z51, and ideapad 100. The 14″ Lenovo Z41 and 15″ Z51 laptops feature a FHD (1920×1080) display, optional AMD discrete graphics and immersive Dolby® DS 1.0 Home Theater® Surround Sound for crisp sound and sharp visuals, and they are ideal for streaming videos, downloading music and gaming. The laptops will be available with up to Intel’s i7 processor, up to 16GB RAM, and up to 1TB SSHD. The Z51 will also feature an optional Intel RealSense 3D camera that allows users to scan objects for 3D printing, play 3D games, or use gestures to control the laptop.
The ideapad 100 on the other hand is designed for those looking for just the basics like surfing the web, creating content, and managing lists. Powered by Intel’s M processors, these 14″ and 15″ laptops run for up to 4 hours on a single charge and will be priced starting at $249USD.
“We’ve created the new Lenovo Z41, Z51 and ideapad 100 laptops specifically for customers who want simple and functional design,” said Mr. BAI Peng, vice president and general manager, Lenovo Notebook Business Unit, PC Group. “But because our customers are diverse, so our products are not ‘one size fits all’ either. Our three new laptops offer customers the choice to select the one that’s right for them – two specialized for multimedia and one all-rounder.”
Lenovo’s Z41 and Z51 laptops will start at $499USD, the Z51 with Intel RealSense 3D camera starts at $599USD, and the ideapad’s will start at $249USD. They will all be available from Lenovo’s website and retailers in June.
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