Lenovo has made a few announcements this month and they’re back with some new Think devices. Think devices are enterprise devices such as the ThinkPad, ThinkCentre, ThinkBook, and ThinkReality. Lenovo’s Think devices are popular in the business world and for good reason, they’re pretty awesome.
Now, the company is announcing a handful of new Think devices that should make some businesses take notice. Let’s take a quick peek at what these new devices are. First up is Lenovo’s newly launched sub-brand for commercial AR and VR solutions, ThinkReality.
Created as part of Lenovo’s smarter business initiative, ThinkReality is a newly launched sub-brand that brings businesses a solutions-based approach comprised of both software and hardware. It is designed to help enterprise workers use AR applications to receive assistance, reduce repair times, eliminate errors, streamline complex workflows, improve training quality, collaborate and save money.
The ThinkReality platform enables users to pin, interact and collaborate with 3D digital information in the real world, improving their contextual awareness and efficiency. The platform is device and cloud agnostic, making it easy for enterprise customers to adopt and manage AR and VR software applications across multiple operating systems, cloud services, and devices.
The first device in the ThinkReality solutions portfolio, the ThinkReality A6 is a lightweight, heads-up, hands-free mobile head-worn device that can be used to deploy both simple and complex AR solutions for enterprises looking to enhance the productivity of their workforce.
With a weight of 380g (0.83lbs) and a 40-degree diagonal field of view with 1080p resolution per eye, the A6 is one of the lightest fully featured AR headsets in its class. Powered by an Intel Movidius chipset with waveguide optics by Lumus on the ThinkReality A6 headset and a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 SOC processor in the Android compute box.
Long known for innovative hardware and PCs, Lenovo continues making businesses smarter by adding enhanced customer-validated solutions to its ThinkIoT ecosystem of offerings. An IoT device captures information from the various repeated actions in an environment and then analyzes data to inspire workplace efficiencies and optimized performance.
ThinkIoT’s portfolio includes powerful edge computing devices such as, ThinkCentre Tiny or the all-new ThinkCentre Nano IoT, the EPC300 as well as an array of sensors, including, high-powered smart cameras, motion-enabled lighting, machine vision cashier and facial recognition devices—able to detect and convey information fast to make intelligent decisions at the edge, i.e. locally, in the warehouse or showroom.
From consultation and device deployment to upskilling workers and enabling predictive analytics, the complex inner-connections of services, software and devices are orchestrated by Lenovo’s solutions architects to improve business outcomes for enterprise clients. Imagine a doctor using AR glasses to view X-rays on the cloud, or a warehouse associate aided by a high-performance camera sensor (shown below) that can identify whether packages are put on the right pallet within 200 milliseconds of picking up a box via a QR code on the sticker – all made possible through ThinkIoT’s warehouse automation solution.
Equally valuable to retail businesses is the automated computer vision cashier prototype, currently being tested as a pilot program at Lenovo’s Beijing campus. Brick-and-mortar store owners wanting to bust up long queues and avoid pricing errors will soon be using object recognition technology at self-checkout. With integrated camera, processor, and sensors, this smart retail solution of the future allows shoppers to scan all their items at once, eliminating the need to detect individual barcodes, plus, it weighs the purchases to provide feedback to suppliers, as well as allows for a virtual wallet payment gateway.
For pricing and availability for ThinkReality, ThinkIoT solutions, and ThinkShield, please contact your local sales representative or business partner for more information.
Lenovo is unveiling fresh computing choices with its latest lineup of intelligent PCs, including the all-new ThinkCentre Nano, ThinkBook, and the ThinkPad X1 Extreme Generation 2.
ThinkCentre Nano and Nano IoT
Designed to deliver powerful performance in an ultra-portable size, the ThinkCentre M90n is the most compact commercial desktop series in the world. Models are one-third the size of the ground-breaking ThinkCentre Tiny and bring up to 30 percent energy savings annually vs. traditional desktops. This makes them perfect for deploying in dense call centers or in environments where space is constrained.
With the smallest form factor in the market, ThinkCentre M90n-1 Nano brings space-saving convenience and manageability to any vertical user because it can fit virtually anywhere – behind the monitor, under a table, or on a bookshelf, offering a clutter-free shared-desk work environment. ThinkCentre Nano can be conveniently powered by a compatible USB Type-C monitor or Type-C dock, thereby providing rich I/O possibilities to meet your every business need.
Built to be energy-efficient with an amazingly quiet fan-less design, the ThinkCentre M90n-1 Nano IoT has a broader thermal range (0-50 °C) and is designed for higher vibration and thermal environments like manufacturing. As a secure IoT Gateway, the ThinkCentre Nano IoT is designed to provide processing and security for the IoT devices you have in your environment that demand real-time responsiveness at the edge. The Nano IoT increases responsiveness and reliability by enabling the rapid relay of information between connected IoT peripherals, sensors and devices, even in harsher commercial environments. You can drive further expansion of additional legacy ports and peripherals with the expansion I/O Box to build out to your edge device needs.
ThinkCentre M90n Nano expected to ship August 2019, with an expected list price US$639. ThinkCentre M90n Nano IoT expected to ship August 2019, with an expected list price of US$539.
ThinkBook 14s and 13s
Lenovo is launching a new sub-brand dedicated to small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) called ThinkBook – starting with a new line of ultra-slim laptops that embrace the portability and ease-of-use of modern consumer-oriented devices and will no doubt help to empower tomorrow’s successful business leaders.
In this constantly online world, modern workers need a streamlined laptop they can use to collaborate from any remote location, and no other group leverages smarter technology to enhance productivity quite like the smartphone-literate workers in the next generation. Backed by customer research, ThinkBook is specially designed for the SMBs buying consumer laptops for perceived design and price advantages but can no longer rationalize their lack of extended services and warranties—core needs of any sized business.
ThinkBook allows growing firms to keep a competitive edge in attracting today’s young tech-savvy execs with cool looking yet cost-effective devices.
The ultra-slim ThinkBook S series, available in a 13-inch and 14-inch model, is designed for business buyers unwilling to make trade-offs in essentials such as, security, reliability, and support services while satisfying the demand for sleek-looking devices that bring the familiar smartphone experience to PCs.
Perfect for any business, the new Lenovo ThinkBook 13s and 14s combine modern style and consumer-oriented design elements, such as aluminum exteriors, with the business-grade and built-in security features that consumers expect from the Think family PCs.
ThinkBook 13s will be available in late May 2019, with an expected starting price of US$729.ThinkBook 14s will be available in late May 2019, with an expected starting price of US$749.
ThinkPad X1 Extreme Gen 2
The ThinkPad X1 Extreme Gen 2 improves upon its predecessor with monster upgrades including up to 9th Gen Intel Core i9 processors and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 GPU with Max-Q design, and up to double the storage at 4TB.
Made for advanced business users, the ThinkPad X1 Extreme Gen 2 is the perfect thin and light Windows 10 laptop that suits their mobile lifestyle as well as high-performance computing needs. With boosted entertainment features including a brighter optional 4K OLED touch display and Dolby Atmos Speaker System, the ThinkPad X1 Extreme Gen 2 is a 15-inch powerhouse laptop engineered for data-intensive workloads from video and photo editing to graphics rendering, AR/VR applications and more.
ThinkPad X1 Extreme Gen 2 starts at US$1,499.99 and is expected to be available starting July 2019.
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