Lots of Lenovo New Products at IFA 2017. Let’s try and compile the highlights with review units coming our way soon for some hands on time. From tablets to VR and home assistants to Star Wars there is a lot coming to take in.
Yoga 920, Yoga 920 Vibes and Yoga Star Wars Special Editions
No longer does the PC stand for personal computing, characterized by interaction happening in one-way exchange from person to a device. Now PC means personalized computing, and AI learning makes it contextually aware of where you are. With this ability, your device can anticipate your needs and interact with you in a variety of ways. The Yoga 920 convertible furthers the journey to a smarter laptop with new smart pen functionality, voice recognition from a distance, mixed reality options, biometric security with Windows Hello, and other tools.
Because many of us still want a keyboard or pen for creating, Yoga 920 offers an optional Lenovo Active Pen 2 great for Windows Ink™ that has 4,096 levels of pen sensitivity for drawing and making notes with no discernible lag. Additionally, voice recognition, a hallmark technology of smartphones and smart speakers, come to the Yoga 920 with Cortana. Now it recognizes voice commands in standby mode and from up to 4 meters away so you can add items to a shopping list, play music, check the traffic, send a short email, track packages and much more. Cortana even uses AI to learn from its owners, so the Yoga 920 grows smarter over time. It fuses power, such as up to an 8th Generation Intel® Core™ i7 processor, Windows® 10 OS and dazzling visuals with a nearly bezel-less 4K IPS touchscreen in a 13.9-inch frame. The standard Yoga 920 comes in 3 colours which are bronze, copper and platinum.
Weighing in at just 1.37 kg (3.02 lbs), the four-mode convertible flexes 360° from a laptop into a tablet. Additionally, Yoga 920 comes in limited edition Gorilla® Glass cover designs: Yoga 920 Vibes featuring a “visual vibration” design, Star Wars Special Edition Yoga 920 Rebel Alliance and Star Wars Special Edition Yoga 920 Galactic Empire. When the room was asked, the majority of people were leaning towards the dark side! Not sure if that says something about the bloggers and journalists….
For those who want to see their laptop’s content on a larger screen, they can pair it with the new ThinkVision P27u monitor. It has a 4K borderless display, professional-grade color accuracy and fast response times, with the convenience of USB Type-C connections and the flexibility of a full function stand supporting an optional sound bar.
Additionally, Lenovo is launching the 12-inch Yoga 720, their most portable and compact Yoga 720 model yet at 0.62 inches thin and 2.53 pounds. It comes equipped with optional Active Pen, fingerprint reader and Cortana digital assistant. And the detachable Miix 520 with Windows 10 gives mobile users intuitive ways to create content or immerse in entertainment with Lenovo digital pen, optional WorldView camera for 3D imaging.
Transform Your Tablet – Lenovo Home Assistant Pack
The family-focused Tab 4 Series just got even more versatile thanks to the Alexa-powered Home Assistant Pack. Use your voice to get news, the weather or your calendar, and see it all on the Tab 4’s display. Do even more with just your voice, using it to shop online, listen to a song or control your smart home. You can find what you’re searching for using the tablet’s on-screen display cards on its 10-inch or 8-inch screen. All you need to do is ask. The Home Assistant Pack equips the Tab 4 with the “Home Assistant” app, a powerful three-watt speaker and far-field voice detection with two mics so you can talk to search and hear your results from up to three meters from any direction. To experience this level of personalization, insert your Tab 4 into the Home Assistant Pack, watch your screen switch to the Home Assistant Interface, and you’re ready to go. And at just 320 grams, this lightweight tablet goes anywhere you do. And with the optional Kid’s Pack and Productivity Pack, the Tab 4 now lets you do a lot more, with one device. One question from the press room today was wondering when you will be able to make call on the Home Assistant Pack and Lenovo are waiting for Amazon to unlock this section of the API.
Together with Microsoft, Lenovo is building a different type of VR world with the Lenovo Explorer Mixed Reality headset, with more than 100 VR-ready titles. They designed Lenovo Explorer as a natural, affordable extension of your PC: You can access Microsoft Office suite, browse online or watch shows in a virtual home office environment, play virtual reality (VR) games, explore and discover through holo-tours, and enhance the video-watching experience via 3D, 360-degree and 4K videos. Set it up in just minutes by connecting a cable to your PC, not need for room sensors to be set up. We got a chance to visit the “Cliff House” and the VR experience was good but like all of the releases today we will wait for a full review once we get back to Ireland.