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Lenovo's shape-shifting laptops, tablets receive a facelift

Agam Shah | Jan. 6, 2014
Lower pricing hasn't stopped Lenovo from adding a gaggle of new features and innovations to its latest hybrid laptops and tablets.

Horizon 2 all-in-one table PC
The original Horizon all-in-one table PC drew a lot of attention at last year's CES. This year, Lenovo is introducing its successor, Horizon 2, which is 26 percent smaller at 19.8 millimeters, and marginally lighter at 7.62 kilograms.

The all-in-one has a 27-inch screen and starts at $1,499. The PC will have a Haswell processor, and an option of a 3200 x 1800-pixel display.

Lenovo's Reynolds said the Horizon PC is more "interpersonal" with its ability to allow multiple people to work with it. The all-in-one can be laid flat on a table, which could allow multiple users to play a game, paint, or even play different instruments at the same time.

"It becomes a really collaborative computing device," Reynolds said.

One way the Horizon has become more collaborative is through an interface called Aura, which allows the PC to access content, contacts or apps from smartphones, tablets or other PCs connected via NFC or Wi-Fi. With specific Android apps, shaking a smartphone can "drop" content or apps from the handset to the Horizon.

A shipping date for Horizon 2 was not available.

ThinkPad 8 tablet
Lenovo's ThinkPad 8 tablet, which has an 8-inch screen and Windows 8.1, is priced starting at $449. It is 8.8-mm thick, and weighs around 400 grams. It runs on Intel's quad-core Bay Trail processors. It can also function as a basic PC when a monitor is connected through a mini-HDMI port.

ThinkPad 8 has a high-definition screen, Lenovo said. It will become available this month.

4K laptops
Lenovo is also bringing 4K to mainstream laptops. Lenovo is offering optional 4K resolution screens with the 14-inch Y40 and 15.6-inch Y50 laptops. The Y40 has an Advanced Micro Devices graphics card, while the Y50 has an Nvidia graphics card. The laptops, which start at $999, are part of Lenovo's high-end laptop lineup for gaming and professional use. The new laptops are faster and more power efficient than previous generations, Lenovo said.

Miix 2 detachable hybrids
Lenovo is betting on detachables like the Miix 2 to grow in the stagnant PC market. Miix 2 models include detachable 10- and 11.6-inch screens. The screens can be pulled out from the keyboard base to become a tablet.

"You have the option to use the Windows 8.1 touchscreen tablet or attach it back to its base for a full laptop experience," Reynolds said.

The 10-inch Miix 2, priced at $499, is 9.2 millimeters thick, weighs 0.58 kilograms and has an Intel Bay Trail processor. The 11.6-inch model starts at $699 and has a Core i5 processor and 256GB SSD storage.

Both the Miix models offer "all-day battery life," Lenovo said. The PCs have screens with a 1920 x 1200-pixel resolution, JBL speakers, 2-megapixel front and 5-megapixel rear cameras, and micro-SD slots. Optional 3G is available.

 

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