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CES: Lenovo Thinkpad 8 arrives with Bay Trail chip and Windows 8.1

Firm also outs sized-down Thinkpad X1 Carbon laptop and 4K Thinkvision display
Mon Jan 06 2014, 07:00
Lenovo Thinkpad 8 with Intel Bay Trail chip and Windows 8.1

LAS VEGAS: CHINESE HARDWARE MAKER Lenovo updated its Thinkpad line at CES on Sunday, announcing the Thinkpad 8 Windows 8.1 tablet and an updated version of its X1 Carbon laptop.

The Lenovo Thinkpad 8 is the company's take on the iPad Mini, although its 8.3in 1920x1080 resolution HD display isn't quite on a par with Apple's Retina display. Still, Lenovo is looking to win over a business crowd with the pint-sized tablet, loading it with Windows 8.1 Pro, a microHDMI port and up to 128GB of expandable storage.

The tablet also features a 2.4GHz Intel Bay Trail chip, which equips the Thinkpad 8 with optional 4G support and nine hour battery life. There are two cameras onboard too, an 8MP on the rear and a 2MP on the front.

Lenovo also outed a spruced-up version of its Thinkpad X1 Carbon laptop, which at just 2.8 pounds claims the title of the world's lightest 14in ultrabook.

That's not all it's got going for it, either. The updated Lenovo Thinkpad X1 Carbon also comes with an Adaptive Keyboard - a set of touch-sensitive keys that change depending what app you're using. If you're listening to music, for example, the top row of keys will change accordingly.

The refreshed laptop also boasts an Intel Haswell processor, Microsoft's Windows 8.1 operating system, nine hour battery life, 8GB of RAM, a SSD up to 512GB capacity and optional 4G LTE support.

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Touch ultrabook

Peter Hortensius, SVP and president of Lenovo's Thinkpad group said, “Lenovo continues to push the boundaries of design and technology as we aspire to create the best products in the market. Our obsession in the pursuit of perfection is evident with these smarter devices designed to enhance the way people interact at home and at work.

"The Thinkpad X1 Carbon delivers a stunning user experience with the best professional display and new interactive methods and represents another step in our PC plus journey."

As if that wasn't enough, Lenovo also revealed two new versions of its Thinkvision line on Sunday, both which offer 28in 4K resolution displays.

There's no word on UK availability for the Lenovo Thinkpad 8 tablet or Thinkpad X1 Carbon (2014) laptop yet, but the firm told us that they will be priced at $449 and $1,299, respectively. µ

 

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