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IFA: Lenovo unveils a raft of business laptops and all-in-ones

The Thinkpad Helix, Horizon 2s and 2e, the Thinkcentre TIO 23 and the Flex 2 Pro
Thu Sep 04 2014, 13:45

BERLIN: LENOVO HAS ANNOUNCED a raft of laptops, desktops and all-in-one devices at the IFA trade show in Germany today.

The Chinese company didn't shy away from announcing a rather extensive product line-up, the most noteworthy being the firm's Lenovo Thinkpad Helix, a 2-in-1 ultrabook aimed at business users with a design that the company claims is 15 percent thinner than its predecessor of the same name, which was launched at CES in January.

Lenovo announces Thinkpad Helix at IFA for businesses

The 11.6in Thinkpad Helix features a Gorilla Glass FHD display, weighs 815g and measures just 9.6mm, a form factor which has been made possible by the featured Intel processor, codenamed Broadwell-Y, which is also expected to be announced here at IFA during the chipmaker's press conference on Friday.

Running Windows 8.1 Pro, the Lenovo Thinkpad Helix has the same five modes as seen on the previous version and the consumer Ideapad Yoga products, allowing users to put the device into Tablet, Stand, Tent, Laptop, and Desktop.

"The updated Thinkpad Helix sets an even higher standard for business 2-in-1 Ultrabooks with its top-of-the-line hardware and software technologies for unmatched flexibility, productivity and connectivity," said Lenovo. "Fashioned from an aluminium grip-friendly finish, it provides a professional image for business."

Lenovo added that the Thinkpad Helix also features better power efficiency and battery life, compared to its predecessor, as well as a suite of add-on security options, including biometric fingerprint reader, military-grade smart card reader and three factor authentication.

The Lenovo Thinkpad Helix will be available worldwide at the beginning in October with models starting at $999 (about £600).

Lenovo announces AIO at IFA - the Horizon 2S

Lenovo also introduced two new all-in-one (AIO) table-top PCs during its IFA keynote, the 19.5in Horizon 2s, which claims to be Lenovo's "thinnest table-top PC", plus the 21.5in Horizon 2e, which is marketed at Lenovo's "most affordable" table-top PC.

Both the Horizon 2s and 2e come with fourth generation Intel Core processors and Windows 8.1, along with near field communications for what Lenovo call "a seamless digital content sharing experience" and Bluetooth 4.0 for device pairing.

The integrated battery provides up to 2.5 hours of streaming HD via Wi-Fi on the 2s and three hours on the 2e, providing users with enough power to watch two films without the hassle of plugging in, Lenovo said.

Pricing and Availability for the Lenovo Horizon 2s and 2e will be available beginning in September with models starting at $849 (about £520) and $749 (£450), respectively.

Lenovo thinkcentre tiny PC AIO announced at IFA

In addition, the Chinese PC maker also announced the Lenovo Thinkcentre Tiny-in-One (TIO) 23, an AIO with a small modular desktop box that offers PC functions to a monitor, and the thinner and lighter Flex 2 Pro, a slim dual-mode laptop for consumers.

Designed specifically for IT managers, the TIO offers businesses the form factor of an AIO but with a 23in FHD display, front-access USB 3.0 audio ports, and an ergonomic stand that allows for tilt and height adjustment. However, unlike most traditional AIOs, the TIO 23 is powered by a detachable Thinkcentre Tiny PC that seamlessly locks into the back of the monitor within seconds through a simple tool-less setup process.

"The Thinkcentre Tiny-in-One (TIO) 23 modular AIO gives businesses the flexibility to "mix and match" a 23-inch AIO experience with all current Thinkcentre Tiny PCs, allowing for separate refresh cycles of a traditional tower setup while offering space saving and outstanding cable management capabilities of an all-in-one PC," Lenovo explained.

"This unique hybrid configuration not only provides users with a clean-desk computing experience free from cable clutter but also allows users to configure their 23in AIO with a multitude of different chipsets and CPUs according to their needs, choosing from different Thinkcentre Tiny PC products."

The Thinkcentre Tiny-in-One 23 will start at $279 (£170) at the beginning of October via business partners.

lenovo Flex 2 Pro announced at IFA

Finally, the Flex 2 Pro is a convertible laptop that improves upon the thin and light design of its predecessor by being what Lenovo claims as "the thinnest 15in consumer laptop yet".

Encased in an aluminium chassis with a 300-degree hinge to offers users an easy way to transition between its two modes: Laptop and Stand, the Flex 2 Pro features a 15.6in IPS FHD display that supports 10-point multi-touch.

Running Windows 8.1, it's powered by an Intel Core i7 Haswell processor, up to 16GB of DDR3L memory, and Nvidia GeForce GT840M 4GB graphics, as well as boasting an eight hour battery life. There's also a choice of up to 1TB of HHD, hybrid SSHD storage with integrated 16 GB NAND flash or up to 256GB SSD storage.

The Lenovo Flex 2 Pro will be available beginning in September with models starting at $699 (£420). µ


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