Lenovo made a few announcements this week, the company has unveiled several new touch-enabled Windows laptops, along with Lenovo Miix, a platform-bending multi-mode device that adapts to a user’s every need.
The Lenovo Mix (shown above) is a 10.1-inch tablet that converts instantly into a fully-functioning, Windows 8 laptop. The IdeaPad S400 Touch, S500 Touch, S210 Touch, U330 Touch and U430 Touch all come from the company’s S Series and U Series, known to be thin and lightweight with modern design. The company stated that the new Lenovo Miix, S Series and U Series devices “demonstrate Lenovo’s commitment to “touch” as a defining trend in consumer computing”. Research analyst firm IDC expects the penetration rate of touch laptops, which now sits at close to 15 percent, to double next year. Leading that trend, Lenovo is innovating across traditional technology segments – such as desktop and laptop PCs – with its new multi-mode, touch-enabled devices.
“Users don’t want to choose between a laptop and a tablet. They want both without compromise, and Lenovo Miix delivers,” said Bai Peng, vice president and general manager, notebook business unit, Lenovo Business Group. “Bringing touch to our laptops is about more than adding a touch-enabled screen. It requires a rethink of the way we interact with our devices, starting with the expectations of customers for a fluid, intuitive user experience. With these devices, touch becomes mainstream.”
The new Lenovo Miix multi-mode device, S Series and U Series laptops run Windows 8, providing users a touch-optimized experience utilizing Intel processors for superior performance. The devices also offer pre-loaded software to improve user experience with security and support applications, Internet solutions, multimedia and productivity software.
“Lenovo continues to develop sleek and slim touch devices, and the new Miix tablet is a great example of its innovation,” said Jordan Chrysafidis, vice president of WW OEM Marketing, Microsoft Corp. “We look forward to continued collaboration with Lenovo to provide amazing devices and experiences to customers that want all the capabilities of a PC in a very mobile tablet design.”
The latest entry to Lenovo’s rapidly expanding range of multi-mode PC innovations, the Lenovo Miix is a 10.1-inch Windows 8 tablet with a PC processor, perfect for entertainment and productivity on the go. Sporting a “quick-flip” detachable folio case with an integrated AccuType keyboard, the Lenovo Miix instantly switches between PC mode and tablet mode to quickly adapt to user’s needs.
The Lenovo Miix display has a 10.1-inch HD (1366×768) IPS display that is accessible in both laptop and tablet mode. The device runs on an Intel Atom dual core processor and comes with 64GB of built-in eMMC storage, expandable up to 32GB with a micro-SD slot. The Lenovo Miix tablet weighs in at only 1.2 pounds and is just 0.4 inches thin. It also includes integrated Bluetooth 4.0, WiFi and/or optional 3G-GPS connectivity and boasts up to 10 hours of battery life.
IdeaPad Touch/S400 Touch/S500 Touch/S210
Lenovo S Series laptops are defined by their elegant design and full performance at an attractive price point. Designed to look even more stylish with a tactile metallic finish and a thin (from 0.8 inches) and light (from 3 pounds) frame, S series devices pack a solid punch with far greater performance than comparably priced laptops. The IdeaPad S400 and S500 can be configured with up to 3rd generation Intel Core i5 processors and optional discrete graphics. The IdeaPad S210 is equipped with up to 3rd generation Intel® Core™ i3 processors. All three devices also offer Dolby Advance Audio v2 certification for high-quality immersive experiences with multimedia. Lenovo Companion, Lenovo Support and Lenovo Cloud applications help S Series users easily share data and access their computer’s full functionality, while OneKey Recovery makes data backup and recovery simple. The S400 and S500 come with 14-inch and 15.6-inch HD widescreen displays, respectively. The S210 comes up with an 11.6-inch HD widescreen display.
U330 Touch/U430 Touch
The Lenovo IdeaPad U series laptops are notable for their very thin and light designs, starting from only 0.77 inches, as thin as a smartphone, qualifying them as Ultrabooks™. U Series devices are ultra-responsive, offering advanced options such as motion control, voice control and a multi-touch touchpad. The latest touch-enabled U Series laptops also offer 10-point capacitive multi-touch. U Series are available with up to 4th generation Intel Core i7 processors plus optional NVIDIA GeForce graphics with DirectX 11 and up to 1TB HDD with 16GB SSD or 500GB SSHD with integrated 16GB NAND flash or 256GB SSD storage, all packed into a metal frame that still stays light at as little as 3.7 pounds. The U330 Touch comes with a 13.3-inch HD or FHD display and the U430 Touch comes with a 14-inch HD+ or FHD display.
Pricing and Availability
- The Lenovo Miix will be available later this summer beginning at approximately $500.
- The IdeaPad S210 Touch will be available later this summer beginning at approximately $429.
- The IdeaPad S400 Touch will be available later this summer beginning at approximately $449.
- The IdeaPad S500 Touch will be available later this summer beginning at approximately $579.
- The IdeaPad U330 Touch will be available later this summer beginning at approximately $799.
- The IdeaPad U430 Touch will be available later this summer beginning at approximately $899.
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