Lenovo hit the 2015 International Consumer Electronics Show with quite a few standout technologies this weekend, including a new addition to the long-running ThinkPad line. The new generation ThinkPad X1 Carbon is the “world’s lightest 14-inch performance ultrabook,” according to the company’s announcement. Along with the new ultrabook, the company also announced the new ThinkVision X24 monitor, featuring an ultra-thin IPS panel technology. Last but not least are the new ThinkPad Stack additions, “a unique power bank that offers mix and match interlocking accessories to maximize productivity and minimize clutter.”
“Since the original ThinkPad 700, ThinkPad engineers have continued to drive innovation by making each new ThinkPad better than the last. Reaching 100 million units sold proves they are succeeding,” said Yang Yuanqing, chairman and CEO, Lenovo. “When we acquired IBM’s PC business, we made a promise to not just protect the ThinkPad franchise, but to make it even better, even stronger. Today, ThinkPad continues to be one of the most respected brands in the industry, fueling Lenovo’s rise to number 1 in the global PC industry. Now, even as Lenovo expands into mobile devices, servers, and ecosystem and cloud computing, ThinkPad will remain at the core of our strategy and the heart of our business. It is an honor to continue to bring this legendary brand to our customers, and I look forward to many more ThinkPad milestones to come.”
The X1 Carbon features a super bright FHD display with a PCIe solid state drive for up to 80% faster storage performance than standard SSDs. Weighing under 2.9 pounds with a durable and rugged carbon-forged chassis, the ultrabook also includes a 5th Generation Intel Core processor.
Techies might also enjoy the borderless screen, on the 7.5mm thin ThinkVision X24, offering a next generation Neo Blade 23.8 inch panel, and a unique pre-coated metal surface technology in place of a traditional rear cover. The IPS panel highlights include Full HD resolution with a wide 178 degree viewing angle and DisplayPort or HDMI digital connectivity.
The ThinkPad Stack is something new entirely, hoping to eliminate the need for multiple adapters and cables for charging multiple devices. The company explains the new device stating, “Through a magnetized interlocking design, multiple Stack accessories take up less space and store more cleanly than traditional options. Pogo pin technology also allows each accessory to work better together. The 10,000 mAh Power Bank keep phones and tablets powered up on long trips, the one terabyte USB 3.0 Hard Drive offers huge expansion on the road, the Wireless Access Point ensures a strong and stable WiFi environment while travelling and the Bluetooth Speaker pairs seamlessly with ThinkPad systems to extend audio playback.”
“It has been a genuine privilege to be an integral part of ThinkPad notebook success through one hundred million units,” said Brian Krzanich, Intel CEO. “The dedication and imagination of ThinkPad engineers over the years has produced some remarkable technological breakthroughs. As computing takes new forms and enables amazing new experiences, Intel is eager to see what Lenovo can come up with next.”
“I’m thrilled to join Lenovo in celebrating 100 million ThinkPads shipped with Windows!” said Satya Nadella, CEO of Microsoft. “Together Microsoft and Lenovo will continue to delight our shared customers and empower them to thrive in our mobile-first, cloud-first world.”
Pricing and Availability
Models of the ThinkPad X1 Carbon start at $1249 and will be available from January 2015.
Models of the ThinkPad X250 start at $1149 and will be available from February 2015.
The ThinkVision X24 starts at $249 and will be available from April 2015.
ThinkPad Stack accessories will be available from mid-April 2015, with ThinkPad Stack Bluetooth Speaker at $89.99, ThinkPad Stack 10000mAh Power Bank at $49.99, ThinkPad Wireless Access Point /1TB Hard Drive Kit at $199.99.
The 2015 ThinkPad portfolio also includes:
Models of the ThinkPad T450s and T450 start at $1099 and $849 respectively and will be available from February 2015.
Models of the ThinkPad T550 start at $999 and will be available from February 2015.
Models of the ThinkPad E450 and E550 start at $599 and will be available from February 2015.
Models of the ThinkPad L450 start at $699 and will be available from February 2015