Lenovo has given its iconic ThinkPad range a powerful refresh at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas this week, with an ultra-thin monitor and new power bank technology.
PC computing leader Lenovo has announced a cutting edge ThinkPad 2015 product portfolio at the 2015 International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas this week. Featuring the latest generation ThinkPad X1 Carbon, the world’s lightest 14-inch performance ultrabook, the iconic brand celebrates 100 million units shipped.
Lenovo also introduced the ThinkVision X24 monitor, bringing ultra-thin IPS panel technology to the computing workspace, and ThinkPad Stack, a 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, fuelling 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 honour to continue to bring this legendary brand to our customers, and I look forward to many more ThinkPad milestones to come.
The third generation state-of-the-art X1 Carbon features new options, like a super bright FHD display for the best viewing experience and a PCIe solid state drive for up to 80% faster storage performance than standard SSDs.
The newest X1 Carbon is also the most mobile yet, with longer battery life and still weighing under 2.9 pounds with a durable and rugged carbon-forged chassis, coupled with 5th Generation Intel Core processors.
Lenovo provided the following details of the new portfolio:
Innovative, elegant and with a gorgeous borderless screen, the 7.5mm thin ThinkVision X24 could be the centrepiece of any desk space. Featuring a next generation Neo Blade 23.8 inch panel, the X24 also includes a unique pre-coated metal surface technology in place of a traditional rear cover enhancing the premium design. The IPS panel highlights include Full HD resolution with a wide 178 degree viewing angle and DisplayPort or HDMI digital connectivity. The stylish and sturdy chrome stand is tilt-adjustable for ergonomic viewing complete a superlative display experience, both in performance and design experience.
Through Lenovo’s unique interlocking design, the need for multiple adapters and cables for charging multiple devices is virtually eliminated. More portable, fewer cables, and extra features mean ThinkPad Stack accessories are made for mobility. 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.
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
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