New Product Range That Lenovo Announces at MWC 2021
Welcoming mwc 2021, Lenovo introduces a range of new products from a variety of categories. From laptops and Chromebooks, to portable monitors and a wide range of wireless accessories, they're all designed to support the trend of working in a hybrid way.
Let's start with the main star first, ThinkPad X1 Extreme Gen 4. This snapper-class mobile workstation offers high-end specifications in a compact, robust package.
The carbon fibre-coated body is only 17.7 mm thick and weighs less than 1.81 kg, but at the same time the processor options include an 11th generation Intel Core i7 or Core i9 H-series, and it's most expensive configuration relies on the Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 16 GB GDDR6 GPU.
These high-end components wouldn't be able to work optimally without an effective cooling system, and Lenovo is already thinking about it carefully. One thing that is very unique about the cooling system is how the airflow can enter through its keyboard, providing additional fresh air intake to help cool the processor and GPU, but at the same time, the keyboard is still claimed to be spill-resistant.
Complementing the specifications are 64 GB of RAM and two NVMe SSDs, each with a capacity of 2 TB (if indeed you have a budget). Although thin in weight, ThinkPad X1 Extreme Gen 4 is still capable of carrying a battery capacity of 90 Wh. Lenovo also does not forget to include 5G connectivity for consumers in need.
For the display, the ThinkPad X1 Extreme Gen 4 packs a 16-inch panel with a choice of QHD or 4K resolution. For the 4K variant, its maximum brightness level is claimed to reach 600 nits. As can be seen from the image, this screen looks higher than usual, because the aspect ratio is 16:10, not 16:9.
Lenovo believes in the future 16:10 will become the new standard for commercial laptops. Regarding its size, Lenovo said that so far there are more suppliers offering 16:10 display panels in 16-inch sizes than 15 inches. Perhaps this is the reason why the recent 16-inch laptop is mushrooming. The plan is that the ThinkPad X1 Extreme Gen 4 will go on sale from August at a starting price of €2,099 approximating to KSH 270,224.
The next products are ThinkPad L13 and L13 Yoga Gen 2. Both are identical devices, with differences only on the screen hinges, so consumers are free to choose laptops that are convertible or standard. Both can be an option for those who are looking for a mid-range laptop with an AMD Ryzen 5000-series processor. The product will be marketed at prices starting from €649(83,552 KSH) and €749(96,408 KSH), respectively.
Switching to Chromebooks, Lenovo also gives you a choice between standard models and convertible models via IdeaPad 5i Chromebooks and IdeaPad Flex 5i Chromebooks. Again the specs of both are identical except for the screen, with a choice of Core i5-1135G7 processor, 8 GB RAM, and 512 GB SSD on the most expensive variant. Both will soon be marketed at €399(50,000KSH).
A number of monitor options were also introduced, including thinkvision M15 Mobile Monitor and Lenovo L15 Mobile Monitor. Despite the differences in names, the two are actually identical, only one is intended for the commercial market, and another for the general consumer market.
Each device is equipped with a 15.6-inch FHD panel, and equipped with adjustable legs so that its height can be equated with a laptop to provide a more comfortable position. Lenovo will sell this portable monitor for as low as €229(38,452 KSH).
WFH days like today wouldn't be complete without a webcam, and Lenovo is aware of that. For office workers, Lenovo has a ThinkVision MC50 Webcam Monitor, while consumers at home can glance at the Lenovo LC50 Modular Webcam. Both are 1080p webcams with a pair of noise-cancelling microphones, and cost both €99(12,731 KSH).
Especially for the LC50, the Modular label in its name refers to its mounting mechanism that relies on magnets, so that users at home can easily use it interchangeably across several different devices. For the MC50, there is a unique feature in the form of an indicator light that will turn red when the user is undergoing a video call session, informing colleagues that the user is busy and should not be disturbed.
On the same occasion, Lenovo also introduced a line of wireless accessories incorporated in the Lenovo Go sub-brand. Lenovo focuses on three categories: input, power, and audio, so don't be surprised if its products include a variety of mouse models, keyboards, power banks, and headsets.
One fairly unique accessory is the Lenovo Go Wireless Charging Kit, which is basically capable of wirelessly recharging a 13-inch or 14-inch laptop. The secret lies in a special module tucked into the bottom of the laptop, then connected via USB-C. That module transmits power from the charging base to the laptop.
In the tablet category, Lenovo also has a number of new offerings, ranging from affordable ones aimed at children such as the Lenovo Tab M7 3rd Gen and Tab M8 3rd Gen, to large ones such as Lenovo yoga tab 11, tab P11 plus, and Yoga Tab 13.
This latter model is interesting because in addition to packing a 13-inch screen that supports Dolby Vision, it is also powered by a powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 chipset. The design is in keeping with Lenovo's signature so far, with one of the thicker sides being the battery house as well as the part to hold. The luxurious impression was also implied thanks to the vegan version of alcantara-coated rear panel. The tablet will presently go on sale for as low as €799(102,806 KSH).