Lenovo trots out at CES 2014 new ThinkPad X1 Carbon, updated convertibles, and tablets. Let’s start off with the X1 Carbon: for 2014 Lenovo has a new ThinkPad, like in the previous model is built from actual carbon fiber, which the PC maker says makes the device lighter and more durable than magnesium or aluminum. According to the company this is the lightest 14-inch Ultrabook you’ll find at 2.8 pounds.
The 2014 Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon houses an Intel Haswell processors, the option of vPro for business management features, configurable to 8GB of RAM, and up to half of terabyte of Solid-State storage. The base model will kick off with a screen resolution of 1600 x 900 pixels, while adding more money will get you a screen resolution of 2560 x 1440 pixels. The Ultrabook also is touch-enabled, but this is optional in all models.
One interesting feature of the new X1 Carbon is the new adaptive keyboard. As you’ll come to see the top row of keys — where you usually find the functions keys — has been removed and replaced by a touch sensitive line of functions keys that will dynamically change depending on the applications you are using. For example, if you are listening to music, the function keys will change to music specific keys and if you are using Microsoft Word, the functions keys will switch to Word commands.
According to the company the new ThinkPad X1 Carbon battery life is 9 hours, which compared to the previous model is about seventy percent improved. The new Ultrabook will be available later in January with a starting price of $1299.
ThinkPad 8: the business 8-inch tablet
Lenovo is also introducing the ThinkPad 8. It’s an 8.3-inch Windows 8.1 tablet aimed for professionals, it features an Intel’s quad-core Atom Z3770, 2GB of RAM, and the option of up to 128GB of storage. A difference from other iPad-mini competitors, Lenovo’s ThinkPad 8 features a really crisp 1900 x 1080 pixels screen resolution — very rare in this form factor running Windows 8.
There is an option keyboard case, unfortunately we don’t know the price yet, but be prepared to spend somewhere between $39 to $59. One particular feature about the cover is that you can peel the back corner to access the 8-megapixel camera which automatically launch the camera app too. The 8.3-inch tablet also features a micro-HDMI output that enables users to hook up an external monitor. The ThinkPad 8 will also be available later in January and it will cost $399.
Lenovo Y- and Z-series laptops
The PC maker keeps on going this year at CES, with a new high-performance Y-series and entertainment Z-series laptops. The Y-series Windows PC starts at $999, while the Z-series will cost $599 for the base model — Always configurable, but of course it’ll cost more money –.
First we have the Lenovo Y50: It’s a laptop featuring a 15.6-inch display with the option of a 1080p or 4K (3840 x 2160 pixels) screen resolution with the optional addition of touch. The laptop is about 24mm thick and it can be configured up to an Intel Haswell Core i7 processor, up to 16GB of RAM, Nvidia graphics, and backlit keyboard. Lenovo promise up to 4 hours of battery life on average, which if you ask me, this is not great. The Lenovo Y50 will be available in May and it will be priced at $999 for the base model.
Second we have the Lenovo Z40: It’s a laptop featuring a 15.6-inch display with a screen resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels with the option of AMD Radeon discrete graphics. The Lenovo Z50 has almost the same configuration but it has the option of Nvidia GeForce graphics. The Z40 and Z50 features WiDi wireless display technology support and HDMI output. The Lenovo Z40 weighs 4 pounds with the base configuration, while the Z50 weighs 5 pounds. Both Windows PCs will be available in silver, black, and red; price will start at $599 and they will be available in March.
Lenovo Yoga 2 hybrid PCs
The Chinese computer manufacturer is also adding several hybrid PCs to its 2014 lineup. They include the Yoga 2 (11- and 13-inch versions), the Flex 14D and Flex 15D budget PCs powered by AMD processors, and the new Miix 2 tablet/laptop.
The Yoga 2, which is the IdeaPad Yoga 11S successor, features the same dual-hinge technology seen in previous versions to allow you to flip the screen to convert the devices into a tablet mode. You can use it in stand mode by folding the screen only 90-degrees, and you can also use the Lenovo Yoga 2 in tent mode when folding the display only 45-degrees.
The Yoga 2 11.6-inch version will be configurable up to an Intel quad-core Pentium processor, up to 4GB of RAM, and up to 500GB of storage. This version will only come with a screen resolution of 1366 x 768 pixels. This convertible Ultrabook is 17mm thick and weighs only 2.9 pounds. It’ll be available by the end of January and price will start at $529.
The Yoga 2 13-inch version will be configurable up to an Intel Haswell Core i5 processor, up to 8GB of RAM, and 500GB of hybrid storage (mix of standard hard drive and SSD). This version will come with a screen resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. This convertible Ultrabook is 17mm thick and weighs only 3.5 pounds. It’ll be available in March and price will start at $999.
Lenovo Miix 2 tablets
Lenovo is also unveiling the Miix 2, which comes in two models the 10- and 11-inch. These tablets come standard with a screen resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. The 10-inch version features an Intel quad-core Atom processor, 2GB of RAM, and 128GB of internal storage, and pricing starts at $499 and Lenovo plans to ship this device in March.
The 11-inch version of the Miix 2, features latest Intel Haswell Core i5 processor, up to 8GB of RAM, and up to 256GB of Solid-State Drive. pricing starts at $699 and it will ship in April.
Now we have the “dual mode” Flex 14D and Flex 15D, unlike the Yoga 2 lineup, these Ultrabooks only work in standard or stand mode. Both Flex models are powered by AMD processors, configurable up to an AMD A6-5200M.
The Flex 14D is a 14-inch laptop and the Flex 15D is a 15-inch laptop, both only feature a screen resolution of 1366 x 768 pixels, up to 8GB of RAM, 500GB or 1TB of storage. The Flex 14D is 21.6mm thick and weighs 4.4 pounds, while the Flex 15D is 22mm thick and weighs 5.07 pounds. They are already on sale and price starts at $499.