[IFA 2017] Lenovo Launches New Convertible And Upgrades the Tab 4
IFA 2017 this year brings us plenty of interesting announcements from differing manufacturers. Lenovo, being one of the biggest participants would not want to miss out. They start first with a refresher (or should we say, an upgrade) on their Tab 4 tablet in the form of Alexa.
Lenovo’s Tab 4 series was launched earlier last month and was marketed as a family entertainment hub. For IFA 2017 Lenovo brought Alexa into their family 8-incher and 10-incher devices. Lenovo calls it the Home Assistant and it comes in a form of a pre-installed app on the Tab 4 8-inch and 10-inch. The upgrade to “Home Assistant Pack” is not just a software upgrade though. With that upgrade pack the attachment module for the Tab 4 series gets a new three-watt speaker and far-field voice detection with two mics. This results in its ability to communicate with you from up to three meters away in any direction to the Tab 4 attached to the Home Assistant Pack module. All you need to do is slide your Tab 4 into the Home Assistant module and watch the screen turn to the Home Assistant Interface and you can just start communicating with it. It technically is powered by Alexa so you can treat it as such. The tablet still remains as a light 320g so productivity and entertainment still can follow you around. There are also the additional optional Kid’s pack and Productivity Pack to help you do more with more streamlined and focused content with each pack. This is a truly all-in-one home device with the upgrades.
Then Lenovo brings us the new Lenovo Yoga 920 Convertible PC and Yoga 720 Convertible PC. Starting with the Yoga 920; it is a 13.9-inch 4K resolution beast that does it all. You get the power of an 8th Generation Core i7 processor from Intel so you know this is no slouch. It comes with what Lenovo calls a Lenovo Active Pen 2 with Windows Ink too if you would like. It has 4,096 sensitivity levels so you are getting as close as you can get to a near instant writing or drawing. This convertible even gets smarter over time – when we say smarter we also mean it gets more personalised the more you use it. Thanks to Cortana, the PC learns its users to ensure that users find what they want when they want it or need it all the time. Cortana is also the proprietary voice activated assistant for Windows 10. You could, according to Lenovo activate the voice command from up to 4 meters away from the device. It weighs a mere 1.34kg so you can be effortlessly productive anywhere. You can even get it in limited edition Gorilla Glass cover designs. There are some Star Wars design ones as well but from what we know they may not make it to Malaysia.
Then there is the Lenovo Yoga 720 – the most compact Yoga 720 there is. It comes with a 12-inch display which is slightly bigger than the 710 it replaced. The convertible features 7th Generation of Intel Core processors for a start. It still packs a fingerprint reader and USB-A ports within the 15.8mm thick body so you are still getting plenty of functionality with that sort of portability. At 1.15kg it is not what you’d call heavy too. Of course like its bigger brother, the Yoga 920 you can spec it with the optional Active Pen to put down your creative flow.
Another small caveat during the launch was the Miix 520. The new detachable Windows 10 tablet is built to replace the Miix 510. Despite having little to no visual changes the tablet gets an upgrade in its processor to the brand new 8th Generation Intel Core processors. It even comes with the new Active Pen 2 for more accurate pen representation on the screen. The biggest change though is probably the WorldView camera that can take 3D images.
All these new devices and attachment will be available before the end of the year we recon. The only thing they have not released to us currently is when they will be officially available to us in Malaysia. They have not even announced the official pricing so keep a watch of this space for more updates of the new devices. Press release after the break.
Lenovo™ Connects Consumers with Powerful Reality of Today’s New Smart Devices
Computing gets more personal with smartphones, laptops, smart assistants and reality-defying headsets
- Experience augmented and virtual reality like never before with Star Wars content from Disney and gaming from Microsoft on the Lenovo Mirage and Lenovo Explorer headsets
- Meet the new Moto X and experience Amazon Alexa without even having to unlock it first
- Combine the portability and convenience of a tablet PC with the benefits of a personal assistant in one useful device, the Tab 4 Home Assistant
- Watch the laptop transform with Yoga™ 920’s intelligent technologies, including active pen support, Cortana® voice recognition enhanced with far field mics and biometric authentication
BERLIN — Aug. 31, 2017: Lenovo announced five new smart devices that unlock the power and potential of intelligent technology today – using artificial intelligence (AI), unleashing smart features and deploying augmented (AR) and virtual reality (VR). With their affordable prices, these devices make transformative technology accessible to mainstream consumers and challenge the conventions of traditional category boundaries. The Mirage AR headset, Explorer Mixed Reality headset, Moto X smartphone, Tab 4 Home Assistant and Yoga 920 convertible with special edition models bring you an unmatched number of ways to enjoy a more personalized computing experience. Additionally, the new 12-inch Yoga 720 convertible, Miix 520 Windows® 10 detachable and ThinkVision P27u monitor extend the Lenovo line of PC-related devices for even more choice.
VR/AR Bring Silver Screen Content to A Headset Near You – Premiers Star Wars Jedi Challenges
Star Wars: Jedi Challenges, a new augmented reality Star Wars product that allows fans to experience Star Wars in ways never before possible. Jedi Challenges features a smartphone-powered Lenovo Mirage AR headset, Lightsaber Controller, Tracking Beacon, and hours of Star Wars gameplay1. Star Wars: Jedi Challenges is compatible with Android phones and iPhones. Users start by downloading the Star Wars: Jedi Challenges app2 onto their phone and sliding the phone into the tray of the Lenovo Mirage AR headset. Sleek, portable and lightweight, the Mirage headset will provide full gaming immersion over uninterrupted stretches of time with an optimal level of comfort during gameplay. The headset also comes with a Tracking Beacon, which is placed on the floor and acts as stable base for the cameras to track the user’s location. The headset pairs with the Lightsaber Controller, a collectible- quality lightsaber, modeled after the one wielded by Anakin Skywalker, Luke Skywalker, and Rey. Designed to be a key part of the experience, the lightsaber acts as a controller and pointer, allowing players to navigate the user interface, with all controls, actions and commands activated with a simple two-button configuration.
Our open approach to partnerships and building new experiences blending devices and trailblazing content makes us different from other vendors, and we think this approach leads to better, game-changing experience. Together with Microsoft, we’re building a different type of VR world with the Lenovo Explorer Mixed Reality headset with more than 100 VR-ready titles. We designed Lenovo Explorer as a natural, affordable extension of your PC: You can access Microsoft Office suite, browse online or watch shows in a virtual home office environment, play virtual reality (VR) games, explore and discover through holo-tours, and enhance the video-watching experience via 3D, 360-degree and 4K videos. Set it up in just minutes by connecting a cable to your PC.
The Digital Assistant Goes Expressly Mobile – the New moto X
Time to say ‘hello moto X’ once again. The fourth generation moto X has a smarter camera that goes beyond capturing photos. The Landmark Detection feature makes the moto X4 camera your eye to the world – just point the lens at an object, and it will ask if you want to learn about what you’re seeing. Or, spice up your selfies with the Augmented Reality (AR) feature, which lets you add a layer of animations to your photos or videos. The newest moto X is also the first of Motorola’s smartphones to feature Amazon Alexa, giving you more options when choosing a mobile digital assistant3. Experience Amazon Alexa integrated right into moto x4 – without even having to unlock it first. Now, whether you’re in a hotel, a friend’s house or simply out and about, the features and benefits of Alexa are always with you. The new moto X4: transforming smartphone intelligence.
Transform Your Tablet – Lenovo Home Assistant Pack
Alexa makes other devices smarter too, and we’re bringing it first to our tablets. The family-focused Tab 4 Series just got even more versatile thanks to the Alexa-powered Home Assistant Pack. Use your voice to get news, the weather or your calendar, and see it all on the Tab 4’s display. Do even more with just your voice, using it to shop online, listen to a song or control your smart home. You can find what you’re searching for using the tablet’s on-screen display cards on its 10-inch or 8-inch screen. All you need to do is ask. The Home Assistant Pack equips the Tab 4 with the “Home Assistant” app, a powerful three-watt speaker and far-field voice detection with two mics so you can talk to search and hear your results from up to three meters from any direction. To experience this level of personalization, insert your Tab 4 into the Home Assistant Pack, watch your screen switch to the Home Assistant Interface, and you’re ready to go. And at just 320 grams, this lightweight tablet goes anywhere you do. And with the optional Kid’s Pack and Productivity Pack, the Tab 4 now lets you do a lot more, with one device. Besides offering the option to transform into a smart assistant, the Tab 4 also offers a Kid’s Pack for a 2-in-1 and a kid’s tablet and Productivity Pack to do more.
Personalizing the PC with Pen, Voice & Biometrics on Yoga 920
No longer does the PC stand for personal computing, characterized by interaction happening in one-way exchange from person to device. Now PC means personalized computing, and AI learning makes it contextually aware of where you are. With this ability, your device can anticipate your needs and interact with you in a variety of ways. The Yoga 920 convertible furthers the journey to a smarter laptop with new smart pen functionality, voice recognition from a distance,4 mixed reality options,5 biometric security, and other tools.
Because many of us still want a keyboard or pen for creating, Yoga 920 offers an optional Lenovo Active Pen 2 with Windows Ink™ that has 4,096 levels of pen sensitivity for drawing and making notes with no discernible lag. Additionally, voice recognition, a hallmark technology of smartphones and smart speakers, comes to the Yoga 920 with Cortana. Now it recognizes voice commands in standby mode and from up to 4 meters away3 so you can add items to a shopping list, send an email, search the web, track packages, launch an application and more. Cortana even uses AI to learn from its owners, so the Yoga 920 grows smarter over time. It fuses power, such as Intel®’s latest 8th Gen™ Quad Core™ i7 processor, Windows® 10 OS and dazzling visuals with a nearly bezel-less 4K IPS touchscreen in a 13.9-inch frame.
Weighing in at just 1.37 kg (3.02 lbs), the four-mode convertible flexes 360° from a laptop into a tablet. Additionally, Yoga 920 comes in limited edition Gorilla® Glass cover designs: Yoga 920 Vibes featuring a “visual vibration” design, Star Wars Special Edition Yoga 920 Rebel Alliance and Star Wars Special Edition Yoga 920 Galactic Empire.6
For those who want to see their laptop’s content on a larger screen, they can pair it with the new ThinkVision P27u monitor. It has a 4K borderless display, professional-grade color accuracy and fast response times, with the convenience of USB Type-C connections and the flexibility of a full function stand supporting an optional sound bar.
Additionally, we’re launching the 12-inch Yoga 720, our most portable and compact Yoga 720 model yet at 0.62 inches thin and 2.53 pounds. It comes equipped with optional Active Pen, fingerprint reader and Cortana digital assistant. And the detachable Windows 10 Miix 520 gives mobile users intuitive ways to create content or immerse in entertainment with Lenovo digital pen, optional WorldView camera for 3D imaging.
Pricing and Availability
Pricing and availability varies based on country. Check http://news.lenovo.com/IFA2017 for details.