After Lenovo introduced a convertible version of its legendary and popular ThinkPad X1 series with the ThinkPad X1 Yoga a few years ago, Lenovo has once again optimized the design and design of its legendary laptop with the introduction of the ThinkPad X1 Nano. Like the original X1, the Nano has a more traditional clamshell form factor, but Lenovo is making the laptop slimmer and lighter.
The move will help the laptop serve small and medium-sized businesses that are now home and remote, according to the company. This situation is accelerating due to the global pandemic.
Weighing in at 1.99 pounds, the X1 Nano is not only the lightest ThinkPad notebook from Lenovo, it's also the first ThinkPad to be offered under the Evo platform from Intel. With Evo certification, you can rest assured that the laptop will wake up instantly from hibernation and all-day battery life.
The laptop runs on 11th generation Intel silicon and integrated Intel Iris Xe graphics and has a 13-inch 2K display that supports a 16:10 aspect ratio and Dolby Vision. Despite its small size, the Nano is designed for performance. Lenovo claims that it offers 20% more productivity for office tasks and two times faster streaming of games. The laptop can be pre-installed with Windows 10 Pro or Ubuntu Linux operating systems. The optional 5G wireless connectivity helps business travelers work from anywhere, even when a Wi-Fi connection is not available.
Dolby Atmos speaker tuning and 360-degree microphones round off the feature and make the Nano a giant for video conferences. Lenovo can deliver on its promise to build systems that business owners can use remotely. The laptop will start at $ 1,399 when it goes on sale later this year.
In addition to the Nano, Lenovo also announced the pricing and availability of pre-orders for the ThinkPad X1 Fold – a foldable laptop with an impressive screen. The Windows 10 foldable PC starts at $ 2,499. The fold can be configured with optional 5G connectivity. Optional accessories to complement the laptop include a Bluetooth mini folding keyboard, a mod pen and a stand. The ThinkPad X1 Fold is available for pre-order now if you want to be the first on the block with its innovative form factor.
ThinkBooks for remote work
If you don't need all of the premium design and functionality of the ThinkPad range, the latest ThinkBook update from Lenovo is a great alternative, made even more powerful thanks to the latest 11th generation mobile processors from Intel and AMD Ryzen . The range offers modern design and professional colors suitable for small and medium-sized businesses, as well as features like slim bezels, near-instant wake-up times and even built-in wireless earbuds on the ThinkBook 15 Gen 2 i model for instant collaboration and video conference calls.
If you're still on the go, the ThinkBook 13s Gen 2 i should be on your short list of laptops to consider. With its Intel Evo certification – formerly known as Project Athena – the second-generation ThinkBook 13s, priced at $ 839, aims for consistent performance and meets Intel's requirements for an instant wake-up time from sleep so you can work faster, All day long battery life and fast charging All in one thin, lightweight and travel-ready package. It has a traditional clamshell form factor, although the screen can lie completely flat for collaboration
Under the hood is an Intel Tiger Lake Core i7 processor and you get Thunderbolt 4 connectivity as well as PCIe Gen 4 storage. The laptop has a 13.3-inch WQXGA screen with an aspect ratio of 16:10 and a screen-to-body ratio of 90%. Adaptive microphones with intelligent tuning ensure the best meeting experience.
And for those who appreciate the flexibility of a tablet, the $ 879 Lenovo ThinkBook 14s Yoga i is equipped with the company's 360-degree yoga hinge that allows the laptop to easily switch between different modes of use . It comes with a smart pen that syncs with the device and, like the ThinkBook 13s Gen 2 i, is powered by 11th generation Intel Core processors.
The ThinkPad 15 Gen 2 i is a laptop with built-in earphones. Seriously!
If you prefer a big screen for multitasking, the ThinkPad 15 Gen 2 i has a large 15-inch panel for $ 569. The most innovative and unusual feature of this laptop is the built-in wireless noise-canceling earphones. The buds have their own storage and charging bay on the right side of the laptop. Since you don't have to rely on the laptop's built-in speakers, traveling business owners can easily make and receive video calls anywhere without having to worry about audio privacy.
The ThinkPad 15 Gen 2 i is supported by an 11th generation Intel Core i7 processor and optional Nvidia GeForce MX450 graphics. The laptop can also accommodate two storage drives for additional flexibility.
What if you want an AMD Ryzen laptop?
If you prefer AMD over Intel, Lenovo has a number of options for you in the ThinkBook range. The company's ThinkBook 15 Gen 2, ThinkBook 14 Gen 2, ThinkBook 13 Gen 2, ThinkBook 14s, and ThinkBook 13s can be configured with a variety of AMD processors. The $ 549 ThinkBook 15 Gen 2 AMD and $ 729 13s Gen 2 AMD both come with AMD Ryzen 4000 Mobile processors, while the ThinkBook 14 Gen 2 and 14s Gen 2 come with either Intel or AMD silicon under the hood – Lenovo has not indicated whether these are available AMD processors come from the Ryzen 4000 family. The ThinkBook 14 Gen 2 i with an Intel processor starts at $ 569, and the ThinkBook 14 Gen 2 AMD starts at $ 549.
For those who need discrete graphics, the ThinkBook 15p i for $ 939 offers Nvidia's GeForce GTX 1650 Ti with a Pantone X-Rite control panel for color accurate work. Finally, Lenovo is also updating its ThinkPad E14 and E15 Gen 2 models by updating these laptops with 11th generation Intel Core processors. Both models start at $ 699.
And there is also something for your IT manager
Lenovo also introduces a new Device Intelligence Software-as-a-Service offering that uses a machine learning approach to proactively monitor and diagnose a fleet of hardware. The company claimed that its algorithm could use its proactive approach to predict blue screen shutdown cases 85% of the time. The tool is designed to compensate for lost productivity due to equipment failure, for example, and to help IT administrators fix problems quickly, sometimes even before hardware problems arise.
Prices and availability
All Lenovo laptops will be available in October, with the exception of the ThinkBook 14s Yoga, ThinkPad E14, and ThinkPad E15. These three models will come out in November. The company also announced a new ThinkVision T27hv-20 monitor, designed for video conferencing while working from home.
The 27-inch 1440p monitor has a built-in 1080p webcam with IR sensor, a handle to easily adjust the camera angle, a smart traffic light to warn nearby family members that you are on the phone, and a single USB C-cable connection. The panel costs $ 549 and will be available in December. It will compete with the conference monitors from competition HP.