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To swipe the entire spotlight at the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2013, Lenovo set the stage ahead of the event execution and unveiled plethora of new Windows 8 devices to add more feathers to its basket of offerings. The volume of Lenovo's CES 2013 offerings is going out of control that it creates a doubt if the tech media world can absorb that many new Windows 8 hardware in one day.
Headlining the collection are new additions to the ultra-portable IdeaPad U Series Ultrabooks and the multimedia intensive IdeaPad Z Series laptops, as well as new models of IdeaCentre all-in-one desktops, from the sleek and stylish A Series to the affordable and space-saving C Series.
India availability, prices and release dates of the devices announced by the Chinese tech titan is still unknown so far.
Let us take a quick look at the lineup of new Windows 8 based Lenovo devices and their striking features below:
Lenovo IdeaPad U310 and IdeaPad U410
Lenovo's Windows 8 based IdeaPad U310 and U410 Touch Ultrabooks boast super-thin notebook form factors of 18mm and 21mm thickness and support for 10-finger multi0touch. The new Ultrabooks are the touch-enabled versions of Lenovo's existing U310 and U410 IdeaPads.
Both models include Lenovo's "Intelligent Touchpad," which supports Windows 8 gesture controls. Each U series machine boasts a 1366 x 768 widescreen display, and can be configured with various Intel processors up to Core i7. The U310 comes with integrated Intel graphics, while U410 comes with Nvidia chip. The new Ultrabooks also include Lenovo's Instant Resume technology, which the PC maker says can rustle the systems out of sleep in just one second.
The U310 will be available in March 2013 with prices starting at about $780 (approx. Rs 42,500). On the other hand, the U410 will hit stores in April with prices starting at about $850 (approx. Rs 46,200).
Lenovo IdeaPad Z400 and IdeaPad Z500
The new IdeaPad Z400 and Z500 Touch are heavier and thicker than the U310 and U410 Ultrabooks but will also boast more modest price points. Both models feature 15.6 inch displays with 1600 x 900 widescreen resolutions, Intel processors up to Core i7, Nvidia GeForce graphics and the same Windows 8-ready "Intelligent Touchpad" as in Lenovo's new U series Ultrabooks.
Both Z series machines start at around $699 (approx. Rs 38,000), with the Z400 landing in March and the Z500 in April.
Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E431 and ThinkPad Edge E531
The E431 and E531 boast 14- and 15.6-inch displays, respectively. The 1600x900 screens come with touch support options, but do not employ full, 10-point multitouch sensors. The laptops' ClickPads, however, are celebrated to enhance Windows 8 gesture control.
Both machines also support Lenovo's new OneLink system, which funnels all connectivity through a single cable connection in an effort to eliminate desk clutter. To make use of OneLink, you'll want the ThinkPad OneLink Dock, which centralizes connectivity for device charging, external video and audio, and up to four USB connections.
Both ThinkPads are 1-inch thick and come with Core i7 processors; integrated Intel graphics or discrete Nvidia graphics, up to 16GB memory and 1TB storage. The E431 weighs 2.13 kg and E531 comes in at 2.5 kg. The two new ThinkPads land in May for prices starting around $540 (approx. Rs 29,300) and the OneLink Dock priced at $100 (approx. Rs 5,400).
Lenovo Erazer X700
Besides launching business oriented devices, Lenovo has also come up with a gaming centric device - Erazer X700. he desktop comes with Lenovo's Onekey Overclocking feature that allows users to overclock at the click of a button while simultaneously preventing the PC from overheating thanks to its liquid cooling system. With AMD Eyefinity technology, users can connect up to six monitors to enjoy a panoramic screen display and add up to 4TB storage without tools while the PC is still running. The Erazer X700 comes with 32GB memory, dual graphics support and the latest Intel Core family of processors. It will be available in June starting from $1,499 (approx. Rs 81,500).
Lenovo IdeaCenter A730 and IdeaCenter C540 AIO
Lenovo unveils two new AIO (all-in-one) desktops before CES kicks in. Lenovo IdeaCentre A730 is the high-end series and Lenovo C540 is the affordable one. Both will be optimized for Windows 8, bundling dedicated graphics & touch options.
IdeaCentre A730 features a 27-inch 10-point finger multitouch display at Quad HD 2560 x 1440 or Full HD 1920 x 1080 resolutions and optimized for Windows 8 Pro software. This is wrapped on a slim and frameless construction with adjustable tilt view from -5 degrees to 90 degrees, 3rd generation Intel Core i7 Ivy Bridge processor, 1TB storage, 2GB Nvidia GeForce GT 745M (optional), and unconfirmed RAM amount of up to 16GB.
For the budget conscious consumers, Lenovo has come up with C540, which sports a 23-inch touch/non-touch display with Full HD resolution 1920 x 1080 and will be powered by Intel Core i3 processor with up to 2TB storage and 2GB Nvidia GeForce 615 (optional).
These models are priced starting at $1,499 (approx. 81,500) and $549 (approx. Rs 30,000) respectively.
Lenovo ThinkVision LT1423p Mobile Monitor Touch
ThinkVision monitor will come in touch and non-touch versions and feature a 13.3-inch 1600 x 900 AH-IPS panel protected by Gorilla Glass. LT1423p weighs 0.7 kg and ranges between 0.3 inch to 0.6 inch in thickness. The display has a resolution of 1600x900 pixels and supports 10-point multitouch for Windows 8, and comes with a digitizer pen to draw in digital ink. The touch version will be available in the second quarter for $449 (approx. Rs 24,400).
Lenovo IdeaCenter Horizon Table
In addition to revamping some of its existing Ultrabook and notebook models, Lenovo also announced an entirely new form factor, dubbed a Table PC. Formally called the IdeaCentre Horizon Table PC, Lenovo's new gadget runs Windows 8 and supports multitouch, allowing multiple users to interact with the device at a single time.
The IdeaCentre Horizon has a 27-inch screen and is targeted largely at consumers. Lenovo noted that the device can be laid flat on any surface and when paired with included accessories such as e-dice and joysticks, is ideal for multiplayer gaming. The gigantic tablet can also be propped up by a built-in smart hinge allowing it to be used as an all-in-one PC.
Lenovo said the new IdeaCentre Horizon Table PC will be sold through both its channel and website, starting this summer at $1,699 (approx. Rs 92,300).