Lenovo's bringing everything to CES but the kitchen sink
One thing that's immediately evident from the rush of emails we've been receiving is that Lenovo, now the world's largest PC maker in terms of shipments, isn't planning to rest on its laurels. It's not all mobile products like smartphones and tablets, either. Lenovo is announcing so many PC-related products at this year's CES that we decided to break it up into two posts. This one will focus on a pair of ThinkVision displays, an Android all-in-one, and the company's first personal cloud storage device.
Kicking off the announcements is the ThinkVision 28, a premium 28-inch display with a 4K (3840x2160) resolution. Unlike every other 4K display on the market, the ThinkVision 28 supports 10-point multi-touch. It also has multiple USB ports, three HDMI ports, a microSD card slot, audio ports, a DisplayPort, and even an Ethernet port.
This isn't just a display. With the press of a button, the ThinkVision 28 turns into an Nvidia Tegra-powered Android 4:3 enabled premium entertainment center. Inside sits 2GB of RM, 32GB of storage, and full wireless capability including Bluetooth 4.0 and NFC support, Lenovo says. This one will be available in July 2014 starting at $999.
Next up is the ThinkVision Pro2840m. This also boasts a 4K resolution along with 10-bit color, 300 nit brightness, and a 5ms response time. It has a full function stand that allows tilt, swivel, and rotate, and features connectivity options consisting of a DisplayPort, mini DisplayPort, HDMI (with MHL), and several USB ports. Look for this to ship in April starting at $799.
Lenovo is bringing to market its first personal cloud storage device called Beacon. The OEM says Beacon is intended for families or those who want to access their media library on the go. It lets users store and play back media from anywhere using their smartphone, PC, tablet, or TV. You can also upload files wirelessly or by using the built-in USB port. One of the main selling points here is that it's supposed to be easier than a NAS-storage type device, while still offering up to 6TB of storage. Beacon will be available in April starting at $199.
Moving along, Lenovo announced the A740 all-in-one (AIO) with a 4mm thin display. It's supposedly the thinnest AIO in its 27-inch class, and unlike some other big-screen displays we've seen, the resolution isn't gimped down to Full HD -- this one wields a WQHD 2560x1440 resolution. It also has GeForce graphics, JBL speakers, 10-point touch support, NFC, up to 1TB of hard drive space, optional TV tuner, HDMI, and a few other odds and ends. This will ship in June starting at $1,499.
While on the topic of AIOs, Lenovo's N308 is an affordable AIO starting at $450. It has a 19.5-inch display with a 1600x900 resolution, touchscreen support, 500GB hard drive, 720p webcam, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and an Nvidia Tegra quad-core processor. As such, it runs Android. The N308 will be available in February.
Finally, Lenovo's hitting up the table PC category by launching the Horizon 2. This is a 27-inch system that measures just 19.5mm and has up to a 4th Generation Intel Core i7 processor, 10-finger touch support, and a few other goodies. When laid flat, the Horizon 2 loads up the Aura interface. It will be available in June starting at $1,499.