Lenovo showcased new Windows 8 devices at the 2014 IFA Consumer Electronics Unlimited show in Berlin, Germany this week.
The company debuted a portfolio of new business and consumer devices at IFA including a 2-in-1 Ultrabook that meets the needs of mobile business users. Designed to be 15% lighter than its predecessor, Lenovo’s ThinkPad Helix weighs 2.98 pounds, measures 0.38 inches and can be used in tablet, laptop, desktop, stand and tent configuration. Powered by an Intel Core M Processor, the Ultrabook runs on Windows 8.1 Pro and features a suite of add-on security options, including a biometric fingerprint reader, military-grade smart card reader and three-factor authentication. The device can be used with a ThinkPad keyboard or a digitiser pen.
In addition, the company launched the world’s first modular all-in-one (AIO) desktop for business users. Designed in response to customers’ requests for additional flexibility to mix and match Lenovo monitors and its Tiny PCs, the ThinkCentre Tiny-in-One (TIO) has a 23-inch FHD display, front-access USB 3.0 audio ports, an optional disk drive and an ergonomic stand that allows for tilt and height adjustment. The 23-inch screen can be attached to the ThinkCentre Tiny PCs (sold separately), allowing for separate refresh cycles of a traditional tower setup while offering space saving and outstanding cable management capabilities of an all-in-one PC.
Unlike most traditional AIOs, the TIO 23 is powered by a detachable ThinkCentre Tiny PC that locks into the back of the monitor to enable users to use a multitude of different chipsets and computer processing units according to their needs.
“Our latest consumer and business PC portfolio demonstrates how we’re innovating to meet the very different needs of these two customer groups,” said Dilip Bhatia, vice president, design and marketing, PC Group, Lenovo. “From the first modular desktop solution and creating a new standard for business 2-in-1s to the next generation of tabletop PC and new multimode laptops, we’re committed to delivering products that delight users and help them get more done.”
Panasonic also debuted its Toughpad FZ-E1, a rugged 5-inch handheld tablet powered by Windows Embedded 8.1. The device has been tested for resistance to impact, shock, vibration, altitude and extreme humidity. It can resist drops of up to 3m to concrete and can operate in temperatures ranging from -20°C to 60°C due to a built-in heater, which meets IP68 certification requirements.
Powered by a Qualcomm quad core processor, the device has a sunlight-readable, anti-reflective HD 10-point capacitive display and a rain-sensing feature that allows for single touch use in the rain. The device also has up to 14 hours of battery life and comes with a quick-charging feature that can charge the battery to 50% in an hour.
Writing in a blog post, Nick Parker, corporate vice president of Microsoft’s Original Equipment Manufacturer division, said: “There is incredible innovation and creativity from our partners in the 2-in-1 category and we are seeing a range of new devices to meet customer needs, whether it’s low-cost, versatility, mobility, productivity, or all of these combined.”
“More of our partners around the world are introducing new Windows tablets in a range of sizes, from five inches to 10 inches and larger,” said Parker. “There are more than 6,624 Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 certified products and our new local partners in the China Technology Ecosystem will bring more than 86 Windows tablets to market in the next few months.”
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