Workplaces have moved out of offices today. Wireless connectivity has given us the flexibility of working from anywhere in the world without having to be chained to an office desk. There is a need for a versatile device that can adapt to the way mobile professionals work today. And Acer might just have the solution for you.
The new Acer Spin 3 is a device that is aimed at professionals who are always on the move. With the Acer Spin 3, you get greater flexibility in how you use the device. It goes into a tent, laptop, tablet and display modes to provide maximum flexibility. With its thin appearance and lightweight design, it’s ideal for taking everywhere. The Spin 3 is just 19.9mm thin and 1.7kg in weight. For added style, the Spin 3 also comes with an LED-backlit keyboard.
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Lenovo Announces New ThinkPad and ThinkBook Laptops with AI Features at MWC 2024
Lenovo has launched new hardware and software solutions at MWC 2024 that showcase its focus on AI-driven innovation and commitment to a more sustainable future. These include brand new ThinkPad and ThinkBook business laptops – unveiling AI features that enhance productivity, creativity, and efficiency – with performance enhancements and multi-mode versatility. Additionally, Lenovo introduced a selection of accessories designed to boost mobile productivity, including the ThinkVision M14t Gen 2 portable display, a USB-C Slim Travel Dock for comprehensive docking on the go, and a redesigned ThinkPad Executive 16-inch Backpack that allows for easy carrying of a mobile office.
Rounding out the new hardware announcements are new software solutions, including Lenovo Identity Advisor, a digital identity monitoring tool and Smart Connect, a software that unlocks multi-device synergies and maximizes productivity. Finally, Lenovo unveiled a futuristic proof of concept laptop – the ThinkBook Transparent Display Laptop Concept – which features the industry’s first laptop with a 17.3-inch Micro-LED transparent display, providing a completely borderless and see-through display experience.
Lenovo also showcased the Lenovo ThinkBook Transparent Display Laptop Concept. This laptop revolutionises the interaction and creation experience with its remarkable 17.3-inch Micro-LED transparent display. With a borderless screen, transparent keyboard area, and a seemingly floating footpad design, it effortlessly exudes a sense of high-tech simplicity, elevating the user’s overall experience.
The brilliance of this laptop lies in its intelligent integration of the virtual and real. Through the power of Artificial Intelligence Generated Content (AIGC), the transparent screen opens up new avenues of work collaboration and efficiency by enabling interaction with physical objects and overlaying digital information to create unique user-generated content. The transparency allows it to effortlessly integrate naturally within its environment. Users can seamlessly switch between the keyboard and drawing board with a supported pen, unlocking new levels of creative efficiency. AI in combination with transparent displays will open up new ways of engaging with data and applications, offering opportunities to develop new features and form factors.
Micro-LED technology offers many advantages in the development of transparent displays. High colour saturation combined with exceptional contrast and 1000 nit brightness of the screen allows for optimal visibility both indoors and outdoors, making it equally suitable for nearly any setting. The technology also offers more possibilities in the future with further optimization of image quality, durability and adjustable transmittance to provide more privacy or more transparency to interact with real-world objects. With its ability to display videos and dynamic images, the transparent screen seamlessly blends and harmonizes with its surroundings.
The Lenovo ThinkBook Transparent Display Laptop Concept is not only a proof of concept but showcases a futuristic perspective on AI PCs, blending digital and physical environments that can enhance user experiences in ways never imagined. Lenovo also launched new business laptops including the ThinkPad T14 i Gen 5, ThinkPad T14s Gen 5, ThinkPad T16 Gen 3, ThinkPad X12 Detachable Gen 2 and ThinkBook 14 2-in-1 Gen 4. These laptops are powered by the latest Intel Core Ultra processors with Intel vPro on select models and Windows 11 and offer an optimal ecosystem of AI hardware and software solutions to deliver enhanced levels of security, power efficiency, and immersive experiences.
With an ever-increasing selection of software applications that benefit from the dedicated AI acceleration support, users can enjoy new and enhanced proficiencies across broad areas of usability and productivity. Copilot in Windows is at the user’s fingertips as their everyday AI companion and it works across many different apps on Windows 11 to control settings, kickstart creativity and save time with tasks including summarizing web pages and emails. Quickly access the AI companion with one press of the Copilot key.
The AI PC revolution is here, and Lenovo is dedicated to transforming its PCs and smart devices to deliver personalized AI solutions. These new Lenovo laptops are amongst the first to drive it. They offer users the most comprehensive personalized PC experiences yet, helping to streamline workstreams and boost productivity. Whether it is collaborating with colleagues, meeting with customers, or analyzing data and creating content, these new ThinkPad and ThinkBook laptops can accelerate workflows with supported AI-enabled software tools users need to encourage maximum creativity and efficiency.
The ThinkPad T series is one of Lenovo’s most successful business laptops, and the new ThinkPad T series laptops reinforce the importance of a very popular workhorse laptop built for discerning business users who seek high-performance and durable devices with access to the latest features designed to improve and enhance everyday productivity. The latest generation ThinkPad T14, T14s, and T16 incorporate the premium design feature of the elegant Communications Bar that houses a 5MP camera, noise cancelling microphones, and also acts as an easy one-handed lip for opening and closing the device. Furthermore, the communications bar allows for narrower bezels thereby increasing the screen-to-body ratio resulting in a more refined thinner and lighter design.
In addition, embracing the inclusive user experience focus of Lenovo’s Product Diversity Office, the ThinkPad T series will integrate the tactile markings announced on the ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 12 and ThinkPad X1 2-in-1 Gen 9. These additional tactile cues are designed to increase accessibility and aid users who are visually impaired to navigate the keyboard. Furthermore, the frequently used CTRL key has been swapped with the Fn key to be more readily accessible on the left edge of the keyboard. Additional user-centric innovations continue to enhance end-user experiences, such as:
- Double tapping the TrackPoint opens the TrackPoint Quick Menu allowing users to customize common features such as microphone or camera settings.
- Lenovo View application, which runs on the Intel Core Ultra NPU to save processor load, provides video enhancing tools for the camera including a new Low Light Enhancer that can brighten and denoise video in low light environments.
- 3M Optical Film solution is available on optional WUXGA displays on ThinkPad T14 Gen 5 and T14s Gen 5. The embedded optical film increases the brightness of the display from 300 nits to 400 nits while using up to 16% less power, thereby reducing energy consumption.
- New ThinkPad T14 and T16 designs integrate enhanced repairability features.
- The new ThinkPad T14 Gen 5 will also be available powered by AMD Ryzen 8040 series processors with built-in AMD Ryzen AI, giving customers a broader choice of high-performance CPUs.
Lenovo is transitioning to a circular economy by innovating in the supply chain, product design, and services and is focusing on a “design, use, return, re-use” model and promoting disassembly and recycling. Lenovo integrates closed-loop recycled plastic into its products and aims to recycle 800 million pounds of end-of-life products by 2025-2026. They also aim to use 300 million pounds of post-consumer recycled content plastics in their products and improve packaging sustainability.
Lenovo’s commitment to a more sustainable future is evident in its ThinkPad line, highlighting its dedication to the circular economy. ThinkPad laptops prioritize sustainability from design to end-of-life management. Recycled materials are used in manufacturing, promoting responsible sourcing and minimizing waste. Additionally, ThinkPad laptops are designed for longevity, allowing for simpler repair and upgradability, extending their product lifespan.
ThinkPad T14 Gen 5 and T16 Gen 3, with insights from the iFixit Solutions team, have been designed to be more repair-friendly, not only extending customer replaceable parts (CRU) to include the battery with a cable-free connector in addition to a fully socketed DIMM design, SSD and WWAN replacement, but also adding visual indicators for easier repairs. With support from the iFixit team, Lenovo created new repair guides including video procedures for all CRU parts as well as making those parts easier to order. This extends the product lifecycle, reduces electronic waste and offers cost-saving advantages for businesses and individuals. As a result of these improvements, ThinkPad T14 Gen 5 and T16 Gen 3 achieved a provisional iFixit repairability score of 9.3 out of 10.
The Lenovo ThinkPad X12 Detachable Gen 2 boasts a 3:2 display with Corning Gorilla Glass for both optimal durability and a stunning visual experience. Powered by the latest generation Intel Core Ultra U series processors, this sleek machine takes productivity to new heights with its integrated AI engine, providing a seamless user experience. The device also features up to 32GB Dual Channel LPDDR5x soldered memory, enabling users to effortlessly multitask and handle resource-intensive tasks with ease. With its detachable, backlit folio keyboard equipped with a three-button TrackPad and the option for an accompanying magnetic pen, this device offers enhanced versatility and convenience for professionals on the go.
Additionally, the user-facing 5MP + IR cam and the 8MP World-facing cam allow for crystal-clear video calls and impressive photography capabilities for users in remote locations. And with CAT16 4G WWAN support, staying connected is rarely a concern. The Lenovo ThinkPad X12 Detachable Gen 2 is a true testament to innovation and practicality, offering highly mobile professionals, such as insurance, healthcare, or law enforcement workers, a reliable and versatile device designed for their specific tasks including photographic evidence, form completion, and digital signatures amongst others.
Lenovo ThinkBook 14 2-in-1 Gen 4 impresses with its latest drop hinge design, featuring a sleek and thin profile measuring only 16.85mm, and a lightweight body weighing just 1.64kg. The four-side narrow bezel enhances the overall visual experience, boasting a 90% screen-to-body ratio for the 16:10 aspect ratio 14-inch display. Renowned for attention to detail, Lenovo has introduced a new 1.5mm key travel on the keyboard to deliver comfortable and precise typing, while the larger touchpad, crafted with glass-like Mylar material, further enhances the user’s interaction. Additionally, the new Magnetic Slim Pen adds a touch of convenience for seamless touch usage, and for added security and convenience, the ThinkBook 14 2-in-1 Gen 4 includes a Match-on-Chip fingerprint reader and optional Infrared camera with privacy shutter.
Lenovo has also prioritized powerful AI PC computing in its ThinkBook portfolio by including features designed to improve device optimization and intelligent software tools. Smart Power helps achieve the right balance of power, performance and battery life while Smart Meeting improves conferencing experiences by enhancing video features and audio quality management. Furthermore, Lenovo’s commitment to more sustainable practices is evident in the incorporation of 50% recycled aluminium metal on the bottom cover, as well as increased use of Post Consumer Content plastic materials, such as 50% in the keycaps and up to 90% for selected parts. Lenovo continues to raise the bar with its innovative approach, delivering not only powerful performance but also an intelligent design.
Experience productivity on the go with the Lenovo ThinkVision M14t Gen 2 Mobile Monitor (Touch), the best 10-point touch-enabled mobile display with up to 4,096 levels of pressure for seamless interaction with content. This 14-inch monitor has a 16:10 aspect ratio display and features 300 nits brightness, 2240 x 1400 resolution, 1500:1 contrast ratio, and 100% sRGB colour space coverage. The IPS panel offers wide viewing angles for easy sharing and the three-side NearEdgeless bezel design maximizes viewing area to let users see more and do more. With TÜV Rheinland-certified Natural Low Blue Light and Eyesafe technology, users’ eyes are protected without distorting colours.
This monitor is convenient and versatile with a dual USB-C interface for charging and connectivity. Through this interface, users can extend the screen on a laptop or smartphone and even charge the device via power-pass through or one AC/DC adapter. It is lightweight, weighing under 700g, and has a super-slim design of 4.6 mm. It offers a wide range of adjustability, including tilt, pivot, and lift. Switching between portrait and landscape modes is easy with the L-shaped dongle and auto-rotation sensors and adjusting settings is simple with the on-screen-display menu. The ThinkVision M14t Gen 2 Mobile Monitor (Touch) from Lenovo is the ideal companion for professionals on the move.
The Lenovo ThinkPad Executive 16-inch Backpack is the epitome of a refined, high-quality professional carrying case. With its modern and sleek slim design, this backpack seamlessly combines style and practicality. Crafted with robust storage and made from high-quality recycled polyethylene terephthalate (PET) materials, it is the perfect choice for business professionals who are constantly on the move. It effortlessly transitions between formal and casual settings, making it suitable for virtually any occasion. The ThinkPad Executive 16-inch Backpack also boasts dual hidden easy-access security pockets and an RFI-blocking pocket, designed for the safety of the user’s belongings. Built with ultra-durable materials such as 2520D Ballistic recycled PET for maximum abrasion and tear resistance on the exterior, rip-stop lining, and metal buckles and pullers, this backpack offers a long-lasting solution for one’s carrying needs.
The Lenovo USB-C Slim Travel Dock is the perfect companion for the modern professional looking to stay ahead of the curve in today’s fast-paced digital world. With its eight strategically positioned ports extending connectivity for any supported laptop, this dock provides a surge of productivity no matter where one is. Not only can it efficiently drive a 4K display, but its universal compatibility also offers up to 65W Power Delivery to USB-C laptops. What sets this dock apart is its commitment to sustainability, with 66% Post-Consumer plastics recycled content in its exterior.
Designed for the remote worker, it combines style and functionality to deliver an anywhere hybrid productivity experience. Along with its 4K at 60Hz resolution support for high-quality visuals, it also allows for smooth data transfer through its USB ports, thanks to innovative cable management. “At Lenovo, we believe that the future of technology lies in AI-driven innovation and sustainable practices. With our latest hardware and software solutions including a futuristic transparent display laptop concept unveiled at MWC, we continue to push the boundaries of what’s possible,” said Eric Yu, senior vice president of SMB and Commercial Product Center, Lenovo’s Intelligent Devices Group. “Our new ThinkPad and ThinkBook business laptops are not just powerful and versatile but also showcase AI features that enhance productivity, creativity, and efficiency. We are proud to be at the forefront of AI-driven innovation and are committed to empowering our customers with cutting-edge solutions.”
Lenovo and Motorola joined forces to introduce Smart Connect, a software solution that unifies digital ecosystems to create a seamless multi-device experience. Designed for all, Smart Connect unlocks cross-device synergies to maximize productivity, sharing device capabilities and data management and proving that the sum is larger than its parts. With Smart Connect, users can switch tasks between a PC, phone and tablet while maintaining an uninterrupted flow, enjoy hassle-free and secure file-sharing, access mobile apps on a PC, and even manage phone notifications with ease.
Whether it is working, creating, and gaming on a PC, communicating and consuming content on a smartphone, or taking everything on the go with a tablet, switching from device to device and sharing content across ecosystems is now possible with just a swipe. With Smart Connect, users can watch a movie on a tablet and swipe it to a PC to resume, listen to a podcast on a smartphone and finish it on a laptop at home, work on a document on a laptop and edit it on their smartphone, and even start a presentation on a desktop PC and make it more portable by swiping it to a tablet. Users can also easily amplify everything displayed on their phones onto a bigger screen, for example, easily move games, movies, shows, and apps from their phone to a TV for more space to work and play.
Smart Connect lets users control their devices using a single mouse or keyboard, utilize the high-resolution camera on a Motorola phone as a webcam for a more polished look during virtual calls, and even turn their phone into a Hotspot to connect their tablet or PC to the internet without adjusting settings or passwords. In addition, with its Share Hub feature, users can instantly share notes, edit documents, and even play high-resolution movies across linked devices without needing to transfer files or create an additional copy.
To provide smarter technology for all, Lenovo introduced Lenovo Identity Advisor powered by Norton, a digital identity monitoring solution that alerts users of suspicious activity and assists them in restoring their identity if a theft occurs. With people banking, shopping, gaming, and sharing on social media, their information is online more than ever before; Lenovo Identity Advisor is a centralized smart tool for consumers who wish to protect their personal information.
Lenovo Identity Advisor powered by Norton actively monitors the dark web and alerts the customer if personal information or potential threats are found. In select regions, Lenovo Identity Advisor can monitor social media accounts and notify them when account settings are changed, risky links are shared, inappropriate content is found and more. If their identity is compromised, Identity Restoration Specialists will provide advice and support.
Additional tools available with the Lenovo Identity Advisor include monitoring for bank account takeovers, notifying customers in the event of a large-scale data breach, guidance on how to cancel or replace credit and identification cards if a wallet is lost or stolen, and more. Lenovo Identity Advisor powered by Norton comes with a 30-day free offer and is currently available through Lenovo Vantage for consumers. For additional information, visit Lenovo Identity Advisor.
Beyond new devices and software announcements, Lenovo also introduced its next-generation Integrated Edge AI Solutions for Telco, aimed at helping enterprises leverage vast data at the far edge for transformative AI applications while reducing energy consumption. These innovations are part of Lenovo’s comprehensive Hybrid AI portfolio, designed to simplify the path to intelligent transformation across industries.
Lenovo ThinkPad T14 i Gen 5 will be available starting May 2024, with an expected starting price of €1,349 (excluding VAT). Lenovo ThinkPad T14 Gen 5 AMD will be available starting June 2024, with an expected starting price of €1,299 (excluding VAT). Lenovo ThinkPad T14s Gen 5 will be available starting April 2024, with an expected starting price of €1,449 (excluding VAT). Lenovo ThinkPad T16 Gen 3 will be available starting May 2024, with an expected starting price of €1,369 (excluding VAT). Lenovo ThinkPad X12 Detachable Gen 2 will be available starting May 2024, with an expected starting price of €1,399 (excluding VAT).
Lenovo ThinkBook 14 2-in-1 Gen 4 will be available starting May 2024, with an expected starting price of €1,099 (excluding VAT). Lenovo ThinkVision M14t Gen 2 Mobile Monitor (Touch) will be available starting August 2024, with an expected starting price of €399 (including VAT). Lenovo ThinkPad Executive 16-inch Backpack will be available starting May 2024, with an expected starting price of €169 (excluding VAT). Lenovo USB-C Slim Travel Dock will be available starting March 2024, with an expected starting price of €63 (excluding VAT).
The Lenovo ThinkBook Transparent Display Laptop Concept is a proof of concept and is not currently available for sale. Smart Connect will be available in the coming months on the Google Play Store and Microsoft Store. Lenovo Identity Advisor comes with a 30-day free offer14 and is currently available through Lenovo Vantage for consumers in select markets.
Lenovo to Launch New AI PCs and Far Edge Computing Products at MWC 2024
At MWC (26th – 29th February, Barcelona, Spain), Lenovo (Booth #3N30) will unveil its latest portfolio of AI devices and infrastructure solutions to date, as well as showcase two new device concepts that challenge the traditional PC and smartphone form factors. At CES, Lenovo launched its first AI PCs, bringing the technology into its ThinkBook, ThinkPad, Yoga, Legion, and ThinkCentre PC portfolio. With the company’s vision of “AI for All” at MWC, Lenovo will unveil several new AI PCs and edge computing solutions, bringing the technology more into the mainstream for 2024/2025. The company expects the trend of hybrid AI to fuel the demand for both AI PCs and AI smartphones and drive another industry refreshment cycle.
Purpose-built to support AI, Lenovo’s AI PCs are designed and engineered to perform tasks such as reasoning, problem-solving, and learning. More importantly, they create a user-machine bond, bringing tailored experiences amplified by AI. With stronger computing power and larger storage, large language models (LLMs) can easily run on the device rather than in the cloud. Over time, these models adapt to the user’s preferences and habits, enhancing their assistance as time goes on, resulting in a more personalized experience while safeguarding privacy.
In addition, Lenovo plans to unveil several next-generation infrastructure solutions for telecom that help businesses harness vast bodies of data at the far edge for transformative AI applications at scale, while reducing the energy consumption of cloud services. As the telecom industry evolves to connect to today’s digital economy, Lenovo’s Edge AI computing solutions are forging new AI capabilities across city streets throughout Barcelona and Madrid, like using video analytics and computer vision to identify smoke and fire, improve emergency response times and support public safety.
At its Tech World event in October 2023, Lenovo unveiled its hybrid AI for All vision and showcased how it is unleashing the power of AI to drive intelligent transformation in every aspect of people’s lives and in every industry and its commitment to investing $1 billion investment in AI innovation. Also, at MWC, Lenovo will show two new concept products for the first time at a public event. Motorola’s adaptive display concept, a world-first product which uses an FHD+ pOLED display that can be bent and shaped into different forms depending on users’ needs, and also another world-first proof of concept and eye-catching innovative laptop form factor that pushes the boundaries of engineering, design, and user experience from the Intelligent Devices Group and Lenovo Research teams.
NVIDIA to Host NVIDIA Studio Nights in Partnership with Microsoft
NVIDIA, in partnership with Microsoft, has announced the second edition of NVIDIA Studio Nights – a regional event to focus on content creators who are designing with the power of the NVIDIA Studio platform and RTX GPUs. NVIDIA Studio Nights will be held on 15 February 2024 at the twofour54 Community Hub in Yas Island, Abu Dhabi. This year, the event will feature six creative categories, including the previously featured 3D Design, Digital Art, Videography and Photography, with a special emphasis on the newly introduced CGI and NVIDIA Canvas Art categories.
Creators will have the opportunity to enter their work for consideration in each category before the event, with the best in each walking away with coveted prizes and trophies courtesy of NVIDIA Middle East. The free-to-attend event will offer opportunities for networking with NVIDIA experts and learning through interactive presentations on content creation and workflow optimization.
Chantelle Tavid – Head of Marketing, NVIDIA MENAT said, “Our inaugural NVIDIA Studio Nights was very successful last year, and we are extremely excited to be doing it again to support local content creators. NVIDIA Studio Nights is the perfect opportunity to see the limitless creativity that is possible when designing with NVIDIA Studio, and we know that the community appreciates a space such as this to interact with each other. We can’t wait to see the entries in this year’s competition go even bolder and more creative than what we received last year. NVIDIA Studio Nights embodies our commitment to hosting artists, fostering community, and celebrating the incredible talent of local artists, all while showcasing the transformative power of the NVIDIA Studio platform and RTX GPUs.”
NVIDIA Studio Nights will offer visitors the opportunity to get a hands-on experience with how the industry-leading RTX GPUs paired with NVIDIA Studio drivers can dramatically improve and accelerate challenging tasks in leading design applications, having the newly launched Microsoft Surface Laptop Studio 2 devices introduced and available to test. From AI-driven object removal to smoother 4K video playback, NVIDIA Studio drivers are designed to let you truly create at the speed of your imagination.
NVIDIA Studio is much more than just a GPU – one of the advanced features that comes with RTX GPUs is the fact that all top creative apps are accelerated by AI which results in artists being able to create faster and better. There are over 75 creative apps that are accelerated by AI on RTX GPUs, which include top apps for photography, videography, rendering and broadcasting such as Adobe Premier Pro, DaVinci Resolve, Blender, and Adobe Photoshop.
“Created by Microsoft, Surface devices are thoughtfully designed with you at the centre, adapting in versatile ways to how you work, learn and create. In collaboration with NVIDIA Studio Nights, we are proudly bringing Surface Laptop Studio 2 – our most powerful laptop ever – to the creative minds of UAE, and can’t wait to see, what you do with it,” said Adam Labancz, Surface Category Lead, Middle East and Africa at Microsoft.
Winners will each receive a Microsoft Laptop Studio 2, along with a Surface Slim Pen 2. Through the power of 13th Gen Intel Core processors and NVIDIA RTX GPUs, drawing, sketching, and designing on the Microsoft Laptop Studio 2 is natural and exciting, with a seamless transition from a canvas for drawing to a powerful touchscreen laptop. The ultra-versatile design with multiple form factors and input options allows creators to work smarter with AI tools in Windows 11 and Microsoft 365 apps
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