Lenovo launches new ThinkPad computers for business users

The new X1 Carbon gets a Dolby Vision-compatible HDR screen, as well as a mechanical shutter for the Web camera for privacy. PHOTO: LENOVO
The new X1 Carbon gets a Dolby Vision-compatible HDR screen, as well as a mechanical shutter for the Web camera for privacy. PHOTO: LENOVO
The X1 Yoga is similar to the Carbon, but with a 360-degree hinge that lets it switch between multiple usage modes. It also has an optional stylus. PHOTO: LENOVO
The X1 Yoga is similar to the Carbon, but with a 360-degree hinge that lets it switch between multiple usage modes. It also has an optional stylus. PHOTO: LENOVO
The new X1 Tablet comes with a larger 13.3-inch screen with a 3:2 aspect ratio. PHOTO: LENOVO
The new X1 Tablet comes with a larger 13.3-inch screen with a 3:2 aspect ratio. PHOTO: LENOVO

SINGAPORE - PC maker Lenovo has announced a slew of computing devices for business users. These ThinkPad computers sport the latest Intel eighth-generation processors and enterprise-friendly features, such as fingerprint readers and support for docking stations.

Leading the charge is Lenovo's premium ThinkPad X1 family. New this year for the X1 Carbon ultrabook and the X1 Yoga convertible is a mechanical shutter for the Web camera to deter prying eyes. Simply slide the shutter to physically block the camera for privacy.

The X1 Carbon and the X1 Yoga are also the first PCs to sport a Dolby Vision-compatible display, with high dynamic range (HDR), which offers richer and more accurate colours. These screens offer up to 500 nits of brightness, which is exceptional for a laptop display.

The new X1 Tablet now comes in a larger 13-inch size with a 3K, HDR-compatible screen. Users can use an optional stylus with 4,096 levels of pressure sensitivity to take notes.

Both the X1 Carbon and the X1 Yoga are available this month, with prices starting from $2,999 (X1 Carbon) and $3,499 (X1 Yoga). The X1 Tablet (from $2,999) will go on sale next month.

Moving down a tier in terms of features and pricing is the ThinkPad X series. The 12.5-inch X280 (from $2,099) claims to offer all-day battery life. Users can log in using either a fingerprint sensor or facial recognition using its infrared camera. On the 2-in-1 convertible front, the ThinkPad X380 Yoga (from $2,299) has a larger 13.3-inch screen and can function as both tablet and laptop.

For those who require larger screens, the ThinkPad T series come with displays ranging from 13.3 inches to 15 inches. Users can also configure the T480 and T580 with a dedicated Nvidia graphics chip to improve its graphical performance. Prices start at $1,899 for the T480.

And there is the L series that targets mainstream users with its focus on productivity. They offer a mix of ports, including a USB Type-C port that connects to Lenovo's USB-C dock. They also have security features like fingerprint and smart card readers.

Finally, for graphically-intensive workloads like video production, Lenovo has its ThinkStation desktop PCs that come with high-end Intel Xeon chips (up to 28 cores) and dual Nvidia graphics cards. Prices start from $3,299 and go as high as $6,999.

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