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Lenovo has new laptops, new monitors, and a Marvel mobile AR app at IFA 2019
Lenovo went all out for the IFA 2019 trade show in Berlin today. The company unveiled a new suite of Windows 10-based laptops, along with a number of monitors. It also announced two new Android-based tablets, a new Google Assistant-based smart display and a new mobile AR experience where you can take on the powers of several Marvel superheroes.
While we already covered the Lenovo Smart Display 7 here, let’s take a closer look at everything else Lenovo announced at the show!
New Android-based Android Smart Tabs offer tablet and smart home features
Lenovo introduced two new Android-based tablets that also function as makeshift smart displays.
The Lenovo Yoga Smart Tab has a 10.1-inch 1,920 x 1,200 resolution display with a built-in kickstand that allows it to stand on its own, or even hang on the wall. Inside, there’s a Qualcomm Snapdragon 439 processor, and the tablet will be sold with either 3GB or 4GB of RAM and either 32GB or 64GB of onboard storage, with a microSD card slot to add more storage. There’s also an 8MP rear camera and a 5MP front-facing camera, and a 7,000mAh battery, with Android 9 Pie installed. There’s even a SIM card slot if you want to connect to a GSM-based cellular network while on the road.
The Lenovo Yoga Smart Tab also has three microphones and two JBL speakers, which allow it to be used hands-free via Google Assistant. It also supports Assistant’s newly announced Ambient Mode, which allows it to show notifications and reminders while it is charging up its battery, along with playing music or controlling other smart home devices. It will also show your personal images via Google Photos. The Lenovo Yoga Smart Tab goes on sale later in September for the starting price of $249.99.
There’s also the Lenovo Smart Tab M8, a smaller version of the Smart Tab P10 and M10 tablets that launched earlier this year. The Lenovo Smart Tab M8 comes with its own detachable charging station that doubles as a stand, but this time the stand does not have a standalone speaker. The 8-inch 1,280 x 800 display also uses the new Assistant-based Ambient Mode when it is placed in the charging station.
The other specs include 2GB of RAM, either 16GB or 32GB of expandable storage, a 5MP rear camera, and a 2MP front-facing camera, along with a 5,000mAh battery and with Android 9 Pie installed. Lenovo will also sell an LTE-based wireless model as well. The Lenovo Smart Tab M8 goes on sale later in October for the starting price of $119.99.
Lenovo Mirage AR expands smartphones to the Marvel Universe
In 2017, Lenovo introduced a rather unique smartphone augmented reality product, Star Wars: Jedi Challenges. It combined a smartphone-powered Lenovo Mirage AR headset with a custom lightsaber controller so you could pretend to be a Jedi Knight in the Star Wars universe, all for the not-so-cheap price of $199. Today at IFA 2019, Lenovo is relaunching the Mirage AR headset with a new set of twin hand controllers, along with a new AR app where you can become one of six Marvel superheroes.
The app itself is called Marvel Dimension of Heroes, and it’s available to download for free for both Android and iOS devices. Once you download the app on your phone and place the phone in the Mirage AR headset, you can use it with the two new controllers and the included tracking beacon to participate in a story where you can use the abilities of characters like Captain America, Thor, Starlord, Black Panther, Doctor Strange and Captain Marvel (what, no Iron Man?) to fight off a number of enemies.
The new Lenovo Mirage AR product, with the headset, the two controllers and the tracking beacon, will go on sale Friday, September 6 for $249.99 at both Amazon and via Lenovo’s own website. Also, a free update to the Star Wars: Jedi Challenges app will be released that will make it compatible with the new controllers. Once again, we do have to wonder if people will pay $250 just to play a couple of AR mobile games with this setup.
New Yoga and Thinkbook laptops, as well as new monitors
Lenovo’s bread and butter is still centered around Windows 10 PCs. At IFA 2019, the company introduced several new laptops, along with three new stand alone monitors.
This includes a number of new Yoga 2-in-1 convertible notebooks, such as the 13.3-inch Yoga C640, with 10th generation Intel Core i3, i5 and i7 processors. It also has an impressive battery life of up to 20 hours. It’s on sale in October for the starting price of $849.99.
The Lenovo Yoga C740 comes in 14-inch and 15.6-inch models, and you can get the latter with a VESA400 HDR display. Inside you will find with 10th generation Intel Core i5 and i7 processors and Dolby Atmos stereo speakers. Prices begin at $869.99 and the laptops will also go on sale in October.
The Lenovo Yoga C940 also comes in 14-inch and 15.6-inch versions, and you can get this 2-in-1 with either 9th or 10th generation Intel Core chips, with the option to add an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 graphics card for even better performance. The 14-inch model also comes with a feature called Super Resolution that upscale videos up to 1080p on Windows Media Player.
There’s also the Q-Control feature, which allows you to press the Function and Q buttons to shift the laptop into Intelligent Cooling Mode. It is supposed to automatically adjust its performance so you can get better battery life. You can also get the the 15.6-inch version of the Lenovo Yoga C940 with an optional 4K VESA400 HDR display. The 14-inch version will have a starting price of $1249.99 and the 15.6-inch model will have a starting price of $1709.99. Both ship in October.
We’re not done yet! Lenovo also introduced a couple of standard Windows 10 laptops at IFA 2019. This includes the Yoga S740, and it’s made for high performance, with options to add NVIDIA graphics chips to its 14-inch and 15.6-inch models. You can also get both versions with either HD or UHD 3,840 x 2,160 resolution displays, and there’s support for using Amazon’s Alexa digital assistants for voice commands. Prices begin at $1709.99 and it will go on sale in October.
Lenovo’s classic Thinkbook notebook lineup gets new 14-inch and 15-inch models. Both have 10th generation Intel Core processors, with AMD Radeon graphics chips, along with up to 1TB of SSD space and up to 2TB of hard drive space. Pricing for these models has yet to be announced but both are scheduled to launch in November.
Finally, Lenovo revealed three upcoming PC monitors. They include the 23.8-inch Q24i monitor with a resolution of 1,920 x 1,080 and a slim 6.9mm body for the price of $189.99, and the 27-inch Q27q monitor with a higher 2,560 x 1,440 resolution but the same slim dimensions for $229.99. Both go on sale in September.
There’s also the ThinkVision S28u-10 monitor, with its big 28-inch display and a resolution of 3,840 x 2,160. This monitor is also TÜV Rheinland Eye Comfort Certified so you can keep working with less eye strain. It goes on sale in October but pricing has yet to be revealed.
That’s the rather long list of Lenovo’s new products at IFA 2019. Which of these devices will you be getting when they are released?