From new laptops and PCs to tablets and accessories, Lenovo has showcased multiple products at the Consumer Electronics Show. And while all of them bring something valuable to the table, here are our favorite products and tech innovations announced by Lenovo at CES 2023.
Lenovo at CES 2023: Our Favorite Launches!
CES 2023 has been an exciting event, with nifty innovations from companies across the globe. Lenovo, in particular, has gained our attention through some of its new showcases, such as the dual-screen laptop, the Project Chronos, Motorola ThinkPhone, and more.
Here’s a quick look at the top technology innovations and products displayed by Lenovo at the event.
Lenovo Project Chronos: Metaverse Madness
Lenovo’s Project Chronos is a device that lets you beam an avatar of yourself into the virtual world using the built-in camera. Yes, you don’t have to wrap your head with a virtual headset or wear a suit or any other accessory.
The device has an RGB depth camera with 180-degree rotation. Using it, it can create virtual versions of users, mimicking their actions and even their facial expressions. At CES, the brand showcased how Chronos animated a person jumping jacks and kicking a ball into the soccer goal.
Chronos is a flat box and can be placed above or below a display. You can adjust the camera angle and even turn it inward for privacy. It has multiple uses like virtual 360-degree vlogging, virtual fitness, virtual meetings & project collaboration, 3D motion gaming, and more.
You can call it metaverse-related hardware packed in a gray box and powered by a 13th-gen Intel core processor. The device is still in its development phase, but Lenovo plans to start shipping it this year.
Lenovo Yoga Book 9i: Double-Screen Laptop
Lenovo Yoga Book 9i was another bang-on debut at CES 2023. It’s the world’s first “full-sized OLED double-screen laptop” with two 13.3-inch touch screens having 2.8K resolution.
Both panels can be used together as a large tablet. Plus, you can attach the Bluetooth keyboard to turn it into a dual-screen notebook.
The screens can rotate 360 degrees on the hinge, which also features Bowers & Wilkins speakers supporting Dolby Atmos spatial audio. The keyboard can be attached to the screen’s bottom or stacked vertically using a stand.
The machine is primarily built for productivity and multitasking with different apps or tasks on the two screens. It is convertible, runs Windows 11 software, and comes with a stylus. The Yoga Book 9i will start at $2,099.99 and go on sale in June 2023.
Lenovo Smart Paper: For Reading and Note-Taking
The brand has also announced a new tablet called Lenovo Smart Paper that competes directly with Amazon Kindle. For starters, it’s the global version of the Lenovo Yoga Paper in China and is meant for reading ebooks, and articles, taking text and voice notes, etc.
Lenovo Smart Paper comes with a 10.3-inch e-ink display. It equips a resolution of 1872 x 1404 pixels and 227 PPI pixel density, along with a color-adjustable front light. It’s a low refresh rate monochrome panel that’s extremely battery efficient.
The tablet also supports a battery-less stylus called Smart Paper Pen. It gets EMR pen technology, having 4,096 pressure levels with tilt detection and a low latency of 23 milliseconds.
Smart Paper has different pen settings, including pencil, ballpoint, marker, and more. It also has several preset note templates and can convert handwritten notes into text.
Under the hood, the device is powered by a Rockchip RK3566 chipset. It is coupled with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of onboard storage. The tablet runs Android 11 and supports Bluetooth 5.2 BLE, Wi-Fi 802.11 ac, and a USB Type-C port.
Lenovo claims it can last up to 7,000 pages of reading on a single charge. The Smart Paper is priced at $399 (roughly Rs. 35,000), and it will be available in the US later this year, bundled with a stylus and a folio case.
Motorola ThinkPhone: A Business-Grade Smartphone
Pitching it as the “best phone for cybersecurity,” Lenovo has launched the first-ever Motorola ThinkPhone at CES 2023. It’s an enterprise-focused phone designed for Lenovo ThinkPad fans and business users.
The ThinkPhone carries its DNA from the ThinkPad lineup. You get a carbon fiber design back with ThinkPhone branding. And there’s a red shortcut button on the side, similar to the one on ThinkPad laptops.
The phone has an aluminum body with a military-grade MIL-STD 810 rating for drop protection and an IP68 rating for dust and water resistance.
Motorola has packed the smartphone with ThinkShield technology and a dedicated security chip to protect pins and passcodes. You’re also being promised four years of security updates from Google, which makes it a perfect combination of solid and secure hardware and software.
The ThinkPhone is high-specced for the most part. It gets powered by Qualcomm’s 8+ Gen 1 chipset coupled with 8GB of RAM and 256GB of internal storage. The front is covered with a large 6.6-inch AMOLED display with a 120Hz refresh rate.
The device supports 5G and Wi-Fi 6E, brings in a 68W charger inside the box, and supports wireless Qi charging. With a prime focus on connectivity, durability, and security, the Lenovo ThinkPhone is a promising smartphone for business use and one of my favorite products at CES 2023.
Lenovo ThinkBook Plus Twist: Rotating-Display Reinvented
Lenovo has a history of launching innovative laptops with e-ink displays, secondary screens beside the keyboard, and more. The Lenovo ThinkBook Plus Twist unveiled at CES 2023 reinvents the same legacy by offering a dual-screen setup in a unique horizontal flip design.
The ThinkBook Plus Twist offers a narrow-bezel 13.3-inch 2.8K OLED display with touch glass inside. At the same time, a 12-inch e-Ink display with a 12Hz refresh rate and touch glass sits on the top cover. The panels sit on a twist hinge which can be rotated to switch to either of the screens.
Business travelers can use the e-ink display in a typewriter laptop or e-paper tablet mode to draft, edit, and proofread documents. You can also use it for reading ebooks on the go. The e-ink screen is primarily meant for long periods of use without causing eye strain or draining much battery.
The laptop is powered by 13th gen Intel Core processors and runs Windows 11. Other specifications include Wi-Fi 6E, full pen support on both panels, and an FHD camera clubbed with a dual microphone having smart noise cancellation.
MagicBay Accessories: Remember the Moto Mods?
Lenovo launched many other products, too, out of which we’d appreciate the new Magic Bay accessories. The accessories debuted with the ThinkBook 16p Gen 4, which has a lid-mounted POGO-pin interface to attach accessories. It may remind you of the Moto Z-series smartphones with moto mod accessories.
There’s a Magic Bay 4K webcam that can go up to 4k 30fps, offers a 270-degree hinge, and an electronic privacy shutter. Complementing it is the Magic Bay Light that can illuminate the subject with up to 200-lux of adjustable brightness for video conferencing.
Lastly, there’s Magic Bay LTE which incorporates a SIM card reader to add always-on connectivity while traveling without using a dongle or Mi-Fi device. While there are limited accessories for now, we may see some more useful MagicBay products from the company in the coming time.
These were our favorite five product launches and tech innovations showcased by Lenovo at CES 2023. Anyways, what’s your favorite launch at CES 2023? Let us know via comments. And stay tuned for more such updates.
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