Even though CES 2016 doesn’t actually begin until the 6th of January, there have still been quite a few pre-CES announcements even before the CES 2016 Press Day which is on January 5th 2016.
Today is known as CES Unveiled 2016.
Lenovo has introduced a few new devices at CES 2016. The first one is the ThinkPad X1 Carbon. Lenovo says that is it the lightest 14-inch Ultrabook to date. It offers 11 hours of battery life, a 6th-gen Core i7 processor, up to 16GB of RAM, up to 1TB in SSD storage is running Windows 10. It will cost $1,299 USD and will launch this February.
The next one is the ThinkPad X1 Yoga which is a 2-in-1 hybrid laptop that has a the same display and specs as the ThinkPad X1 Carbon that was also announced but the Yoga also comes with a stylus pen. It will cost $1,499 USD and will ship later this month.
Lenovo also introduced the ThinkPad X1 Tablet. It has a 12-inch 1080p display, 16GB of RAM and USB-C ports. There will also be three add-on modules to help you in different ways. The productivity module costs $149 USD and adds an additional 5 hours to the tablet’s battery as well as an HDMI output and more USB ports. The presenter module which costs $279 USD included a built-in projector.
The third module is the 3D imaging module which costs $149 USD and allows you to capture and edit real life objects for 3D printing or graphic design. The ThinkPad X1 Tablet will cost $899 when it launches this February. Lenovo seems to be aiming this to be a competitor to Microsoft’s Surface line.
Lenovo hasn’t forgotten about you desktop users. Lenovo has announced a new desktop, the ThinkCentre X1 has a aluminum design that is just 11mm in thickness with a 23.8-inch 1080p display. The specs include up to 16GB of DDR4 RAM, either a 500GB traditional hard drive or up to a 1TB SSD and to help move things along is the 6th-gen Skylake Core i7 processor.
You will also find 5 USB 3.0 ports, 1080p webcam, DisplayPort in & out combo port and LAN. The ThinkCentre X1 can also adjust the tilt from -5 degrees to +45 degrees. It will cost $1,029 USD when it launches in March.
Lenovo also announced a new monitor called the ThinkVision X1. It has a 27-inch display with a resolution of 3840×2160. It also has USB-C ports, an adjustable camera, 4 USB 3.0 ports, DisplayPort 1.2 and HDMI 2.0 port. It also has a set of speakers on the bottom of the display. The ThinkVision X1 will cost $799 USD when it launches in March.
Lenovo has also introduced a new Chromebook in their ThinkPad lineup. The new model is called the ThinkPad 13. There are actually two models of the ThinkPad 13, one with Chrome OS and the other with Windows 10. Just to be clear, these are two separate laptops not two OSes on one laptop that have a dual-boot option. Both models have the latest Core i5 processor, up to 16GB of RAM and up to 512GB of storage. The ports on the Windows model are as follows, an HDMI port, three USB ports and a USB-C connector.
Meanwhile the Chrome OS model has only one standard USB port but two USB-C ports. The Chrome OS will cost $399 USD and will launch in June while the Windows version will costs $449 USD and will arrive in April.
Lenovo has also announced a new partnership with Razer with the introduction of two Razer editions of Lenovo’s products, those being the Y900 gaming desktop and the Y27 curved gaming monitor.
The Y900 is easily upgradeable and will come loaded with the latest gaming hardware from day one. The Razer edition will come with a 6th-gen Core i7-K series processor, a pair of Nvidia GTA 970 4GB graphics card. As well as 32GB of DDR4 RAM and the option for a 2TB HDD with a 256GB SSD. It will also be bundled with Razer’s Chroma BlackWidow keyboard and a Mamba Tournament mouse as well as Chrome lighting on the desktop itself. The Y900 Razer edition will start at $2,299 USD and be available in June.
The Y27g RE is the Razer edition of Lenovo’s Y27 curved monitor. It has a resolution of 1920×1080, a 144Hz refresh rate and a 8ms response time. It will also include Nvidia’s G Sync technology. The monitor will also have Razer’s Chroma lighting system. There is also a HDMI port and a DisplayPort input as well as 4 USB 3.0 ports and a hook to hang up your gaming headsets when you aren’t using them. The Y27g RE will be available in June 2016 and will cost $599 USD.
The regular Y27 monitor is also available for $549.99 USD but you lose the Chroma lighting and Razer branding. It still comes with the Nvidia G Sync and same ports.
Lenovo has also introduced a new model in their Yoga lineup. The Yoga 900S is the world’s slimmest convertible laptop as just 12.8 mm (or 0.5 inches) thick and weighs 999g (2.2.lbs). Lenovo claims that the battery life is about 10 hours. It has a 12-inch display with an optional 2560×1440 QHD resolution. It is being powered by the 6th-gen Core m7 processor, up to 8GB of RAM, 512GB of SSD storage, Dolby Audio and support for an optional stylus.
It comes in gold or silver and it will cost $1,099 USD when it launches in March.
Lenovo has also announced the Ideapad Y900. It has a 17.3 inch 1080p display, Core i7-K series processor, Nvidia GTX 980M with 4GB of RAM, backlit keyboard with Chroma colours from Razer, a dedicated Turbo button to overclock the CPU and GPU. You can get the Ideapad Y900 with up to 64GB of DDR4 RAM, a 512GB SSD or a 1TB HDD, a 90Wh battery that offers 5 hours. It also comes with 3 USB 3.0 ports, 1 USB 2.0 port with always-on charging, HDMI out, a USB-C port and a Thunderbolt port. All of this while weighing 10.1lbs (4.6 kg).
Lenovo also announced a new low-cost smartphone that doesn’t look low-cost at all (and that’s probably a good thing). The VIBE S1 Lite will sell for about $199 USD, however North America and Europe aren’t likely to get the phone in their market. It has a thin dual-pane glass body, a 13-megapixel rear-facing camera, a 8-megapixel front-facing camera. It will also come with support for dual-SIM cards. The rest of the specs are as follows: a 5-inch 1080 LCD display, 1.3 GHz MediaTek octa-core processor with 2GB of RAM, 2,700 mAh battery, 8.5mm in thickness, 16GB of internal storage plus a microSD card slot. It will launch in China very shortly and then other markets soon after.
Besides all of the computers that Lenovo announced at CES 2016, they have also announced a new device that works with your smartphone. It’s called LINK, on it’s own it’s basically a 32GB flash drive but once you plug it into a computer, you’ll notice that it has a full-size USB port on the other side. That is so you can plug in your smartphone and if you have the corresponding app on your Windows computer, you’ll be able to see your smartphone on your computer screen. Think of this as a combination of AirDroid & Pushbullet and Microsoft’s Continum feature on Windows 10.
The 32GB LINK will cost $39.99 USD which is more expensive than other 32GB flash drive but this one will offer more functionality. It will launch in March 2016.
Even though LG hasn’t had their CES press conference yet, that didn’t stop them from announcing some new products before that.
LG has said that all of their new 2016 lineup of TVs will have HDR-Plus capabilities. Essentially it means that it will boost your TV’s contrast ratio and colour accuracy.
LG has announced two new smartphones, the K7 and the K10. The K7 has a 5.0-inch display with 3G & 4G models available. Meanwhile the K10 has a 5.3-inch display with a 4G model.
The new K series will feature a “glossy pebble” design language which LG says they borrowed design cues from nature. Both phones have some of LG’s high-end camera features and UX including Gesture Shot and Gesture Interval Shot. The K7 and K10 will be launching with Android 5.1 Lollipop.
Ford has announced that all of their 2017 models in North America that have their Sync 3 platform with have support for Android Auto and Apple CarPlay from day one. Owners of Ford’s 2016 models will be able to upgrade “later in the year.” The first model will be the all-new Ford Escape which launches in the spring it will also be Ford’s first car to have LTE connectivity for the Sync 3 system.
Fiat Chrysler has announced that they will be bringing Apple CarPlay and Android Auto to the next version of their UConnect infotainment system later this year. The integration will come it’s fourth-generation 8.4-inch UConnect systems alongside a capacitive touchscreen, performance enhancements and higher resolution screens.
Asus has announced that they will be bringing their camera first smartphone, the ZenFone Zoom to North America in February of this year. The ZenFone Zoom was first annonced a year ago but it wasn’t coming to North America at that time, now it is.
The ZenFone Zoom has a 13-megapixel camera on the back with a 10-element Hoya lens. In terms of other specs, the phone will also have a 5.5-inch 1080p display with Gorilla Glass 4, Android 5.1 Lollipop and either 64GB or 128GB in storage capacities to choose from as well as a microSD card slot for support up to 128GB. To help power the phone, it will have 4GB of RAM, a quad-core Intel Atom Z3590 processor and a 3,000 mAh battery, all while costs $399 USD when it launches in next month.
Stay tuned to TheCanadianTechie this week for more awesome stuff from CES 2016.