Lenovo has been busy at CES, showing just what Australians can look forward to, as well as some we might not ever get to put our mitts on.
Lenovo was pretty busy at the end of 2014, so we’ve already seen a good chunk of what the manufacturer is showing. For instance, you’ve probably already seen the Yoga 2 Tablet, the Yoga Pro with the built-in projector, and that insanely thin Yoga Pro 3 laptop with the watchband design, but there’s more coming.
In fact, according to Lenovo, there’s an all-in-one desktop machine coming, built with a 23.8 inch display (we’re guessing Full HD resolution, though Lenovo hasn’t said), Nvidia graphics, 802.11ac WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0, up to 1TB of storage with as much as 16GB RAM, and an Intel Core i5 or i7 processor from the fourth-generation chips.
But while that’s all nice and good, the thing that really grabs us is the camera, with Lenovo throwing in a depth-censing 3D camera to let you control Windows using gestures and facial expressions.
We heard Intel was looking into this concept a few years ago, and we’re curious to see this in action for ourselves. It could be a similar experience to what Leap Motion uses in its Controller accessory, a motion tracking sensor that looks for your hands held above it and allows you to do things on the computer with hand gestures.
Lenovo’s depth sensing all-in-one is the B50, and we’re told this one is a possible arrival, though nowhere near as confirmed as a laptop which will definitely be available to purchase shortly.
Yes, one Lenovo we know is definitely slated for release here is the next generation of Lenovo’s business grade computer, the updated edition of the X1, which this year will be called the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon (below).
Designed to be thin and built in the image of the original ThinkPads, the new machine weighs a little under 1.3 kilograms and packs in a 14 inch display with either a Full HD (1920×1080) or a WQHD screen (2560×1440), with multitouch thrown into the display dependent on the model you look at.
Intel’s “Broadwell” processors are here too, called Core M by most and part of Intel’s fifth-generation, with Core i7 chips making an appearance alongside 8GB RAM, up to 512GB storage, Bluetooth 4.0, WiFi, HDMI, Mini DisplayPort, and USB 3.0 ports.
Pricing on this one starts at $2199, and Lenovo tells us this one is so close, you can even order it now. Speedy.
But Lenovo is also showing a few things we’re so unsure of, we feel we need to touch on them if only to persuade the company that Australia is worth having these things.