Lenovo’s annual Transform 3.0 at Accelerate is where commercial business customers and partners, industry writers, SMB device buyers and tech lovers gather to catch a glimpse at the latest commercial solutions on full display, including Lenovo’s commitment to powering intelligent workplace transformation and smarter business.
From PCs to augmented reality (AR), Internet of Things (IoT) and security solutions highlighted at this year’s event, Lenovo shows no signs of slowing down by doubling-down on its promise of delivering smarter technology for all with a wide range of brand-new innovations across categories. Start your engines and let’s get into the details.
Visualize the Business Potential of AR/VR
Created as part of Lenovo’s smarter business initiative, ThinkReality™ is a newly launched sub-brand that brings businesses a solutions-based approach comprised of both software and hardware. It is designed to help enterprise workers use AR applications to receive assistance, reduce repair times, eliminate errors, streamline complex workflows, improve training quality, collaborate and save money.
The ThinkReality platform enables users to pin, interact and collaborate with 3D digital information in the real world, improving their contextual awareness and efficiency. The platform is device and cloud agnostic, making it easy for enterprise customers to adopt and manage AR and VR software applications across multiple operating systems, cloud services, and devices, such as the new ThinkReality A6, shown below.
The first device in the ThinkReality solutions portfolio, the ThinkReality A6 is a lightweight, heads-up, hands free mobile head-worn device that can be used to deploy both simple and complex AR solutions for enterprises looking to enhance the productivity of their workforce. With a weight of 380g (0.83lbs) and a 40-degree diagonal field of view with 1080p resolution per eye, the A6 is one of the lightest fully featured AR headsets in its class. But don’t let its size fool you; Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 845 Mobile XR Platform in the Android™ compute box powers the ThinkReality A6 headset which features waveguide optics by Lumus® inside an Intel® Movidius™ Vision Processing Unit (VPU) – so that the hardware is small but mighty.
Bold Moves in End-to-End IoT Solutions
Long known for innovative hardware and PCs, Lenovo continues making businesses smarter by adding enhanced customer-validated solutions to its ThinkIoT™ ecosystem of offerings. An IoT device captures information from the various repeated actions in an environment and then analyzes data to inspire workplace efficiencies and optimized performance.
ThinkIoT’s portfolio includes powerful edge computing devices such as, ThinkCentre™ Tiny or the all-new ThinkCentre Nano IoT, the EPC300 as well as an array of sensors, including, high-powered smart cameras, motion-enabled lighting, machine vision cashier and facial recognition devices—able to detect and convey information fast to make intelligent decisions at the edge, i.e. locally, in the warehouse or showroom.
From consultation and device deployment, to upskilling workers and enabling predictive analytics, the complex inner-connections of services, software and devices are orchestrated by Lenovo’s solutions architects to improve business outcomes for enterprise clients. Imagine a doctor using AR glasses to view X-rays on the cloud, or a warehouse associate aided by a high-performance camera sensor (shown below) that can identify whether packages are put on the right pallet within 200 milliseconds of picking up a box via a QR code on the sticker – all made possible through ThinkIoT’s warehouse automation solution.
Equally valuable to retail businesses is the automated computer vision cashier prototype, currently being tested as a pilot program at Lenovo’s Beijing campus. Brick-and-mortar store owners wanting to bust up long queues and avoid pricing errors will soon be using object recognition technology at self-checkout. With integrated camera, processor, and sensors, this smart retail solution of the future allows shoppers to scan all their items at once, eliminating the need to detect individual barcodes, plus, it weighs the purchases to provide feedback to suppliers, as well as allows for a virtual wallet payment gateway.
Lenovo and Microsoft IoT Collaboration
At Accelerate, Lenovo displayed ThinkIoT offerings powered by Azure that will accelerate customers’ digital transformations, with Azure SQL Database Edge and solutions for verticals such as retail and manufacturing. Now, customers deploying Microsoft Azure solutions for IoT, AI and data management can do so leveraging the full spectrum of Lenovo offerings including the ECP300 edge gateway and IOT510C Smart Camera, ThinkCentre Nano IoT and ThinkSystem SE350 edge server.
“More than ever, customers want to connect the physical world to the digital world and to implement IoT and AI solutions to enable business transformations. Working with trusted partners who can provide infrastructure and services that simplify IoT is critical,” said Sam George, Director, Azure Internet of Things, Microsoft Corp. “Our new IoT partnership with Lenovo brings together Microsoft Azure platform and Lenovo’s ThinkIoT solutions portfolio of hardware, software and services to dramatically accelerate time to value for our joint customers.”
Smarter PCs Score Big by Going Small, Slim
Lenovo is unveiling fresh computing choices with its latest lineup of intelligent Windows 10 PCs, including the all-new ThinkCentre Nano, ThinkBook™, and the ThinkPad™ X1 Extreme Generation 2.
ThinkCentre Nano and Nano IoT
Designed to deliver powerful performance in an ultra-portable size, the ThinkCentre M90n is the most compact commercial desktop series in the world.1 Models are one-third the size of the ground-breaking ThinkCentre Tiny and bring up to 30 percent energy savings annually vs. traditional desktops. This makes them perfect for deploying in dense call centers or in environments where space is constrained.
With the smallest form factor in the market, ThinkCentre M90n-1 Nano brings space-saving convenience and manageability to any vertical user because it can fit virtually anywhere – behind the monitor, under a table, or on a bookshelf, offering a clutter-free shared-desk work environment. ThinkCentre Nano can be conveniently powered by a compatible USB Type-C monitor or Type-C dock, thereby providing rich I/O possibilities to meet your every business need.
Built to be energy-efficient with an amazingly quiet fan-less design, the ThinkCentre M90n-1 Nano IoT has a broader thermal range (0-50 °C) and is designed for higher vibration and thermal environments like manufacturing. As a secure IoT Gateway, the ThinkCentre Nano IoT is designed to provide processing and security for the IoT devices you have in your environment that demand real-time responsiveness at the edge. The Nano IoT increases responsiveness and reliability by enabling the rapid relay of information between connected IoT peripherals, sensors and devices, even in harsher commercial environments. You can drive further expansion of additional legacy ports and peripherals with the expansion I/O Box to build out to your edge device needs.
ThinkBook 14s and 13s
Lenovo is launching a new sub-brand dedicated to small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) called ThinkBook – starting with a new line of ultra-slim laptops that embrace the portability and ease-of-use of modern consumer-oriented devices and will no doubt help to empower tomorrow’s successful business leaders.
In this constantly online world, modern workers need a streamlined laptop they can use to collaborate from nearly any remote location, and no other group leverages smarter technology to enhance productivity quite like the smartphone-literate workers in the next generation. Backed by customer research, ThinkBook is specially designed for the SMBs buying consumer laptops for perceived design and price advantages but can no longer rationalize their lack of extended services and warranties—core needs of any sized business. ThinkBook allows growing firms to keep a competitive edge in attracting today’s young tech-savvy execs with cool looking yet cost-effective devices.
The ultra-slim ThinkBook S series, available in a 13-inch and 14-inch model, is designed for business buyers unwilling to make trade-offs in essentials such as, security, reliability, and support services, while satisfying the demand for sleek-looking devices that bring the familiar smartphone experience to PCs. Perfect for any business, the new Lenovo ThinkBook 13s and 14s combine modern style and consumer-oriented design elements, such as aluminium exteriors, with the business-grade and built-in security features that consumers expect from the Think family PCs. For more details see the ThinkBook press release here.
ThinkPad X1 Extreme Gen 2
The ThinkPad X1 Extreme Gen 2 improves upon its predecessor with monster upgrades including up to 9th Gen Intel Core™ i9 processors and NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 1650 GPU with Max-Q design, and up to double the storage at 4TB.
Made for advanced business users, the ThinkPad X1 Extreme Gen 2 is the perfect thin and light Windows 10 laptop that suits their mobile lifestyle as well as high performance computing needs. With boosted entertainment features including a brighter optional 4K OLED touch display featuring Dolby Vision® and Dolby Atmos® Speaker System, the ThinkPad X1 Extreme Gen 2 is a 15-inch powerhouse laptop engineered for data intensive workloads from video and photo editing to graphics rendering, AR/VR applications and more.
To Protect the Best, You Got to Be the Best
Built to protect businesses, ThinkShield™ is a fully customizable suite of security related services, software and hardware capabilities that protect the full lifecycle of commercial devices, from development to disposal. The ThinkShield portfolio is designed to provide greater security across all Lenovo Think devices, data centers and emerging solutions.
ThinkShield takes a holistic approach to security that focuses on customer’s four biggest pain points in protecting their data, identity, online and devices. Launched last year, ThinkShield is adding seven new offerings to its robust security portfolio, such as Lenovo Self Healing BIOS that ‘self-heals’ and reverts back to its last known good backup copy in the event a BIOS is corrupt or maliciously attacked, or ThinkShield Secure Wipe that allows users to completely delete sensitive data on their devices without the need for external tools or removing the drive. For more details see here.
To view full show agenda and learn more about how Lenovo is transforming workplaces with smarter, cost-effective technology, visit: https://www.lenovo.com/us/en/accelerate.
Full product specs and images are available here.
North America Pricing and Availability:
ThinkPad X1 Extreme Gen 2 starts at $1,499.99 and is expected to be available starting July 2019.2
ThinkBook 13s will be available in late May 2019, with an expected starting price of $729.2
ThinkBook 14s will be available in late May 2019, with an expected starting price of $749.2
ThinkCentre M90n Nano expected to ship August 2019, with an expected list price $639.2
ThinkCentre M90n Nano IoT expected to ship August 2019, with an expected list price of $539.2
For pricing and availability for ThinkIoT solutions and ThinkShield, please contact your local sales representative or business partner for more information.
ThinkReality is launching as a Developer Program with global enterprise accounts. ThinkReality A6 will have a limited release in 3rd quarter of 2019.2
1 Based on research conducted by Lenovo in April 2019 of commercial desktops sold by major PC manufacturers shipping > 1 million units worldwide annually.
2 Prices do not include tax, shipping or options and are subject to change without notice; additional terms and conditions apply. Reseller prices may vary. On-shelf dates may vary by geography and products may only be available in select markets. All offers subject to availability. Lenovo reserves the right to alter product offerings, features and specifications at any time without notice.
Ambrane Launches New Range Of Wireless Neckbands In India
Ambrane announcing Ravindra Jadeja as its brand ambassador last month, plans an aggressive roadmap of products, with the launch of the range of wireless neckbands in India. Designed for on-the-move musical freedom, the neckbands come with a comfortable design, high bass and long battery life. Starting from a nominal price of Rs.1, 299/-, the neckband offers 365 days of warranty to its users.
First, in the lineup, are Bassband pro priced at Rs. 2,199/-, and Bassband Lite, priced at Rs. 1,299/-. BassBand Pro features dynamic drivers for HD Sound experience and a long battery life of up to 6 hours. It also comes with a stylish and snug-fit design for comfort on the go use, and with the IPX5 Water Resistant feature, it boasts as the perfect workout partner. BassBand Lite, as the name suggests is the lighter version of the BassBand Pro. Engineered with immersive audio quality & high thumping bass, BassBand Lite enables you to enjoy a premium audio experience.
Bringing a wide choice to the customers, the neckband range further includes the Melody series. Melody 20 and Melody 11 embody a dual stereo output, along with 10mm drivers that produce high-detail treble sound giving user the ‘music concert’ experience, at the tip of theirfingers. Engineered with advanced technology, Melody 20 comes with a long battery life that supports upto 8 hours of playtime with only 2 hours of charging.While Melody 11 supports 6 hours of playtime. Both the neckbands Melody 20, priced at Rs. 1,499/- and Melody 11 priced at Rs. 1,799/-features a secure fit, light on collar design for everyday use.
Trendz 11, is the other sporty and classy neckband in the league of Ambrane neckbands. The neckband priced at Rs. 1,999/- features deep bass technology for an immersive music experience. It offers a long playback time of up to 6 hours with just a 1.5-hour charge making it an ideal companion for everyday hustle.
All the models of the neckband series are equipped with Smart Voice Assistant; Google Assistant and Siri for ensuring a total hands-free experience to the users. The durable and comfortable design ensures that earphones always stay in place while running, jogging or at the gym. Additionally, the neckbands feature tangle-free wear with its magnetic clasps that keep the earphone together when not in use.
Also, feature-packed neckbands are integrated with an in-built microphone for a crystal clear calling experience, with an easy switch between music and calls.
Apart from the brand’s website, you can get your hands on these products from Amazon and Flipkart too.
Amazfit Reveals The Price of Its Upcoming Bip U Pro Smartwatch
Amazfit, one of India’s top wearable brands, is gearing up to add one more member to their most affordable smartwatch category. Amazfit is launching Bip U Pro Smartwatch, which will be available for INR 4,999/- on Amazfit’s official website. Additionally, Amazfit Bip U Pro will also be available on Amazon.
The “Notify Me” option for customers on Amazon and Amazfit is also available.
Amazfit Bip U Pro is a classy and high-tech wearable with Built-in GPS, Built-in Amazon Alexa. Apart from this, Bip U Pro helps us follow fitness regimes easily with 60+ sports mode and other specifications like BioTracker™ 2 PPG, Sedentary reminder, Somnus care, SpO2 measurement.
Amazfit Bip U Pro is available in 3 colors: Black, Green and Pink.
RAEGR launches MagFix Duo Arc M1330’ Dual Wireless Charger for Apple Products
RAEGR announces ‘MagFix Duo Arc M1330’ – a 2-in-1 wireless charger that also converts into a smartphone stand. The Arc M1330 has two charging coils that can simultaneously fuel an Apple iPhone 12 or AirPods along with an Apple Watch. Additionally, the foldable design also allows for high portability and also be used as a smartphone stand.
Commenting on the new accessory launch, Ajesh George, MD, RAEGR said, “The MagFix Duo is a must have accessory for Apple Watch and iPhone 12 users. Highly portable form factor makes it even more convenient to use on the go ”
The RAEGR MagFix Duo Arc M1330 is a 15W dual wireless charger that is aimed at users who own Apple’s iPhone 12 series. The Arc M1330 is a dual-operation charger that can simultaneously charge two Apple devices, be it an iPhone or AirPods and Apple Watch. It features a MagSafe-compatible charging pad on the left that accommodates any of Apple’s iPhone 12 series smartphones or AirPods (2/Pro) and can charge them with up to 15 Watts of power.
The right side of the pad has a unique folding design that charges the Apple Watch. It can be used in Normal mode or lifted by 90° in Night Stand mode for Loop Band convenience. Using it in the Night Stand mode allows you to simultaneously charge the Watch while the Watch’s display can turn into a desk clock.
The RAEGR MagFix Duo Arc M1330 has a folding design that allows for high portability. Use it at home, in the office, in your car or anywhere you like and transport it in your handbag or backpack with ease. Additionally, the foldable design also helps convert the Arc M1330 into a smartphone stand for your iPhone 12 too. This feature takes advantage of the magnets in the phone and charger’s surface to help it rest in place.
The RAEGR MagFix Duo Arc M1330 can also be used to charge other Qi-compatible smartphones from brands such as Samsung, Google, Huawei, LG and a few others at 15W. However, the smartphone stand feature will only work with Apple’s iPhone 12 series. The wireless charger sports a USB Type-C connector and you can use any compatible USB charger to power the MagFix Duo Arc M1330. It is recommended that you use a charger that has a power rating of above 15W for the best charging results.
The RAEGR MagFix Duo Arc M1330 also has some rugged safety features. It protects every charging device from Over-current, Overheat, Over-Voltage and Short Circuit. Lastly, using its in-built intelligent device detection circuit, the charger can detect the power requirements of each device and smartly adjust the output power among 5W, 7.5W, 10W and 15W.
The RAEGR MagFix Duo Arc M1330 15W dual Wireless Charging Stand will be available for Rs 2,999, with a standard industry warranty of 1 year, on Amazon.in and Flipkart.com. Buyers can avail of additional 6 months of warranty on registering their products.
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