Lenovo kicked off three days of CES product news by introducing touch-based, Windows 8–running models in seemingly every imaginable variation.
Lenovo arrived at the 2013 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas with a product load befitting the industry's new king of the PC mountain. During the third quarter of 2012, Lenovo became the world's top-selling PC maker, as its market share squeaked past that of long-time market leader Hewlett-Packard by a fraction of a percent, according to Gartner
On Jan. 6 Lenovo showed off a Windows 8 lineup that included new ThinkPads and IdeaPads, as well as a 27-inch all-in-one IdeaCentre, an Erazer desktop for extreme gaming and the IdeaCentre Horizon Table PC—the company's first "interpersonal PC." It can lie flat, table style, enabling several users to interact with it at once.
On Jan. 7, Lenovo officials kept the news coming, with the introduction of new IdeaPad Yoga and ThinkPad Helix convertibles. And still more is likely to emerge before the show's conclusion. Until then, here's a summary of Lenovo's introductions at the show:
IdeaCentre Horizon Table PC
Lenovo calls the Horizon a "multi-user, multi-touch, multi-mode device for the home that allows users to turn their personal computing experience into a shared computing experience." It's a neat way to play new types of games—with the introduction of Horizon comes the Lenovo App Shop, a dedicated app store with currently more than 5,000 multi-user entertainment apps—but it can also be set upright to behave as a 27-inch high-performance desktop.
At CES, Lenovo also showed off a concept, 39-inch Table PC, code-named Gamma, which officials said is an indication of Lenovo's "future direction in Table PC computing."
The Horizon runs Windows 8 Pro, a 3rd Generation Intel Core i7 processor and up to Nvidia GeForce GT 620M 1GB graphics with DirectX 11. It will arrive in the early summer with pricing starting at $1,699.
The premium convertible device in Lenovo's ThinkPad line, the Helix can be used in four modes and features what Lenovo is pitching as a "rip and flip" design.
Its first order of business is as an Ultrabook—a laptop with an 11.6-inch, full high-definition, 10-point multi-touch display, Intel vPro technology, 10 hours of battery life, a clickpad with 20 percent more space and a weight of 3.68 pounds.
Give the display a 180-degree turn and it's in Stand mode, ideal for presentations or movie watching. From there, fold the display down—mode three—and the Helix becomes a convertible tablet with all its ports intact. Finally, the display can be separated from the base, for a truer tablet experience and used with the stylus hiding in a hole in its top right corner.
The Helix runs Windows 8 or Windows 8 Pro, up to a 3rd Gen Intel Core i7 processor plus Intel Integrated Graphics, has near-field communication (NFC) technology on board, along with Dolby Home Theater v4, dual high-definition 1080p Webcams and 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) connectivity. It will arrive in late February, starting at $1,499.
IdeaPad Yoga 11S
Lenovo's latest Yoga IdeaPad is another literally flexible option. It features a 360-degree hinge that makes it usable as a laptop, as a convertible tablet (just fold it backward, head to toe, as it were) and in every incarnation in between.
It features an 11.6-inch HD (1366 by 768 pixels) display, runs Windows 8 and up to a 3rd Gen Core i5 processor in the United States, though worldwide up to an i7 will be available. Other features include Intel HD 4000 graphics, up to an 8GB of memory and 256GB of solid-state-drive (SSD) storage, Dolby Home Theatre v4 technology, an HD Webcam, six hours of battery life and a weight of 3.08 pounds.
It will arrive in June with a starting price of $799.