Lenovo Constant Connect Demo
Research In Motion and Lenovo on Feb. 16 announced a partnership to create mobile solutions for business travelers, starting with Lenovo Constant Connect, which syncs e-mail between a user's RIM BlackBerry smartphone and Lenovo ThinkPad laptop. Physically speaking, Lenovo Constant Connect is a PCI ExpressCard that plugs seamlessly into a ThinkPad notebook. From that point on, e-mail received on the user's BlackBerry will be synchronized via a Bluetooth connection with the user's ThinkPad, even if the ThinkPad in question is turned off. During the initial rollout, Constant Connect will support Microsoft Exchange and Outlook, as well as Google Gmail; this will be followed by IBM's Lotus Notes in the second half of 2009. The retail price point for Constant Connect has been set at $150. The technology will be available in the United States in the second quarter of 2009, and will roll out worldwide in the second half of 2009.