Recall notice points to two incidents of battery packs overheating, causing damage
Lenovo is recalling notebook batteries used in its ThinkPad ranges, following two reports of battery packs overheating and damaging equipment, though no reports of injury. Approximately 34,500 batteries in the United States and 2,900 in Canada are subject to the recall notice by the US Consumer Product Safety Commission, as well as a large number sold in China.
Carbon frame keeps weight below 3lb
Among Lenovo's slew of CES announcements, the company introduced a new X1 Carbon notebook. The revised model brings a number of improvements, integrating a newer Core i7 chip, an "adaptive keyboard" and adding a 2560x1440 display option, among other features. We stopped by Lenovo's CES booth to take a closer look at the refresh, which is even lighter than its three-pound predecessor.
Lenovo maintains competition with Surface
Among the first of Lenovo's CES announcements, the new ThinkPad 8 represents the company's latest midsize tablet powered by Windows 8. Powered by Intel's Bay Trail hardware, it aims to compete with Microsoft's own Surface lineup and other players in the segment. We met with Lenovo in Las Vegas for a quick hands-on preview ahead of the ThinkPad's public debut.
X1 made of carbon fiber, Thinkpad 8 full Windows 8 tablet
PC manufacturer Lenovo today at the 2014 International Consumer Electronics Show announced additions to its product portfolio -- the third-generation ThinkPad X1 Carbon, the company's lightest 14-inch ultrabook, and the ThinkPad 8, a premium eight-inch tablet offering what the company calls "a full PC experience on the move." To complement its laptop line, Lenovo has also introduced the new ThinkPad OneLink Dock Pro, an enhanced docking solution through a single cable connector.
New offerings include budget models
Lenovo has introduced several new ThinkPad notebooks equipped with Intel's latest Haswell-series processors, adding to the T-, W-, L-, and E-series offerings. The W540 is the company's latest mobile workstation, featuring a 15.5-inch IPS panel with 2880x1620 resolution, Nvidia's discrete Quadro graphics and an integrated color calibrator.
Yoga geared for businesses
Alongside the high-end Yoga 2 Pro, Lenovo has also unveiled a second Yoga model that is geared for business users. The 12.5-inch ThinkPad Yoga is built with the same flip-and-fold hinge as its IdeaPad counterpart, enabling quick conversion to tablet mode, however it adds the ThinkPad keyboard, a tougher magnesium-alloy housing and Gorilla Glass to protect against impact.
Hot-swappable batteries, touchscreens, Haswell processors touted
Lenovo has introduced five new to its ThinkPad T, X, and S series of notebooks. The S440, S540, T440, the previously-launched T440s, and X240, all being shown by the notebook producer at IFA in Berlin, bring slight changes and refreshes to existing lines, with the systems boasting up to 17 hours of battery life, hot-swappable batteries, and fourth-generation Intel Core processors.
Ultrabook, All-In-One offer full HD 1080p displays, 4th generation Intel Core i7
Lenovo has revealed a new notebook and all-in-one computers running on Haswell processors. The ThinkPad T440s Ultrabook offers a full HD 1080p IPS display and a 21mm-thick (0.8-inches) body, while the ThinkCentre M93z AIO uses a 23-inch full HD 1080p LED display with anti-glare and an option for 10-point multitouch.
Lenovo reveals ThinkPad T431 for business users with 26 enhancements
Lenovo has added the ThinkPad T431 to its lineup touting 26 major revisions over the model that it replaces. In developing the T431, Lenovo researchers observed ThinkPad and other users over a nine-month period in order to shape the design of the new model. The aim, according to Lenovo, was to create a notebook that would have maxium appeal for business users in a ‘bring your own notebook’ office place.
Hinges inherited from ThinkPad Carbon X1, altered keys
Spring updates to Lenovo's ThinkPad line have leaked online through the manufacturer's own website. User manuals for the ThinkPad T431 and ThinkPad X230 were found on the Chinese language version of Lenovo's website, and though neither give any clues for what specifications each notebook will have, they do show what physical designs of the notebooks will be.
Similar hardware to Windows-based ThinkPad counterpart
Lenovo has updated its ThinkPad line with a notebook running Chrome OS aimed at students and educational staff. The ThinkPad X131e Chromebook is effectively the same as the Windows-based version, except that the option for an AMD E-series processor is no longer available, instead replaced by an Intel-based counterpart.
Ultrabook gains new display, half a pound in weight
Lenovo has updated its ThinkPad X1 Carbon ultrabook to include a touchscreen display, while keeping the rest of the computer's specifications relatively unchanged. The refreshed notebook has Windows 8 pre-installed, with the 14-inch, 1600x900 resolution display able to take advantage of the operating system's touch-based gesture controls.
Three consumer models, one business model unveiled
Lenovo has taken the wraps off of a new family of four convertible devices designed for Windows 8 or RT. For consumers, the touch-optimized family includes the IdeaPad Yoga 13, Yoga 11, and IdeaTab Lynx. For professionals, the business-friendly ThinkPad Twist was unveiled utilizing the full Windows 8 package.
New move claimed to be long term, part of corporate strategy
Lenovo, the world's second largest PC manufacturer, will open a production plant in the US with the first units scheduled to roll off the production line in 2013. The new facility is designed to not only produce PCs but smartphones and tablet devices as well. Lenovo's new Whitsett, North Carolina site is expected to create 115 jobs.
Developers program aims to build ThinkPad application store
Computer and electronics manufacturer Lenovo today announced two ultrabooks kicking off the brand's 20th anniversary -- the premier ThinkPad X1 Carbon, and the new business-focused T430u. The Lenovo Developer Program was also unveiled, giving programmers access to tools, technologies, and support to create a specialized catalog of applications that take full advantage of the company's suite of Windows 8 products.
10 inch model will debut alongside Windows 8
Following the leak of specifications for the tablet at the beginning of August, Lenovo has finally confirmed the rumored ThinkPad-branded Windows 8 tablet. The 10-inch tablet runs Windows 8 on an Intel Atom processor, and replaces the current ThinkPad tablet.
Prepaid service includes 3G access for 30 minute periods
Lenovo has introduced a self-branded mobile broadband service for its ThinkPad line. Lenovo Mobile Access is a prepaid broadband connection powered by Macheen, which users in the US and nine countries in Europe will be able to use on selected new purchases from the manufacturer.
New CPUs added to L, T, W and X series
Lenovo has introduced a range of revised ThinkPad notebooks, each equipped with Intel's latest Ivy Bridge processors. Aside from the 14-inch ThinkPad X1 Carbon—dubbed the "lightest 14-inch ultrabook in the industry"—the company also added new models to its L, T, W, and X series.
Lenovo DisplayLink dock ships May 15 for $180
Lenovo has just detailed its ThinkPad USB 3.0 dock that contains DisplayLink's DL-3900 graphics chip. It connects to PCs with a single USB 3.0 cable and provides five USB 3.0 ports along with dual DVI inputs for adding multiple displays. There is also a single gigabit Ethernet port and an audio output.
New ThinkPads feature Core i3 processors
Lenovo is now taking orders for the E430 and E530 models of its ThinkPad Edge notebook series. The E430, starting at $549, features a 14-inch, 1366x768 display, 2.3 GHz Intel Core i3 processor, and a 320GB hard drive, as well as 4GB of RAM. The E530, also starting at $539, features largely the same specs, but comes with a 15.6-inch display. Both notebooks run Windows 7 Home Premium. The E430 is expected to ship on May 11, while the E530 is expected to ship on May 17.
Ultraportable ThinkPads revealed on Swiss site
The previously leaked Ivy Bridge-based notebook offerings from Lenovo have now appeared in images on the Internet, as Swiss retailer ThinkpadCenter.ch has published a photo and information on specs for Lenovo's forthcoming ultrabook and tablet. The new Lenovo offerings are expected to be available within the next eight weeks.
Intel's private goals for ultrabooks maybe leaked
Intel has set ambitious targets for the number of ultrabooks it hopes will sell this year, part suppliers understood late Wednesday. Supposed internal roadmap details passed on to Digitimes had between 20 million to 30 million ultrabooks shipping in 2012. That number would double or triple in 2013, according to the claims, as the supply chain would be truly ready for mainstream adoption, such as reinforced plastic to emulate the rigidity of metal without some of the cost.
Upcoming Lenovo notebooks leaked in partner doc
A newly spotted partner listing (PDF) from Lenovo has shown off some upcoming models from the computer-maker. It includes new ThinkPad and IdeaPad models that weren't leaked earlier, including the ThinkPad T430s. This should be a replacement for the T420s and be a thin and light 14-inch notebook that doesn't quite meet the ultrabook criteria, unlike the T430u.
Lenovo leaks own Intel Ivy Bridge plans
A Lenovo reseller channel update (PDF has inadvertently revealed the company's plans to ship systems based on Intel's Ivy Bridge platform in June. Systems based on Chief River, the mainboard chipset plaform for Ivy Bridge processors, will be on sale for resellers on June 5. These stores won't get their units until September, but it's possible that Lenovo itself will ship PCs to end users sooner.
New ThinkPad L-series for business dated for June
Lenovo's latest product pages reveal that its ThinkPad L430 and L530 business-series notebooks will become available for purchase this June. While not many specs are currently known about the pair, they are believed to be MIL-SPEC compliant and have long battery lives. They are also environmentally-friendly, with recycled materials used in their construction.
Lenovo, SugarSync give users 5GB of cloud storage
PC maker Lenovo has teamed up with SugarSync to formally launch Lenovo Cloud Storage on computers and tablets. It will allow Lenovo's users to store or back up as much as 5GB of their documents, photos, and other files in the cloud rather than locally. Anything over 5GB needs to be paid for.
Exact release date remains unclear
Lenovo has confirmed that its ThinkPad Tablet will receive an Android 4.0 upgrade sometime in the second quarter of the year. The company already promised an Ice Cream Sandwich update for the Tegra 2-equipped device, however until now the release timing was unclear.
ThinkPad X130e up for pre-order, ships February 9
The delayed Lenovo ThinkPad X130e notebook is now available for pre-order on the company's website. Due to ship on February 9, the notebooks will start at $429. That price includes an 11.6-inch, 1366x768 display and AMD's dual-core, 1.3GHz E-300 Fusion processor.
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Hybrid and T430u precede CES
Lenovo trotted out the first wave of its CES introductions Wednesday with a renewed push on the ultrabook space currently defined by Apple. The ThinkPad X1 Hybrid has dual-booting into an instant-on mode like some notebooks but adds a full-fledged, dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon chip to power its Instant Media Mode. The combination of the ARM chip and the lightweight Linux-based OS lets users not only double battery life to 10 hours for basic use but switch to the OS post-boot and lets users keep the Snapdragon side always on, like a smartphone.
Lenovo updates ThinkPad Edge ahead of CES 2012
Lenovo's lead-in to CES has included three new ThinkPad Edge models. Fronting the pack, the S430 has an 0.8-inch thickness bordering on ultrabooks but still keeps to regular notebooks: it uses Ivy Bridge-era Intel Core processors and is one of the first Windows PCs with Thunderbotl, giving it very high speed storage and displays on one cable.
Company misses December 20 promise
Lenovo has reportedly delayed its launch plans for the ThinkPad X130e, the upgraded flagship X-series mini notebook that was first introduced several weeks ago. The supply hiccup appears to be limited to individual purchases, suggesting the device, which is geared for schools, may have been met with strong demand from educational institutions.
Lenovo ThinkPad X130e mini notebook official
Lenovo early Tuesday upgraded its most inexpensive ThinkPad X-series with a mind to help students and the public at large. The 11.6-inch X130e has a stronger bezel, hinge system and even 33 percent stronger edges, all meant to let them survive casual bumps. Performance is now much better as well, with the option of a 1.65GHz AMD E-450 chip versus the earlier E-350 as well as a new Intel Core i3 2367U.
Qualcomm Gobi 3000 coming to ThinkPad tablet
Lenovo plans to release a version of its ThinkPad Tablet with a Qualcomm 3000 chipset for connecting to EVDO or HSPA 3G networks worldwide. The device is no doubt one of the two spotted yesterday at the FCC. The tablet will be the first Android-powered device with the chip.
ThinkPad with 3G radio spotted at FCC, coming?
Lenovo's ThinkPad Tablet has now been spotted with a 3G version and the Wi-Fi model undergoing testing at the FCC. The documents in the former listing show GSM 850/1,900, EVDO 850/1,900 and WCDMA bands II, IV and V frequency support. These correspond to carriers such as AT&T, Verizon, Sprint and T-Mobile as well as some overseas.
Lenovo roadmap tips low-cost ThinkPad and new X1
Lenovo may be one of the first Windows PC builders to significantly undercut the current MacBook Air in price. An escaped roadmap (PDF) has a 14-inch "mainstream" ThinkPad ultrabook arriving in May or June. At a price closer to $800, it would be significantly less expensive than the current model.
ABI says tablets 3 of 4 ultramobile PCs in 2011
Tablets have grown quickly enough that they're now the vast majority of ultramobile PCs in the US, ABI Research determined Thursday. For the year as a whole, the researchers estimated that the iPad and similar tablets would make up 75 percent of the category. The remaining 25 percent would be led by netbooks, but it would also have to split that share with niche PCs like Mobile Internet Devices.
Lenovo Android tablet units modest despite goals
Lenovo despite its goals of rivaling Apple in tablets may not break out from other Android competitors in real shipments. Part suppliers claimed Monday that the firm planned to ship between 1.5 million to two million mobile tablets by the end of 2011. Estimates given to Digitmes maintained that no more than 500,000 would be ThinkPad Tablets, while 1.1 million to 1.5 million would be the core IdeaPad K1 model as well as the new $199 IdeaPad A1.
Lenovo expects to pass Dell in PC sales in 2011
Lenovo chairman Liu Chuanzhi in comments bragged of his company's position in the PC space and expected to take the second place spot away from Dell this year. Lenovo's current pace was quick enough that it would happen in the last few months of the year. CEO Yuanqing Yang pointed to an existing quick pace but also took a dig at HP's possible exit from PCs, suggesting that it wasn't an iPad effect but weak will and poor performance at HP that was leading it to wither in the face of smartphones and the iPad.
Lenovo ThinkPad pioneer leaves for AMD
The PC world took another hit Thursday after AMD said it had hired away Lenovo president and COO Rory Read. The executive will now be AMD's CEO, president, and board of directors member. Read's exit takes effect immediately.
3 models will run Android Honeycomb
Lenovo is now taking orders for its new business-oriented ThinkPad Tablet. The Android 3.1-based, 10.1-inch, Tegra 2-powered device will come in three versions. Lenovo will begin shipping the product on August 29.
Lenovo CEO sees iPad, iPhone too costly for China
Lenovo CEO Yang Yuanqing in an interview Sunday with the FT expected his company could outmaneuver Apple in China. He saw the iPad and iPhone as inherently limited in the country, where lower incomes often dictated lower prices. Lenovo was competing with similarly expensive phones and tablets, but it was also producing a $150 Android phone and an entry-level Android tablet that would reach customers Apple simply couldn't at the moment.
Apple makes symbolic push past Lenovo in home turf
An analysis of Lenovo's spring results has shown that Apple is already outselling Lenovo in some areas in Lenovo's home country of China. Apple's $3.8 billion in sales across the mainland, Hong Kong, and Taiwan were more than enough to beat Lenovo's claimed $2.8 billion. While Lenovo puts Hong Kong and Taiwan into a separate category, the FT noted that it wouldn't have come close to overcoming the difference.
Mobile monitor powered via USB
Lenovo has unveiled its first mobile monitor, the ThinkVision LT1421 Wide, alongside two new ThinkPad Edge notebooks. The monitor integrates a 14-inch LCD panel, with 16 different brightness levels and tilt adjustment to change the viewing angle. The display is powered via a USB cable, which also carries the display signal.
Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet gets official date
Lenovo in a low-key move gave the ThinkPad Tablet a hard ship date after it updated the product page. The pro Android 3.1 slate is now due to ship August 23. Prices still start off at $480 for the 16GB base version and step up to $510 for one with 32GB and pen input.
We review the greatly sped up 13-inch MacBook Air
The redesigned MacBook Air in October 2010 sparked a minor revolution in notebooks; after years of ultraportables (even Apple's) being relegated to the margins, they were suddenly the future of computing. Intel went so far as to coin a new notebook concept, the "ultrabook," to spur Windows PC builders to do what Apple was doing. But with stiff competition emerging from Samsung, Sony, and even ASUS, Apple has had to step up its game with a much faster processor and Thunderbolt for desktop-level external storage. We'll see in our review of the 2011 13-inch MacBook Air if it's enough to keep the lead -- and possibly to replace traditional notebooks.
Netflix Android supports future phones, tablets
An update to the Netflix for Android app (Android Market) has given the OS support not just for more current devices but two new ones as well. The movie streaming app should recognize the Motorola Droid Bionic when it's announced and ships. Whether or not it gets any extra benefits from the 540x960 screen isn't clear, but it should stream over LTE for those with large enough bandwidth caps.
Lenovo intros Android tablets with Netflix
Lenovo on Wednesday formally tipped its hand and unveiled its first pure mobile tablets. The IdeaPad K1 and ThinkPad Tablet together have the familiar NVIDIA Tegra 2 and 10-inch, 1280x800 screens of most challengers but are the first Android 3 tablets anywhere to support Netflix: both add DRM that isn't in Android 3.1 itself and can not only stream the video service but rent movies outright from Google Videos. The Netflix app should be available as an update by the time the tablets ship and will be followed by an upgrade slightly after launch for buying movies.
Series adds Core i3 to CPU choice
Lenovo has reportedly begun shipping its latest ultraportable ThinkPad, the X121e. The device represents the successor to the X120e, sharing the same 11.6-inch 1366x768 display and offering a choice between several AMD Fusion processors. The new offerings expand the range of available CPUs, however, with three new configurations based on Intel's second-generation Core i3-2357M chip.
Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet seen live with dock
Lenovo's ThinkPad director Jaison Patrocinio in a media event Tuesday gave the first public viewing of the ThinkPad Tablet. The early glimpse showed the businesslike 10-inch design using Android 3 and an NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor. ZTOP notes that Patrocinio also had the rumored keyboard dock and that it had an optical pad to provide mouse-like input, not a trackpad.
Lenovo IdeaPad, ThinkPad tablets may hit this week
A Lenovo affiliate newsletter has given clues that the IdeaPad K1 and ThinkPad Tablet could be unveiled as soon as this coming week. The company's "upcoming product launches" have the K1 unveiled in late June or early July with the ThinkPad's date narrowed to June 28. Although both are believed to be Android-based, Liliputing in uncovering the info cautioned that the ThinkPad might be a Windows model.