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Lenovo and Intel unveil AI-enhanced ThinkPad and IdeaPad laptops
Fri, 15th Dec 2023

Lenovo, in collaboration with Intel, is launching new AI PC experiences with their ThinkPad and IdeaPad laptops. Lenovo's latest products, announced ahead of CES 2023, are designed for enhanced productivity, creativity, and efficiency.

The new Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon, ThinkPad X1 2-in-1, and IdeaPad Pro 5i are powered by the newest Intel Core Ultra processors and Windows 11.

"Whether for business or leisure, these Lenovo laptops are amongst the first that are driving an AI PC revolution that will fundamentally change how people create, collaborate, and interact with PCs," the company stated in its official announcement.

The new Lenovo laptops are equipped with Intel Core Ultra processors which have three compute engines: CPU (Central Processing Unit), GPU (Graphics Processing Unit), and NPU (Neural Processing Unit).

These units efficiently handle AI PC tasks and enable smarter work and play experiences. The laptops are designed to deliver better power management and improved performance since the NPU and/or GPU can offload compute tasks. Lenovo is working with strategic partners towards shared vision of leading a transformative shift in personal computing.

User inclusivity is a key focus in Lenovo's innovations. Lenovo, through its Product Diversity Office, established a partnership with the Governor Morehead School for the Blind in Raleigh, US, in 2021 to understand how visually impaired users interact with their PCs. As a result, Lenovo has become the first laptop manufacturer to incorporate extra tactile cues for increased accessibility.

These cues aim to make it easier to use the volume up and down keys, insert and delete keys, function key, and the enter key. Lenovo's ThinkPad X1 series has also enhanced its device interaction with a larger 120mm TrackPad with physical buttons, a new feature that allows customising of common features, and a glass Haptic TouchPad as an optional input method.

The new ThinkPad X1 Carbon and ThinkPad X1 2-in-1 have improved thermals and power consumption management, as well as Computer Vision features in Lenovo Commercial Vantage.

They include wake-on-approach with face sensing and adaptively dim external screens for extra security and power savings. "The latest Lenovo ThinkPad X1 laptops will transform user experiences in work and interaction through new AI speed and intelligence powered by Intel Core Ultra processors," said Jerry Paradise, Vice President, Commercial Portfolio and Product Management, Lenovo Intelligent Devices Group.

In a further move towards the future of AI-enabled business computing, Lenovo announced the rollout of Lenovo Device Intelligence (LDI). This AI-powered technology provides IT teams with tools for diagnosing, preventing, and remedying common PC performance issues. LDI has several features to use advanced AI-predictive analytics, proactive insights, alerts, robust reports, issue remediation, and fleet health scoring.

Aspects of environmental sustainability were also considered in the design of Lenovo's new laptops. The company continues to use recycled materials and PCC (Post-Consumer Recycled Content) plastics in the manufacture of its devices. Lenovo's ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 12, for instance, incorporates recycled carbon fibre material recovered from carbon fibre composites used in Boeing 787 wing production.

The company is also launching the Lenovo ThinkVision 27 3D monitor, incorporating an even more intuitive and interactive user interface version of 3D Explorer, and the Lenovo USB-C Dual Display Travel Dock, a hub designed for people who work both onsite and remotely, with dual 4K displays.

Jun Ouyang, Lenovo's Vice President and General Manager of the Consumer Business Segment, Intelligent Devices Group, said, "We are very proud to continue our close partnership with Intel on the launch of their newest generation of processors and are excited that our Lenovo IdeaPad Pro 5i is the world's first consumer Intel Evo Edition laptop to be powered by Intel Core Ultra processors."