Lenovo Breaks Out Stylish FLEX 3, YOGA 3 Convertibles; Touts 'AnyPen' Tech For YOGA Tablet 2
Not everyone needs the extra level of “robustness” that comes with Think-branded laptops, tablets, and all-in-ones, so Lenovo luckily provides some cheaper alternatives for folks that don’t want to break the bank. Lenovo is taking the opportunity to roll out a revamped lineup of FLEX 3 convertibles, TAB 2 tablets, and all-in-one desktops that cover a wide variety of affordable price points.
The first entry into the field is the new FLEX 3 lineup, which is available in 11-inch, 14-inch, and 15-inch models. While the entry-level 11-inch model makes do with a Pentium-class processor and a 1366x768 display, the 14-inch and 15-inch models up the ante with optional FHD displays and up to a fifth generation Core i7 processor.
The 11-inch, 14-inch, and 15-inch FLEX 3 models are priced at $399, $549, and $579 respectively and will be available in March.
For those looking for an affordable laptop and don’t need the added complexity of a convertible setup, Lenovo also offers the 14-inch S41 that comes with up to a fifth generation Intel Core i7 processor, optional discrete NVIDIA GeForce graphics, and up to a 256GB SSD or 1TB hybrid HDD. The S41 measures just 19.5mm thick and weighs in at a “middleweight” 3.97 pounds. The laptop will launch in June with a $799 price tag.
Moving on to tablets, Lenovo has both the TAB 2 A7-10 and the A7-30. Unfortunately, both tablets come from the factory with Android 4.4 KitKat instead of the more current Android 5.0 Lollipop. However, Lenovo promises that an OTA update to Lollipop will provided in the spring.
Powering the A7-10 and A7-30 is a 1.3GHz quad-core MediaTek MT8127 processor paired with just 1GB of RAM. 8GB or 16GB of internal storage is included and a microSD slot adds up to an additional 32GB of storage. Other features include a 7-inch 1024x600 IPS display, 2MP rear camera and a 0.4MP front-facing camera, Bluetooth 4.0, 802.11n, optional 3G wireless, and up to 8 hours of runtime courtesy of the 3450 mAh battery.
The A7-10 will be priced at $99 and is only available in ebony black. The A7-30 is priced at $129 and will be available in ebony black, pearl white, and aqua blue. The A7-10 and A7-3 will be available in January and March respectively.
Lenovo also has you covered when it comes to all-in-one machines. The B50 features a 23.8-inch FHD edge-to-edge display (complete with 10-point multi-touch), up to a fourth generation Core i7 processor (we’re scratching our head as to why the fifth generation Core processors got nixed here), a next gen NVIDIA GeForce 820A graphics processor, up to 16GB of RAM, and up to a 1TB HDD or SSHD.
But the biggest addition is perhaps the new Intel RealSense 3D camera that is capable of recognizing gestures which makes for a more interactive experience.
The Lenovo B50 comes with a price tag of $1249 and will be available in March.
Rounding out the all-in-one field are the Lenovo C40 and C50, which also come with fourth generation Core i5 processors. Both machines feature frameless Full HD displays (21.5-inches on the C40 and 23-inch on the C50), NVIDIA GeForce 810A graphics, up to 8GB of RAM, and up to a 2TB HDD.
The Lenovo C30 and C40 will both be available in March for $429 and $719 respectively.
Last but not least is Lenovo’s 2015 YOGA family of tablets and convertibles. Perhaps the most investing new feature is reserved for the 8-inch YOGA Tablet 2, and its’ called AnyPen Technology. It allows the user to write directly on the screen using a regular pencil or pen, should you not have a standard stylus nearby. According to Lenovo, this allows users to use their tablet’s display as if they were “writing on a piece of paper.”
In addition to AnyPen Technology, it also features a Full HD screen, a quad-core Atom processor with 2GB of RAM, and 32GB of storage. It also includes two front-facing speakers, an 8MP rear camera, a 1.6MP front-facing camera, and a 6400 mAh battery.
The YOGA 3 tablet family has expanded to include a new 14-inch model that joins the existing 11-inch model. The 11-inch model now includes Core M processors while the 14-inch model brings fifth generation Intel Core i5 and Core i7 processors to the table. Both machines come with FHD displays.
Likewise, the ThinkPad YOGA family has grown to include a new 15-inch model that becomes the flagship model in a lineup that includes 12-inch and 14-inch chassis designs. These machines include fifth generation Core i5 and Core i7 processor, up to FHD displays, up to 16GB of RAM, and support for up to a 1TB HDD or 512GB SSD.
The 8-inch YOGA Tablet 2 with AnyPen Technology launches this month with a price tag of $299. The 11-inch and 14-inch YOGA 3 convertibles will be available for $799 and $979 respectively — both will be available in March. The 12-inch, 14-inch, and 15-inch ThinkPad YOGA models will be available for $999, $1,999, and $1,999 respectively. The former two will be available in February, while the latter will bow in May.