August 31, 2017 4:58 pm

IFA 2017: Lenovo announces Windows Mixed Reality headset and new 2-in-1 laptops

By / Editor-in-Chief, Windows Blog

Today, Lenovo announced new detachable and convertible 2-in-1 laptops powered by Windows 10, and a new immersive headset built for Windows Mixed Reality: the Lenovo Explorer.

Lenovo Explorer

The Lenovo Explorer is designed to be a natural extension of your Windows 10 PC, allowing you to easily use apps, browse online, watch shows, play mixed reality games, explore and discover through holo-tours, and enhance your video-watching experience via 360° video. Unearth the hidden secrets of Machu Picchu in 1465, glide over Rome in a hot air balloon, live through the “7 minutes of terror” Mars sequence through NASA, take in a 360-degree courtside view of a live basketball game, or just watch shows in your own virtual theatre.

The headset tracks your movements with superior fidelity and spatial awareness, so you can move around naturally in an area of 3.5 by 3.5 meters (about 11.5 by 11.5 feet) without constantly reorienting yourself. No external sensors are needed, which means you can set it up in minutes by simply connecting a cable to your PC. Use the Lenovo Explorer’s optional Motion Controllers or an Xbox controller for easy navigation.

Pricing and Availability: The Lenovo Explorer will be available this holiday. Pricing for the Lenovo Explorer and Motion Controllers will start at US $449; retail pricing of the Lenovo Explorer without the Motion Controllers is $349. Pricing and availability may vary by country.

The Yoga 920 Convertible Laptop

The Yoga 920 Convertible Laptop

Weighing in at just 1.37 kg (3.02 lbs) and an ultra-thin 13.95 mm (0.55 in), the Yoga 920’s case is all-metal unibody in distinctive platinum, copper or unique bronze color choices.

It arrives built-in with Cortana, your personal digital assistant that helps you get things done more easily and quickly – whether at home, at work or on-the-go. Better yet, we’ve expanded the Yoga 920’s ability to recognize voice commands from up to 4 meters away with Cortana.

Offering pen-on-paper precision designed to give you no discernible lag, the Lenovo Active Pen 2 with Windows Ink allows you to easily draw in the Photos app or add notes to your map, or highlight and markup webpages in Microsoft Edge. Working on a presentation? Use the pen’s shortcut button to open and check email for any last-minute contributions from the team, sketch them into the presentation, add some color and annotations, then send – all without setting down the pen.

Yoga’s signature watchband hinge offers incredible flexibility, including typing in laptop mode, presenting in stand mode, browsing in tablet mode, or watching videos in tent mode.

Other features include:

  • Up to an 8th Generation Intel Core i7 processor, Windows 10, and twin Thunderbolt 3 ports – each of which support the world’s fastest data transfers and the most video bandwidth available on a single cable, while supplying power.
  • Integrated fingerprint reader and Windows Hello for secure, instant biometric authentication.
  • 9-inch 4K IPS touchscreen offering dazzling visuals
  • Available in limited edition Gorilla Glass cover designs: Yoga 920 Vibes, Star Wars Special Edition Yoga 920 Rebel Alliance and Star Wars Special Edition Yoga 920 Galactic Empire.

Pricing and availability: Yoga 920 will start at €1,599.99 (VAT included) in September 2017, and will be available on lenovo.com starting $1,329.99 in October 2017. Yoga 920 Vibes will start at €1,699.99 (VAT included) in October 2017, and will be available on lenovo.com starting $2,099 in November 2017.Star Wars Special Edition Yoga 920 Rebel Alliance and Star Wars Special Edition Yoga 920 Galactic Empire will each start at €1,699.99 (VAT included) in December 2017. All products are available on lenovo.com. Star Wars Special Edition Yoga 910 models will be available on lenovo.com, BestBuy.com and select Buy Buy stores starting September. Stay tuned for more details on upcoming Yoga 920 glass models.

The Lenovo Miix 520 2-in-1 detachable with Windows 10

The Lenovo Miix 520 2-in-1 detachable with Windows 10

At home or work or anywhere in between, the Miix 520 is a workhorse with the functionality, detachable form factor, and optional LTE for always-on wherever you are. Detach the FHD IPS touchscreen to use it as a tablet, or use its cutting-edge watchband hinge and full-sized, ergonomic keyboard as a complete laptop. Tablet Mode in Windows 10 delivers a smooth, touch-first experience; your apps will scale smoothly, and onscreen features will adapt for easy navigation. Using the Miix 520’s optional Lenovo Active Pen 2 and Windows Ink, you can sketch and capture concepts on your screen with extraordinarily accurate pen-on-paper precision.

Other features include:

  • Powered by up to an 8th Generation Intel Core i7 processor with up to 16 GB of DDR4 memory and up to 1TB PCIe SSD, the Miix 520 can run these applications with power to spare.
  • Optional integrated fingerprint reader for fast and secure login with Windows Hello
  • Weighs just 1.26kg (less than three pounds) with the keyboard in a slim 15.9mm (0.63 in) profile with keyboard

Pricing and availability: Miix 520 (with keyboard and Lenovo Active Pen 2 included) will start at €899 in November 2017 available on lenovo.com.  Miix 520 (with keyboard and Lenovo Active Pen 2 included) will be available on lenovo.com starting $999.99 in October 2017.

Head over here for more about everything Lenovo announced today, and stay tuned to this page on the Windows Blog for more coming out of IFA.

*Cortana available in select markets.

Updated August 31, 2017 4:59 pm