January 8, 2019 11:00 am

CES 2019: Powered by AI, the next-gen Lenovo Yoga family delivers a safer, smarter, more personalized and immersive experience, while gaming gets a performance boost with new Lenovo Legion devices

By / Writer, Windows Blog

Technology from phones to smart homes has been getting safer, smarter, more personalized and immersive. Facial recognition and sensors for biometric authentication, cinema-quality entertainment on the go, and voice recognition to activate multiple virtual assistants that co-exist are now all possible. Evolving needs – such as desiring security and privacy without sacrificing convenience, or immersive entertainment without compromising on portability – have driven these advancements.

PCs have been quietly progressing in the same direction too. Artificial intelligence (AI) coupled with advanced audio and display technologies are making Lenovo’s next-gen Yoga computers their smartest yet. Whether you’re a digital nomad, business professional, digital content creator or designer, see how these technologies in the new Yoga S940, Yoga A940, Yoga C730 with AMOLED and Yoga Mouse with Laser Presenter can help you get things done faster and make life easier.

Yoga S940 ultra-slim laptop

Yoga S940 ultra-slim laptop

With the rise of work-life integration, remote work and the gig economy, video meetings and conference calls can happen anytime, anywhere – sometimes in environments that are less than ideal, from a noisy coffee shop to a crowded co-working space. But what if your laptop can solve that when you’re on your next video call with the boss? The new Yoga S940 ultra-slim laptop can do just that and more. Its new AI features [1] can automatically filter out ambient noise and blur out distracting backgrounds during video calls, so that your dog’s barking and the neighbor’s car honking doesn’t have to disrupt video calls with colleagues, friends or family again.

Camping out at a co-working space and need to step out for a coffee break? The minute you look away from your laptop screen, the Yoga S940’s AI sensors [1] can detect your absence and auto-lock the display to protect your data from unwanted eyes. It can also detect and alert you when a nosy neighbor is shoulder surfing from your screen. Beyond the added benefits of security and privacy, the Yoga S940 has attention-sensing AI technology, which can help increase productivity too. Look from your main laptop display to a second screen, and it can automatically track your movement and shift open windows and content to a connected external monitor for a seamless and intuitive user experience. All these are part of an entire suite of Lenovo Smart Assist AI-enabled features available on the new Yoga S940 [1].

Lenovo Smart Assist includes hands-free PC log-in through its built-in infrared camera and Windows Hello for an added layer of security and convenience, and voice-matching personalization to respond to just your voice when speaking to Amazon Alexa or Microsoft Cortana from across the room [2]. The Yoga S940 learns from your usage patterns to optimize its performance. For instance, it’ll auto-adjust its power settings for longer-lasting power so that you get every last squeeze out of the up to 15 hours of battery in FHD [3].

The Yoga S940 is also the world’s first laptop with Contour Glass that wraps around its bezels – reducing the look of its already razor-thin bezels for a streamlined design [4]. It will start at $1,499.99 and is expected to be available at Lenovo and Micro Center starting in May [5].

Yoga A940 all-in-one desktop

Yoga A940 all-in-one desktop

For artists and designers, nothing is better than sketching with a pencil on paper, right? The new Yoga A940 all-in-one desktop is here to challenge that notion. Built for digital content creators, the Windows 10 Yoga A940 is a powerful creative canvas with a large 27-inch optional 4K IPS touchscreen display with Dolby Vision. It features a rotating hinge that enables the display to tilt to a comfortable 25-degree drafting mode, for remarkable flexibility and stability when drawing, sketching or annotating with a digital pen.

A mouse and digital pen are all convenient ways of inputting information on your computer with one hand. But wouldn’t it be even faster and more productive to be able to multitask with both hands? Then check out the Lenovo Precision Dial, a controller that’s tailor made for designers, photographers and videographers to make precise selections and adjustments to their content.

Time to watch that video project you’ve been working on? Experience it on the Yoga A940’s Dolby Vision-enabled 4K wide-angle display, boosted by Dolby Atmos Speaker System for rich, moving audio through speakers custom designed and tuned by Dolby. A second set of speakers under the rotating display ensures powerful sound even in drafting mode. It also comes with a range of Lenovo Smart Assist [1] AI-enabled features for greater productivity and privacy. With up to 8th Generation Intel Core i7 processors, AMD Radeon RX 560 discrete graphics, up to 32GB DDR4 memory and up to 512GB PCIe SSD or 2TB SATA HDD storage [6], the Yoga A940 could be the ideal centerpiece in any content creator’s home or workspace.

The Lenovo Yoga A940 will start at $2,199.99 and is expected to be available starting in March [5].

15-inch Yoga C730 2-in-1 convertible laptop

Yoga C730 2-in-1 convertible laptop

Equipped with JBL speakers and Dolby Atmos, which delivers immersive audio over any pair of headphones, the 15-inch Yoga C730 2-in-1 convertible laptop gets an upgrade with up to a 4K AMOLED display. Portable and powerful, the Yoga C730 features 8th Generation Intel Core i7 processors, Windows Ink for digital pen input, Windows Hello for instant log-in, and the smart convenience of Cortana and Alexa [2].

The 15-inch Lenovo Yoga C730 with AMOLED will start at $1,649.99 and is expected to be available starting in April [5].

Yoga Mouse with Laser Presenter

Yoga Mouse with Laser Presenter

Modern professionals have more than enough to carry with them when running from one meeting to the next – from laptops, phones, chargers and more. With this in mind, Lenovo streamlined two accessories into one and designed the latest generation Yoga Mouse with Laser Presenter. With just one twist, it converts from an ergonomic mouse with up to 1,600 DPI for high-precision tracking on nearly any surface into a flat, fully functional laser presenter (and vice versa). No more fumbling with a handful of devices at your next presentation with the latest Yoga Mouse in hand. It will start at $69.99 and is expected to be available starting in June [5].

Find out more about Yoga products and other Lenovo announcements at Lenovo’s CES site.

At CES, Lenovo also introduces the latest generation ThinkPad X1 Carbon and X1 Yoga laptops with a focus on making incremental – but noticeable – refinements in virtually every area to offer broader improvements for the discerning end-user.

7th generation X1 Carbon

7th generation X1 Carbon

The 7th generation X1 Carbon will be available with a visible carbon fiber weave top cover. Lenovo named its flagship notebook X1 Carbon to call attention to the product’s material. Following customers’ suggestions, the premium X1 Carbon model with 4K Dolby Visiondisplay, has an optional top cover where the weave is evident to further highlight the use of carbon fiber in the construction of the world’s lightest commercial 14-inch notebook.

Now just 14.95mm thin and starting at 2.5 pounds, it features a Dolby Atmos Speaker System and four far-field microphones enhancing the conferencing collaboration experience. With the system being digital assistant ready, you can use your voice for commands to Cortana in Windows 10 or Amazon Alexa for PCs.

If you need to travel, the battery ensures you can continue to be productive for up to 15 hours. And when you need access to large amounts of remote data, LTE-A Wireless WAN will power through the biggest of files, now available with CAT 16 LTE, offering gigabit speeds where supported.

The 2019 ThinkPad X1 Yoga is an all-new, full precision-machined aluminum design in a beautiful iron grey chassis. Aluminum is just as strong as carbon fiber, but requires extra thickness, which usually makes it heavier. Lenovo’s engineering team overcame design challenges to create a thinner, lighter and smaller design than the previous generation ThinkPad X1 Yoga.

The 4th-generation multi-mode laptop is thinner (15.2 mm) and lighter (1.3 kg) with a 17 percent footprint reduction, thanks to narrower bezels, and is wrapped in a precision-machined aluminum chassis. The X1 Yoga now supports all docking solutions, including ThinkPad Mechanical Dock.

Lenovo have also introduced a new ultra-wide ThinkVision P44w display. If you are a multi-display user, you will recognize the challenges and pitfalls of bezels and managing several displays and associated cables. The new ThinkVision P44w eliminates those frustrations. The 43.4-inch display offers an ultra-wide 32:10 aspect ratio with a resolution of 3840×1200, giving a screen real-estate equivalent to two 24-inch 16:10 displays. Dual integrated USB-C ports allow two video inputs that can simultaneously transfer data, video and audio signals as well as provide up to 90W charging power.

Understanding that gamers need to be ready to play in any scenario – on their couch, at their desk, or in a hotel room far away from home – Lenovo Legion is committed to providing high-performance tools so they can play how they want, wherever they want, for a fun and immersive experience.

This year, Lenovo Legion laptops have been upgraded so that they are in step with the higher performance that players demand. Available with up to the latest NVIDIA GeForce RTX GPUs, Intel Core processors and Windows 10 Home, these laptops offer blazing-fast gaming speeds to play the latest releases, for photo and video editing, to binge-watch shows, or to multitask doing all these things simultaneously.

Lenovo Legion Y740

Lenovo Legion Y740

The Lenovo Legion Y740 has what the most serious core gamer needs. The cutting-edge GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q GPU is available on the 15-inch model, giving it more than enough power to run the latest action-filled titles. Its 17-inch sibling supplies even more power, with up to the GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q GPU, upgraded from the last generation’s GeForce GTX 10-series GPUs.

Both sizes come with up to 8th-generation Intel Core i7 processors, optional 32GB DDR4 2666Mhz memory, 100 percent anti-ghosting CORSAIR iCue RGB backlit keyboard and system lighting with more than 16 million color customization options. The Lenovo Legion Y740 also features Dolby Atmos Speaker System with Dolby Sound Radar for rich moving audio that places you inside the action from speakers custom designed by Dolby.

The 17-inch Lenovo Legion Y740 Laptop will start at $1,979.99 and the 15-inch model will start at $1,749.99. Both are expected to be available at Lenovo.com and select retailers starting in February [5].

With up to a GeForce RTX 2060 GPU and Intel Core processors, the 15-inch Lenovo Legion Y540 also packs a hefty amount of power at a more accessible price point. Competing on the go with your multiplayer online battle arena team? It weighs only 5.1 pounds for portability and gives you a white, backlit keyboard offering under 1ms input response time for the win. It also comes with Harman Kardon speakers and supports Dolby Atmos for loud and clear sound.

The 15-inch Lenovo Legion Y540 Laptop will start at $929.99 and is expected to be available at Lenovo.com and select retailers starting in May [5].

With the Lenovo Legion M500 RGB Gaming Mouse, core gamers can add accuracy and responsiveness to their peripheral arsenal. With ergonomic textured grips, you won’t lose track of where you are or cramp up in the heat of an intense player vs player game. It’s also totally customizable, with additional side buttons for any abilities you need to hit on a whim. It will start at $59.99 and is expected to be available at Lenovo.com and select retailers starting in April [5].

Mechanical keyboards are also integral to an avid gamer’s toolkit, so meet the new Lenovo Legion K500 RGB Mechanical Keyboard, which delivers ultra-fast response time for more precise combinations. It will start at $99.99 and is expected to be available at Lenovo.com and select retailers starting in April [5].

Knowing your surroundings is the key to success in any gaming situation. Whether you’re trying to hear the footsteps of an enemy or keeping up to date with build orders in a real-time strategy game, the new Lenovo Legion gaming headsets present the right tools.

Lenovo Legion H300 Stereo Gaming Headset

Lenovo Legion H300 Stereo Gaming Headset

The Lenovo Legion H300 Stereo Gaming Headset is made for those who want to play all day or all night while staying comfortable. It will start at $59.99. Meanwhile, the Lenovo Legion H500 Pro 7.1 Surround Sound Gaming Headset offers driverless 7.1 surround sound right out of the box. It will start at $99.99. Both headsets’ retractable boom mics provide clearer communication and portability, engineered to hear your teammate’s callouts. Both are expected to be available at Lenovo.com and select retailers starting in April [5].

Your games will sound good with the new Lenovo Legion gaming headsets, but you’ll also want great visuals to match.

Lenovo Legion Y44w Monitor

Lenovo Legion Y44w Monitor

Featuring an ultra-wide 43.4-inch curved display with 3840 x 1200 resolution and a peak display brightness of 450 nits, the Lenovo Legion Y44w Monitor creates a panoramic field of view. Whether it’s for racing titles or fighting sims, this monitor is designed to catch every frame of the action with its 144Hz refresh rate. It will start at $1,199.99 and is expected to be available at Lenovo.com and select retailers starting in April [5].

The 27-inch Lenovo Legion Y27gq Monitor with 2560 x 1440 resolution and 240Hz refresh rate is designed to give players the opportunity to take advantage of every possible frame. And with NVIDIA G-SYNC HDR technology built in, it’s designed so that flickering or screen tearing don’t take away from the gaming experience. It will start at $999.99 and is expected to be available at Lenovo.com and select retailers starting in April [5].

Find out more about Legion devices and other Lenovo announcements at Lenovo’s CES site.

Further product specs, images and more are available on the Lenovo StoryHub newsroom.

[1] Lenovo Smart Assist features are expected to be available starting May 2019. Users will be automatically prompted by Lenovo Vantage to access those features. Features will vary per product.

[2] Cortana is accessible through the Windows 10 start menu, and Alexa for PC is accessible through Lenovo Vantage during the initial set-up. Both come with far-field voice recognition technology, with recommended use of up to 4 meters away on Cortana, and up to 2.74 meters on Alexa. Alexa is available on select Lenovo PCs in the US, UK and Germany.

[3] All battery life claims are approximate and based on test results using the MobileMark 2014 ver 1.5 battery life benchmark test. Actual results will vary, and depend on numerous factors including product configuration and usage, software, operating conditions, wireless functionality, power management settings, screen brightness and other factors. The maximum capacity of the battery will naturally decrease with time and usage. See https://bapco.com/products/mobilemark-2014/ for additional details.

[4] Based on research conducted by Lenovo on December 1, 2018 of PCs sold by major PC manufacturers shipping > 1 million units worldwide annually.

[5] Prices do not include tax, shipping or options and are subject to change without notice; additional terms and conditions apply. Reseller prices may vary. On-shelf dates may vary by geography and products may only be available in select markets. All offers subject to availability. Lenovo reserves the right to alter product offerings, features and specifications at any time without notice.

[6] Actual available capacity is less and varies due to many factors, including formatting, partitioning and operating system, etc. which utilize part of this capacity. The available capacity may change with software updates.

Updated January 8, 2019 11:08 am