It was an insanely busy launch event for Lenovo at IFA 2019 in Berlin. During the company’s Tech Life press conference the day before the show officially opened, Lenovo hosted a media reception where they promptly showed off 19 new introductions, all of which are slated to launch between IFA and November.
Headlining those introductions was the rollout of updates to five different Lenovo laptop lines, including the Yoga C940, Yoga S740, Yoga C740, Yoga C640, and the ThinkBook line that’s popular with small- and medium-sized businesses.
In his time on stage, Lenovo Chief Communications Officer Torod Neptune explained that the mission of the company, across those laptop lines, is to develop smarter experiences, smarter design, and smarter connectivity. Specifically around the smarter experience and design, Lenovo is focusing on larger screens that have smaller bezels, employing 4K screens on their laptops, and improving battery life by as much as 20 percent in its laptops.
Lenovo Yoga C940
In working hand in hand with Intel, Lenovo engineered their laptops as part of Intel’s innovation program code-named Project Athena, to be among the thinnest, lightest, and most-intuitive AI-enabled computers. On their top two lines—the C940 and S740—Lenovo will introduce exclusive features like Super Resolution that upscales video to FHD 1080p on Windows Media Player, Q-Control that can boost a PC’s battery life when AI-enhanced Intelligent Cooling Mode is enabled, and Modern Standby, which allows Yoga laptops to continue performing background tasks like receiving emails while in sleep mode—similar to a smartphone.
Lenovo also announced that they’re going to integrate Amazon Alexa directly into their Yoga laptops in some markets (peace out Cortana?). And over time Lenovo plans to bring some Alexa updates to consumers PCs, including Lock Screen Support, which allows you to speak to Alexa while the laptop lid is open but the device is locked or asleep; updated smart home visuals that will more closely resemble what consumers are used to seeing when they manage their devices from the Alexa mobile app; and multi-language support.
Lenovo Yoga C940 with Amazon Alexa
All of the new Yoga laptop intros will launch later this month, with the exception of the 15-inch C940 and the C640—both of which will roll out in October. They’ll range in price from 899 Euros ($1,000) to 1,899 Euros ($2,114). And the upgraded ThinkBook lineup will launch in November with a 14-inch variant available at 675 Euros ($750) and a 15-inch variant for 665 Euros ($740).
Beyond the laptop upgrades, Lenovo had a ton of other new products that dropped during the IFA 2019 press conference.
Among them: a gorgeous new lineup of practically bezel-less monitors, a new Yoga Smart Tab and Lenovo Smart Tab M8 that both support Google Assistant, the Smart Display 7, the Mirage AR experience, and the Motorola One Zoom and Moto e6 Plus smartphones.
The Moto One Zoom launched in the U.S. this week as an unlocked device available for $450. The phone ships with a gorgeous 6.4-0inch Max Vision OLED display that has an integrated fingerprint reader. According to Lenovo, the 4,000mAh batter will provide up to two days of use on a single charge, and the TurboPower feature will deliver hours of power in just minutes of charging.
As for the camera on the phone, it features a quad-lens array that’s highlighted by a 48MP sensor that includes Quad Pixel technology, dual Optic Image Stabilization, Night Vision software, and dedicated 8MP telephoto and 16MP ultra-wide angle lenses.
Full pricing and specs across all announcements are available on the Lenovo website.