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Lenovo Launches New Solutions for Enterprise

Lenovo’s has launched a new range of products and solutions for the enterprise sector at its Transform 3.0 event. Products launched include PCs, augmented reality (AR), Internet of Things (IoT) and security solutions. Created as part of Lenovo’s smarter business initiative, ThinkReality is a newly launched sub-brand that brings businesses a solutions-based approach comprised of both software and hardware. It is designed to help enterprise workers use AR applications to receive assistance, reduce repair times, eliminate errors, streamline complex workflows, improve training quality, collaborate and save money.

The ThinkReality platform enables users to pin, interact and collaborate with 3D digital information in the real world, improving their contextual awareness and efficiency. The platform is device and cloud agnostic, making it easy for enterprise customers to adopt and manage AR and VR software applications across multiple operating systems, cloud services, and devices, such as the new ThinkReality A6, shown below.

The first device in the ThinkReality solutions portfolio, the ThinkReality A6 is a lightweight, heads-up, hands free mobile head-worn device that can be used to deploy both simple and complex AR solutions for enterprises looking to enhance the productivity of their workforce. With a weight of 380g (0.83lbs) and a 40-degree diagonal field of view with 1080p resolution per eye, the A6 is one of the lightest fully featured AR headsets in its class. But don’t let its size fool you; Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 Mobile XR Platform in the Android compute box powers the ThinkReality A6 headset which features waveguide optics by Lumus inside an Intel Movidius Vision Processing Unit (VPU) – so that the hardware is small but mighty.

Lenovo has also launched a new range of ThinkIoT solutions. ThinkIoT’s portfolio includes powerful edge computing devices such as, ThinkCentre Tiny or the all-new ThinkCentre Nano IoT, the EPC300 as well as an array of sensors, including, high-powered smart cameras, motion-enabled lighting, machine vision cashier and facial recognition devices—able to detect and convey information fast to make intelligent decisions at the edge, i.e. locally, in the warehouse or showroom.

At Accelerate, Lenovo displayed ThinkIoT offerings powered by Azure that will accelerate customers’ digital transformations, with Azure SQL Database Edge and solutions for verticals such as retail and manufacturing. Now, customers deploying Microsoft Azure solutions for IoT, AI and data management can do so leveraging the full spectrum of Lenovo offerings including the ECP300 edge gateway and IOT510C Smart Camera, ThinkCentre Nano IoT and ThinkSystem SE350 edge server.

Lenovo is unveiling fresh computing choices with its latest lineup of intelligent Windows 10 PCs, including the all-new ThinkCentre Nano, ThinkBook, and the ThinkPad X1 Extreme Generation 2. Designed to deliver powerful performance in an ultra-portable size, the ThinkCentre M90n is the most compact commercial desktop series in the world. Models are one-third the size of the ground-breaking ThinkCentre Tiny and bring up to 30 percent energy savings annually vs. traditional desktops.

This makes them perfect for deploying in dense call centers or in environments where space is constrained. With the smallest form factor in the market, ThinkCentre M90n-1 Nano brings space-saving convenience and manageability to any vertical user because it can fit virtually anywhere – behind the monitor, under a table, or on a bookshelf, offering a clutter-free shared-desk work environment. ThinkCentre Nano can be conveniently powered by a compatible USB Type-C monitor or Type-C dock, thereby providing rich I/O possibilities to meet your every business need.

Lenovo is launching a new sub-brand dedicated to small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) called ThinkBook. It is specially designed for the SMBs buying consumer laptops for perceived design and price advantages but can no longer rationalize their lack of extended services and warranties—core needs of any sized business. ThinkBook allows growing firms to keep a competitive edge in attracting today’s young tech-savvy execs with cool looking yet cost-effective devices.

The ultra-slim ThinkBook S series, available in a 13-inch and 14-inch model, is designed for business buyers unwilling to make trade-offs in essentials such as, security, reliability, and support services, while satisfying the demand for sleek-looking devices that bring the familiar smartphone experience to PCs. Perfect for any business, the new Lenovo ThinkBook 13s and 14s combine modern style and consumer-oriented design elements, such as aluminium exteriors, with the business-grade and built-in security features that consumers expect from the Think family PCs.

The ThinkPad X1 Extreme Gen 2 improves upon its predecessor with monster upgrades including up to 9th Gen Intel Core i9 processors and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 GPU with Max-Q design, and up to double the storage at 4TB. Made for advanced business users, the ThinkPad X1 Extreme Gen 2 is the perfect thin and light Windows 10 laptop that suits their mobile lifestyle as well as high-performance computing needs.

With boosted entertainment features including a brighter optional 4K OLED touch display featuring Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos Speaker System, the ThinkPad X1 Extreme Gen 2 is a 15-inch powerhouse laptop engineered for data-intensive workloads from video and photo editing to graphics rendering, AR/VR applications and more.

Built to protect businesses, ThinkShield is a fully customizable suite of security-related services, software and hardware capabilities that protect the full lifecycle of commercial devices, from development to disposal. The ThinkShield portfolio is designed to provide greater security across all Lenovo Think devices, data centers, and emerging solutions. ThinkShield takes a holistic approach to security that focuses on customer’s four biggest pain points in protecting their data, identity, online and devices.

Launched last year, ThinkShield is adding seven new offerings to its robust security portfolio, such as Lenovo Self Healing BIOS that ‘self-heals’ and reverts back to its last known good backup copy in the event a BIOS is corrupt or maliciously attacked, or ThinkShield Secure Wipe that allows users to completely delete sensitive data on their devices without the need for external tools or removing the drive.

ThinkPad X1 Extreme Gen 2 starts at $1,499.99 and is expected to be available starting July 2019. ThinkBook 13s will be available in late May 2019, with an expected starting price of $729. 
ThinkBook 14s will be available in late May 2019, with an expected starting price of $749. ThinkCentre M90n Nano expected to ship August 2019, with an expected list price $639. ThinkCentre M90n Nano IoT expected to ship August 2019, with an expected list price of $539.

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Chris Fernando

Chris N. Fernando is an experienced media professional with over two decades of journalistic experience. He is the Editor of Arabian Reseller magazine, the authoritative guide to the regional IT industry. Follow him on Twitter (@chris508) and Instagram (@chris2508).

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