Next-gen Lenovo ThinkPad and ThinkCentre PCs launched, company forays into IoT, security solutions

By Xite - September 17, 2019
Lenovo has launched the new Generation of ThinkPad and ThinkCentre PCS as well as announced its entry into the commercial IoT and Security solutions in India. The company says that these Al-enabled so....

Lenovo has launched the next generation of ThinkPad and ThinkCentre PCs in India. The portfolio includes ThinkPad T490 and X390, ThinkCentre Nano and Nano loT, ThinkPad P43s and ThinkPad P1 Gen 2 mobile workstations. Lenovo also showcased the ThinkVision 43.3-inch P44w ultra-wide dual-display monitor and ThinkSmart Hub 500 conferencing solution. 

The Hong Kong-based tech company also announced its foray into the commercial Internet of Things (IoT) and security solutions area. Under solutions, Lenovo announced ThinkShield 2.0 security platform and ThinkPad Privacy Guard. The company says that ThinkShield 2.0 has been developed to secure devices right from the manufacturing and supply chain so that they are not compromised before they are even turned on. The ThinkPad Privacy Guard, on the other hand, is a software feature which protects the end users screen from prying eyes.

Lenovo ThinkPad and ThinkCentre portfolio

Lenovo ThinkCentre M90n-Nano: Lenovo claims that the ThinkCentre M90n is the most compact commercial desktop series in the world. It says that it is one-third of the size of the ThinkCentre Tiny and brings up to 30 per cent energy savings annually versus traditional desktops. It can be placed on a wall, under a desk or even behind a monitor. It can be specced up to Intel Core i7 processors and up to 16GB of DDR4 RAM. It comes equipped with USB Type-C and USB 3.1 Gen2 ports on the front and back for multiple add-ons.

Lenovo says that ThinkCentre Nano is MIL-810G SPEC tested, which means it can withstand 10 different extreme conditions like shocks, drops, dust and humidity. When it comes to security, the device comes with the HW TPM 2.0 chip that keeps the data encrypted. Owners can also use Kensington lock slot to physically secure the device to an immovable object.

Lenovo ThinkCentre M90n-1 Nano loT: The company says that this model comes with a quiet fan-less design, and has a broader thermal range (0-50 degrees Celsius). The ThinkCentre Nano loT is designed to provide processing and security for the loT devices in real-time by increasing responsiveness. This is done by the rapid relay of information between connected loT peripherals, sensors and devices.

It shares a lot of features -- like MIL-810G SPEC tested, and the HW TPM 2.0 chip that keeps the data encrypted -- with the Lenovo ThinkCentre M90n-Nano. What’s different is that it provides and IOBOX that provides full-stack physical I/O connectivity to peripheral devices. The device is Windows 10 IoT Enterprise, Azure IoT and Ubuntu certified.

Lenovo ThinkPad T490 Laptop series

The Lenovo ThinkPad T490 is 17.9mm thin and weighs starting at 1.46 kg. Customers can choose between 500 nit, WQHD Dolby Vision panel, or a 400 nit FHD display. It features Dolby Audio Premium, featuring two up-firing speakers and dual far-field microphones for conferencing audio. When it comes to security, customers can choose from a string of options like ThinkPad PrivacyGuard, ThinkPad PrivacyAlert and IR camera with Windows Hello dTPM 2.0 chip.

Under the hood, the laptop comes with up to i7 8th generation Intel Core vPro processors, integrated Intel UHD Graphics 620 and Discrete NVIDIA GeForce MX250.  Customers can expand the RAM to up to 48GB and storage up to 1TB (PCIe) SSD. Lenovo claims that the laptop can deliver up to 16.1 hours of run-time on a single charge. In the connectivity section, the laptops comes with 2 USB 3.1 Gen1 ports, and one each of USB Type-C, HDMI 1.4, Thunderbolt 3, MicroSD Card reader and audio jack.

Lenovo Smart Enterprise Security Solution 

ThinkShield security solution is a customisable suite of security related services, software and hardware capabilities to protect the full lifecycle of commercial devices -- from development to disposal. The suite has been enhanced with capabilities like a self-healing BIOS and ThinkShield engine. ThinkPad Privacy Guard: As mentioned, Lenovo's ThinkPad PrivacyGuard protects the end-users’ screen from prying eyes. ThinkPad Privacy Alert feature warns users if anyone is looking at their screen, and it will automatically turn on Privacy Guard.

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