The pre-announcements just ahead of the CES 2014 have begun in all earnest. Lenovo made a slew of announcements before the Las Vegas event kicks off tonight. These include a revamped ThinkPad X1 Carbon, brand new ThinkPad 8 tablet, Y and Z series notebooks, a second-gen Miix tablet, Yoga 2 models and more. The company has ensured that you have plenty of Windows options when it comes to tablets or PCs next year. Let's take a look at them.

Revamped ThinkPad X1 Carbon
Just like the previous X1 Carbon, its successor is also built from carbon fibre. It ensures that the device is lighter as well as stronger than aluminium or magnesium. Lenovo calls it the world’s largest 14-inch Ultrabook that weighs 2.8 pounds. The new ThinkPad X1 Carbon comes equipped with Intel’s fourth-generation Core processors (with Intel vPro management features). The notebook features a TN (twisted nematic) screen with resolution of 1600×900 pixels. The company will also let users opt for IPS display with 2560 by 1440 pixels of resolution. The updated X1 Carbon is said to deliver up to 9 hours of battery life, which Lenovo says is a 70 percent improvement over the previous model. It will also come with a new “adaptive” keyboard. The starting price of the X1 Carbon is $1299 (approx Rs 78,000) and it is expected to start shipping later in January.

ThinkPad 8 business tablet with optional keyboard

ThinkPad 8 business tablet with an optional keyboard

Miix 2
Lenovo has also put forth a new Miix 2 tablet that aims to offer a blend of PC and tablet experience. The range offers 10.1-inch and 11.6-inch models, both featuring a tablet that can attach to a keyboard dock. Running on Windows 8.1, the tablets use magnets to attach to the keyboard dock. Both 10.1-inch and 11.6-inch displays feature a 1920×1200 pixel resolution. However, there are several features that differentiate the two devices. The 10.6-inch tablet is powered by an Intel Bay Trail processor with 2GB RAM while the 11.6-inch slate comes equipped with an Intel Core i5 processor and gets a healthy 8GB RAM. One will find optional 3G/LTE on both devices, but only the larger model gets optional SSD storage.

ThinkPad 8
The next in its lineup is the Windows 8.1-powered ThinkPad 8 tablet. Touted as a business tablet, you can get an optional keyboard for a better typing experience. The ThinkPad comes powered by Intel’s quad-core Atom Z3770 mobile processor coupled with 2GB of memory. The 8.3-inch touchscreen has a resolution of 1900×1200 pixels. It also includes 128GB storage, 8MP camera, and a micro-HDMI output for connecting external displays. The QuickShot cover comes with the “tent” mode that allows resting on the edges of its keyboard and lid. It also wakes up the device when removed from the front and can also trigger the camera when the cover is peeled slightly in folded mode. Lenovo will be offering configure-to-order ThinkPads starting at $399 when the tablet goes on sale in late January.

Y and Z series notebooks
Along with tablets, Lenovo has also announced Y and Z series of tablets. The company is expected to launch the Lenovo Y50 starting at $999 in May. Sporting a 15.6-inch display with 1920 by 1080 or 3840 by 2160 pixels of resolution, the 0.94-inch notebook can be configured with up to an Intel Core i7 processor, up to 16GB of DDR3L memory, and a Nvidia GPU (standard Intel integrated graphics). Some of features of the device include 1TB hybrid hard drive, 8GB of SSD, optional 512GB SSD, 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi adapter, optional 802.11ac, backlit keyboard and 4 hours of battery life.

In the Z series, one will find the 14-inch Z40 and 15.6-inch Z50 notebooks. Both sport 1080p displays and will be available in black, red and silver colours. An Nvidia GeForce GPU is available as an upgrade. Starting at $599 and to be available later in March, the Z series features HDMI output and support Intel’s WiDi wireless display technology. Besides, the company will also showcase two versions of the 11.6-inch Yoga 2 notebook, which it plans to launch later this year.

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