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Lenovo Adds new ThinkBook, Consumer PCs, and Chromebooks to CES 2020 Haul: Page 2 of 2

The new ThinkBook Plus (pictured) features an e-ink display on the cover that lets meeting attendees capture diagrams and notes without opening the lid. The new consumer devices include Lenovo’s first 5G laptop. By Rich Freeman

IdeaPad 14 (pictured left) buyers can choose between an all-metal unit with a Full HD display that’s 0.58 inches thin and weighs 3.30 lbs. and a slightly bulkier model with a 4K HDR panel that’s 0.60 inches in height and weighs 3.41 lbs. 

Users can also choose between models containing up to 10th Gen Intel Core i7 processors plus Intel Iris Plus or NVIDIA GeForce MX graphics and others running AMD Ryzen 4000 Series chips with Radeon graphics.

Due in April, the Intel-based IdeaPad 14 will start at $1,209.99, while the AMD-based unit will start at $849.99.

The IdeaPad 15 features a 15-inch FHD display, up to 10th Gen Intel Core processors, up to 16 GB of LPDDR4X memory, up to a 1 TB PCle SSD, and up to NVIDIA GeForce GTX graphics, plus optional Wi-Fi 6 connectivity. According to Lenovo, it provides up to 13 hours of battery life, a 30% improvement over its previous generation 15-inch predecessor. 

Also slated to ship in April, the IdeaPad 15 will list for $1,209.99 and up.

According to Lenovo the IdeaPad 14 and 15 will be the first of its PCs to feature a package of integration options for Amazon Alexa that will soon be standard on many of its products. Those include a “Smart Light” accessory that illuminates like an Amazon Echo device when Alexa hears a command, and provides power, volume, and push-to-talk buttons; the ability to broadcast announcements (like “dinner time”) through a user’s PC to all of the Echo devices in their house; and smart home functionality that can activate pre-defined groups of Internet of Things devices through a single instruction.

Lenovo has two new Chromebooks on display at CES this year as well. The Lenovo Chromebook Duet (pictured left), which will be known as the IdeaPad Duet outside of North America, comes with a 10.1-inch IPS Full HD display offering up to 400 nits of brightness and 70 percent color gamut. Equipped with a detachable keyboard, it provides up to 10 hours of power per charge. Lenovo plans to begin shipping it in May at prices that will start at $279.99.

The Lenovo Chromebook Flex 5, which will be called the IdeaPad Flex 5 outside North America, is a 13-inch model that weighs 2.97 lbs. and delivers as much as 10 hours of battery life. According to Lenovo, it’s the first 13-inch Chromebook to offer built-in user-facing dual stereo speakers and the first Lenovo Chromebook to support a digital pen. 

Powered by up to a 10th Gen Intel Core i5 processor, the device comes with up to a 128GB PCIe SSD and 8GB DDR4 of memory. Its Full HD IPS touchscreen display provides up to 300 nits brightness. Scheduled to reach market in June, it will list at $359.99 and up.

According to Cato, Lenovo partners can expect to see more Chromebooks generally and convertible Chromebooks specifically from the company this year. “We’ve seen a lot of interest in the last 12 months in more of a Yoga-type form factor for K-12 customers, and so I think that’s going to be a big opportunity for us in 2020,” he says.

Cato outlined additional partner opportunities for the new year, along with pending enhancements to the vendor’s partner program, in a recent conversation with ChannelPro.

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