The novel design feature in the new ThinkBook 16p Gen 4, an otherwise conventional 16-inch clamshell notebook, is the magnetic “pogo pin” connector on top of the display, which supports modular, cable-less Lenovo Magic Bay accessories. The plug-in 4K webcam (pictured), for example, comes with a 270-degree hinge that lets users point the device at themselves during video calls or flip it around to face a whiteboard, meeting room, or product demo.
The Magic Bay LTE, meanwhile, provides 4G connectivity on the go, while the Magic Bay Light delivers up to 200-lux of adjustable brightness during videoconferences.
The most powerful ThinkBook yet, according to Lenovo, the 16p Gen 4 runs on 13th Gen Intel Core H-series processors and supports optional discrete graphics up to NVIDIA GeForce RTX next generation, DDR5 memory, and dual SSDs offering up to 2TB of storage, making it suitable for video processing and other high-intensity workloads.
The system is expected to reach market in May and sell for $1,349 and up.
Other products unveiled today include the Yoga AIO 9i, a 32-inch all-in-one with a three-side borderless, 4K 100% sRGB display, four Harman Kardon speakers, Dolby Atmos spatial audio, and an integrated 5MP infrared webcam. It will list for $1,799.99 and up starting in Q3.
Three new 16-inch gaming notebooks, the Lenovo Legion Pro 5, 5i, and 7i, all feature Lenovo’s new LA AI chip, which the company calls the world’s first dedicated AI chip on a gaming laptop. Using software-based machine learning, the chip dynamically optimizes performance based on real-time frames per second readings.
Lenovo Legion Pro 5 and 5i units are both slated to arrive in April. The former device will feature an AMD Ryzen processor and sell for $1,459.99 and up. The latter system will run on Intel Core chips and sell for $1,479.99 and up.
The Intel-based Legion Pro 7i will sell for $1,999.99 and up starting in March. (An AMD-based version, the Legion Pro 7, will not be sold in North America).
Today’s mass launch announcement is Lenovo’s second in less than four months. The company introduced the largest collection of infrastructure solutions in the 30-year history of its ThinkSystem product line last September.