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Lenovo unveils new business notebooks under the ThinkPad line

A lot of new ThinkPads to choose from

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Apart from mobile phones, MWC is also a place where new notebooks get introduced like these new ThinkPads from Lenovo.

Known for their robust and business-ready designs, the ThinkPad line of laptops welcomes five new models that range from the smallest in the family to a well-specced 15-inch variant


ThinkPad X390

Lenovo’s newest ThinkPad X390 is currently the smallest notebook in the series. It’s got a 13-inch display inside the body of a 12-inch laptop thanks to the reduced bezels all around. Powered by the latest Intel Core processors, the ThinkPad X390 can deliver almost 18 hours of battery life.

The laptop features the new ThinkPad PrivacyGuard in the display for extra security from prying eyes. Also, the ThinkPad now has a hybrid HD and IR camera with ThinkShutter for the user’s privacy.

The ThinkPad X390 will come with up to 32GB of DDR4 memory and a 1TB PCIe SSD. Ports-wise, it has everything including Thunderbolt 3 and the new side mechanical docking system for ThinkPads.

It’ll go on sale as early as April starting at US$ 1,099.

ThinkPad X390 Yoga

Of course, there’s got to be a Yoga variant of the new ThinkPad. The ThinkPad X390 Yoga is practically the same as its non-Yoga sibling, although this one has a 360-degree hinge for its 13.5-inch display. Since the body of the Yoga model is a little bit bigger, Lenovo is able to put in an onboard pen.

The ThinkPad X390 Yoga features the latest Intel Wi-Fi 6 Gig+ module and dual far-field noise-canceling microphones. It also has the hybrid HD and IR camera with ThinkShutter.

The 2-in-1 convertible will be powered by the latest Intel Core processors with up to 16GB of DDR4 memory and a 1TB PCIe SSD. It’s rated to last up to 14.5 hours on a single charge.

Price starts at US$ 1,359 and it’ll be available starting May.

ThinkPad T490

For a more visually rich business laptop, there’s the ThinkPad T490 with its 14-inch WQHD IPS display with Dolby Vision. The laptop impresses in the sound department too with its up-firing Dolby Audio Premium speakers.

As expected, the ThinkPad T490 will be powered by the latest Intel Core processors with up to 48GB of DDR4 memory (an insane amount for a business laptop) and up to a 1TB PCIe SSD. It’ll also have the new NVIDIA GeForce MX250 if you choose the variant with discrete graphics.

The ThinkPad T490 has security features including the ThinkPad PrivacyGuard, PrivacyAlert, and the new hybrid HD and IR camera with ThinkShutter.

The laptop will be on sale starting in March with a base price of US$ 999.

ThinkPad T490s

The ThinkPad T490s is the slimmer version of the ThinkPad T490. It comes in a lighter and thinner package, but it still houses the latest audio-visual technologies for laptops including the 14-inch WQHD Dolby Vision display. If you don’t need those, it’ll feature low-power display options, as well.

Specs-wise, it comes with the latest Intel Core processors with up 32GB of DDR4 memory and a 1TB PCIe SSD. Due to its slimmer profile, the only graphics option is the onboard Intel HD Graphics 620. On the bright side, the laptop comes with a Thunderbolt 3 port and the new side mechanical docking for external peripherals.

Pricing starts at US$ 1,279 and it’ll be in stores by April. The silver color option of the ThinkPad T490s sports the new aluminum top cover, which is a refreshing sight in the sea of black ThinkPads.

ThinkPad T590

If the ThinkPad T490s is slimmer, the ThinkPad T590 is the bigger sibling with its 15.6-inch display. With more screen real estate, the ThinkPad T590 has plenty to offer including a 4K HDR screen with Dolby Vision and discrete NVIDIA GeForce MX250 graphics.

The ThinkPad T590 also comes with the latest Intel Core processor with up to 48GB of DDR4 memory and up to a 1TB PCIe SSD. With its big display and beefier specs, the laptop can last for up to 15 hours using its 57Wh battery.

Since it’s still a ThinkPad, it’s packed with the usual package of privacy and security features including the ThinkShutter for the webcam. Of course, the added space means it can accommodate more ports like a Thunderbolt 3 and even a full-size HDMI.

Price starts at US$ 1,029 and it’ll become available in March.

Laptops

Lenovo launches new generation ThinkPads, ThinkVision displays

Up your business game with these new devices

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Business professionals have to stay on top of their game while at work. Whether it’s in the office or in coffee shops, a professional’s business skills has to be coupled with a performance-driving machine. For Lenovo, their next generation ThinkPad and ThinkVision devices hope to provide the level of efficiency and portability for modern-day businesses.

Lenovo Philippines launched five new ThinkPad devices for the Philippine business market. The next generation ThinkPad brings the company’s longstanding premium features and performance.


The new Lenovo T490 spearheads the lineup, with an 8th-gen Intel processor and an optional NVIDIA MX250 graphics card. This device also has a high memory capacity that expands up to 48GB of RAM to couple with a solid state drive up to 512GB.

All other ThinkPad devices contain features on portability and enhanced performance. The Lenovo X390 is a lightweight device packed with a battery that lasts for 18 hours and charges fast through its Rapid Charge feature.

Meanwhile, the Lenovo L390 features a 13.3-inch touchscreen display for a more interactive experience with complex data sets. Finally, the entry level Lenovo E490 and E490s feature performance boosting features like Intel Optane memory and an optional AMD Radeon 540X graphics card.

New ThinkVision displays

Lenovo did not stop there as they’ve also announced their new ThinkVision displays in the ThinkVision M14 and S24e-10. The Lenovo ThinkVision M14 is a portable monitor that will serve as a secondary display on the go. The Lenovo ThinkVision S24e-10, meanwhile is 1080p FHD display that will deliver clear, crisp image quality fit for business presentations.

The new Lenovo ThinkPads start at PhP 43,990 (US$ 864), with the Lenovo 7490 starting at PhP 73,990 (US$ 1453). Meanwhile, the Lenovo ThinkVision displays start at PhP 8,990 (US$ 177) for the ThinkVision S24e-10 and PhP 13,990 (US$ 275) for the ThinkVision M14.

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Apple discontinues the 12-inch Macbook and 2017 Macbook Air

Both models are gone from Apple’s online store

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Apple is discontinuing the 12-inch Macbook which was announced and sold by Apple four years ago. The company is also killing off the 2017 Macbook Air.

The 12-inch Macbook was introduced in 2015. The controversial and highly-divisive laptop features a 12-inch Retina display, an Intel Y-series processor, and a single USB-C port. Meanwhile, the 2017 Macbook Air was a refresh of the second-generation Macbook Air featuring a 13-inch non-Retina display, an Intel 5th-generation processor, and USB-A ports with a MagSafe connector.


As it stands, both the 12-inch Macbook and 2017 Macbook Air are not available anymore at Apple’s online store. The move by Apple follows its recent revamping of its Macbook lineup. Following the recent revamp, both the third-generation Macbook Air and Macbook Pro receive substantial updates and lower price tags.

Starting today, only the third-generation Macbook Air and the Macbook Pro is available to purchase from the online store. However, Apple authorized resellers and physical stores might still sell the discontinued products until their supplies last.

SEE ALSO: MacBook Air and MacBook Pro get updates

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MacBook Air and MacBook Pro get updates

There’s a back-to-school promo!

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Apple’s latest updates on its MacBooks stream lines their laptop line which may have appeared confusing for a time. The 12-inch MacBook is now officially dead and refreshes to both the MacBook Pro base model as well as the MacBook Air creates a clearer distinction between the notebooks.

The Touch Bar Line

Beginning with this refresh all MacBook Pros will now feature a Touch Bar as well as Touch ID. These were only previously available to Apple’s higher end MacBook Pro models. The new entry-level MacBook Pro now offers a 1.4GHz quad-core 8th Gen Core i5 chip (upgradeable up to 3.9GHz) from Intel’s Coffee Lake lineup.


If you’re yearning for more ports, you’ll be disappointed as this model will continue to have only two USB-C ports instead of four that’s found on the 13-inch MacBook Pro.

MacBook Air’s new display

Apple has also updated the MacBook Air adding the True Tone display technology to keep it in line the company’s other devices. The tech automatically adjusts the display’s colors based on ambient light to achieve more natural colors. The specs remain the same meaning the MacBook Air will continue to be powered by Intel’s dual-core 8th Gen i5.

Student Promos

Both devices are part of Apple’s back-to-school promotion that can be availed by higher education students, their parents, faculty, staff and home-school teachers through the Apple Education Store. The promotion includes a pair of qualifying Beats headphones with the purchase of any eligible Mac or iPad, as well as education discounts on qualifying Mac, iPad, AppleCare, select accessories and services.

As part of the promo, the MacBook Air will start at US$ 999 and SG$1,449 in Singapore. Meanwhile, the base model MacBook Pro will start at
$1,199 in the US while it’s priced at SG$ 1,749 in Singapore.

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