CES 2014: Lenovo

Lenovo_Banner_CenterDuring CES, Lenovo showed off its Horizon table PC, an all-in-one PC that also doubles as a gaming board of sorts. You can play games like Monopoly, Texas Hoodlum, or air hokey, all with the help of some included peripherals.

lenovo-all-in-one-desktop-ideacentre-horizon-2-side

This year Lenovo showed off the Horizon 2, a lighter and thinner version of its predecessor, and now with some NFS in the mix, it has some interesting tricks down its sleeve. The Horizon 2 is powered by Windows 8.1, so you can do all your productive things that you would do on any all-in-one machine. Once you get to lay the Horizon 2 down flat, that’s when you can really have some fun. The Aura multi-user interface comes on and you can now share you pictures and videos from your Android phone, using the Horizon app.

lenovo-all-in-one-desktop-ideacentre-horizon-2-front

In the demo you would hold your phone over the Horizon 2, shake it, and a picture would fall down from your phone. You could also lay your phone on the Horizon 2 for a second, and all of your pictures would be neatly stacked and ready to edit, which you can then post on your Facebook, for example. You cannot stream media to the Horizon 2, simply transfers your media. Aside from this pretty entertaining feature, the Aura interface still has its gaming side aimed at everyone in the house. For 2014 Lenovo also mentioned that it had multiple developers creating Horizon specific games like Ubisoft’s Chubby Kings, a four-player family game, Omnivision’s Halli Galli, and Crayola’s Songbook, which is a “children’s interactive musical and drawing experience.”

lenovo-laptop-convertible-yoga-2-13-inch-silver-front-tent-mode-4

Multimode

For the unaware, Multimode refers to a device with the ability to operate in a variety of different positions and has the functionality of multiple systems. One such example is Lenovo’s new Yoga 2. We’ve been playing with the original Yoga for a while now and while I may not be the biggest advocate of multimode systems, I have to say, they’ve improved significantly this generation.

lenovo-laptop-convertible-yoga-2-13-inch-orange-front-modes-1

My own argument against the 2-in-1 Laptablet was that it was simply too heavy to be used often in tablet position. The Yoga 2 surprised me with its extremely lightweight design (3.4 lbs) backed by its thin frame (0.68″ thick – SSHD model). Touch functionality has also improved with this generation, as well as processing power. We’re now seeing a transition away from tablets and into 2-in-1 multimode devices, which is a thing of beauty. Since I love having a fully functioning keyboard, this is definitely a future purchase.

Lenovo-IdeaPad-Yoga-2

Next is the Vive Z, a very impressive smartphone and Lenovo’s first 4G LTE equipped phone. The Vive Z sports a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor running at a mild blowing 2.2GHz. Every app you launch and every swipe of your finger is lighting fast. The 5.5” IPS display runs at true HD, running at full 1080P. This screen looks amazing with very rich and vibrant colors that just pop. The back of the phone is made of polycarbonate and has laser edged engraving of the Lenovo name. This is done to give the phone a very premium look and feel, not a cheap plastic feel you may get from other competitors. The added benefits of the polycarbonate is its scratch resistant properties, important when we all tend to just shove our smartphone’s in our pockets along with our house keys.



lenovo-ces14-phone-02

With such high specs, you may be thinking battery life on this device is not great, but you would be wrong. Lenovo says you should expect 33 hours of talk time. This is achieved with the help of the 3,000mAh battery, one of the largest capacities for a smartphone.

Overall this is a great looking smartphone. Its only downside is that it will not be available in the US market, sorry. (The Vive Z will only be available in the Asian and European markets for now.)

Facebook Comments

About author

Adam "Kharakov" Kharatian
Adam "Kharakov" Kharatian 397 posts

Adam "kharakov" Kharat is part nerd, part geek, and full awesome. With deadly writing skills and the sleeping habits of a jackrabbit, late night gaming sessions are all but mandatory.