Lenovo has announced a slew of new end user products – including the world’s first foldable PC.

Mark Davison reports from the Lenovo Accelerate conference in Orlando, USA.


Lenovo heralds new era with foldable PC

Lenovo says it has ushered in a new era of personalised computing with the announcement today of the world’s first foldable PC – the ThinkPad X1.

Three years in the making, Luis Hernandez, VP of Commercial Product Solution Development, IDG at Lenovo, says the ThinkPad X1 will be available in 2020 and will target the most mobile of users within the PC spectrum.

“It has taken us three years to create the technologies and innovation inherent in the world’s first foldable PC,” Hernandez says. “It is a full-function PC and it’s ready to go when you need it. The beauty of the X1 is that it adapts to you – whether you’re reading the news in the morning or a book before you go to bed; or whether you need the full productivity of a PC with a keyboard and Office 365 for email, PowerPoint or spreadsheets; and when you want to watch a movie or television.

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Lenovo targets intelligent transformation

Adhering to its vision of intelligent transformation, this year’s Lenovo Accelerate has seen the company embark on its biggest ever set of announcements for its commercial business.

“What we are doing is focusing on the business customer in terms of intelligent transformation, enabling business end users to do their work with the world’s smartest computing systems,” says David Rabin, VP Global Commercial Marketing at Lenovo. “It’s often said that people are the most important asset a business can have. We’re nothing without people … if they all quit we’re out of business … we’re out of a job.

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Emerging economies should embrace, not shun, digital transformation

New technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI), augmented and virtual reality (AR/VR) and the Internet of Things (IoT) are often viewed with suspicion by people in emerging economies who believe that they will replace jobs and further impact already high unemployment levels.

But the hard fact of the matter is that while the current global trend towards digital transformation might make some more mundane tasks obsolete, the various technologies that are emerging offer massive benefits. And they will, as they mature, create many new forms of more skilled and efficient employment, as well as new job categories that have not yet been invented. Not to mention the benefits to society as a whole.

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