Lenovo unveils revamped ThinkPad lineup featuring Precision TouchPad, Windows Hello

Kip Kniskern

Lenovo is jumping the gun a bit on next week’s onslaught of CES news by announcing a totally revamped lineup of ThinkPad devices, from the Yoga 370 to the ThinkVision display monitors to a full range of notebooks. Lenovo is going all in with Windows 10, designing the lineup for a “bimodal IT” workforce:

Bimodal IT is the practice of managing two separate, coherent models of IT. One focused on stability and the other on agility. This enables companies to protect core business functions with standardized devices in a fully managed and secure environment. Also, to strive in a new digitized world of opportunities by being fast and flexible, embracing personal workstyles and nurturing anytime, anywhere productivity.

The notebooks will feature a number of Windows 10 innovations, including Microsoft’s Precision TouchPads, Windows Hello support, and will come loaded with Microsoft’s Signature Image no-bloatware installations. Here’s what will be included:

  • A cleaner, premium TouchPad supporting the Microsoft® Precision TouchPad has been designed to offer a more consistent trackpad user experience
  • Classic ThinkPad Black and a new silver color on selected models for design-conscious end-users
  • Infrared camera option with facial recognition software for fast, secure and password-free login with Windows Hello
  • Latest generation Intel® Core™ processors
  • USB Type-C ports across many systems including ThunderBoltTM 3 with a new protection circuit to guard against incorrect power levels.
  • Biometric Match on Chip Fingerprint sensor securely processes enrolled data within the sensor and all fingerprint images are handled inside the fingerprint processing unit.
  • Broad connectivity options including LTE-A WWAN and WIFI CERTIFIED WiGig™ docking.
  • All ThinkPad models in 2017 with Windows 10 will come preloaded with an optimized Microsoft Signature Image ensuring a clean and fast system, right out of the box.

Lenovo has a complete newly revamped lineup, but the workhorse of the bunch is the ThinkPad X270, which is “designed for serious business mobility” with a full set of ports and connectivity, a touch display, and will sell for $909, becoming available in March 2017 (hey, that’s just in time for the Creators Update!).

ThinkPad X270

The ThinkPad Yoga 370 has been redesigned to feature a full HD 13.3″ display. It will feature an integrated pen, Thunderbolt 3 connections, and come in black or silver starting at $1264, again available in March 2017.

ThinkPad Yoga 370

The ThinkPad 13, also available in black or silver, is ready for just about anything, bringing a thin and light notebook design with MIL-SPEC durability to a mobile workforce, and offering a full touch display and a new 13.3-inch Full HD touch display and faster PCIe NVMe SSD options. It will be available next month beginning at $674.

ThinkPad 13

The rest of the lineup, including the ThinkPad T Series Business Standard laptops, the ThinkPad L Series for mainstream value, two new ThinkVision display monitors (in 24″ and 27″ versions) and an “extensive array” of docking options for the notebooks including both Thunderbolt 3 and USB C options will also be available beginning the first quarter of 2017.

Lenovo seems ready to jump in to what should be a banner year for Windows 10, offering a full line of business devices ready to complement Windows 10 with full touch displays, Precision TouchPads, and Windows Hello. We’ll have more on these announcements soon, stay tuned to OnMSFT.com and be sure to follow us on Twitter for all the latest news!