Flex 14 and 15 laptops provide dual mode experience, while Flex 20 AIO doubles as completely flat interactive console.
September 06, 2013
Lenovo is bringing multimode computing to mainstream laptops and desktops with the new dual mode Lenovo Flex 14 and 15-inch laptops and Flex 20 all-in-one (AIO) desktop, revealed at the 2013 IFA consumer electronics show in Berlin. These machines give consumers all the productivity of a PC plus one extra mode providing “two powerful devices at one affordable price.”
Flex 14 and 15-inch Notebooks
The dual-mode Flex 14.1-inch and 15.6-inch laptops flip 300 degrees for stand mode to position the device closer to the user for a more natural touch experience. There’s also voice driven applications, like Lenovo’s custom YouCam program, which allows the user snap a webcam photo and then send it to a friend using Flex’s voice commands. Lenovo also boasts “cinematic quality sound” with Dolby Advanced Audio v2 without a keyboard in the way, or and HD out via Flex’s HDMI-out connection.
Flex’s soft-touch black exterior is trimmed with silver or Clementine Orange. The interior contains a clean keyboard design with optional back-lighting. Images are “vividly rich” thanks to Flex’s HD 1366 X 768 or optional Full HD 1920 X 1080 displays. With 10-point multitouch, Flex makes using Windows 8 and collaboration easy. With up to nine hours of battery life, Flex 14 and 15 are mobile and “primed for productivity” with Nvidia discrete GT 740M graphics, up to Intel 4th generation Core ULT i7 processors, up to 1 TB of storage and optional SSD or NAND flash on Ultrabook models.
Flex 20 AIO
Framed in a 20.5mm thin aluminum shell and with its ability to convert from stand to table mode, the compact Flex 20 fits into any home or office with its 19.5-inch frameless HD (1600 x 900) IPS 90 degree tilt display, 500 GB HD or SSHD storage and up to Intel Core i7 processors.
When flat in table mode, the Aura interface opens for a multi-game, multi-player experience. In this mode, users (at least the 10 of them interested in this ability) can challenge others to play games, including preloaded ones like Ubisoft’s Raiding Company and those available for purchase from the Lenovo App Store powered by Intel App Up. Other options include newly created custom Lenovo games like Omnitapps Media Puzzle Pack, Omnitapps Educational Suite, Fishing Joy, Air Hockey and Roulette.
Physical accessories, including joysticks, strikers, and e-dice, are sold separately and allow up to four players to interact directly with the digital games, or players can use the 10-point multitouch screen. The Aura interface functions as a highly collaborative tool for multi-media content enhanced with its Dolby Home Theatre v4 audio. With built-in WiFi for moving around the home or office, users can lug it around unplugged for up to three hours.
Flex devices will be available starting in late September.