Lenovo brings virtual reality cameras, smart displays and upgraded ThinkPads to CES 2018
A new 3D camera will let you create your own VR content with ease.
CES 2018 kicks off in full today, and tech companies from around the world have wasted no time in unveiling the shiny new gadgets you'll be able to get your hands on later this year.
Lenovo, in particular, came to CES armed to the teeth with a wealth of new products targeted at tech-savvy consumers. From a virtual reality headset to a 3D camera to a voice-activated smart display, the hardware manufacturer has big plans to stay on the bleeding edge throughout 2018.
Foremost among the envelope-pushing tech is the Mirage Solo virtual reality headset and accompanying Mirage VR180 camera. The Mirage Solo headset is a standalone VR headset powered by Google's new Daydream virtual reality platform, the first such headset to make it to market. This grants it the claim of being the first commercial VR headset to make use of WorldSense, the Daydream tech that detects your movement in 3D space without the need for external sensors.
Complementing the Mirage Solo headset is the Mirage VR180 camera. This wallet-sized device allows you to capture 3D photos and videos for creating your own VR content, whether that be a 3D tour of your house or a family photo you can view from all angles. The Mirage VR180 packs two 13MP fisheye sensors and a 180-degree field of view, along with built-in Wi-Fi for uploading photos and videos directly to the cloud.
Determined to take advantage of the growing interest in Smart Homes, Lenovo also announced the Lenovo Smart Display, a touchscreen device intended to serve as the central hub for your entire smart home. While the touchscreen display (available in both 8-inch and 10-inch models) is handy, it's the built-in Google Assistant support that makes the Lenovo Smart Display truly compelling.
Lenovo has been doing quite well with its 2-in-1 Yoga line recently, and now it's bringing a new competitor into the mix. The Miix 630 laptop/tablet hybrid comes with Windows 10 S and a SIM card slot for 4G connectivity, plus Lenovo is promising up to 20 hours of battery life out of the light, 1.33kg device. With a 12.3-inch WUXGA+ display plus a Lenovo digital pen for drawing right onto the screen, the Lenovo Miix 630 could be a promising device for creators on-the-go.
Lastly, Lenovo is revisiting its current ThinkPad line with a new 13-inch redesign of its X1 Tablet that'll boast a 3K display and support for HDR. Meanwhile, the X1 Carbon will be getting new touchscreen models, while both the X1 Carbon and the X1 Yoga will soon sport premium displays with support for Dolby Vision HDR.
Pricing and release dates for all Lenovo's new products have yet to be announced, but you can sign up to be notified of availability by heading over to Lenovo's website.