Lenovo takes wireless charging and WiGig to the monitor

Using a dock that sits on the desk could be a thing of the past before it has even begun, with Lenovo launching a wireless desktop connectivity bar for its new ThinkVision X24 Pro monitor.
Written by Chris Duckett, Contributor

At the same time that Lenovo took the wraps off its newly expanded X1 line of products, the Chinese hardware manufacturer also launched an intriguing monitor that could supersede the new WiGig docks it is trying to sell alongside its X1 line.

That monitor is the ThinkVision X24 Pro, a 23.8-inch 1920x1080 AH-IPS display that arrives with an Intel RealSense 3D camera, dual array microphones, and a pair of 3W speakers to go alongside its USB Type C, Mini DisplayPort, and micro USB 3.0 Type B ports.

The optional extras on the monitor include AirFuel wireless charging standards based on Rezence technology for compatible mobile phones, and a WiGig bar that sits along the bottom of the monitor.

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In its X1 announcement today, Lenovo said it is offering an optional desk-bound WiGig wireless docking hub accessory that includes networking, video outputs, and USB ports for its X1 Tablet, Yoga, and 2016 Carbon products. The value of such a hub is lowered when that functionality can be taken care of by the monitor.

Lenovo said the ThinkVision X24 Pro will be available from June and cost upwards of $399 -- no pricing on the monitor's extras has yet to be released.

Besides its X1 line of ThinkPads, Lenovo also updated its L and T series of ThinkPads.

The new ThinkPad T460p houses a Core i7 6820HQ or 6700HQ, or Core i5 6440HQ or 6300HQ processor, and up to 32GB of DDR4 RAM. Storage options are either a 1TB or 500GB hard drive, or up to a 512GB SATA SSD or 256GB PCIe SSD. The T460p is set to cost upwards of $1,249, and arrive in February.

Lenovo also launched the ThinkPad 13, a low-cost ultrabook with a choice of either Windows or Chrome-powered variants. The Windows option gets the better treatment, and includes SSD storage and up to 16GB of DDR4 memory running at 2,133MHz. Pricing is set to begin at $449 for the Windows model in the second quarter of the calendar year, with CNET stating that the Chrome version will arrive in June, at $399.

The Chinese hardware giant also launched business versions of its Yoga 900 and Miix 700 devices that have the addition of a Trusted Platform Module chip and extended warranty.

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