Lenovo adds Amazon Alexa Show Mode to their PCs

They’re also introducing the new IdeaPad 5G and the Tab P11 tablet

Amazon Echo Show mode on Lenovo PCs
Amazon Echo Show mode on Lenovo PCs
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Today at CES 2021, Lenovo is introducing the IdeaPad 5G, a laptop crafted to address the current need for fast and stable connections. The company is also introducing the Lenovo P11 tablet for users looking for an even more portable solution.

Lenovo IdeaPad 5G
Lenovo IdeaPad 5G

With 5G rushing to become a worldwide standard, the IdeaPad 5G is Lenovo’s solution to bring high-speed connections to its laptop users. Utilizing Qualcomm technology, including the 8cx 5G compute platform, Areno 680 graphics, and Snapdragon X55 Modem-RF, the IdeaPad 5G promises not just fast connection speeds but also high performance. It’s supported by up to 8GB of RAM and 512GB of SSD storage.

Lenovo IdeaPad 5G
Lenovo IdeaPad 5G
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The device houses a 14-inch IPS display capable of up to a 1920×1080 resolution paired with user-facing Dolby Audio-optimized speakers. It also boasts of a fan-less design for quiet performance and a comfortable keyboard for easy typing.  For better vocal clarity during voice calls and chats, the laptop is also equipped with dual-array microphones.

The laptop also offers 20 hours of battery life and support for Rapid Charge Express. Other available features include Modern Standby, Windows Hello face unlock, USB Type-C charging port, and 4G LTE SIM card support.

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The Lenovo IdeaPad 5G doesn’t have a North American release date for now but it’s expected to be available in other markets soon. Pricing will depend on location.

Lenovo Tab P11
Lenovo Tab P11

While the IdeaPad 5G makes for a great portable PC, some users may need an even more portable device. The Lenovo Tab P11 is the company’s latest tablet that considers itself the “happy medium”, offering users the latest in technology without a hefty price tag.

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Despite being just 11-inches, the Lenovo Tab P11 offers a variety of features that can help in one’s daily tasks and activities. The IPS LCD display is capable of up to 2K resolution with a brightness of 400 nits. Long hours on the device also pose no problems to the eyes as it is TÜV Rheinland-certified, meaning it can block out harmful blue light.

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Lenovo Tab P11
Lenovo Tab P11

It’s powered by a Snapdragon 662 processor matched with up to 6GB of RAM and it’s integrated with Qualcomm FastConnect for fast connection speeds. Housed in an aluminum-alloy body, the device can last up to 15 hours on a full charge and is also certified to stream Netflix in HD.

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Workers-on-the-go will appreciate its 8-megapixel front camera for quality images during video calls while working with the Smart Privacy feature to intelligently blur the background. Users will also be able to set up a mini workstation by snapping on the optional Keyboard Pack that comes with a built-in trackpad. Pair this with the Lenovo Precision Pen and the magnetic stand cover to create an optimal and portable work station.

With families in mind, the Lenovo Tab P11 also features Kids Space from Google. When activated, the UI transforms into a more kid-friendly design and features kid-friendly and appropriate apps to help kids have fun while learning.

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The Lenovo Tab P11 will be available starting this January with a starting price of just $229.99.

Lastly, Lenovo announces that a couple of its PCs will be receiving support for Amazon Alexa Show Mode. This new feature will transform select Lenovo devices into a full, hands-free Alexa experience similar to the Echo Show. Alexa will be able to perform actions such as taking down reminders, playing music, and more. Users will no longer need to reach their smartphones, tablets, or smart speakers, and can simply instruct and control connected devices from their PCs. This feature is expected to roll out later on in the second quarter of 2021 and will be available on devices like Lenovo’s Yoga and IdeaPad line.