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CES 2020: Lenovo debuts the ThinkSmart View for working in public spaces

We (Verizon Media) and our partners need your consent to access your device, set cookies, and use your data, including your location, to understand your interests, provide relevant ads and measure their effectiveness. How Verizon Media and our partners bring you better ad experiences To give you a better overall experience, we want to provide relevant ads that are more useful to you. CES 2020: Lenovo debuts the ThinkSmart View for working in public spaces The new personal business communications device makes it easier for mobile workers to conduct Microsoft Teams audio and video calls. Lenovo on Friday announced the expansion of its ThinkSmart portfolio with a new device designed for mobile workers. The ThinkSmart View is a personal business communications device that should help workers easily and responsibly connect with colleagues, even in public spaces.

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It's effectively a dedicated screen for conducting Microsoft Teams audio and video calls from anywhere. The new device should be available this month, starting at $349 or $449 with a ThinkPad X1 ANC Bluetooth headset It's introduced hardware, software and services, including Smart Office Professional Services to help customers adopt and implement new interconnected technologies. Lenovo on Friday also announced new ThinkSmart Manager software, which helps IT departments manage specific ThinkSmart devices. With the software, IT teams can remotely deploy, manage, configure, update and resolve issues across devices. IT administrators can also use the software, protected by Lenovo Secure Authentication, to remotely change BIOS and supervisor passwords on ThinkSmart devices and prevent unwanted USB port use.

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The device features 10th Gen Intel Core processors, a 23.8-inch FHD display and Dolby Atmos audio. It comes with ThinkShield security features, while the display offers a PrivacyGuard option to protect sensitive data. Meanwhile, the new ThinkVision Creator Extreme is a 27-inch HDR1000 compatible display designed for professional content creators. Next, the ThinkVision T34w-20 monitor offers a 34-inch 21:9 1500R curved display with 3440x1440 resolution and a USB Type-C one cable solution. A new keyboard for the ThinkPad X1 devices will include a unified communications function row buttons for instant Voice-over-IP access.

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Enter ThinkSmart View, its new dedicated personal business communications device for conducting Microsoft Teams audio and video calls. Basically, it looks like a Google Assistant-style smart display, repurposed for the office setting. "A meeting of interconnected technology and working cultural changes is enabling transformations towards smarter workspaces," said Joseph Mingori, general manager, Lenovo Smart Office business, in a statement. "By leveraging the next wave of smart office technology, such as ThinkSmart View, companies can design and equip a workplace for greater agility, creativity and engagement. The result: a way for offices to offer up a devoted Teams audio/video conferencing device at the fraction of the cost of its other enterprise solutions.

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ThinkSmart View is expected to be available starting January 2020, starting at $349 (or $449 with an included pair of Bluetooth headphones for open offices). It could, too, work at individual desks or for remote workers, though it's going to take heavy use to justify the purchase of one of these, versus just installing Teams on your PCs. Still, it's an interesting push for the smart display category, as manufacturers look for life beyond the kitchen and bedroom." Lenovo ThinkSmart View gives Microsoft Teams video calls a dedicated screen Lenovo has added a standalone video conferencing device to its range, the ThinkSmart View, giving Microsoft Teams calls a dedicated screen alongside your PC or laptop. The new smart display has an 8-inch touchscreen along with an integrated camera, microphone, and speakers. Lenovo has reused the same design as for its Google-powered Smart Display, albeit in a sober, business-minded black and gray finish rather than white and wood-effect. Whereas the Smart Display is intended to bring the best of the Google Assistant to consumers' homes, the ThinkSmart View aims to bring Microsoft's messaging platform to business desks.

As for controlling all this, Lenovo has its new ThinkSmart Manager. That allows for easier deployment, provisioning, management, updating and configuring, and troubleshooting of devices like the ThinkSmart View. The same software can also be used to lock down ThinkSmart devices in general, as well as control access to things like USB ports for overall data security. The Lenovo Smart Tab M10 FHD Plus uses the same form-factor as the ThinkSmart View, but offers Google's AI on its 8-inch display. Lenovo is packaging a new dedicated personal business communications array for 2020 with its ThinkSmart portfolio which now includes ThinkSmart View, ThinkPad X1 ANC Bluetooth Headset, ThinkSmart Tiny kits, and the ThinkSmart Manager software service tieing it all together. The new ThinkSmart View, powered by Qualcomm® APQ8053 system-on-chip (SoC), can help users unlock their full potential by providing a dedicated device screen for Teams audio and video conferencing. ThinkSmart View is also designed to work beyond the office. Including the Lenovo Tab M10 controller and Heckler stand and featuring Logitech audio and video peripherals, the kits can be purchased through Maverick AV Solutions in the US, Canada and select countries in Europe and Asia. We will further expand ThinkSmart Edition Tiny kits with our partner Logitech to include Microsoft Teams Rooms. Lenovo is going beyond just providing niftily personalized hardware and is currently providing a software layer to help IT personnel navigate and manage multiple seats utilizing its new conference solutions. The new ThinkSmart Manager software enables IT, managers, to remotely deploy, manage, update, configure and resolve conflicts that arise with ThinkSmart enabled devices by making use of Lenovo Secure Authentication, BIOS-level password encryption and enhanced port protections. For work in a less conventional office space or diametrically different content, Lenovo will also produce its latest five Digital Creator devices that include, "two super-portable laptops, a powerful desktop tower, and two high definition 27-inch monitors." For developers wanting a new AutoCAD machine, Lenovo has a new 15.6-inch Yoga Creator 7 laptop that also comes with a new Lenovo Q-Control machine learning performance manager that helps to throttle processing power. Other features include a "15.6-inch Full HD optional glass display with a 100 percent sRGB color gamut that offers the full range of Pantone Matching System® colors. Powered by the latest NVIDIA® GPUs and Studio Drivers and boosted by Dolby Atmos® Speaker System for rich, moving audio available over headphones or through PC speakers custom-designed and tuned by Dolby, the Yoga Creator 7 is Independent Software Vendor-certified to run apps, including any creativity apps bookmarked to the user's Digital Content Creators4 dashboard at optimal performance." True to form, Lenovo is also offering a more reasonable price variant of its Creator laptop in the Ideapad Creator 5 which can come equipped with up to a 10th Intel Core i7 processor, 15.6-inch Full HD display with 100 percent Adobe RGB calibration and latest NVIDIA GPUs. The C5 is hefty device at 4.85lbs but houses integrated Alexa software as well as up to 16GB DDR4 RAM and a 1TB PCIe SSD and offered in a new Dark Moss color Lenovo is trying out in 2020. Designed for content and media creators, expect an incredible audio-visual experience with the new Lenovo Qreator 27 Monitor with 27-inch 4K UHD (3840 x 2160) IPS Smart Crystal Sound display and a four-sided near-edgeless infinity screen design. The sound from the Smart Crystal Sound Display ebbs and flows in-sync with on-screen motions while the integrated screen panel vibrates like a speaker membrane—immersing the content creator in audio and enabling the sound effects in videos to really come to life. When the monitor is connected to your compatible laptop, mobile device, or favorite studio equipment via the USB Type-C one-cable solution, it enables the right distribution of power10 to each device for fast audio signal, data, and video transfers—all simultaneously.