Lenovo launched its 8th-generation Lenovo ThinkPads and ThinkStations specifically designed to address the needs of a workforce shifting more to mobile, a trend spurred by millennials weaned on using mobile devices.
In an IDC study commissioned by Lenovo (IDC InfoBrief, Enabling the Future Workspace – Agile, Intelligent and Engaging), it is predicted that the changing workforce demographics and rapid adoption of new technologies will lead to fundamental changes in the workspace and how people work.
Asia’s millennials, who will make up more than 50 percent of the workforce by 2020, will drive transformation in workspaces across Asia Pacific, excluding Japan (APeJ).
Lenovo launched new workstations to assist Filipino companies in future-proofing their workplace to adapt to the work environment changes.
Faced with a younger, much more mobile workforce, Lenovo—through the new ThinkPads—is focused on increasing portability, while at the same time improving power and performance.
“A new, faster style of work by a younger generation of workers has given birth to the hybrid workspaces of today where achieving maximum efficiency and productivity is the goal. Gone are the days of the conventional office setup where employees sit at the same desk on the same floor of the same building,” said Lenovo Philippines Country General Manager Michael Ngan.
Five new ThinkPads were unveiled during the launch. These are the ThinkPad L380, X280, E480, T480 and T480S—all powered by Intel’s 8th generation processors.
Some of the new features include added security, as the new ThinkPads include match-on-sensor touch fingerprint readers, IR cameras for facial recognition access, and even physical webcam covers for privacy.
The Intel Core vPro feature of the 8th Generation processors also provides another layer of protection through remote encryption management that only allows authorized users to unlock encrypted hard drives and reset encryption passwords while on the go.
In addition, all of the new models feature USB-C power adapters for universal charging regardless of what option an office will have. They also have a new docking design with a slide-to-connect mechanism that works with most 12-, 14- and 15-inch ThinkPads, making them backward compatible.
For enhanced portability, Lenovo made the 8th-generation ThinkPads lighter than their predecessors. The 12.5-inch X280, for example, is 15 percent thinner (0.69 inch) and 20 percent lighter (2.6 pounds) than the ThinkPad x270.
The ThinkPad’s legendary durability remains as every device went through rigorous testing for the Mil-SPEC 810G military standard, consisting of 10 durability tests which include humidity, low temperature, high vibration, and high altitude.
40 percent more power
“With most of today’s workforce being on-the-go, it is now time for traditional workspaces to evolve in order to achieve maximum efficiency and productivity. Together with Intel, our newest ThinkPads meet mobility demands while at the same time providing enterprise-grade reliability and security, thereby making offices who utilize them more than ready to face any challenges that future business environments hold,” said Ngan.
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