May 01 2024
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Lenovo’s Newest Laptops Usher In the Era of AI-Enabled PCs

The latest ThinkPad and ThinkBook laptops feature artificial intelligence innovations and are powered by Windows 11. Here’s what users can expect from the next generation of portable PCs.

The age of artificial intelligence–enabled PCs and laptops has arrived. Gartner predicts that worldwide shipments of AI computers and smartphones will increase tenfold this year from 2023, and AI-capable devices are expected to claim 70 percent of the computer market by 2028.

Lenovo is going all-in on AI expectations with its new line of ThinkPad and ThinkBook business laptops, powered by Intel Core processors and Windows 11. Here’s what you need to know about these Windows 11 Pro devices:

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Small Scale, Big Impact: The AI Laptop

AI is now folded into almost every new technology, including portable traditional PCs. So, what exactly makes an AI laptop different? It’s all about the processors.

In previous laptop generations, CPUs and graphics processing units (GPUs) were often augmented by cloud services to handle AI-based tasks such as data analysis and retrieval. However, as AI models became more complex, computers struggled to keep pace. Cloud models were a good foundation, but unstable connections and limited bandwidth made it harder to grow and scale. Add that to the need for greater computing power, and the price tag gets significantly more expensive.

Lenovo’s AI-enabled PCs address these issues with Intel chipsets that contain CPUs, GPUs and NPUs (neural processing units). Each unit contains AI acceleration features enabling it to process AI tasks without a cloud connection. NPUs can also handle low-power AI calculations.

The result is a smaller-scale AI model that uses local data to train and enhance PC functions.

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A Powerful Processor to Enhance Digital Work

Lenovo provides the framework, Intel provides the processors, and Microsoft provides the software that users need to make the most of their AI laptops. Introduced in 2022, Windows 11 modernized the PC OS experience with user-friendly features and powerful productivity tools.

Windows 11 has recently added functionality to help users take full advantage of their AI-powered devices. This starts with services such as AI-powered Bing search, which helps users find what they’re looking for faster than ever. Additionally, the AI-enabled search function is embedded directly into the taskbar, making it easier to use. By combining ThinkPad and ThinkBook CPUs, GPUs and NPUs with AI-enhanced Bing search, Lenovo laptops deliver a personalized, powerful and productive experience.

Windows 11 on Lenovo laptops also includes Microsoft Copilot. The AI-powered assistant helps users get answers and inspiration from across the web without affecting performance or productivity. Users can ask Copilot to find answers, generate new content or provide suggestions. They can also customize Copilot’s conversation style with options for creative, balanced and precise communication.

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The Future of AI-Enabled Laptops

The move to AI laptops is the latest in an ongoing compute cycle that sees functional models shift from the edge to the center and back again. Where cloud computing provides a way to converge (and hyperconverge) processes and data, AI is pushing compute back to the edge where data is initially generated.

To help navigate the changing AI landscape, next-generation laptop manufacturers are exploring new ways to maximize the impact of AI on day-to-day operations. The message to device manufacturers is also clear: Embrace AI or get left behind. For example, the Lenovo ThinkBook portfolio is now using AI to improve battery life and enhance videoconferencing with solutions such as Smart Power and Smart Meeting.

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Lenovo, Intel and Microsoft collaborations indicate an ongoing effort to make AI accessible for all — enabling any user to benefit from a personalized, productive work experience.

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