Lenovo brings 4K displays, including one with Android, to CES
Lenovo appears interested in making a splash early this year, with the recent announcement of a new LTE smartphone and now this pair of displays – the ThinkVision Pro2840m, a high-end 28-inch pro monitor, and the ThinkVision 28, which Lenovo calls a "smarter display" that doubles as an Android-powered entertainment center.
Two things we were expecting to see at CES 2014 in Las Vegas this year were plenty of new 4K HD displays and some traditional laptop and desktop OEMs doing some interesting things with Android in their new systems. Well, two days before the show even officially opens and Lenovo has ticked both boxes.
Both screens sport a 3840 x 2160 resolution panel and the company says they will be available this year. The Pro2840m will be available in April starting at US$799, and its Android-fueled counterpart hits "selected markets" in July for a starting price expected around $1199.
Getting down to specs, there's an NVIDIA Tegra system-on-a-chip at the heart of the ThinkVision 28 running Android 4.3 beneath the 10-point touch display. Lenovo also touts what appears to be an NFC-based "Tap to Connect" system for syncing devices to the monitor, as well as Miracast capability.
In addition, extra USB ports can charge your phone or other devices, and there's also extra HDMI ports for "extreme connectivity." A 2 megapixel camera and 5 W stereo speakers round out the package.
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The technology needs to exist before the rollout of 4K broadcasts or other content- no point in producing content if there is nobody with the equipment to make use of it- only if sales take off to a certain level will encourage content developers to produce their stuff in 4K.