Lenovo launches depth-sensing laptop and Surface 3 rival
If you're in the market for a mid-range laptop, Lenovo has revealed an interesting option at its Tech World event in Beijing. The 15-inch Z51 laptop has an Intel RealSense 3D camera that can be used for scanning, gaming or gesture control. If you're not into that gimmick, the Z51 and 14-inch Z41 have pretty decent bang for the buck, however, with 1080p displays, optional discreet AMD graphics, 16GB max memory and up to a Core i7 CPU. Both will arrive next month starting at $499, but on the off-chance you want a depth camera, you'll pay an extra $100 for the 15-inch model.
Lastly, there's the 10-inch ThinkPad 10 (2nd generation) tablet pictured above. Lenovo's pitching that to business pros with features like a ThinkPad Pen Pro stylus, 1,920 x 1,200 IPS touch screen, Intel Atom quad-core CPU, up to 4GB RAM, a 5-megapixel camera, LTE connectivity and 10 hours of battery life. Lenovo says it'll also bring "a full PC experience,"à la Microsoft's Surface 3, provided you're willing to spend up on accessories. You can add, for instance, a folio keyboard for $110, an ultrabook keyboard for $119, a tablet dock for $129 and $70 4-way privacy film. That's on top of $549 for the tablet itself, which is $50 bucks more than a base Surface 3. Still, it's good to have options, and hopefully we'll get a better look to let you know if it's worth it. The ThinkPad 10 will be available August 2015.