Better Screen, More Battery: Lenovo’s Horizon 2 Continues Table PC Push

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Lenovo Horizon 2Following up on their 2013 release of the Ideacentre Horizon 27, today at CES Lenovo unveiled the Horizon 2, an all-in-one tabletop-tablet PC.

The Horizon 2’s massive 27″ LCD screen will be available in 2 resolutions: 1920×1080 (which matches the original Horizon 27’s resolution) or 2560×1440. It will feature up to a 4th-generation Intel Core i7 processor, up to 8 GB of RAM, a 500 GB internal hard drive and up to NVIDIA GeForce 840M graphics.

The Horizon 2 features a kickstand to be used as a desktop, or it can lie flat, which triggers the custom “Aura” interface introduced in the original for manipulating photos and accessing games such as digital air hockey. Laying an Android phone on the Horizon allows users to move photos and other data between the two devices via built-in near field communication (NFC), and users can manipulate them via the smartphone’s touch controls or directly on the Horizon itself.

While not portable in the typical sense expected from a tablet PC, the Horizon 2 is slimmer and lighter than its predecessor, at just under 2 cm thick and around 17 lbs. It also features a more tapered design, which should assist in moving the device around the home, or even just raising it back onto its kickstand.

Lenovo also claims a 4-hour battery life on the device, adding to its portability. Lenovo displayed the Horizon 2 with a separate rolling rack that has a container for holding any accessories, such as the physical E-dice or air hockey mallets sold for use with the Horizon 27.

The Lenovo Horizon 2 will be available in June, with a price starting of $999 for a model with a 1920×1080 panel, and $1199 for one with a 2560×1440 panel. We shall see if the air hockey mallets and E-dice of the last generation will come standard as well.


*Update @ 8:47: corrected pricing information.





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