Lenovo announced new additions to its ThinkSmart portfolio, designed for business communications.
The new ThinkSmart View is a dedicated personal business communications device for conducting Microsoft Teams audio and video calls. Lenovo also introduced that select solutions can now be fully managed by ThinkSmart Manager, a proprietary software application for IT departments to manage their fleet of ThinkSmart devices.
The new ThinkSmart View, powered by Qualcomm APQ8053 system-on-chip (SoC) is providing a dedicated device screen for Teams audio and video conferencing. One-touch meeting start through the built-in display also means you join meetings in seconds rather than minutes, and by pairing a Bluetooth headset, users can virtually eliminate background noise and improve confidentiality. A physical camera shutter and device lock by PIN provides welcome security.
ThinkSmart View is also designed to work beyond the office, such as in hot-desking environments.
Lenovo's existing purpose-built ThinkSmart Hub 500 solutions with either Microsoft Teams Rooms or Zoom Rooms empower smaller groups to be productive through efficient meetings in dedicated small to medium conference spaces.
Zoom Rooms bundle kits for small, medium and large meeting spaces featuring Lenovo's ThinkSmart Edition Tiny for Zoom (based on ThinkCentre M920q) are now available. Including the Lenovo Tab M10 controller and Heckler stand and featuring Logitech audio and video peripherals, the kits can be purchased through Maverick AV Solutions in the US, Canada and select countries in Europe and Asia.
Lenovo will further expand ThinkSmart Edition Tiny kits with Logitech to include Microsoft Teams Rooms.
Lenovo Smart Office Professional Services are offering consulting through deployment and management, allowing the set up of a tailored smart office solution.
What’s more, with the new ThinkSmart Manager software, manageability of select ThinkSmart devices becomes easier. IT departments can remotely deploy, manage, configure, update and resolve issues across those ThinkSmart devices within their cloud-sphere of influence. A single console provides real-time status by individual device and can generate reports on issues and usage trends. Protected by Lenovo Secure Authentication, ThinkSmart Manager can also remotely change BIOS and supervisor passwords on ThinkSmart devices and prevent unwanted USB port use for enhanced protection.
Pricing and Availability
- ThinkSmart View is expected to be available starting January 2020, starting at $349 or $449 with a ThinkPad X1 ANC Bluetooth Headset
- ThinkSmart Tiny kits are available now from Maverick AV Solutions.
- ThinkSmart Manager is available now with the first year’s subscription included.