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Thunderbolt 3 and USB Type-C is Front and Center on New Lenovo Products

USB Type-C and Thunderbolt was front and center in a lot of Lenovo's products being displayed at CES 2017.

Lenovo showed the possibilities enabled by Thunderbolt 3 over USB-C with the ThinkPad X1 Carbon (2017)ThinkPad X1 Yoga (2017)MIIX 720, and Legion Y720.  

The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon (2017) is great for users needing a light but powerful Ultrabook while the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga (2017) is better suited for those needing a 2-in-1 convertible notebook.  Both these notebooks sport two Thunderbolt 3 ports which support not only 40 Gb/s Thunderbolt 3 links but also support USB 3.1 Gen 2 (10 Gb/s), DisplayPort 1.2 for 4K video, and USB Power Delivery based charging.  

The MIIX 720 has only one Thunderbolt 3 port and is one of the few tablets in the market the use Thunderbolt 3.  The gamer oriented Legion Y720 laptop also only has one Thunderbolt 3 port.

USB Type-C is also supported in Lenovo's Moto X family which includes the Moto Z, Moto Z Droid,  Moto Z Force DroidMoto Z Play, and Moto Z Play Droid.  These phones also support Moto Mods accessories like the JBL SoundBoost SpeakerMoto Insta-Share ProjectorIncipio offGRID Power Pack, and Hasselblad True Zoom Camera .  Moto Mods combine strong magnets with high speed connectivity and power to enable new accessories and peripherals which only work on Moto X based phones.  Note the USB Type-C interface on the Moto X family supports USB Power Delivery for fast charging and USB 3.1 Gen 1 connectivity (but no DisplayPort or other Alternate Modes)

Of course, not everything has gone USB Type-C.  

Lenovo also displayed their Lenovo Phab 2 Pro, which is the first phone that supports Google Tango based augmented reality through hardware and software that supports motion tracking, area learning, and depth perception.  Unfortunately, the Lenovo Phab 2 Pro doesn't support USB Type-C but does support Qualcomm Quick Charge 2.0 based fast charging through its micro-B USB connector.

In the area of Smart Home, Lenovo announced their Smart Assistant with Amazon Alexa and Smart Storage devices.  The WI-FI and Bluetooth based Lenovo Smart Assistant with Amazon Alexa is similar to the Amazon Echo while the Lenovo Smart Storage is a WI-FI/Ethernet/USB NAS that seems to be remarketed towards the Smart Home market.

Still, it's amazing how rapidly Thunderbolt and USB Type-C has been adopted in so many flagship Lenovo products.

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