Lenovo isn’t only preparing an anniversary ThinkPad laptop, but also a bunch of other interesting devices, like one meant for the enterprise area and known as the ThinkSmart Hub 500. This machine is intended for the modern workspaces.
It was built in collaboration with Microsoft and unveiled at the Microsoft Ignite 2017 conference. It’s basically a Skype Rooms Systems device, that runs Windows 10 Internet of Things Enterprise. It has an 11.6 inch screen that can be rotated a full 360 degrees and comes with Dolby Audio Premium, 360 degree array microphones and a touchscreen display.
It’s supposed to make the video conference setup easier for medium workspaces and conference rooms. Lenovo claims that it only requires 10 minutes to get this going and set it up. ThinkSmart Hub 500 hasn’t been priced just yet and it’s expected to hit the market in the first quarter of 2018. It seems to resemble a control panel or a tablet fixed onto a special stand, like the one of a monitor.
It’s got a solid base, with a generous ventilation system and an intuitive interface, with multiple split screen action areas. I expect a pretty powerful camera array to be integrated in the mix.