The partnership announced between the French Ernergysquare and the Chinese IT giant Lenovo at CES in 2020 bears fruit during this 2021 edition. Lenovo is taking advantage of the new year to announce its first two laptops equipped with the developed wireless charging system by the ingenious hexagonal.
The integration took time – the two companies were already negotiating at Computex 2019 where we discovered Energysquare – and the pandemic prevented the initial roadmap from meeting the initial roadmap which provided for the first references for the second half of 2020.
But the machines are finally here, the ThinkBook 13 Plus Gen 2 and the Thinkbook 13X. Two PCs in the same 13-inch form factor and based on the 11th generation Intel Core chip-based Intel EVO platform. If the ThinkBook 13X is a classic machine, the ThinkBook 13 Plus Gen 2 is the second iteration of the PC with an e-ink screen on its back cover.
Both share the physical contacts of Ernergysquare below their chassis, ergos which allow the device to be recharged as soon as it is placed on a compatible charging mat.
Offering an almost maximum charging efficiency – unlike induction technologies, which are much less efficient – this technology is initially aimed at professional markets, which explains the positioning of the references – the ThinkBooks are the mid-range counterpart of the ThinkPads, the two ranges aimed at corporate markets.
Beyond the recharging device, which eliminates the need for a charger, the Energysquare system includes a part of data since the charging mats are intelligent and connected. The management of a company can thus know in real time the uses of its premises, the number of people in the rooms, etc. But this requires that the technology is installed in the premises – hence the professional target.
It now remains for Energysquare and its partners in IT, equipment (charging pads) or even (connected) furniture to increase their efforts to, perhaps, make it a standard adopted by most of the industry. . A major challenge.
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