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Lenovo builds enterprise gear using Android

by on16 October 2023

Powered by the Esper Foundation

Lenovo is releasing a range of new enterprise-focused devices powered by Esper Foundation -- a custom Android operating system -- and bundled with a complementary mobile device management (MDM) platform.

Lenovo’s first Esper device is the ThinkCentre M70a, an all-in-one desktop PC fitted with an up to 12th-Gen Intel Core i9 CPU, alongside 16GB DDR4 RAM and up to 512GB SSD. It'll be followed by the ThinkCentre M70q, M90n-1 IoT, and the ThinkEdge SE30 v2 machines by the end of 2023.

Esper Foundation is based on Android 11 and has customisable branding, peripheral compatibility, quarterly security patches, and three years of support. The MDM system, meanwhile, remotely deploys, manages, and updates devices from a single view.

Lenovo is banking on the Esper Foundation OS appealing to businesses as an alternative to Windows and Google's ChromeOS, particularly in highly niche industries such as the retail, hospitality, and healthcare industries.

Lenovo's director of global advanced solutions marketing and strategy Johanny Payero "Dedicated devices are proliferating across several key industries, and our new joint solution with Esper allows us to deliver the best of Android with the consistency and predictability of Lenovo's x86 devices."


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