Lenovo ThinkReality A6 MR Headset Review

Rebekah Carter
Rebekah Carter

A new AR solution for businesses

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Lenovo ThinkReality A6 MR Headset Review

Augmented Reality is quickly emerging as a popular tool for the business landscape. With AR headsets, engineers can access vital information without having to carry a manual with them on the job. Employees can share valuable information with experts through a camera feed, and teams can work more effectively on creative products.

The Lenovo ThinkReality A6 is the latest AR solution for the business market, built on the Lenovo ThinkReality platform. The platform has proven to be a highly scalable and flexible solution for companies interested in augmented reality technology. Companies can manage, build and deploy content on a massive scale, using a lightweight headset for access to digital information.

Lenovo ThinkReality A6 Review: Design and Build

Introduced as part of the Transform 3.0 annual event, ThinkReality is the new AR sub-brand for Lenovo, aiming to provide hardware and software solutions for AR in the enterprise environment. The AR6 is one of the more recent products from Lenovo on the market, powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon SoC processor.

The AR headset offers an impressive 1080p resolution per eye, a 40-degree diagonal field of view, and a wonderfully lightweight experience, with a weight of only 380 grams. The computing box for the device is separate, and you can clip it onto your belt when you’re working to avoid any extra weight around your head.

Aside from a lightweight design, the Lenovo ThinkReality A6 also contributes to user experience with special customization options. There are various changeable pads to fit the device onto your nose, so you can change the fit if you’re wearing glasses.

Lenovo ThinkReality A6 Review: Features

Users of the Lenovo ThinkReality A6 will be able to control the headset using voice, gesture, and gaze control, with a hand controller featuring 3DoF (Degrees of Freedom)

The depth sensor in the technology, combined with an Intel Movidius visual processing unit helps to create more realistic AR processing experiences. You also get two fish-eye cameras in the headset, a 13 MP RGB camera, and an inertial measurement unit too. SLAM simultaneous localisation and mapping functionality is quite impressive with this device, making it easier for digital content to merge seamlessly with the real world.

Further features include a 6800mAh rechargeable battery which can last for about 4 hours, on-board Wi-Fi, and a set of built-in speakers. There’s also a Bluetooth connection available too.

An extra benefit of this product is that it’s both cloud and device agnostic, so you can use the software that appeals most to you without being tied down. You can also use the Lenovo ThinkReality platform to create your own software experiences. The platform was created specifically with IT managers, developers, and business leaders in mind, to help them create enterprise-grade XR experiences.

Lenovo ThinkReality A6 Verdict

The Lenovo ThinkReality A6 headset is an AR solution built for enterprise environments. Ideal to deliver information remotely to on-site workers or engineers, these powerful tools can support a range of use cases. Though there is some work to do on menu functionality, with some navigation experiences feeling a little clunkier than others, there’s definitely a lot of potential here. Lenovo is once again showing its expertise in the technology landscape when it comes to disruptive tech.


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