Lenovo pitches two-CPU ThinkPad
'Hybrid' laptop has Intel and Qualcomm chippage
Lenovo has outed the first ThinkPad notebook with a secondary processor and operating system for fast-boot internet access.
The PC giant also unwrapped its first Ultrabook ThinkPad.
The "hybrid" ThinkPad X1, first: it's a 13.3in machine with a choice of Intel Core i3, i5 and i7 CPUs as the main chip. There's a Qualcomm dual-core processor in there too and it runs a custom version of Linux, Lenovo said.
All that and it's only 15mm thick. It has a Gorilla Glass screen, too.
The reason for the extra OS? Users can get to their media files more quickly, and experience longer battery life, Lenovo claimed. For folk who don't do so on a phone or tablet, we guess.
Lenovo's new Ultrabook is the spritely monikered ThinkPad T430u, a 14-incher with the usual array of Intel CPU choices, Intel or Nvidia graphics, and a 1TB HDD or 128GB SSD.
Surprisingly, it's not as thin as the X1: 20mm. But it is cheaper: $849 (£548) in the States to the X1's $1599 (£1031) price. The X1 goes on sale in Q3, the Ultrabook in Q3 - presumably when Intel's next-gen 'Ivy Bridge' chips are readily available.
Lenovo will demo both laptops at next week's Consumer Electronics Show (CES). ®
But why? My Lenovo X1 running Ubuntu 11.10 boots in less than 10 seconds so why would I want to boot another OS?
A lot of it is processor.
x86 is stupidly power hungry, even atom chips are pretty shit at low power consumption. That's why your laptop body gets hot. Compare a tablet to a netbook (similar sized screens) arm-based tablets have much better battery life.
+1 for not making it silver.
(A self-confessed Thinkpad fanboi)
...But might be nice if they could get their x220 laptops to work for more than a microsoft minute first.
Just bought 230 of em for the firm and so far, since being deployed just before Christmas, we have had 23 total failures, Power light's on but nobody home!
Our friendly Lenovo engie, (name withheld to protect his job/sanity/gelled hair style), says it's a known issue, but hey, our Lenovo account manager says no it's not, that's just stupid nonsense! Ah well, 23 so far including two this morning and counting...
Shame as otherwise seem nice bits of kit.
Microsoft won't stand for it.