Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon is a sub-3-pound laptop in a carbon fiber chassis that Lenovo is calling the lightest 14-inch notebook that is available. The company is also showing off new ThinkPad X, T, W and L Series offerings.
Lenovo May 15 took the covers off the
ThinkPad X1 Carbon, a 14-inch, sub-3-pound Ultrabook that the PC maker is
calling the lightest laptop in the industry.
Constructed of light and durable carbon
fiber, it includes embedded 3G, making mobile broadband a pay-as-you-go option;
Lenovo RapidCharge, getting users to a near-full battery in 30 minutes; and
Intel vPro technology, which has security and manageability capabilities built
The North Carolina-based branch of the
company introduced the X1, along with new T, X, L and W Series ThinkPad
laptopsvery different models, with emphases ranging from portability to mobile
workstation performancefrom a Lenovo conference in Las Vegas.
Lu Yan, Lenovo senior vice president,
described the new ThinkPad portfolio as embodying much of the innovative
thinking exemplified in the X1 Carbon, such as a backlit keyboard, super-bright
high-definition display, Dolby Home Theatre and rich communications features that
balance business performance with personal use.
All of them include third-generation
Intel Core processors, Lenovo Enhanced Experience 3.0 with RapidBoot
technologysaid to result in a boot-up time thats 40 percent faster than a
typical Windows 7 computerPrecision keyboards, Dolby audio and 300 nit HD+
displays. (A nit is a unit of visible-light intensity.)
All of these new PCs will be available
starting in early June, except for the ThinkPad X1 Carbon Ultrabook, which will
arrive starting this summer, says Lenovo.
A bit more detail on the others:
The ThinkPad X230 Ultraportable
was designed for consistently on-the-go
workers. It boasts 24 hours of battery life (with a nine-cell battery option
and a bottom battery slice, that is), a backlit keyboard, a 12.5-inch, 300-nit,
In-Plane Switching (IPS) wide-viewing display and 4G mobile broadbanda first
for ThinkPad laptops. Pricing will begin at $1,179.
The ThinkPad X230t Ultraportable Tablet
shares a lot of features with
the above-mentioned X230, but it can also, as you may have guessed, convert
itself into a tablet with a 12-inch display and a pen-like stylus. Theres also
the options of a touch-screen and a laser mouse. Pricing will start at $1,479.
Crazy-good battery lifeup to 32.5
hours, depending on the configurationis a major selling point of the new ThinkPad T430/430s/530
would argue that so are their Optional Nvidia discreet graphics. The ThinkPad
430s is the lightest 14-inch model in the ThinkPad line with docking and vPro,
while the compact T430 is the best-selling. The T530 offers a 15-inch full
high-definition display with a 95 percent color gamut, and other T Series
features include USB 3.0 ports, RapidCharge and 4G mobile broadband.
The T430 will start around $879, the
T430s around $1,399 and the L430 and L530 at $879.
Moving on, the ThinkPad W530
is an independent software vendor (ISV) certified
workstation that can be paired with four additional displays when docked. The
full HD, 270-nit wide-viewing angle display, with a built-in color calibrator
and 95 percent color gamut, meets GPU requirements. The W530 includes Quadro
mobile graphics processors with second-generation Optimus power management technology
and, with included CAD/CAM, GIS and 3D modeling software, is ready to use out
of the box. Pricing will start at $1,529.
Lenovo preceeded its ThinkPad
introductions with the May 14 intro of its new ThinkStation E31
. Featuring the Intel Xeon processor E3-1200 v2
product family or third-generation Intel Core i7 Processors, the E31 comes in
small-form-factor (SFF) and mini-tower options. Starting at $629, Lenovo calls
it a desktop workstation with a PC budget. The mini tower will be available
starting June 5, and the SFF will follow on July 13.
Earlier this month Lenovo introduced a
lineup of new ThinkCentre and Edge Series PCs
featuring third-generation Intel Core processors, smart cooling technologies,
multi-screen functionality and speedy boot-up times.
The worlds No. 2 PC maker,
fast-growing Lenovo, has found success in what it has described as a protect
and attack strategy. Its protecting its enterprise business and strong base
in China while attacking the growing smartphone and tablet markets. While the
overall PC industry remained flat, Lenovo reported in February that during its
quarter that ended Dec. 31, it
saw PC shipments increase by 37 percent
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