Lenovo Unveils New Laptop Line-up

Lenovo has revealed a couple of new laptops ahead of CES in Las Vegas next week extending its Ultrabook range with the ThinkPad T430u as well as unveiling the ThinkPad X1 Hybrid with sports not one but two processors and operating systems.

Lenovo ThinkPad T430u

First up is the latest Ultrabook from Lenovo. The ThinkPad T430u follows on from the Lenovo IdeaPad U300s which was launched at IFA back in September. The ThinkPad T430u however eschews the aluminium-clad design we’ve seen on pretty much all Ultrabooks to date and instead takes its styling hints from the ThinkPad range.

This is a business-orientated Ultrabook from Lenovo with a 14in Gorilla Glass screen and a choice of the latest Intel Sandy Bridge processors as well as the option of Nvidia graphics above the regular Intel integrated graphics.

It will come with a choice of SSD or up to 1TB of HDD storage. It promises up to six hours of battery life, quick resume and fast boot-up time as well as Lenovo Solution Centre to enable overnight energy savings and automatic patch updates. It will measure just 20.2mm and weigh “less than 4 pounds (1.8kg).”

The best thing however about the Lenovo ThinkPad T430u is its price as it will start from just £545 but we’ll have to wait until Q3 2012 to get our hands on one.

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Hybrid

Lenovo’s second announcement of the day is the ThinkPad X1 Hybrid, which is a follow up to the ThinkPad X1 which at the time was the thinnest and lightest ThinkPad laptop but was let down on a number of areas including its battery life.

The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Hybrid aims to solve some of these issues by adding a second processor and operating system which promises to extend the battery life to 10 hours.

The ThinkPad X1 Hybrid keeps the thin and light combination, 13.3in Gorilla Glass screen as well as options for the latest Intel Core i3/i5/i7 Sandy Bridge processors.

Lenovo has however included an Instant Media Mode (IMM) which includes a secondary Qualcomm dual-core processor, up to 16GB of memory and a custom Linux-based operating system.

IMM is designed to be used when you want to do less power intensive actions such as web browsing, watching films or listening to music. To switch to IMM from Windows simply click a button on the desktop. With IMM the ThinkPad X1 Hybrid operates much like a smartphone, remaining turned on and requiring fewer battery charges.

The ThinkPad X1 Hybrid is actually thinner than its Ultrabook brother measuring just 15.2mm at its thinnest point and weighs the same, at “less than 4 pounds.”

However the ThinkPad X1 Hybrid cannot match the ThinkPad T430u on pricing, with prices starting from £1,025 when it arrives in the second quarter of 2012.

Both new ThinkPads should be on show at CES in Las Vegas next week and we’ll be there to bring you our first impressions and hands-on reviews.

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