Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Hybrid

Key Features

  • Review Price: £0.00
  • Extra Qualcomm dial-core processor
  • Secondary Linux-based operating system
  • Battery life doubled to 10hrs

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When we looked at the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 last year one of our main criticisms was the weak battery life of the portable 13in laptop. Lenovo must have been listening however, as they’ve brought out an updated version which promises to double the battery life and we’ve just had some hands-on time with it.

Lenovo hasn’t gone back and simply stuck a bigger battery into the X1, it has instead done something a lot more innovative. It has sacrificed the wireless WAN card and replaced it with a dual-core Qualcomm processor which is used to power it into Instant Media Mode (IMM).

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 hybrid

IMM is a Linux-based operating system and while Lenovo are reticent to actually call it Android, in everything but name this is what you are dealing with. Simply clicking a button in Windows will put the big daddy OS to sleep and switch to using the low power OS and powred by Qualcom’s SnapDragon processor and up to 16GB of storage.

We were able to see this in operation at and in a couple of tests the switch between operating systems happened within a second or two and the same speed in returning from the Linux OS to Windows. IMM is designed to allow you to watch a movie, listen to music, send emails or browse the web and Lenovo is promising up to 10 hours battery life in this mode compared to just five hours on the original.

In all other respects the X1 Hybrid is the same as the original and will be available in all the same configurations with up to Intel Core i7 processors and 8GB of RAM. The starting price will be £1,025 which is essentially the same as the original X1 and we expect to see this shipping towards the middle of the year.

Let us know in the comments what you think of Lenovo’s new look ThinkPad X1.

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