Well, Lenovo has just unveiled the first ThinkPad Hybrid Laptop and their first Business Ultrabook! The ThinkPad X1 Hybrid Laptop, is light and thin and still features the same great features and performance from the original X1. It also has double the battery life and Instant Media Mode. This is thanks to a second processor and operating system, we will cover that later(so keep on reading). The ThinkPad T430U is Lenovo’s first business ultrabook! It gives professionals amazing performance and productivity while, keeping the same thin and light design. Let’s start off the with the new Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Hybrid. It has 2(two) modes one for work and one for play. It basically doubles as a second PC. This is thanks to its Instant Media Mode(IMM). Instant Media Mode features a Qualcomm dual core processor, a custom Linux-based OS(Operating System) and up to 16GB of Memory. To access Instant Media Mode while in Windows you can just click an on screen icon. In IMM(Instant Media Mode) you can browse the web, listen to music, watch movies, view photos, and still work on documents. You can do all of this while preserving battery life. The ThinkPad X1 Hybrid feature Lenovo’s Rapid Charge Technology, this means that with in 30 minutes your battery will be 80% charged. Now, Instant Media Mode makes the X1 operate like a cell phone meaning that you will have to charge it fewer times. The X1 weighs less than 4 pounds and is less than 0.6 inches thick. This means that it is super portable laptop and still has amazing performance speeds. It’s 13.3 inch HD screen is made of Corning® Gorilla® Glass, which will give you extra durability. For security you have the finger print reader, encrypted hard drives, and Intel vPro3 technology. It also features Dolby Home Theater v4 sound, optional mobile broadband, Intel Wireless Display technology, HDMI port, and much more. The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 will be available in Quarter 2 of 2012. It will be priced somewhere around $1,599. Now, we move onto Lenovo’s first business ultrabook. And that is the ThinkPad T430U! It brings the ultrabook thinness and quality to business users. It features a matte finish and an aluminum top cover. It is less than 0.8 inches thick and weighs in at less than 4 pounds, making it super portable. It also features the ThinkPad’s new modern and minimalist island-style keyboard. You can use it all day with up to 6.5 hours of battery life. It features a 14 inch HD glossy display. In terms of processors you can have either Intel Core processors and Intel integrated or NVIDIA graphics. It will hold up to a 1TB of storage or you could go with a solid state drive. It features Lenovo Rapid Boot, that way you can start your day quick. It also comes in at the not so high price of only $849.99 . Keep in mind that this is for a Ultrabook, which are a little pricey. However, this is not that bad. The Lenovo T430U Ultrabook will drive in Quarter 3 of 2012. Overall, I cannot wait to get my hands on both the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Hybrid and the ThinkPad T43oU Ultrabook! Both of them seem like amazing laptops. In the meantime check out the photos below and be sure to check out the Press Release.
Lenovo Unveils First ThinkPad Hybrid Laptop and Company’s First Business Ultrabook
Hybrid Technology Doubles Battery Life with Instant Media Mode
RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, NC – January 5, 2012: Lenovo (HKSE: 992) (ADR: LNVGY) today announced the ThinkPad X1 Hybrid laptop, combining the thin, light and performance benefits of its predecessor – the X1 – with double the battery life, up to 10 hours1, via the hybrid’s Instant Media Mode, powered by a second processor and operating system. Lenovo also announced today the ThinkPad T430u ultrabook, the company’s first business ultrabook giving professionals exceptionally thin and light design without sacrificing performance and productivity.
“The ThinkPad X1 Hybrid and T430u ultrabook represent the next generation in thin and light computing,” said Dilip Bhatia, vice president, ThinkPad Business Unit, Lenovo. “From small businesses that literally live their business on the road to corporate professionals working in a managed environment, these new crossover laptops fundamentally change the way people think about mobile computing technology.”
Instant Media Mode – Double Battery Life, Instantly
The hybrid doubles as a second PC thanks to its battery-stretching Instant Media Mode (IMM). IMM includes a Qualcomm dual core processor, up to 16 GB of memory and a custom Linux-based operating system. To switch to IMM from Windows, users simply click on an icon on the laptop’s home screen. With IMM, the laptop operates much like a smart phone, remaining turned on and requiring fewer charging sessions.
Via IMM, users can watch videos, view photos, listen to music, browse the web and even work on documents while preserving precious battery life. Pioneered by ThinkPad, the ThinkPad X1 Hybrid laptop also includes Rapid Charge2, technology that charges the battery up to 80 percent in just 30 minutes.
The Best of ThinkPad X1
Measuring less than 0.6-inches and weighing less than four pounds, the 13.3-inch ThinkPad X1 Hybrid goes heavy on performance by doubling the CPU performance and quadrupling the graphics performance of previous Lenovo 13-inch laptops. The hybrid comes equipped with choices of the latest Intel Core i3, i5 and i7 processors and the Windows 7 operating system.
While a great crossover PC, the ThinkPad X1 Hybrid remains a business-class laptop first with features like optional mobile broadband, a high definition display that includes Corning® Gorilla® Glass and a high definition web camera and microphones for video and voice calling. It also has robust security layered with Intel vPro3 technology, encrypted hard drives with remote management support and a fingerprint reader. Content on the ThinkPad X1 Hybrid looks good and sounds good in both Windows and IMM. The laptop features Dolby Home Theater v4 sound, an HDMI port and Intel Wireless Display technology to connect and stream 1080p video wirelessly to a TV or projector.
Ultrabook That’s All Business
Lenovo’s first business ultrabook, the ThinkPad T430u, equips business users with the same thin and light designs found in consumer ultrabooks without sacrificing business-class performance, and it comes at a mainstream price starting at $849.
The stylish ThinkPad T430u ultrabook borrows some of the elements typically found on premium laptops, such as a matte finish that’s soft to the touch and an aluminum top cover that complement its small – less than 0.8-inches and less than four pound – frame. It also sports ThinkPad’s new modern and minimalist island-style keyboard.
The 14-inch laptop has business-primed features including:
- Choices of the latest Intel Core processors and Intel integrated or NVIDIA graphics
- Choice of SSD storage or up to 1 TB of HD storage
- Up to six hours of battery life
- Quick resume and fast boot up
- Lenovo Solution Center powered by Intel Small Business Advantage for energy savings and
- remote management
Pricing and Availability4
The ThinkPad X1 Hybrid laptop and ThinkPad T430u ultrabook will be available starting in Q2 2012 and Q3 2012, respectively, through business partners and online at www.lenovo.com. Pricing for models starts at approximately $1,599 and $849, respectively.
110 hours of battery life with integrated 4-cell and external slice 6-cell battery measured.
2To reach 80% charge level. Typical ThinkPad X1 battery expected to maintain up to 80% charge after 1,000 charge cycles. Battery life and charge cycles vary by use. Typical X1 battery retains over 60% of original capacity after 3 years based on 250 cycles per year assumption. Lenovo offers a standard one- year Limited Warranty on the battery and the optional upgrade to a ThinkPlus® 3-Year Sealed Battery Warranty.
3On select models with Intel Core i5 and i7 processors.
4Prices do not include tax or shipping and are subject to change without notice and is tied to specific terms and conditions. Reseller prices may vary. Price does not include all advertised features. All offers subject to availability. Lenovo reserves the right to alter product offerings and specifications at any time without notice.