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Lenovo revamps Thinkpad X-series with Intel Vpro chips

Ultrabooks and IPS screens whet the appetite
Tue May 15 2012, 15:59
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PC MAKER Lenovo has refreshed its Thinkpad laptop range with its Thinkpad X1 Carbon heading the line-up.

Lenovo's Thinkpad range of notebook PCs still commands considerable respect in the business world even though IBM sold the brand over five years ago. Now Lenovo has updated its Thinkpad line with Intel's latest Vpro Ivy Bridge processors, with the Thinkpad X1 Carbon laying claim to be the lightest business ultrabook.

Lenovo's Thinkpad X1 Carbon is, as the name suggests, made party from carbon fibre and boasts a 14.1in screen on the 1.35kg laptop with built in 3G connectivity and a battery that reaches 85 per cent charge after being plugged in for 30 minutes.

Lu Yan, SVP of Lenovo's Think Product Group said, "We crafted the Thinkpad X1 Carbon with premium carbon fiber material in order to make it incredibly thin and light, yet durable,Our new ThinkPad laptop portfolio embodies 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."

While Lenovo announced a revamped Thinkpad X1, it also updated its workhorse X-series with the Thinkpad X230. Perhaps Lenovo's biggest selling point with the Thinkpad X230 is its 12.5in in-plane switching (IPS) screen, something that is almost impossible to find on laptops, and with the slide dock laden with batteries the firm claims 24 hours of battery life.

Lenovo didn't announce pricing for its Thinkpad X1 Carbon, but given its current edition sells for just under £1,000, it would be safe to assume the revamped model will be priced north of £1,000. The firm only provided US pricing for its Thinkpad X230 of $1,179 but with Thinkpad X220 models costing £850, again a price close to £1,000 would not be a surprise. µ

 

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