CHINESE HARDWARE MAKER Lenovo has announced a range of Thinkpad notebooks powered by Intel fourth generation Haswell processors.
As with all new notepads, the manufacturer claims that they are thinner, lighter, and have a longer battery life than all the others - though in this case the boast of 13.7 hours is pretty impressive.
The new breed of Lenovo Thinkpads include the T440p and T540p with quad-core Intel Haswell Core i7 processors, up to 16GB of RAM, Nvidia GeForce GT730M graphics, and SSD or HDD storage with up to 1TB capacity. Other options include 4G/LTE connectivity, a VGA port, a USB 3.0 port, an SD card reader and a mini-Displayport.
The W540 Work Station, which Lenovo claims has "the best Thinkpad display ever" has an impressive 3K IPS panel with 2880x1620 resolution, along with a quad-core Intel Haswell Core i7 processor, 32GB of RAM, Nvidia Quadro graphics, and up to 2TB of storage that can be arranged in a RAID array. There’s onboard 4G connectivity available, and a Thunderbolt port for dizzyingly fast data transfers.
The Thinkpad L series notebooks are the iPhone 5C of the range, with fourth generation Intel Haswell processors, WiFi, Ethernet and 4G connectivity, HD dual noise cancelling microphones, an HD camera and lots of other options. They are also referred to as the "greenest Thinkpads ever".
The Thinkpad E series notebooks play up their Windows 8 credentials, but they don't have touchscreens to back that up, however they do have impressive options similar to those of the other new lines, plus Dolby audio and the Onelink Dock offering all the major port options through a single cable.
All these Thinkpads are scheduled to start shipping in the fourth quarter, with prices to be announced in many cases, but starting at around the €620 mark.
"As the [number one] commercial notebook PC maker in the world, we remain committed to our core business line of legendary Thinkpad notebooks – and to the customers who use them,” said Lenovo Think Business Group VP of marketing Dilip Bhatia.
"These latest Thinkpad models raise the bar for business class notebooks with new high resolution displays, processor upgrades and powerful graphics delivering exceptional performance and proven security features, in a simpler, cleaner design." µ
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