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Lenovo adds two new ThinkPad models to the mix

Lenovo's ThinkPad X1 was introduced in May 2011, and the company now is readying an innovative follow-up: the ThinkPad X1 Hybrid. The 13.3-inch ThinkPad X1 Hybrid is built around Intel Core i3, i5, and i7 processor and Windows 7. In addition, the ThinkPad X1 includes Gorilla Glass, Dolby Home Theater v4 audio, HDMI-out, Intel Wireless Display technology, and Rapid Charge technology that allows the notebook to reach an 80 percent charge in a quick 30 minutes.
 
However, the most interesting part of the laptop comes courtesy of its "Hybrid" nomenclature. The ThinkPad X1 Hybrid includes a secondary Qualcomm dual-core ARM processor and 16GB of flash storage. This Instant Media Mode (IMM) allows a user to enter an Android-based environment for multimedia playback, web browsing, and productivity work (i.e. working on documents and spreadsheets).


ThinkPad X1 Hybrid
 
Users can access the IMM by clicking on an icon from within the Windows 7 environment. While this seems like unnecessary added complexity and cost to us -- the original ThinkPad X1 had a base price of $1,399; the ThinkPad X1 Hybrid starts at $1,599 -- Lenovo points out that battery life doubles from five hours to ten hours when operating in IIM.
 
But the ThinkPad X1 Hybrid isn’t’ the only new notebook on Lenovo’s radar screen. Intel's nascent "Ultrabook" platform is the chipmaker's attempt to strike back at the popularity of Apple's thin and light MacBook Air lineup. Not surprisingly, many of Intel's hardware partners -- including Lenovo -- have jumped on the Ultrabook bandwagon. While Lenovo’s first entry was under the consumer-centric IdeaPad umbrella, its latest Ultrabook is for the business-oriented ThinkPad family,
 
The new ThinkPad T430u weighs less than four pounds, features an aluminum lid, and is less the 0.8-inches thick. Predictably, the ThinkPad T430u is available with Intel's latest Core processor and can be had with either Intel integrated graphics or more powerful NVIDIA graphics solutions.


ThinkPad T430u
 
When it comes to other hardware specs, Lenovo is keeping relatively mum until Monday, January 9 at CES 2012. The only additional details that we have are that up to a 1TB HDD can be ordered and SSDs will be optional. In addition, the ThinkPad T430u will last up to 6 hours on a charge.
 
The ThinkPad T430u will have a starting price of $849 and should quickly escalate once popular options like SSDs are added.
 
“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.”
 


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Enough with ths #$$$ty laptop screens.
By spread on 1/5/2012 12:22:11 AM , Rating: 4
If this has IPS or anything else that is not a terrible TN panel, it's a must buy. There aren't enough laptops with good screens.




RE: Enough with ths #$$$ty laptop screens.
By jmunjr on 1/5/2012 12:36:37 AM , Rating: 2
I was about to write the same thing. I still own a 10 year old laptop because of this. I almost got the X220 but it has had some issues..

The Transformer Prime was on my list but now its GPS is crap due to the aluminum body - what was Asus thinking?


By scrapsma54 on 1/5/2012 4:08:10 AM , Rating: 2
Compared to other Tablets, the TFP is still one of the most well equipped Tablets.


By chrnochime on 1/5/2012 12:21:49 PM , Rating: 2
Because most people don't use their tablet as a GPS and perhaps use their phone as one? I know there are those with more money than sense who hacked their dashboard to mount the ipad, but they are the minority.


By douchefree on 1/9/2012 4:38:50 AM , Rating: 2
I'm not sure what issues you are speaking of, but my X220T is awesome.
If I would change anything about it I would ask for a larger trackpad, but that is being a bit too picky. As it is, I get fantastic battery life (with my DE tweaks, and brightness at 50% I can get about 17/2 hrs), if you go with the X220, you should be able to get even better (the reviews often listed actual runtimes approaching 10hrs).
Of course, the Ive Bridge follow-up should be out in about 5 months, and that should offer a nice all round upgrade to the X220.
IMHO, Lenovo really did a great job with this series. Great screens, keyboard, battery life, weight. Nearly a perfect laptop given technology and price contraints.


RE: Enough with ths #$$$ty laptop screens.
By bemymonkey on 1/5/2012 1:40:31 AM , Rating: 2
Are you basing this on the X220-fluke? Remember, that has the first decent display we've seen on a Thinkpad since Flexview was king... we're just as likely to be in for another 3 years of narrow viewing angles, little to no contrast, subpar brightness and washed out colors.

I wonder how many people ordered their X220 with IPS, and whether or not Lenovo's marketing people got the message...


RE: Enough with ths #$$$ty laptop screens.
By Samus on 1/5/2012 1:52:14 AM , Rating: 2
I still find the Anandtech T43 review funny. How it was so ahead of its time by having a PVA screen.

I don't get it. IPS costs so little more, uses the same amount of power, and yet, is virtually unavailable as even an option on virtually all laptops.

It's disturbing that the only sure-fire way to get a good LCD in a laptop has been to buy Apple for almost a decade.


RE: Enough with ths #$$$ty laptop screens.
By piroroadkill on 1/5/2012 4:44:18 AM , Rating: 2
Nah, although I'm sure they pick relatively decent screens, I'm pretty sure they're still packing TN.

I have a year old Macbook on my desk. TN.


RE: Enough with ths #$$$ty laptop screens.
By Solandri on 1/5/2012 4:46:14 PM , Rating: 2
The Macbooks switched to TN several years ago. Right now the only IPS (or similar) screens I've seen on laptops are options on some of the high-end HP and Dell models, some of the high-end Thinkpads, and many tablet PCs (laptops which can convert into tablets).

The better TN panels are (barely) usable for graphics/photo work. You just have to be careful to view the screen at the same vertical angle all the time. The screens on the Macbooks, high-end Sonys, as well as high-end HP and Dells fall into this category. Sony in addition uses some sort of anti-reflective coating on their high-end models which keeps their glossy screens almost completely reflection-free indoors. I've seen anti-reflective coatings on other glossy screens, but none quite as good as Sony's.


By sigmatau on 1/5/2012 7:16:50 PM , Rating: 2
Riddle me this, why do desktop monitors come in matte finishes, while laptops almost always (>99%) come in glossy?

You can easily adjust the environment around a desktop, but not always for laptops. I mean, you set up a desktop in an area of the room that would be most comfortable to you and you can turn off lights or move them you need. For a laptop, this is not true unless you limit its use in places where you can adjust your environment just like in the desktop's home.

I always find myself moving the glossy screen of my laptop around to try to limit all the lights in the room hitting it from behind me. Outside it is pretty useless if it is sunny. I also think it causes unnecessary eye strain and have yet to find a plus to glossy over non-glossy.

Since the manufacturers seem to not care, can anyone recommend a good filter for my laptop?


RE: Enough with ths #$$$ty laptop screens.
By Samus on 1/6/2012 5:51:01 AM , Rating: 2
Interesting...my wife has a Macbook Core 2 Duo 2.2GHz (late 2007) with a 13.3" IPS LCD.


By jmunjr on 1/6/2012 6:10:17 PM , Rating: 2
I think you are wrong. They didn't make them with IPS screens afaik. Is there a specific model # on Macbooks? What screen size?


By Athlex on 1/6/2012 7:44:02 PM , Rating: 2
Agreed, I have an X220 with an IPS screen and it's excellent. It's wonderful to have a small laptop that can put out good color that I can chuck in my camera bag without weighing a ton. I hope Lenovo keeps producing the "premium" display option. What an enormous improvement over the X60s I was using before.

The first-gen X1's screen is pretty bad though. Low pixel density, combined with so-so viewing angles and a glossy screen made it seem very drab.


By EasyC on 1/5/2012 6:55:05 AM , Rating: 3
I would place resolution as a more important factor than the type of LCD. There really is no excuse for laptop manufacturers to be putting 1366x768 lcds in ANY laptop over 500$.

That said, I have a VAIO SA. While it may not be an IPS super colorful screen, I can actually do things on it other than watch movies in 720p.


By tomx78 on 1/5/2012 11:58:22 AM , Rating: 2
Agreed 100%. No IPS (or at least PVA) no go! Also finally get rid of stupid TV proportion resolution. There is a lot of space left on bezel. Give us back 16:10 wide screens! Having 4:3 option would also be nice. Who reads documents or websites holding laptop on the side??!


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