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Lenovo celebrates the 20th anniversary of the ThinkPad

Lenovo is celebrating the 20th anniversary of the ThinkPad brand with two new products that are aimed at business users. The ThinkPad X1 Carbon is Lenovo's most recent vision for the ultrabook platform while the ThinkPad Tablet 2 is an x86 based touch-enabled device for Windows 8.
 
As its name implies, the ThinkPad X1 Carbon makes extensive use of carbon fiber to enhance strength while still providing a lightweight platform for business travelers (it weighs less than three pounds). The machine packs in a 14" display (1600 x 900), third-generation Intel Core processors, RapidCharge technology (allows the battery to recover up to 80 percent of its capacity within 35 minutes), glass touchpad, and built-in 3G connectivity.
 
The ThinkPad X1 Carbon comes with the usual array of ports including two USB ports (only one of which is USB 3.0), a 4-in-1 media reader, and mini DisplayPort.


Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon
 
“Very few brands are fortunate enough to become an industry icon with loyal fans who are passionate about each generation of ThinkPad products,” said Peter Hortensius, president, Think Product Group, Lenovo. “With that in mind, we’re excited to debut the ThinkPad X1 Carbon, the pinnacle of our ongoing quest to push the boundaries on great design and engineering. It meets the demand for an extremely thin and light laptop with the performance users need to accomplish their professional and business goals.”
 
The ThinkPad X1 Carbon starts at $1,299 and will be available later this month from Lenovo.com.
 
The ThinkPad Tablet 2 is built on the tried-and-true formula of a 10.1" screen (1366x768), 10-hour battery life, and a relatively thin profile (0.39" thick). The tablet will be powered by Intel processors (sorry, ARM) and will come in Wi-Fi, 3G, and 4G LTE models. The ThinkPad Tablet 2 will also be available with a keyboard dock that features Lenovo's redesigned keyboard layout (for better or worse).


Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet 2
 
The ThinkPad Tablet 2 will be available in October to coincide with the launch of Windows 8. Pricing will be revealed at that time.

Source: Lenovo



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By Belard on 8/9/2012 10:42:21 AM , Rating: 1
Yet Apple is able to do it for the $500 iPad... that is thinner (0.37 inch) with a higher res (2048-by-1536) that'll run about 9~10 hours.

So even the Windows8 Pro tablets will be considered non-standard out the door. Wonder if Apple will run ADs making that point?

You can bet on it.


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By Varun on 8/9/2012 1:34:04 PM , Rating: 2
I think you are missing that the Lenovo Tablet will be an Intel processor, so it will smoke the iPad in every performance benchmark you can think of. AND it will do this getting the same battery life as the iPad.

I actually think that is pretty darn impressive.

As long as the screen is of good quality (ie, not the junk TN that Lenovo seems to love) then the resolution will be fine.


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By tayb on 8/9/2012 1:54:08 PM , Rating: 2
I am highly skeptical of the 9-10 hour battery life claims for a Windows 8 Pro tablet with an intel chip. If it turns out to be true, kudos to Microsoft and Lenovo, but as of right now I'm skeptical.

With Windows it has usually been performance, battery life, form factor... pick any two. I'll believe it when I see it.


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By Varun on 8/9/2012 2:29:46 PM , Rating: 2
I'll agree with you that I will believe it when I see it, but don't forget some kudos to Intel as well!

It's amazing how far they have come since Prescott.


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By RamarC on 8/9/2012 9:17:57 PM , Rating: 2
let's be sure to distinguish between an atom and a core i3 processor. the atom will be competitive with an arm processor, but it will not be a straight "smoke" on the ipad since apple's had 3 gen's of optimizations and their sOc is no slouch to begin with (especially the gpu).


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By Varun on 8/9/2012 9:55:57 PM , Rating: 2
Yes the article didn't say, so I somehow forgot about the Atom. Turns out this will be an Atom device. It will still be faster, just not as much faster as an i3 would be.

I think Atom will be fine next year when it finally (after almost 5 years) gets a CPU refresh. Sure it's gotten die shrinks but it is basically the same architecture as the original Atom from 2008.


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