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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
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 TakinYourPoints on 8/9/2012 8:37:57 PM , Rating: 2
The iPad 3 (henceforth known as the new iPad) has a battery that is 65% larger than the iPad 2. All of this is to run the new display.

It isn't entirely for the backlight, a good chunk of that is for the A5X. The A5X physical die is almost as large as an Ivy Bridge mobile CPU, which is huge for an SoC! It is needed given that it is driving a 2048x1536 resolution display. By comparison, my 27" desktop monitor is 2560x1440 and being driven by a GTX 680 (a 670 could also do the job but it came out weeks after I got my 680).

Look at the performance numbers here:

Obviously you need more power to backlight higher res displays, but the additional juice for LEDs is only one part of it. That SoC needs a ton of horsepower to drive that resolution and it is a big drain on power.

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By Varun on 8/9/2012 9:54:01 PM , Rating: 2
I said that exact same thing in my post...

RE: .
By TakinYourPoints on 8/9/2012 10:13:34 PM , Rating: 2
I saw a much higher emphasis in your post on the LED backlight than the GPU, that's all. The increase in LED brightness seems to be outweighed by the much higher TDP of the A5X over the A5 (or any other SoC for that matter)

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By Mint on 8/12/2012 10:21:26 AM , Rating: 2
Even with minimal CPU/GPU activity, the run time is unchanged. He's right in saying that it's mostly the display consuming the extra power.

"Young lady, in this house we obey the laws of thermodynamics!" -- Homer Simpson
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