We've long dreamed of a day when our PCs would spring to life the instant we press the power button. Solid state storage, gobs of RAM, and intelligent boot order routines have made the startup process a lot faster than it used to be, but we're still not at the point of instantaneous boots. You can, however, boot a Lenovo laptop with "Rapid Boot" technology in 10 seconds, and to prove it, the OEM builder pitched a ThinkPad T420s laptop from an airplane giving it a short window to boot up and deploy a parachute or plummet to its death.
If PCs are dead (they're not), someone forgot to tell Japan. And NEC. And Lenovo. In a joint press release today, Lenovo and NEC announced the launch of NEC Lenovo Japan Group, a long winded name that now represents Japan's largest PC provider. Based on recent analyst figures, the group expects to control about 25 percent of Japan's PC market, poking its head into both the commercial/government sector and in consumer sales.
Last month we reviewed Samsung’s Series 9 ultraportable notebook and found that, while it offered an exceedingly svelte and fashionable form factor, there was a performance trade-off to all that stylishness. Lenovo’s 13-inch ThinkPad X1 represents a completely different approach to ultraportability.
Dubbed Redmond’s “riskiest product bet” by Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, Windows 8 certainly does have a lot riding on it. No wonder a lot of people, especially those who occupy key positions within the computer industry, have an opinion on it. Peter Hortensius, president of the Lenovo Product Group, is one such guy. In a recent interview with AllThingsD, an excited Hortensius called Windows 8 “a big, bold move” on Microsoft’s part. Hit the jump because there is more.
Not that this will make any difference whatsoever to conspiracy theorists, but by this time next year, you won't hardly be able to find a new PC without a USB 3.0 port. Yes, we've heard all about how Intel is intentionally delaying adding native USB 3.0 support in its chipsets in order to promote its own Light Peak/Thunderbolt interface, but if even if that were true, it doesn't matter because as of right now, OEMs are content with USB.
Lenovo on Monday officially announced the wafer-thin ThinkPad X1 laptop. If like us, you were closely following all the recent rumors and leaks pertaining to the X1, you already know most of the details. In any case, hit the jump for the detailed specs and price of this rugged ultraportable.
Lenovo may have forgotten the first rule of the Internet, which says not to go posting anything live that you don't want the whole world to know about. In Lenovo's case, the OEM doesn't want you to know about its upcoming ThinkCentre Edge 91z all-in-one (AIO) desktop until tomorrow's official announcement, but thanks to a leaked PDF link making the rounds, we have most of the juicy details today.
Lenovo has started shipping its IdeaPad S205, an 11.6-inch ultraportable built around AMD's Fusion platform. The heart and soul of this system consists of AMD's E-350 APU (Accelerated Processing Unit), which combines a dual-core 1.6GHz CPU and Radeon HD 6310 graphics. The S205 is the first of Lenovo's S Series announced back at CES and starts out at $499.
A deck of PowerPoint slides obtained by Thisismynext have subtly revealed the existence of a 7-inch Lenovo Android tablet slated for a late 2011 launch. Details are thin, and the image appears to be a placeholder, but there are some definite points of interest. Can it keep up with the competition later this year?
We're not sure what's up with Lenovo's cone of silence, but despite the lack of a press release, formal announcement, or any other ballyhooing, the company's new ThinkPad X220 laptop and X220 convertible tablet are both ready to order on Lenovo's website. Pricing starts at $849 for the X220i, which sports an Intel Core i3 2310M processor, $949 for the X220 built around Intel's Core i5 2410M chip, and $1,249 for the X220 Tablet (Core i3 2310M processor).