Lenovo hopes the Think brand has what it takes to compete for the high end.
Starting April 1st, Lenovo will split itself into two separate entities; a move they no doubt hope will help them compete for the high end market currently dominated by Apple. The Lenovo Business Group will be responsible for the mainstream laptops, desktops, tablets, smartphones, and Smart TVs, freeing up the Think Business Group to go after the high end consumer.
Lenovo's been enjoying a fair amount of time sitting the limelight as it celebrates the ThinkPad brand's 20th anniversary. Most of the attention has been split between the OEM's ThinkPad Tablet 2 with Windows 8 and ThinkPad X1 Carbon Ultrabook, but nearly slipping under the radar is the company's ThinkPad T430u "ultraportable," which is by all means an Ultrabook aimed at the business crowd.
Today marks the 20th anniversary of the ThinkPad brand, which was developed by IBM and then sold to Lenovo in 2005. To celebrate the occasion, Lenovo today announced the release of its ThinkPad X1 Carbon notebook model at a company-sponsored event in Beijing. The ThinkPad X1 Carbon is a 14-inch Ultrabook that weighs less than 3 pounds and boasts an 8-hour battery life.
We have already told you about Lenovo’s ThinkPad X1 Carbon laptop, which the company claims is the world’s lightest 14-inch ultrabook, but the X1 is just one of many new Ivy Bridge-powered ThinkPad models. Hit the jump for a quick rundown of these new business-friendly mobile PCs from Lenovo.
The folks over at Lenovo have been busy unwrapping a bunch of new notebook models for its business customers, and two of the more interesting units are the new ThinkPad X1 Hybrid and ThinkPad T430u Ultrabook. Both will be demonstrated at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas next week before shipping off to retail later this year.
Lenovo announced today the ThinkPad X130e laptop, an 11.6-inch lightweight ultraportable specially ruggedized for education and infused with features to help students in grades K-12 get the most out of their PC technology, the OEM claims. The main selling point is its durability; the ThinkPad X130e has a reinforced and extra durable top cover, keyboard, and hinges, all of which are fairly unique to the ultraportable category.
Ultrabook’s announcements have been have been fast and furious going into the holiday season, but Lenovo fans who may have balked at the X1’s inferior battery life might have something worth waiting for. According to a leaked company roadmap supplied to channel partners, Lenovo plans to offer an Ivy Bridge Thinkpad in either May or June of next year, and these puppies will be aimed directly at high end business users, as opposed to the IdeaPad’s which are targeted at consumers.
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.
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).