Lenovo sure has a lot going on with Ultrabooks. At Lenovo’s showroom in CES, a gray laptop was hidden, and that is the IdeaPad U300e, a cheaper, less-powerful version of the U300s. Although it is cheaper, it has the same aluminum chassis, a comfortable keyboard and trackpad, along with the same ports albeit a different arrangement. What’s different is that the U300e adds an Ethernet jack, which isn’t much of a use nowadays. More importantly, the U300e costs $799 instead of $1,200, which is definitely worth the trade-off of a SSD into a hybrid drive of a 500GB HDD and 32GB of flash storage (similar to the Acer Aspire S3). It’s also been said that it runs on Intel’s “next-generation processor“, but they aren’t calling it Ivy Bridge. This is definitely a great deal compared to the U300 and might even give other competitors a run for the money. When is it released? End of this month, so get ready to go get one!
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Lenovo outs another Ultrabook: ThinkPad T430u with discrete graphics and 1TB storage, arriving in Q3 for $849
Lenovo sure is busy before CES. After announcing the ThinkPad X1 Hybrid Ultrabook today, they followed up with a second announcement, one more geared for business users. Also announced today, the ThinkPad T430u packs optional NVIDIA graphics – making this the first Ultrabook with a dedicated GPU – , a 14-inch (1366 x 768) display, up to 1TB of hard drive storage and six hours of rated battery life. This definitely sounds more like a full-fledged laptop rather than an Ultrabook, which makes this system impressive, especially with the starting price of $849. Furthermore, this is a strong competitor to the HP Folio, which is currently the best cost-to-feature Ultrabook. Extremely tempting, isn’t it? However, this machine will only grace us with its presence in Q3.
Well well well, more Ultrabooks! Today, Lenovo unveiled the ThinkPad X1 Hybrid that runs both Android and Windows. Wait, is that possible? Yup. The computer includes a fanless “Instant Media Mode” that promises to double the original X1′s battery life, giving it as much as ten hours. Lenovo installed a dual-core Qualcomm CPU on the motherboard and built a custom OS based on the Android kernel, and that’s what powers the instant mode. In the mode, you can check your e-mail, surf the web, view photos, listen to music, play videos, change wallpapers and add widgets to the home screens. However, there is no access to the Android Market.
On the specs side, the Ultrabook weighs 3.7 pounds, and what contributes to that weight is a glossy 13-inch (1366 x 768) Gorilla Glass display, a Core i3, i5, or i7 processor, a 3G radio and the battery. However, this fella will be available in the second quarter for $1,599 and up, which is a $300 increase over the original X1. Will you buy it?
At the IFC press today, Lenovo announced the Android tablet IdeaPad A1 for $199. It’s a pretty sweet price, judging from the OS and the specs. This tablet is running Android 2.3 Gingerbread on a single-core Cortex A8 processor, with front and rear facing cameras and a 7-inch, 1,024 x 600 display.
The Lenovo S205 is the first laptop available for purchase from the new S series that were announced back in January at CES. This latest addition of Lenovo‘s offering includes a 1.6 Ghz dual-core AMD Fusion E-350 CPU, a 16:9 ratio 11.6″ AntiGlare display with 1366×768 resolution, 3 GB of DDR3 SDRAM, 350 GB HDD. and it’s powered by an ATI Mobility Radeon 6310 GPU with HDMI-out. This is the basic configuration for €335, but two more expensive models are available sporting 4 Gb RAM and 500 GB or 750 GB HDD.
This upcoming tablet by Lenovo might remind you to the ASUS Transformer at first glance and it’s no surprise since it looks quite similar with its attachable keyboard. The leaked PowerPoint presentation has all the juicy specifications and we can see Lenovo is seriously stepping up to the game with this tablet. Hardware details include an NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor, a 10.1” 1280×800 res IPS display, USB, micro USB and HDMI ports and a full SD card reader while it’s running on top of the latest Android release, Honeycomb with Lenovo’s custom UI. 3G connectivity is also mentioned amongst the specs. Apart from these it will ship with two optional accessories, the attachable ”keyboard portfolio case” and a pen. Release is expected this August for $499 USD (approx. €342 EUR).
A new Lenovo ThinkPad has appeared on different online shops. It has a Intel Core i5 2520M CPU, clocking in at 2.5GHz. The X1 has a 13.3 inch Gorilla Glass screen, with a resolution of 1366×768 pixels. It is not as thin as the Samsung Series 9 and Apple MacBook Air, but it comes quite close with its 21.5mm (0.8 inch). Some other specifications of the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 are a 160GB SSD, 8GB RAM and a SDXC card reader. It will cost €2005 (2920USD), and will be released on the 20th of May.
Lenovo is working on a kind of tablet with a screen diagonal of 23 inches. According to the Chinese company there’s a high demand for a portable device which can be used as an all-in-one or a televesion. William Cai, the marketing specialist of Lenovo, told TechRadar that the device will possibly hit the market this year. The unit will be like most all-in-ones from Lenovo, but with a lower weight. He gave no further details. It is obviously not for mobile use, but it can be carried from room to room and can be used with a keyboard or as a television. You can place the 23 inch Lenovo tablet on a table and play games with the family. Lenovo is still working on lowering the weight and docking capabilities.
The Chinese manufacturer Lenovo wants to release a thinner successor of the LePad tablet in September or October, which is only three months after the worldwide release of the original LePad. Both tablets were developed at the same time.
Lenovo has officially announced the latest refresh in their X Series ultraportable line; the Lenovo ThinkPad X220 and the Lenovo ThinkPad X220t (tablet). These new bad boys come in your choice of Intel Core i3, i5 or i7 processors, along with a 12.5-inch (IPS optional) display, and up to an Epic 24 hours of battery life. This hefty battery life is made possible by the X220′s 9-cell battery, while the X220t manages 16 hours with a multitouch Gorilla Glass screen. Other specifications include optional Intel SSDs (up to 160GB), up to 8GB of RAM memory, USB 3.0 connectivity and a 720p HD webcam. Pricing will start at $899 for the ThinkPad X220 and $1,199 USD for Lenovo’s ThinkPad X220t, which translates to €650 and 864 Euros, respectively. Press release after the break.