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Lenovo Intros ThinkPad X1 Carbon, T430u Ultrabooks

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Lenovo introduced two new Ultrabooks, one geared for the high-end market and the other for small businesses.

In addition to announcing its first Windows 8 tablet, Lenovo revealed on Thursday the ThinkPad X1 Carbon for the high-end Ultrabook market, and the ThinkPad T430u for the small business Ultrabook market. Both are slated to arrive sometime this month, starting at $1,299 and $779 respectively, through business partners and www.lenovo.com.

Lenovo is calling its new ThinkPad X1 Carbon the "world's lightest" 14-inch Ultrabook, packing a 14-inch display within a 13-inch form factor. Forged from carbon fiber, it features a backlit keyboard, a multi-gesture glass surface touchpad, an HD face-tracking camera, dual array microphones and Dolby-tuned audio.

"Business-ready with Intel vPro technology, the ThinkPad X1 Carbon is among the first Ultrabooks to offer true corporate-level security and manageability," Lenovo said on Thursday. "For expansion capabilities and to manage unsightly cables, users can dock it via Lenovo’s new USB 3 Dock. Additionally, Lenovo offers a variety of Service and Support packages such as custom imaging, extended warranties and accidental damage protection."

Starting at $1,299, the Ultrabook offers up to 3rd-generation Intel Core i7 processors, up to 6.3 hours of battery life, up to a 256 GB SSD, and up to 8 GB of RAM, depending on your budget. There are also options for a fingertip reader, TPM and BIOS encryption, mobile hotspot network sharing, and various ports including one USB 3.0 port, one USB 2.0 port, a mini-DisplayPort with audio, and a 4-in-1 SD card reader.

As for the ThinkPad T430u, this Ultrabook "powers the business and personal computing needs" of today's small-to-medium businesses. Starting at $779, it's configurable with a unique combination of Nvidia GeForce graphics and 1 TB of storage. It also features the Lenovo Solution Center for Small Business, which includes Intel Small Business Advantage that provides hardware-based capabilities to improve productivity and enhance security.

"This diagnostic center helps users self manage backup and recovery, passwords, Internet connections, anti-virus software, firewall settings and devices," Lenovo said.

Business owners can configure the Ultrabook with up to a 3rd-generation Intel Core i7 CPU, up to 1 TB of HDD or 128 GB SSD capacities, and up to 8 GB of RAM. It comes with an integrated Intel GPU, but there's the option for adding Nvidia's GeForce GT620 1 GB discrete graphics. The Ultrabook also features a 14-inch HD display, Dolby Home Theater v4, and up to 7.1 hours of battery life.

Lenovo said the new Ultrabook sports robust security features including BIOS Port Lock and a USB Blocker. It also offers superior Web conferencing with a face-tracking 720p HD webcam, dual-array microphones, and keyboard noise suppression. RapidBoot 2.0, Mobile Hotspot capabilities, and a variety of ports round out a nice business package.

In addition to the two Ultrabooks, Lenovo is calling on all app developers to create a specialized catalog well-suited for Windows 8.

"The Lenovo Developer Program, the company’s first worldwide software developer program, will create a specialized catalog of apps that take advantage of unique features of Lenovo’s devices designed for Windows 8," the company announced. "The program takes advantage of the unique Lenovo capabilities across the company’s PC+ devices, from laptops to tablets to smart phones and smart TVs. It also gives developers access to Lenovo tools and technologies, development support and an easy way to deploy and merchandise their apps with revenue opportunities in the Windows Store and other platforms."

Developers can pre-register for the Lenovo Developer Program starting today at www.Lenovo.com/dev.

 

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    greghome , August 9, 2012 10:09 PM
    The X1......although not suppose to launch till the 21st of August......have at least.....arrived.....
    Lenovo's been bragging about it for months, now let's drop one from 16 feet :D 
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    nebun , August 9, 2012 11:16 PM
    ok...if these companies keep leaving out the DVD drive at least they could push software makers to market games and other programs on sdcards or usb sticks...wtf is going on here?
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    nevertell , August 10, 2012 1:43 AM
    When I saw the keyboards for their new T, X and W series laptops, the only thing that came to mind was a quote from a certain Adam Jensen.

    Hey, Lenovo.
    I want my non-chiclet best-in-industry keyboards back.

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    monbattery , August 10, 2012 3:46 AM
    In addition to the two Ultrabooks, Lenovo is calling on all app developers to create a specialized catalog well-suited for Windows 8. http://redstore.us/
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    ojas , August 10, 2012 7:20 AM
    Ah. The X1, finally. Probablly the only decent ultrabook out there. I was going through its spec sheet. Very sensible options. Plus, ThinkPads last for YEARS.
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    molo9000 , August 10, 2012 8:05 AM
    nebunok...if these companies keep leaving out the DVD drive at least they could push software makers to market games and other programs on sdcards or usb sticks...wtf is going on here?


    Ever heard of a little thing called the "internet"?
    If you really need disks there are external drives. That way you can leave the optical drive at home when you don't need it.
    Optical drives take up a huge amount of space inside a laptop and add quite a lot of weight. Not worth carrying an optical drive 24/7 if you are only going to use it 5 times during the lifetime of the laptop.

    nevertellHey, Lenovo.I want my non-chiclet best-in-industry keyboards back.


    Amen to that.
    (Haven't used on of the new Lenovo keyboards though - maybe they are just as good... who knows)
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    belardo , August 10, 2012 11:16 AM
    Yeah... I'm not too thrilled by the NEW ThinkPad keyboards. I really really LOVE the previous version with its extra large DEL & ESC keys. Funny thou - with this latest version of the keyboard - they kept the same STUPID out-dated CTRLfn keys setup backwards.

    Reviews on the new keyboard are: Unlike Apple, HP, Dell, and everyone else - the keys are curved. The response is and build is the same, the water protection system is the same on ThinkPads that have that feature.
    Pros: The keyboard lights up (A big plus), the arrangement is still quite good.
    Cons: The keys around the red-stick are a tad too small...

    Thats about it.

    Sorry, but I like have spaces between my F-Key groups... its for feeling and getting an idea where my hands are.
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    tpfan , August 10, 2012 3:23 PM
    the T430u model has a nice form factor (reminiscent of the old X1): now if they could expand its size to accommodate the 15.4" widescreen of other "T" models, and add the "slice" battery as an option--then we'd have something pretty useful, productive, and mobile
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    ojas , August 10, 2012 5:16 PM
    tpfanthe T430u model has a nice form factor (reminiscent of the old X1): now if they could expand its size to accommodate the 15.4" widescreen of other "T" models, and add the "slice" battery as an option--then we'd have something pretty useful, productive, and mobile

    And if they added a parachute to it we could jump out of a plane with it.

    :p