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Lenovo Shows New Thinkpad and Thinkpad Ultrabook

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Lenovo will be showing its first Thinkpad Hybrid notebook as well as its first business ultrabook.

The X1 combines the feature set of a traditional notebook with that of netbook or tablet. In addition to its Core i3, i5 or i7 processor, the device also integrates a "battery-stretching" Instant Media Mode (IMM), which is based on a Qualcomm processor, 16 GB of memory and a Linux OS. According to Lenovo, the 13.3-inch, four-pound X1 hybrid will deliver a battery life of up to 10 hours and recharge to a level of 80 percent within 30 minutes.

The Thinkpad T430u, Lenovo's first business ultrabook, is just 0.8 inches thin and weighs less than four pounds. It comes with a choice of Core processors and Intel- or Nvidia-based graphics, SSD or HDD storage, and six hours of battery life. The T430u follows the design heritage of the Thinkpad and features a matte finish and an aluminum top cover.

The Thinkpad X1 Hybrid and ThinkPad T430u ultrabook will be available starting in the second and third quarter 2012, respectively. The X1 Hybrid will sell for prices of $1599 and up, while the ultrabook will start at $849.

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    alyoshka , January 6, 2012 4:07 AM
    Because it is used by beautiful people?
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    joytech22 , January 6, 2012 4:35 AM
    phexacWhy Lenovos always so ugly...?


    Well they look semi-professional, my ASUS N53SN looks more professional though and it's a fairly beefy entertainment laptop.
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    intel4004 , January 6, 2012 4:38 AM
    joytech22Well they look semi-professional, my ASUS N53SN looks more professional though and it's a fairly beefy entertainment laptop.


    I agree. I like how they are not following the MBA style.
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    nevertell , January 6, 2012 5:25 AM
    What's with the chicklet-style keyboard ?

    Don't they understand that one of the key selling points of their thinkpad line is the great keyboard ? Of course, I am talking about the only 3 series that are still faithful to their thinkpad origins, the X, W and T series. The others have become plastic crap, although for the price they are being offered for they are great alternatives to their competition because of their thinkpad software treatment and ironically the keyboard.

    The big question is, will they have the thinkpad rollcage ? And brushed alluminum can go grind himself, magnesium alloy all the way.
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    ultraman , January 6, 2012 5:30 AM
    Is the X1 considered an Ultrabook? It looks very similar to the T430u..
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    malicemizer , January 6, 2012 5:34 AM
    God that thing is ugly. Compared to the samsung, acer, asus ultra books this one looks 10 years old. Count me out.
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    randomizer , January 6, 2012 7:23 AM
    nevertellOf course, I am talking about the only 3 series that are still faithful to their thinkpad origins, the X, W and T series.

    These are X and T series.
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    freggo , January 6, 2012 8:13 AM
    "feature set of a traditional notebook with that of netbook"

    Isn't a 'netbook' simply a very stripped down laptop?
    If so, how do you 'combine' what features ?

    Or am I missing something here ?
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    xophaser , January 6, 2012 8:32 AM
    Lenovo Thinkpad are some of the best looking laptop out there. That is why business people get them (plus support, built quality, and features) because they look professional, not some cheap shiny plastic like toshiba, dell, gateway, hp (Dell business laptop looks like Thinkpad). I other good looking laptop are Sony Vaio, which designs are modern like apple. I do have a thinkpad and vaio, so my eyes are drawn to them.
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    LuckyDucky7 , January 6, 2012 9:15 AM
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    Once you tried a thinkpad, you wouldn't want another type of notebook


    Though the W520 I have may be the last ThinkPad I buy if the chiclet keyboard of the T430u ships standard, and an option to install a half-decent keyboard disappears.


    The X1 Hybrid, though, sounds cool, but its glossy screen (yeah, I know it's Gorilla Glass but still) and chiclet keyboard put it right out.

    The instant-on feature's nice, but it's sort of redundant since mobile OS aren't designed to do actual work.

    Then again, neither are Ultrabooks.
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    damianrobertjones , January 6, 2012 9:44 AM
    Extended battery options?
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    fullcircle_bflo , January 6, 2012 11:12 AM
    nevertellWhat's with the chicklet-style keyboard ?


    I have never understood why this trend caught on with laptops. Every one that I have used with the chicklet keyboard has seriously effected my typing. To each his own I guess.
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    Anonymous , January 6, 2012 12:50 PM
    The chicklet-style keyboard is designed to save space. It is thinner.
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    Anonymous , January 6, 2012 2:14 PM
    I don't get all the hating...i've got a lenovo with chicklet keyboard and it is easier to type on then the regular ones. i type just as fast on that as i do on a desktop with an ergonomic keyboard that i've had years to get used to...
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    michaelahess , January 6, 2012 4:26 PM
    Assuming it's up to normal thinkpad build standards, I'd love this machine. And to all the comments about ugly...I like the look, and I've dropped a couple of my thinkpads out the back of my work truck over the years, always a 3-4 ft drop, while ON, and never anything more than a scratch or slight sliver of plastic falling off. Never a broken screen like a few co-workers and their crapple products.
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    maestintaolius , January 6, 2012 5:35 PM
    phexacWhy Lenovos always so ugly...?

    Because they're used for doing work and not for looking cool in a coffeehouse.
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    pat , January 7, 2012 1:35 AM
    MalicemizerGod that thing is ugly. Compared to the samsung, acer, asus ultra books this one looks 10 years old. Count me out.


    Yup, abuse an Asus, Acer or Samsung the same as lenovo, for 6 month and then, tell me which one wouldn't look like 10 years old machine.
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    Anonymous , January 7, 2012 5:01 AM
    I don't care much about the design of Lenovos, because they used to be some tough business machines. The T430 might carry on with the previous 400 models but I've seen a X1 live and this thing is by far not worth the money on buidling quality.

    I've never seen a Lenovo X that is that crappy and fragile on the outside. If you want a Lenovo X stay with the 200 or 300 series, they're almost as light and feel a lot more stabile.
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    belardo , January 8, 2012 7:34 PM
    fullcircle_bfloI have never understood why this trend caught on with laptops. Every one that I have used with the chicklet keyboard has seriously effected my typing. To each his own I guess.
    For thin think pads, that is kind of the reason... But Lenovo does a bit better job than others. But these are not true "chicklet" keys... Those were rubber keys, usually a single slab poking through the holes. The worst were the flat plastic "keyboard" which had keys drawn on them: early 80s like the Atari 400 or Odyssey2.

    Anyways... For tiny net books, etc it makes sense. But for your typical notebook, they suck. They do Look better, stylish... I think apple started it. Worse are desktop keyboards doing the same thing... But are kind of required for lit keyboards.

    The current regular think pads like the T400/T500 series have awesome keyboards. Great feel and almost a perfect layout. Pretty much everyone else makes flat keys... They are cheaper too and far easier to break, which warranty won't cover.
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