Lenovo Finally Ships its First 4K Laptop

Image: LenovoImage: LenovoAfter months of delays, Lenovo finally shipped its very first 4K laptop, the IdeaPad Y50 UHD. There are actually two models: one for $1,299 and the other for $1,599, the latter of which relies on larger VRAM, memory and an SSD.

The specs show that this laptop offers a 15.6-inch UHD LED-lit screen with a 3840 x 2160 resolution. This screen is backed by an Intel Core i7-4710HQ processor, 8 GB of DDR3L memory, and a hybrid SSHD with 8 GB of SSD cache and 1 TB of HDD storage. The graphics are handled by a discrete Nvidia GeForce GTX 860M GPU with 2 GB of VRAM.

Wireless N and Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity, a 720p webcam, a backlit AccuType keyboard, premium JBL speakers and a battery promising up to 5 hours of Wi-Fi browsing are also included. Ports include two USB 3.0, one USB 2.0, a headphone/mic combo jack, HDMI output, a 4-in-1 card reader, Ethernet and SPDIF. An optical drive is not included.

The more expensive version of the IdeaPad Y50 UHD features a Nvidia GeForce GTX 860M GPU with 4 GB of VRAM. The laptop also packs 16 GB of DDR3L memory and a single 512 GB SSD.

Image: ToshibaImage: ToshibaLenovo's new laptop is similar to Toshiba's Satellite P50T, which also sports a 3840 x 2160 resolution on a 15.6-inch screen. Toshiba's solution, costing $1,499.99, includes an Intel Core i7-4710HQ processor, 16 GB of DDR3L memory, AMD's Radeon R9 M265X GPU, and a 1 TB hard drive.

Included in Toshiba's laptop: a Blu-ray writer, dual-band Wireless AC and Bluetooth connectivity, DTS sound and a non-removable 4-cell Lithium ion battery promising just over 3 hours on a single charge. Ports consist of four USB 3.0, HDMI output, Gigabit Ethernet, an SD card reader, headphone and microphone jacks.

Toshiba's more expensive solution, costing $1,629.99, uses Intel's Core i7-4700HD processor. This version also supplies a DVD burner.

Both Toshiba Satellite P50T laptops are expected to ship on July 14, 2014, and feature Windows 8.1. Meanwhile, Lenovo's 4K solution is available now.

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  • Dblkk
    Would this be the Maxwell or keplar version of the 860m? I'm guessing keplar? Which is a shame, the Maxwell 860m is such a nicer gpu, same performance fraction power consumption and less heat.
    If the msi gs ghost would've used the 860m Maxwell, it would've been the perfect laptop! Though its still great, but that would've pushed it from 4 to 5 stars in my book.
  • zanny
    2 GB of VRAM for 4K? HA. Yeah okay.

    A 4k framebuffer is only 300MB. So even triple buffering only uses 1GB of vram. Regardless of vram density you won't run modern titles on a 860M at 4k without using either really low poly counts or significantly stunted fps.
  • icemunk
    2 GB of VRAM for 4K? HA. Yeah okay.

    lol, it's not like you're going to be running many newer games at 4K with a 860m. That chip is decent for a laptop, but it still only gets 20-30 frames at 1920X1080 on newer games.. up that to the 4K, and you'll be 1/4th at.. 4-6 frames per second. lol.