After 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.
Lenovo'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.