Lenovo jumps the CES gun: X1 Hybrid, ThinkPad Ultrabook

Summary:Lenovo couldn't wait for the CES and announced the first ThinkPad Ultrabook and a slew of other laptops.

The big CES exhibition is only a few days away but Lenovo couldn't wait to announce a slew of new laptops to beat the crowd. The laptops include a unique dual-OS hybrid ThinkPad and the first ThinkPad Ultrabook.

The X1 Hybrid is a 13-inch ThinkPad that permits booting into a Linux derivative for long battery life:

The X1 Hybrid includes Instant Media Mode (IMM). IMM includes a Qualcomm dual core processor, up to 16 GB of memory and a custom Linux-based operating system. To switch to IMM from Windows, users simply click on an icon on the laptop’s home screen. With IMM, users can watch videos, view photos, listen to music, browse the web and even work on documents with double the battery life, up to 10 hours.

The ThinkPad T430u is the first business-class Ultrabook from Lenovo that starts at $849 and comes with up to 1 TB of HD storage. The 14-inch T430u is configurable with the full-range of Intel Core processors, and weighs less than 4 pounds in keeping with the Ultrabook designation.

Lenovo also announced the ThinkPad Edge E430, E435, E530 and E535 aimed at the small business with price points typically lower than the regular ThinkPad line. They also announced the B Series line of laptops that start with a price of $399 for those economically inclined.

Topics: Lenovo, Hardware, Laptops, Mobility

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