Lenovo's ThinkPad X1 laptop battery will charge fast, last three times as long

Lenovo's ThinkPad X1 laptop battery will charge fast, last three times as long

Summary: To compete against the likes of the MacBook Air and the Samsung Series 9 laptops, Lenovo's ThinkPad X1 forthcoming ultraportable needs to do something a little different. According to a leaked PDF, that difference appears to be a new battery tech called RapidCharge.

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To compete against the likes of the MacBook Air and the Samsung Series 9 laptops, Lenovo's ThinkPad X1 forthcoming ultraportable needs to do something a little different. According to a leaked PDF, that difference appears to be a new battery tech called RapidCharge.

Compared to previous ThinkPad batteries, Lenovo claims that the X1's RapidCharge version will last three times as long. In addition, the battery will charge to 80 percent capacity in a mere 30 minutes (working out to charging 2.5 times as quickly as older ThinkPad batteries). The bad news is that the X1's battery will be sealed, meaning you won't be able to replace the battery yourself.

In terms of specs, the 0.84-inch-thick notebook will come with an Intel Core i5-2520M processor, 8GB of RAM, 160GB SSD, and a 13.3-inch display made of Gorilla Glass and with a 1,366x768 resolution. The only price and release date info thus far is courtesy of a Swiss retailer, and it looks like the X1 will cost the equivalent of a whopping $2,900 when it drops on May 20.

If that price holds in the U.S., the X1 will be more than twice as expensive as the base 13.3-inch MacBook Air and more than 1.5x the cost of a 13.3-inch Series 9 model. That's a pretty premium for a new battery tech and some extra RAM. Would it be worth it to you? Let us know in the Comments section.

[Via Engadget (1), (2) Image Source: ThinkPad.com forums]

Topics: Apple, Hardware, Laptops, Lenovo, Mobility, Samsung

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  • RE: Lenovo's ThinkPad X1 laptop battery will charge fast, last three times as long

    Its tempting for sure, but I think I would rather have an 11 inch Macbook Air, especially if this ($2900) price is true.
    GadgetHappy
    • X1' battery will last "three times as long" only if heavy version is chosen

      @GadgetHappy: not only the price is issue.<br><br>X1's battery will last "three times as long" only if you will choose heavy, 400g bulkier version (comparing to 13" MacBook Air). <b>Thin version, with the same weight as MBA 13", will work 2.5 hours less.</b> (X1' weight ranges from 1.3 to 1.7 kg.)<br><br>Also, X1's screen is poor; MBA 13" has 1440 900 resolution.
      DDERSSS
  • RE: Lenovo's ThinkPad X1 laptop battery will charge fast, last three times

    Lenovo's problem is that they think they can charge more than Apple and get away with it. When you buy a Mac you get the Apple OS and the ecosystem that goes with it; when you buy a think pad you get a Window's machine. If the prices were the same I would go with a thinkpad hands down. If the price for said thinkpad is $2900, then I'd go with the Mac. It's simple economics. That is unless the X1 can make sammiches.
    imonte
  • Lenovo is not the same

    I'm really pissed about Lenovo. I feel as treated like an idiot. My last 61T had the nvidia HW bug, which Lenovo never acknowledeged but a secret BIOS update made my fan spin all the time and battery shorter. My new 410T is a brick that can't hold 2 hours of battery life. They are over-priced and not worth the money. you can get a better deal with MSI.
    patibulo
  • RE: Lenovo's ThinkPad X1 laptop battery will charge fast, last three times as long

    Lenovo's portable looks promising at a $1400 price. Not so over $2000.
    tomnowak1
  • Looks great except for the price

    I just chose a fully loaded 13" Macbook Air for my wife over the Thinkpad X201 that I currently have. To my surprise, the prices for comparable feature/performance were similar - no more paying $500 extra for the Apple logo. Lenovo needs this machine to cost well under $2500 (and provide a 256GB SSD option) or it won't make sense. But if they do that, I will no longer want to switch to the Air for my next machine - I'd buy the X1. Thinkpads rule when it comes to business road warrior features, and no one can touch their keyboards.
    billr@...
  • Lenovo Thinkpad

    I have a Lenovo Thinkpad and it's a great laptop. Good battery life, good WiFi reception and compact for easy traveling. I also got a <a href="http://www.ebatts.com/lenovo_laptop_models.aspx">replacement Lenovo laptop battery</a> for spare.
    Ebatts