Lenovo jumps the CES gun: X1 Hybrid, ThinkPad Ultrabook

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.

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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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  • Wow are they ever lacking in any sense of style. I thought 2012 would see

    all oems move beyond this. Have they learned nothing from the comsumerization wave.
    Johnny Vegas
    • RE: Lenovo jumps the CES gun: X1 Hybrid, ThinkPad Ultrabook

      @Johnny Vegas
      ThinkPads are the best-built laptops on the planet. Try one, feel its keyboard, and you will see.

      My almost 11 year old ThinkPad X series is running Ubuntu quite happily now, all those years later.
      x I'm tc
    • RE: Lenovo jumps the CES gun: X1 Hybrid, ThinkPad Ultrabook

      @Johnny Vegas The Thinkpad is the Porsche 911 of laptops. Timeless design.
      dazzlingd
  • Booting into Linux?

    Is that:
    a) Heresy? or...
    b) Foresighted?
    c) The wrong distribution!?
    ego.sum.stig
  • RE: Lenovo jumps the CES gun: X1 Hybrid, ThinkPad Ultrabook

    That's a "ultrabook"? Seriously? Nothing to see here...move along!
    NotTellinYou
  • RE: Lenovo jumps the CES gun: X1 Hybrid, ThinkPad Ultrabook

    their design has always been clean, understated and classic, if a little drab.

    but i would rather use a cow pat than that ridiculously untuitive trackpad button arrangement.
    amob23
    • RE: Lenovo jumps the CES gun: X1 Hybrid, ThinkPad Ultrabook

      @amob23 Those buttons you see with the red stripes are for user's who prefer the scrollpoint (they are ideally situated for that). I think the trackpad is one of those "button-less" ones popularised by Apple's MacBook (you push on the bottom of the trackpad where the button would normally be). So I think you'd find it fine (though it looks weird).

      ThinkPad's are noting if not practically designed. I know some call them "drab" but the matt black with bright red accents is rather fetching. I do miss the blue return key though.
      jeremychappell
  • RE: Lenovo jumps the CES gun: X1 Hybrid, ThinkPad Ultrabook

    Under 4 pounds is old hat...a computer under 3 pounds is a real ultrabook.
    1TB of SSD would be impressive, but a 1TB HD - slow. The 10 hour battery life is impressive. Lenovo is nice and reliable, but I prefer the ASUS with hi-res screen and 256 GB SSD, giving almost instant on from sleep and hibernate, and 12 seconds for full boot from power off. The last time I looked, Lenovo does have a real ultrabook with an SSD and a medium-res screen for under 1000.
    jb4h
  • Thinkbooks

    16GB of memory and dual core with virtualization is what the newest ultra book is about. SSD drives can more than easily be configured into the system at purchase time with all other arguments falling short. IBM books are business oriented and have always been such and that should be common knowledge (International Business Machines [IBM]). The flashy consumer-ization policies do not apply to conservative business clientel for several reasons (discussed everywhere across the web). You get solid performance and awesome service from Thinkbooks.

    I have an A20m that is over a decade old and still runs like a champ (it was purchased as a certified refurb to boot). Do the math! Thinkpads and Snapple people -- Thinkpads and Snapple.
    RDRush
    • RE: Lenovo jumps the CES gun: X1 Hybrid, ThinkPad Ultrabook

      The Ultrabook is based on a SSD hard drive. That's what makes the experience instant. Has way more effect than the CPU or RAM. The hard drive is the bottleneck when it come to performance.

      The SDD makes it "instant" like an iPad.

      These new PC "ultrabooks" are just the same old laptops with a new name!
      studentrights