​Lenovo uses Xeon chips to power ThinkPad P50 and P70

Lenovo has announced its ThinkPad P50 and P70 laptops are arriving with Intel Xeon processors.

Lenovo has announced the ThinkPad P50 and P70 equipped with Intel Xeon E3-1500M v5 processors.

The announcement comes after Intel said it will be delivering Xeon-based notebook processors for the first time. The Xeon Processor E3-1500M v5 family is based on the new Skylake 14nm architecture.

Intel's Xeon processors have long powered servers and other enterprise PCs, and the only chance users had to take advantage of its performance and security features was to buy notebooks from boutique builders such as Eurocom that stuffed the chips into bulky laptops.

Lenovo boasted its P70 is a 17-inch mobile workstation designed for professionals in industries ranging from media and entertainment to oil and gas, and loaded with up to 64GB of DDR4 ECC memory.

Meanwhile, the Chinese company said the P50 is its thinnest and lightest mobile workstation yet, featuring 15.6-inch UHD 4K display and is certified to run users' most requested ISV applications.

Both systems also feature NVIDIA Quadro GPUs and come with X-Rite Pantone colour calibration.

"We are excited to bring Intel Xeon's legacy of performance, manageability and reliability to mobile workstations," said Navin Shenoy, vice president and general manager, mobility client platforms group, Intel. "Now the power of Intel Xeon is in a notebook that can handle the unique compute and graphics intensive needs of engineers and designers."

Intel said last week that the launch of its Xeon processors on mobile workstations is "just scratching the surface".

The new Lenovo ThinkPad P series mobile workstations will be available starting in Q4 2015. Pricing for the P50 will begin at a RRP of $1599, and the P70 begins at RRP of $1999.