​Windows 10 race: Lenovo chases affordability with ThinkPad P50s, ThinkStation P310

Lenovo has followed up its monster ThinkPad P50 with a thinner, lighter and more affordable ThinkPad P50s.

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The ThinkPad 50s is Lenovo's more affordable alternative to the P50, which still aims to deliver power but without the extras. Image: Lenovo

If you don't have the budget for the high-powered ThinkPad P50, you'll soon be able to purchase the cheaper ThinkPad P50s, which rounds out the company's ThinkPad P Series lineup.

Unlike the ThinkPad P50, which featured a 4K display, an Intel Xeon processor and started at $1,599, the ThinkPad 50s is Lenovo's more affordable answer that still aims to deliver power but without the bells and whistles of its sibling.

Lenovo opted for Intel's Core i7 Skylake processors instead of Xeon for the ThinkPad P50s, while retaining NVIDIA Quadro graphics, and offers memory up to 32GB. The device also features a 15.6-inch 3K display at a 2,880 x 1,620 pixel resolution.

Lenovo emphasises that the P50s is a "thinner and lighter mobile workstation". Compared with the 3.18kg (7.6lb) P50, it will certainly be easier to lug around, weighing in at a more manageable 2.2kg (4.9lb).

The ThinkPad P50s will also live up to Lenovo's claim of affordability with retail prices starting $1,299, or $300 less than the ThinkPad P50.

Lenovo's latest ThinkStation P Series desktop also strives to strike a balance between power and affordability.

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The ThinkStation P310 offers twice the memory capacity of Lenovo's previous entry-level workstation. Image: Lenovo

The ThinkStation P310 arrives as its entry-level desktop machine, featuring the new Intel Xeon E3-1200v5 processor, NVIDIA Quadro graphics, and 64GB RAM, which Lenovo points out is double the memory capacity of its previous entry-level workstation.

For storage, buyers can choose between up to four terabytes in conventional disk or one terabyte on a Samsung solid-state drive.

The ThinkStation P310 will also be available in the first quarter of 2016, with prices starting at $729.

The two new machines will be available alongside the ThinkPad P40 Yoga, which was unveiled this week, costing $1,399 and aimed at creative professionals and digital artists.

Like the ThinkPad P50s, the ThinkPad P40 Yoga is powered by Nvidia's Quadro M500M GPU as well as Intel's Core i7, processor though it also features a touchscreen and stylus input.

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