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Lenovo demos ThinkPad X1, ThinkCentre

The company has announced details of its new ThinkPad X1 laptop and ThinkCentre Edge 91z all-in-one desktop machine, both of which attempt to marry business and consumer features

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Topic: Hardware
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Lenovo ThinkPad X1 front

Computer manufacturer Lenovo has launched its slimmest-yet ThinkPad business laptop, the X1, along with an all-in-one multimedia desktop called the ThinkCentre Edge 91z.

The new ThinkPad X1 measures just 17mm thick and comes with a choice of Intel's standard-voltage, second-generation Core i3, i5 and i7 processors, which the company said are normally reserved for its 14 and 15-inch laptops.

The ThinkPad X1 comes with a 13.3-inch Corning Gorilla Glass screen for added scratch resistance, Dolby Home Theatre sound and a redesigned backlit keyboard that removes unused legacy keys.

"Our customers are looking for a business laptop that combines the best consumer multimedia and entertainment features with the latest performance and mobility innovations in a super-thin, stylish design," Dilip Bhatia, vice president of the ThinkPad business unit at Lenovo, said in a statement.

Business-focused features on the X1 include a 720p webcam and high-definition microphones for video and voice calling, optional mobile broadband connectivity, and Intel vPro encrypted hard drives with remote management support and fingerprint reader for authentication.


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Lenovo ThinkPad X1 side

As well as providing business and entertainment features, Lenovo said its RapidCharge battery technology provides up to five hours of use, which can be doubled through the addition of an optional 'slice' battery pack. The RapidCharge technology can provide an 80-percent charge from just 30 minutes plugged into a power source, and is designed to last for three years, Lenovo said.

The ThinkPad X1 ships with an HDMI port and Intel Wireless Display Technology (WiDi), providing two ways of connecting and streaming 1080p HD content to an external display, TV or projector.

The ThinkPad X1 is available from Tuesday in the US, with pricing starting from around $1,399 (£862), Lenovo said. UK-specific pricing and release details were not indicated.


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Lenovo All-in-One ThinkCentre Edge 91z front

Lenovo also launched the ThinkCentre Edge 91z all-in-one (AIO) desktop on Tuesday, which can be configured to include up to an Intel i7 quad-core processor and optional wireless keyboard.

The AIO ThinkCentre Edge 91z is targeted at home and office users and measures up at 63mm thick. The company said its slimline design saves around 70 percent of the space required for a traditional tower desktop machine and monitor.


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Lenovo All-in-One ThinkCentre Edge 91z side

The 91z also includes an HDMI-out port and optional Blu-ray drive for HD movie playback, along with a web camera for video chat and web conferencing.

Like the ThinkPad X1, the 91z comes with Lenovo Enhanced Experience 2.0 for Windows 7, which the company said results in 30-percent faster boot times than those provided by non-optimised models.

The ThinkCentre Edge 91z will be available through resellers from July, with prices starting from around $699, Lenovo said.


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