The ThinkPad T430u is a fairly standard ultrabook overall. It packs the latest Intel Core processors into a four-pound 0.8-inch frame. The T430u gives users the option to use either Intel integrated graphics, or Nvidia graphics as well as a choice between SSDs or up to 1TB of HDD storage. The base model, presumably with the integrated graphics will get up to six hours of battery life which seems about standard for the size. Of course, Lenovo also claims a quick resume and fast boot time for the Windows 7 ultrabook.
Lenovo says the T430u takes ensigns from premium laptops with a matte finish and an aluminum top cover. There’s also an island-style keyboard. From here it looks like a distinctly Lenovo design, which isn’t bad by any means. It looks like it could be a great MacBook Air competitor when it launches in Q3 2012.
Lenovo Unveils First ThinkPad Hybrid Laptop and Company’s First Business Ultrabook
Hybrid Technology Doubles Battery Life with Instant Media Mode
RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, NC – January 5, 2012:Lenovo (HKSE: 992) (ADR: LNVGY) today announced the ThinkPad X1 Hybrid laptop, combining the thin, light and performance benefits of its predecessor – the X1 – with double the battery life, up to 10 hours1, via the hybrid’s Instant Media Mode, powered by a second processor and operating system. Lenovo also announced today the ThinkPad T430u ultrabook, the company’s first business ultrabook giving professionals exceptionally thin and light design without sacrificing performance and productivity.
“The ThinkPad X1 Hybrid and T430u ultrabook represent the next generation in thin and light computing,” said Dilip Bhatia, vice president, ThinkPad Business Unit, Lenovo. “From small businesses that literally live their business on the road to corporate professionals working in a managed environment, these new crossover laptops fundamentally change the way people think about mobile computing technology.”
Instant Media Mode – Double Battery Life, Instantly
The hybrid doubles as a second PC thanks to its battery-stretching 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, the laptop operates much like a smart phone, remaining turned on and requiring fewer charging sessions.
Via IMM, users can watch videos, view photos, listen to music, browse the web and even work on documents while preserving precious battery life. Pioneered by ThinkPad, the ThinkPad X1 Hybrid laptop also includes Rapid Charge2, technology that charges the battery up to 80 percent in just 30 minutes.
The Best of ThinkPad X1
Measuring less than 0.6-inches and weighing less than four pounds, the 13.3-inch ThinkPad X1 Hybrid goes heavy on performance by doubling the CPU performance and quadrupling the graphics performance of previous Lenovo 13-inch laptops. The hybrid comes equipped with choices of the latest Intel Core i3, i5 and i7 processors and the Windows 7 operating system.
While a great crossover PC, the ThinkPad X1 Hybrid remains a business-class laptop first with features like optional mobile broadband, a high definition display that includes Corning® Gorilla® Glass and a high definition web camera and microphones for video and voice calling. It also has robust security layered with Intel vPro3 technology, encrypted hard drives with remote management support and a fingerprint reader. Content on the ThinkPad X1 Hybrid looks good and sounds good in both Windows and IMM. The laptop features Dolby Home Theater v4 sound, an HDMI port and Intel Wireless Display technology to connect and stream 1080p video wirelessly to a TV or projector.
Ultrabook That’s All Business
Lenovo’s first business ultrabook, the ThinkPad T430u, equips business users with the same thin and light designs found in consumer ultrabooks without sacrificing business-class performance, and it comes at a mainstream price starting at $849.
The stylish ThinkPad T430u ultrabook borrows some of the elements typically found on premium laptops, such as a matte finish that’s soft to the touch and an aluminum top cover that complement its small – less than 0.8-inches and less than four pound – frame. It also sports ThinkPad’s new modern and minimalist island-style keyboard.
The 14-inch laptop has business-primed features including:
- Choices of the latest Intel Core processors and Intel integrated or NVIDIA graphics
- Choice of SSD storage or up to 1 TB of HD storage
- Up to six hours of battery life
- Quick resume and fast boot up
- Lenovo Solution Center powered by Intel Small Business Advantage for energy savings and remote management
Pricing and Availability4
The ThinkPad X1 Hybrid laptop and ThinkPad T430u ultrabook will be available starting in Q2 2012 and Q3 2012, respectively, through business partners and online at www.lenovo.com. Pricing for models starts at approximately $1,599 and $849, respectively.
Lenovo (HKSE: 992) (ADR: LNVGY) is a $US21 billion personal technology company serving customers in more than 160 countries, and the world’s second-largest PC vendor. Dedicated to building exceptionally engineered PCs and mobile internet devices, Lenovo’s business is built on product innovation, a highly-efficient global supply chain and strong strategic execution. Formed by Lenovo Group’s acquisition of the former IBM Personal Computing Division, the company develops, manufactures and markets reliable, high-quality, secure and easy-to-use technology products and services. Its product lines include legendary Think-branded commercial PCs and Idea-branded consumer PCs, as well as servers, workstations, and a family of mobile internet devices, including tablets and smart phones. Lenovo has major research centers in Yamato, Japan; Beijing, Shanghai and Shenzhen, China; and Raleigh, North Carolina. For more information see www.lenovo.com
110 hours of battery life with integrated 4-cell and external slice 6-cell battery measured.
2To reach 80% charge level. Typical ThinkPad X1 battery expected to maintain up to 80% charge after 1,000 charge cycles. Battery life and charge cycles vary by use. Typical X1 battery retains over 60% of original capacity after 3 years based on 250 cycles per year assumption. Lenovo offers a standard one-year Limited Warranty on the battery and the optional upgrade to a ThinkPlus® 3-Year Sealed Battery Warranty.
3On select models with Intel Core i5 and i7 processors.
4Prices do not include tax or shipping and are subject to change without notice and is tied to specific terms and conditions. Reseller prices may vary. Price does not include all advertised features. All offers subject to availability. Lenovo reserves the right to alter product offerings and specifications at any time without notice.