Lenovo Issues ThinkPad X1 Hybrid And ThinkPad T430u Biz Ultrabook

And with this, the CES 2012 madness begins. While news related to the show has been trickling in, the real faucet has now been flipped "on." Lenovo is getting things started with a pair of new notebooks that couldn't stand to be much thinner. First up is the ThinkPad X1 Hybrid. 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.

It's a crossover PC, yes, but 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.

That's just half of the story, though. 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. It 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 island-style keyboard. Buyers will get their choice of Intel and NVIDIA innards, a 1TB HDD or an SSD, up to six hours of battery life and quick-on from sleep.

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.