Lenovo unveils six new and improved ThinkPads
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Lenovo has finally announced its new ThinkPad lineup for the year, including the model that was awarded for environmental friendliness just last week. The announcement officially revealed six new ThinkPad models, which are the T420, T420s, T520, L420, L520 and W520.
Perhaps most surprising to the new lineup will be the tremendous increase in battery life across all models. For example, Lenovo is claiming up to 30 hours of battery life with the new T420 according to DigitalTrends. In order to achieve such unheard of potential, the T420 can run on dual 9-cell Lithium-ion batteries, one attached to the normal battery slot and the other installed in the optical bay where a DVD drive normally resides. Otherwise, the T420 will last up to 15 hours on the regular single 9-cell battery, which is still an impressive feat. The T420s will also include the dual-battery option, but such capabilities were not mentioned for the other four models.
Fortunately for the T520, L420, L520 and W520, Lenovo will include Nvidia’s Optimus technology, which will allow for seamless and automatic switching between integrated and discrete graphics cards. In addition, all laptops will feature Intel’s Turbo Boost 2.0 that will power down inactive processing cores. According to Lenovo, all these features will boost laptop battery life by up to 33 percent over previous models.
The specifications for ThinkPads have always been better than average, and these new models will be no exception. All models will run on Intel’s second generation Core i3, i5, and i7 processors at clock speeds between 2.0GHz and 2.7GHz and up to 8GB of RAM. More specifically, the T420, L420, and L520 will run on the Core i7-2620M, the T520 on the Core i7-2820QM and the W520 on the Core i7-2920XM. The latter will be able to support up to 32GB of RAM and include a number of USB 3.0 ports.
Fortunately, all six laptops will be available in March, starting from $720 up to well over $1000 depending on the model and user configuration.