ThinkPad aficionados, are you ready?
While both bending the language and changing definitions of hardware on the fly, Lenovo announced on Tuesday the Lenovo ThinkPad P50 and P70, the new ThinkPad hardware to be available in Q4.
But first, let’s set things straight: The ThinkPad is no longer a laptop, according to the Lenovo press release. The first paragraph of the press release says the company “unveiled the beginning of a new family of mobile workstation innovations.” So I guess that’s what we’re calling them now – mobile workstations.
Anyway, the new ThinkPad P70 comes with the most memory and storage ever found in a laptop…sorry, a mobile workstation. Namely, maxing out at 64GB of DDR4 ECC memory and with the ability to handle up to four storage devices and up to a terabyte of SSD storage. It also utilizes the latest PCIe technology for speeds up to five times faster than current SATA technology. But wait, there’s more: The ThinkPad P70 “comes with two Intel ThunderboltTM 3 ports for ultra-fast connectivity and a 4K UHD display or optional FHD touch,” according to the release.
The little-sibling ThinkPad P50 features a beautiful 15.6-inch UHD 4K display and is a feature-rich, highly powerful mobile workstation for performance-seeking users. As the follow-up to the ThinkPad W541, the P50 builds on the innovation and purposeful design of Lenovo’s industry-leading ThinkPad mobile workstations.
According to the release, the new ThinkPad P50 and P70 are the first equipped with the new Intel Xeon Processor E3-1500M v5 product family, for lightning-fast performance and enhanced reliability for critical workstation applications. Both systems feature NVIDIA Quadro GPUs for unmatched graphics capability. The ThinkPad P Series also come with X-Rite Pantone color calibration, keeping colors accurate throughout the life of the product and protecting the customers’ investment.
They both also feature a brand new FLEX Performance Cooling system, with a dual-fan design allowing for cooler, quieter and faster performance. This design, called “revolutionary” by the folks at Lenovo, “allows for both optimal uptime, as dictated by the needs of the application, giving the user the ability to push the system harder and for longer periods of time.”
The $64,000 question is the operating system. The ThinkPad P Series comes with Windows 10, of course, but Ubuntu and Red Hat Enterprise Linux are also available.
The new Lenovo ThinkPad P Series mobile workstations will be available starting in Q4 2015 through Lenovo business partners and the Lenovo site. Pricing for the P50 begins at $1599, and the P70 begins at $1999. More information about the ThinkPad P Series can be found on Lenovo’s interactive page. If you want to pass “go” and collect $200 while going directly to the specs, here are the P50 specs and here are the P70 specs (and ignore the “Lenovo recommends Windows” at the top of the page. Sheesh).
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