Ivy Bridge Laptops from Lenovo and Sony

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Lenovo has refreshed their entire ThinkPad lineup, each sporting Intel Ivy Bridge chips, USB 3.0, and a redesigned keyboard.

  • The ThinkPad X230 and X230T weigh less than three pounds, pack a 12.5-inch IPS display, and are among the first ThinkPads to offer 4G connectivity. The X230T doubles as a convertible tablet, with a display that folds down flat onto the keyboard, and includes a stylus that stows into the notebook’s base. The X230 starts at $1,179, while the X230T starts at $1,479.
  • Lenovo’s X Series includes the ThinkPad X1 Carbon, called “the world’s lightest 14-inch ultrabook”. The X1 Carbon sports a 14-inch, non-reflective 1600 x 900 screen, a sealed battery and the latest 3rd Generation Core Series processors. It weighs 3 pounds and be just .75-inches thick.
  • The ThinkPad L series, the budget line, includes the 14-inch ThinkPad L430, and the 15-inch ThinkPad L530, which offer up to 2GB of discrete graphics. The L series also includes Lenovo’s RapidCharge technology, and Lenovo claims it will deliver up to 9.5 hours of battery life. The L430 and L530 will start at $879.
  • The ThinkPad T series offers the 14-inch T430 and 430s, and the 15-inch T530. These provide up to 30 hours of battery life (with the optional slice battery), as well as including a 720p HD camera, with face tracking; the T430 starts at $879. The T430s offers Thunderbolt ports on its Ivy Bridge Core i7-variant, high-definition display options; it’s also the lightest 14-inch ThinkPad laptop — it starts at $1,399. ThinkPad W530 will offer a quad-core Intel Ivy Bridge CPU, up to 32GB of RAM, RAID 0 or RAID 1 storage configurations, and an Nvidia Quadro GPU. Models start at $1,529.

Though not all the notebooks will come standard with 1600 x 900 (HD+ resolution) screens, they will be optional upgrades on any L, T, and X series that don’t have them by default.

Other new Ivy Bridge laptops include Sony VAIO upgraded with Ivy Bridge

  • Sony’s VAIO S Series laptops will come with a choice of 13.3- and 15.5-inch displays; the 15.5-inch model has a 1080p IPS screen, while the 13.3-incher doesn’t have its resolution specified. The larger model will feature a 22nm Ivy Bridge Core i7-3612QM 2.1GHz quad-core processor, 8GB of RAM, and an Nvidia GeForce GT 640M LE discrete GPU, alongside Intel’s HD Graphics 4000 integrated chip. There’s a generous 1TB of storage on board, along with Bluetooth 4.0, two USB 3.0 ports, a single USB 2.0 port, and a 1.31-megapixel webcam. Both models will have SSD storage options.
  • Sony’s E Series laptops The E Series laptops are relatively low-end — the 15-inch model has a 1366 x 768 display, and the 17-inch a 1600 x 900. Both come with a 750GB hard drive, and while the 17-inch model has a Blu-ray drive, the 15 has a DVD unit. Sony hasn’t provided release dates or pricing for either line, but the current E Series 14 starts at $459.99, the S Series 13 at $749.99, and S Series 15 at $979.99

Apple is preparing a new lineup of thinner MacBook laptops running Ivy Bridge, reports Bloomberg. They will have a slimmed-down body design from the current 0.95-inch (2.4 centimeter) thickness. The new Mac Pros will feature Nvidia graphics alongside Intel’s Ivy Bridge processors, a switch from the AMD GPUs in the current models. The new machines are expected to feature high resolution Retina Displays. The chassis is said to be thinner and lighter, in part due to the removal of the optical drive, while 9to5 Mac says the machines will have USB 3.0.

Posted by Sam Churchill on Tuesday, May 15th, 2012 at 8:07 am .

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