Lenovo ThinkPad Hybrid X1: Two OS, 2 Processors, 10-Hour Battery Life
Lenovo’s ThinkPad X1 is basically praised for its svelte design, powerful performance, and best-ever tactile keyboard. However, the two main shortcomings of the the X1 are its very short battery life (just over 4-hours) and its overly-glossy, low resolution screen. Today, Lenovo announced its long-rumored ThinkPad X1 hybrid, which tries to solve the battery life problem. An additional dual-core 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon APQ8060 processor, 1GB of RAM, and 16GB of storage live inside the chassis. The second processor runs an Android-like environment to power the laptop’s secondary Linux operating system or “Instant Media Mode” while Windows 7 and the main Intel Core Series CPU are asleep.
Users can easily switch between Windows and IMM by simply clicking an icon on the desktop. IMM has its own set of apps, which includes a browser, a photo viewer, music player, video player, and document editor. Because IMM runs on the 1.2-GHz Qualcomm 8060 processor, Lenovo claims that users will get 10 hours of battery life in the low-power environment as opposed to the normal 4 hours they get under Windows.
The Hybrid X1 looks exactly like the current ThinkPad X1— the Gorilla Glass display, extremely comfortable keyboard, and .6-inch case have been kept intact. It even has very similar specs to the shipping X1 (Intel Core i5 and i7 processors, Windows 7, up to 8GB of RAM).
The aforementioned features of the Hybrid does not affect the other specs or design of the original ThinkPad X1. The notebook still has a 13.3-inch, 1366 x 768 screen, your choice of Intel 2nd Generation Core series CPUs, and still weighs around 3.7 pounds.
Lenovo ThinkPad Hybrid X1 will be available on the second quarter of 2012 for $1,599.