Published on January 5th, 2012 | by Ramon Trotman0
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Hybrid
Lenovo is reading something special here. This ThinkPad sports an instant on features powered by Android. The idea is simple, to be able to access the web or a few light weight functions without waiting for the laptop to bootup. This very thing is what makes the iPad so successful as a tablet. Although the instant on OS is built on an Android kernal, it will not function like a traditional Android device, which means no access to the market. As far as the normal Windows side of the ThinkPad, it is a powerhouse.
In every other respect, this is the X1 we reviewed last spring: it has a durable, 3.7-pound chassis, integrated Intel graphics and a glossy, 13-inch (1366 x 768) Gorilla Glass display with brightness rated at 350 nits. It’ll be offered with Core i3, i5 and i7 processors, a 3G radio and a slice battery that adds up to five more hours of juice. It’ll be available sometime in the second quarter for $1,599 and up — about a $300 premium over the original. And no, current X1 owners can’t download Instant Media Mode as an update — as you’d imagine, the whole "SoC on a motherboard" requirement makes that impossible. Hey, no one ever said being an early adopter was easy.