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New Lenovo ThinkPad Ultrabook, Windows 8 tablet

New Lenovo ThinkPad Ultrabook, Windows 8 tablet
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Lenovo Philippines invited the press to their new office in Bonifacio Global City to introduce the two newest additions to the ThinkPad family: the ThinkPad X1 Carbon and the ThinkPad 8. Both products were first revealed earlier this year at the Consumer Electronics Show 2014 in Las Vegas. These are now available at the Lenovo Think Store in SM North EDSA and Lenovo corporate resellers.

ThinkPad X1 Carbon

The ThinkPad X1 Carbon is now on its third generation and is said to be the lightest 14-inch Ultrabook at only 1.28kg. Its chassis is made of carbon fiber, which is stronger than magnesium and aluminum, and has endured a drop test from three stories high. The ThinkPad X1 Carbon’s hinge design allows the laptop to lay flat on its back. When it does so, the display automatically flips vertically, allowing you to share the screen with the person across the table.

One of the features highlighted during the presentation were the Adaptive Keyboard, which changes the top-row keys of your keyboard (usually sporting the Function keys) according to the needs of the program that you have open. If you’re used to the Function keys, you can just lock the Adaptive Keyboard to that setting or customize it to your own preferences. The new keyboard also forgoes the physical Caps Lock button (press Shift twice to activate) and the physical buttons on top of the track pad.

One of the ThinkPad X1 Carbon’s optional accessories is the OneLink Dock (P5,000). This gives the unit more ports while also charging it.  The OneLink Dock Pro (P6,500) sports extra USB, DVI, and HDMI ports.

Prices vary depending on the specs. For a unit with 4GB RAM and 256GB internal storage, and  running on Intel Core i5, the price may go as low as P96,990. The following combination of specs could set you back up to P130,000: 3.3GHz Intel Core i7, Intel HD Graphics 4400, 8GB RAM, 256GB internal storage, WQHD 2560 x 1440 display, and Windows 8 Pro.

Quick specs

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  • 14-inch WQHD/HD
  • Intel Core i5/i7
  • Intel HD Graphics 4400 4GB/5000 8GB
  • 4/8GB RAM
  • 128/256/512GB internal storage
  • Up to 8.5 hours of battery life, Rapid Charge
  • NFC (i7 only), Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, Ethernet, 2 x USB 3.0, audio/mic combo, OneLink Dock, HDMI, MiniDP

ThinkPad 8

The ThinkPad 8 is Lenovo’s answer to the need for a tablet that allows for content consumption and creation. This premium Windows 8 tablet’s body is made of machine-cut aluminum and sports a simplistic design that looks every bit a ThinkPad.

Its strongest suit is the ability to provide a full desktop experience, mainly because of the Windows 8 OS and the USB port applicator accessory (P6,000) that connects the tablet to a PC monitor and a physical keyboard. This gives the ThinkPad 8 the advantage as it targets professionals and enterprising users.

The ThinkPad 8 Wi-Fi-only version goes for P25,490, while the 3G version goes up to P30,000. The LTE Thinkpad 10 may be released locally in the next few months.

Quick specs
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  • 8.3-inch HD display
  • 2.4GHz quad-core Intel Z3770
  • Intel HD Graphics/Intel GFX
  • 2GB RAM
  • 64/128GB internal storage
  • 8MP rear, 2MP front cameras
  • Up to 8 hours of battery life
  • Wi-Fi, microSD, microHDMI, USB 3.0, microSIM (WWAN version only)
[/unordered_list] Words Aritha Zel Zalamea

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