We just got introduced to Intel’s new Skylake CPUs last week and already we have our first line of laptops featuring the exciting new technology. It comes as no surprise that Lenovo, a longtime leader in the laptop world, wanted to jump out ahead of the pack and showcase how they put the new processors to use – and Skylake isn’t the only hot-ticket item in this latest line. These high-end mobile workstations feature a virtual smorgasbord of most-wanted advanced features, and come in two different models offering a best-of lineup to meet the high-powered, high-performing needs of people on the go.
The standout feature of the ThinkPad P50 and ThinkPad P70 is obviously the inclusion of Intel’s sixth-gen Xeon E3-1500M v5 processors, which are going to provide these machines with tons of speed. In addition to the new processors, both laptops will also include Nvidia Quatro GPUs for graphics and X-Rite Pantone for color calibration, which ensure that the colors on your screen stay true for the entire lifespan of the machine. To keep things cool and ensure your laptop still runs smoothly with the addition of all this new technology, both models come standard with a new Flex Performance Cooling system so you can work long into the night without worry of overheating or lagging speeds. As for the operating system, users will have the choice of installing Windows 10, 8.1, 7 or Ubuntu; adding further personalization to the experience, you can also opt for 4K and touch displays for either model. Other exciting features to look forward to are the inclusion of Thunderbolt 3, up to 64GB of ECC DDR4/2133 and up to three storage devices. And, as you’ve come to expect from Lenovo’s previous laptops, both models have undergone MIL-SPEC testing to ensure they are as durable as technologically possible.
While the P50 is essentially just a tinier version of the P70, there are some slight differences. While the P70 boasts a meaty 17-inch screen, the P50 is “the thinnest and lightest full-function mobile workstation Lenovo has ever released” while still managing to pack a 15.6-inch Ultra HD 4K display. If the highlight of the P50 is high-performing portability, then the standout of the P70 is available storage. With up to 64GB of DDR4 ECC memory and up to a terabyte of SSD storage, the P70 has “the most memory and storage on a mobile workstation ever” according to Lenovo. Plus, it can support up to four storage devices and comes with not one, but two Thunderbolt 3 ports (the P50 offers only one). As for display power, the P70 has a 4K UHD screen or optional FHD touch and even offers the option of adding a DVD-RW drive if that sort of “throwback” tech spec strikes your fancy. Lenovo adds that while the P50 workstation is geared towards engineers and professional designers, the P70 is the ideal travelling workhorse that its predecessors strove to be. Both models are slated to go on sale sometime in the fourth quarter, with the P50 starting at $1,599 and the beastly P70 at $1,999.
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