We already know of the Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga hybrid line. They’re a pretty popular breed among the tablet-to-workstation market. However, one thing the line of 2-in-1s could use is a little more power to take on high quality video. This, and a few other upgraded features, including better ability to serve graphic artists and creators, could make the new multimode Lenovo ThinkPad P40 Yoga nice competition for the Microsoft Surface Book.
It’s nice to see the hybrid community continually getting better. It is now possible for these things to be built with advanced-level hardware for heavy-duty graphics, all while becoming more lightweight than ever. In this case, since the device is the company’s first 2-in-1 with “workstation-level 3D hardware”, Engadget is calling Lenovo’s ThinkPad P40 Yoga one of its most innovative thus far. The 3.9-pound laptop features four modes- laptop, stand, tent, and tablet; a 14-inch, 2,560 x 1,440 touchscreen panel resolution, and a stylus pen that promises “both 2,048 levels of pressure, and specially-tuned software that reportedly gets closer to the pen to paper feel”. It also features a Lift ‘n Lock keyboard, which means the laptop frame rises around the keys (automatically) when in tablet mode (Engadget).
But that multimode, high-resolution IPS display and stylus pen aren’t the only things that make the Lenovo ThinkPad P40 Yoga the best option yet for artists and designers. Graphics and processing power sure help as well. In that department, Lenovo added Intel’s Core i7 Skylake chip, and an Nvidia Quadro M500M chipset for handling 3D modeling and graphics (don’t forget that specially-tuned stylus will offer great image control). Finally, the Lenovo ThinkPad P40 Yoga comes with a 512GB SSD, up to 16GB of RAM, and 2GB of VRAM (thanks to the Quadro GPU).
Announced at the same time is the ThinkPad P50 series, aimed to be a more conventional option than the $1,399-priced ThinkPad P40 Yoga. Priced a hundred dollars less at $1,299, you will get the same Core i7 chip, a 2,880 x 1,620 display, and Lenovo’s very own Power Bridge technology, which allegedly allows 17 hours of battery life (Information Week). More announcements from Lenovo are expected soon, including new Windows-running convertible notebooks, and the Home 900 portable All-in-One (AIO). As for now, if you’re looking to supply your artistic needs with something powerful enough to take on hefty projects and graphics, Lenovo has got you covered.
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