Add Lenovo to the list of computer suppliers ready to leverage Intel’s latest Sandy Bridge processors for higher performance and energy savings features. In this case, Lenovo is set to release six new ThinkPad models that include a number of business-friendly features.
The ThinkPad T420 line is an ultra-thin, sub-four pound notebook with an improved boot time and battery life of up to 30 hours with an optional extended battery (15 hours standard). The notebooks are powered by Intel’s 2nd generation Core and Core vPro “Sandy Bridge” processors.
All of the new ThinkPads sport performance management features designed to boost battery life and longer use of what are typically energy-hungry applications like video. Lenovo said its newest T Series and W Series ThinkPads are the first “business class” notebooks to use Nvidia Optimus automatic graphic switching technology that improves battery performance 33 percent over earlier discrete graphics models.
Lenovo said Nvidia’s chip and other “self-aware” and adaptive technologies let the ThinkPads sense where power is needed most leading to improve overall performance and battery life.
As detailed in CIO Update’s report, the ThinkPads also include a new feature called Lenovo Instant Resume that can maintain a user’s wireless connection on the laptop during sleep mode for up to 99 minutes, thereby saving the hassle of having to login and reconnect. Audio quality has also been improved thanks to the inclusion of Dolby Home Theater v4.