China-based Lenovo this week introduced a pair of new models to its ThinkPad line that it said are the best-performing and most reliable mobile workstations for sale today: the ThinkPad P50 and P70. Unveiled at the SIGGRAPH 2015 Conference and Exhibition in Los Angeles, the two new models are designed to run the most demanding independent software vendor (ISV) applications, according to Lenovo. Both models will be available in the fourth quarter of this year.
The company’s ThinkPad P50 (pictured) is the thinnest and lightest full-function mobile workstation Lenovo has made to date. It has a 15.6-inch UHD 4K display with Nvidia Quadro graphics, weighs 5.6 pounds and comes with a single Thunderbolt 3 port that complements three storage bays. Optional for the display is 3840x2160-IPS X-Rite Pantone Color Correction. The P50 is certified to run the most requested ISV applications, and is a follow on to the ThinkPad W541.
The larger P70 mobile workstation features a 17-inch display and starts at 7.6 pounds. The P70 is made for high-end, professional users in industries ranging from the media to the oil and gas sectors, according to Lenovo. Pricing begins at $1,599.
The ThinkPad P70 features a 17-inch display with up to a 4K Ultra HD resolution and 300 nits brightness, with full HD touch and non-touch options also available. It also comes with an Intel Xeon processor for mobile workstations and Nvidia Quadro graphics and up to 64 GB of memory and 1 TB of storage.
Lenovo said the new ThinkPads are designed for professional applications. But in a work world increasingly dominated by more portable options such as tablets, is there still a place for a laptop that weighs almost 8 pounds? Jan Dawson, chief analyst at Jackdaw Research, told us there should be.
"I think there's still plenty of enterprise demand for laptops, so it's not just all about tablets," said Dawson. "However, once you get into the $2,000 range, you're competing with the higher-spec MacBooks, too, and so the question is whether Windows laptops are still the best for the job."
Dawson added that IBM is putting in significant orders for MacBooks, and promising to help its consulting clients figure out how to move from Windows to Mac computers as well. "That's another big challenge these Windows laptop vendors are fighting against, especially in this higher price bracket," he said.
Additionally, the P70 has a maximum storage capacity of 2 TB, a DVD-RW drive, 8-cell battery, and Bluetooth 4.1 connectivity, along with 4G LTE support for mobile broadband. The display comes with X-Rite Pantone, and the ThinkPad Precision Keyboard comes with a backlight.
The P70 comes with three Thunderbolt 3 ports and four USB 3.0 ports, including one that is constantly charging. It also has a four-in-one card reader, docking connector, Smart Card Reader, Express Card support, a combo audio jack, Ethernet, Mini DisplayPort and HDMI. The P70 starts at $1,999.
Posted: 2015-08-12 @ 7:13pm PT
I agree with smeggy. MacBook Pros have long been very underpowered compared to dedicated mobile workstations so there's really no comparison.
Posted: 2015-08-11 @ 5:02pm PT
You're seriously comparing a macbook to a full blown workstation? Unbelievable.
Posted: 2015-08-11 @ 1:23pm PT
Brian, thanks for your comment. Noted and corrected.
Posted: 2015-08-11 @ 1:17pm PT
I think you got the weight on P70 wrong. It should be 7.6 and almost 8 pounds.