Lenovo has outed the first ThinkPad notebook with a secondary processor and operating system for fast-boot internet access. The PC giant also unwrapped its first Ultrabook ThinkPad. The "hybrid" ThinkPad X1, first: it's a 13.3in machine with a choice of Intel Core i3, i5 and i7 CPUs as the main chip. There's a Qualcomm dual- …
+1 for not making it silver.
(A self-confessed Thinkpad fanboi)
Don't know what to think of this:
Linux can boot up just as quickly on X86 as it can ARM (with the right settings, distribution, etc). The only reason I can think of is to prolong battery life, but surely with a huge back lit monitor and Wireless/bluetooth etc running would the net power usage be so dramatically different?
A lot of it is processor.
x86 is stupidly power hungry, even atom chips are pretty shit at low power consumption. That's why your laptop body gets hot. Compare a tablet to a netbook (similar sized screens) arm-based tablets have much better battery life.
70% of power draw in an otherwise idle laptop is screen
People don't just whip out their laptop on a bus or the tube to watch a movie, it's just unpractical. It'll always been on longer train rides or planes where you can set it up comfortably and don't mind waiting 20 seconds for windows to boot. It would be better using the budget and space to provide a bigger, longer lasting battery.
Why wait for Windows to boot?
Doesn't anybody use Sleep/Hibernate mode?
Works a treat in Mac OS X at least ;-)
...But might be nice if they could get their x220 laptops to work for more than a microsoft minute first.
Just bought 230 of em for the firm and so far, since being deployed just before Christmas, we have had 23 total failures, Power light's on but nobody home!
Our friendly Lenovo engie, (name withheld to protect his job/sanity/gelled hair style), says it's a known issue, but hey, our Lenovo account manager says no it's not, that's just stupid nonsense! Ah well, 23 so far including two this morning and counting...
Shame as otherwise seem nice bits of kit.
But why? My Lenovo X1 running Ubuntu 11.10 boots in less than 10 seconds so why would I want to boot another OS?
It would be good if Nvidia could come up with a way so that a netbook/ultrabook would have a Tegra processor for the Android OS but would also work as a discreet graphics chip suited for HD video and casual gaming when in use with a X86 processor for Windows.
Nvidia gfx on an Ultrabook?
Sign me up!
Microsoft won't stand for it.