Lenovo launches three new ThinkPad laptops; two workstations, one VR-Ready

The annual SOLIDWORKS World 2017 convention is going on right now in Los Angeles, and Lenovo isn’t going to let this opportunity go away; the company launched three new “mobile workstation” laptops today, one of which is VR-Ready.

The ThinkPad P51, P51s, and P71 are all unique in their own rights, but they all pack some very beefy specifications; that’s what, after all, makes them a workstation.

Despite their unique features; the three workstations have quite a few things in common. They all come with optional 4K displays, feature 2400 Mhz DDR4 RAM, are ISV-certified, and stand strong against the tests for MIL-SPEC.

Also, interestingly, Lenovo is offering an optional Windows 7 Professional license with these laptops; if Windows 10 isn’t your thing, you have an option to downgrade.

ThinkPad P51s

The ThinkPad P51s is the lightest and thinnest of the three laptops launched today; weighing about 1.9 kg, it features a new chassis making it the lightest mobile workstation ever developed by the ThinkPad team. It’s also the thinnest ever, at 0.79-inch.

The 15-inch display comes in three options: 1080p, 1080p with touch, or 4K; the beefy display is powered by an NVidia Quadro GPU and a 7th generation Intel Core i7 processor.

ThinkPad P51

The ThinkPad P51 has a 4K IPS display that supports 100% of the sRGB color gamut and comes with an X-Rite Pantone color calibrator.

At the weight of about 2.5 kg, the laptop is heavier than P51s; it’s also thicker at 1.02-inches. That’s because it has to make room for an optional Intel Xeon E3 processor and its cooling requirements.

There’s also an Intel Quadro M2200M GPU inside, along with enough space to add three storage devices. Lenovo also added in RAID 0 and 1 support, just for that.

ThinkPad P71

The ThinkPad P71 is the heaviest and largest of them all; it’s also the one that’s VR-Ready.

The 17-inch laptop weighs about 3.4 kg and is 1.2-inches thick; it has a 4K display and also comes with an X-Rite Pantone color calibrator like its smaller cousin.

On the inside, it can go up to an Intel Xeon E3-v6 processor and an NVidia Quadro P5000M GPU.

Pricing and Availability

The three mobile workstation laptops are pushing the boundaries of what is possible within the chassis of a laptop. They are heavy, and certainly not light – but they are equipped with enough horsepower to crunch anything that comes their way.

The VR-Ready ThinkPad P71 is the heaviest of them all, but is still lighter than a desktop; building a VR backpack became just a bit easier today.

Of course, with the high-end specifications, comes a high price.

The ThinkPad P51s starts at $1,049 and will be available from March.

The ThinkPad P51 and P71, on the other hand, will be available from April, starting at $1,399 and $1,849 respectively. There’s a missed opportunity with the pricing.

These prices will go up as the specifications change, but as a starting point, they seem quite reasonable.

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