Alongside the launch of consumer-facing Skylake processors, Intel launched the a workstation-class mobile Xeon CPU that shares the Skylake platform. Lenovo has now launched two new models in the ThinkPad series — the ThinkPad P50 and P70 — that are the first to feature the beefy Xeon processors.
The ThinkPad P50 and P70 are prosumer models aimed at professionals looking for a mobile workstation. The P70 offers a 17-inch color-accurate 4K display, NVIDIA Quadro graphics, Xeon E3-1500M v5 CPU, up to 64GB ECC DDR4 RAM (yes, that's RAM), and storage configurations that include a 2TB mechanical drive and a 1TB PCIe SSD. The notebook also features a DVD-RW drive, which can be removed to make way for an additional SSD up to 512GB in size or a mechanical drive of up to 1TB.
You also get four USB 3.0, HDMI, mini-DisplayPort, Gigabit Ethernet,two Intel Thunderbolt 3 ports, an ExpressCard slot and a docking connector, with the overall weight of the machine coming in at 7.6lbs. Those looking for a more portable solution will be interested in the ThinkPad P50, which shares most of the specs in a slightly smaller form factor that includes a 15.6-inch 4K display, with the notebook coming in at 5.6lbs. Other changes from the P70 include the removal of the DVD drive and the reduction of one Thunderbolt 3 port.
To cool the beastly machines, Lenovo has introduced a dual-fan cooling system that ensures that the chassis doesn't melt under heavy load. The Chinese giant has mentioned that both models will be available from Q4 2015, with prices for the P70 starting from $1,999 and the P50 from $1,599. Variants with full-HD touchscreen displays will be sold as standard, with the 4K options costing a premium.
Anyone interested in the new ThinkPads from Lenovo?