Lenovo's latest mobile workstations offer 4K screens, Skylake-based Xeon processors

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?

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Harish Jonnalagadda
Senior Editor - Asia

Harish Jonnalagadda is a Senior Editor overseeing Asia for Android Central, Windows Central's sister site. When not reviewing phones, he's testing PC hardware, including video cards, motherboards, gaming accessories, and keyboards.

  • I am not for sure!
  • @thrmacho:
    About what? Why they didn't include a single USB type C-port?
  • The last comment in the article may be a clue to his/her comment!
  • Yup!
  • Well I certainly am! That p70 makes a lot of sense, especially given the large chassis - better for cooling! This is a number crunching beast, and I'm impressed you're getting 64 gb server grade ram at that price in a laptop. Want to see what Dell and hp produce but frankly I'm impressed, especially with thunderbolt. The type c connector may well appear on the models announced later, though its not a concern if you have s current setup and, frankly, it'll be a while before adoption so in my opinion it's no biggie. The market this device is aimed at isn't going to be worried about that and these devices will be fully depreciated before type c mass adoption anyway. Good job Lenovo, now the rest bring your gear!
  • Try eurocom http://www.eurocom.com/ec/productsg(3)ec
  • I work on a W520 with 16GB Ram...   This would be great for work!
  • *up to* 64GB RAM.
  • Lenevo or asus? Which brand should i go for?
  • Asus, not some chinese company stealing your data
  • >implying Taiwain isn't Chinese. Also I've not been impressed with the build quality of my Zenbook, and frankly I will NOT be getting another one.  By and large, if you buy via Microsoft, you can get the signature edition which comes with zero bloatware. 
  • Taiwan is NOT Chinese. Taiwan is built on capitalism and fleeing Chinese rule. China is a communist country (except Hong Kong), where workers don't work for entrperneurial success or pride, but because their government tells them to. Hence the much lower quality of products from China compared with Taiwan, South Korea, and of course Japan.
  • Taiwan is largely considered a rogue state of China, and was officially a part of China up to 1949.  Since then Taiwan has been in a rather odd political state of being an independent political state, but nominally within the Chinese sphere of influence.  As for product quality... China isn't quite as communist as the quota driven Soviet Union, and many companies based in China are driven by entrepreneurial success as Lenovo and Huawei have shown.  Also political states of a country don't reflect the final product made within the country as seen in the automotive industry in the 1970s.  
  • Taiwan is considered a rogue state of China by China, who views the island of Formosa and the people living there as part of China. But to Taiwan, that's insulting. Ever since Chiang Kai-shek fled mainland China after warring against the communists and settled on Formosa, it has been a proud and independent country. "Made in Taiwan" was a halmark of how Capitalism propelled Taiwan to economic success while China went nowhere long before China decided to become a manufacturing power with cheap labor, pushing "Made in China". Chinese labor is kept cheap to the detriment of the Chinese people by the communist government continuing to keep the Yuan value low. High taxes import and export taxes produce a lot of revenue for the government, while the people languish with low wages due to currency devaluation. That said, I agree that it's not as bad as the USSR was. The Soviet Union was definitely much worse, but one could argue that any government whose focus is anything other than protecting the safety and freedom of its people is illegitimate. I continue to hope that China's economic growth and companies like Lenovo and Huawei will help transform China into a freer and more capitalist nation, for the good of its people and the safety of the world. But I don't know much about their management. Are they even privately owned, or are they effectively controlled by the government too?
  • I dare you to go to Taiwan and spout that crap.
  • @Nuke Iraq, who are you talking to? What I said is consistent with the prevailing beliefs of the Taiwanese, which is to say that they are proud of their capitalism and independence from Communist China.
  • I've got a ASUS N751JK-T7129H and its just a wonderfull laptop. It can be a portable desktop, but it's not something you'd want to carry around all day. Build quality and performance have been great so far. I dont have any experience with Lenovo, but ASUS has been great for me.
    With both brands I recommend you to go for one of their higer end products, low end/mid range laptops should have a lesser built quality and performance.
  • ShUbham TuAgi1, I have a ThinkPad T400 that is still running strong. Just bought a replacement battery for the 6 year old beast. Boots up and performs. No Problem! I also have a IdeaPad that I have been beating the crap out of for the last 4 years, Photoshop, video editing and ... online gaming and I have had the system HOT!!! I did have to send it back to the manufacturer to get the keyboard replaced but other than that, no problem. This past Christmas, I bought my wife an Asus notebook and she uses it for school papers, ArcGIS work and ...Facebook, and she likes it. The Asus is nice, build quality is good and so far no complaints.  So there you have it, for what it's worth.
  • I still have my x220 tablet laptop and it works like new. It is so durable that some times I use it as a car ramp (Just kidding). I did add a Samsung SSD for more speed, battery life, and durability, not because anything broke.
    Love the specs of these two, but I wonder if it there is going to be a docking station available?
  • I still have an X200t. When it was my daily driver, I use to just close the lid and use it as a tray when it was lunch time. These things are strong.
  • ASUS Zenbook UX305 has been solid. Really great value! Bought online from the Microsoft Store = No Bloatware.
  • Drooling
  • Getting the p50 ASAP
  • I'm downloading an operating system on that RAM!
  • As one should.
  • You can actually use that ram as a really fast SSD partition, faster than the PCIe one.
  • Whahahah hellyeah xD
  • Precisely - running trading platforms in ram, running vm and straight up number crunching: Ecc is a must, especially for devices that are turned on and running without reboots. This isn't for the consumer and not for gaming.
  • But can it play Minecraft? Or is it more of a candy crush machine?
  • Barely. I'm not sure it can handle anything with that pitiful 64 GB RAM. I mean, it should have been at least 256.
  • I know and think that sad is holding it back also I'd upgrade the cpu to Pentium 3
  • LOL!! Pentium 3... What a flashback!! U really made me laugh.
  • Intel 8086 is better than Pentium 3 LOL
  • LOL
  • It doesn't have a gamer class card so it'll melt playing the witcher 3!
  • Sadly not a single pic excites me right now.
  • It is what on the inside that matters. Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • Hello?
  • Hello.
  • Yoo
  • Hoo
  • Hi there!
  • Oh, hi!
  • Superbe
  • Specs don't seem like they planned for it. It's just random things that kept adding in hardware. Soo.. not interested! Nothing that exciting bout these.
  • This is an Enterprise level machine, what doesn't work for you?
  • I have two Asus myself and a Lenovo from my company. Lenovo is shit. E540 is not a real ThinkPad but it is said to be a small business machine. Inspite, build quality is crap, at the DVD player, the housing is bend and has an unintended spacing. The whole trackpad could be pushed instead of separate buttons or at least only the bottom of the trackpad should be clickable by bending a bit.
  • Finally some next gen in the 17" class (which is still 2 years outdated). Need that 17" 4K panel in an HP or Dell now, plus support for 3/4K external monitors HDMI 2.x or latest displayport. And windows hello plus native Cortana Microphone support (requires noise isolation tech).
  • Msi and Dell gaming machines are going to be getting big upgrades...
  • Ecc ram? Dafuk do we need mobile servers now?
  • Yes.
  • This is the definition of the overkill.
  • Not really, these are Enterprise Mobile Workstations.  Mostly for Engineers.  I just purchased seven Dell Precision M6800's with similar specs for our Engineers that do FEA all day in ANSYS.  They will be keeping these things for four years, and a typical Ansys run for them takes 4-5 hours to process, depending on what they're crunching at the time.  I wish we knew about these Levonos with XEONs prior to our purchase! There is a definite business need for these types of machines.  $4000 for a high end workstation is peanuts compared to the ~$70/hour you're paying these engineers to do the work.  Especially one that is expected to last 3-4 years!
  • Precisely. Especially when they're kept for three or four years until they're depreciated off the books. I think most people are looking at this from a consumer point of view, which this machine doesn't really apply to. I'm also fielding Dell precisions and xps15s and can't wait to see what they cook up - purely because I've the Enterprise accounts there, though but from Lenovo when the occasion arises.
  • Looks like Eurocom won't be operating in a vaccume anymore.  I've always felt the overkill sector of the market was a bit barren. 
  • Eurocom still uses desktop class consumer CPUs, like a 5960X. I think that beats this Xeon.
  • I think so but the margin is probably very small as this mobile xeon shares most of the architecture of the full bore skylake desktop counterpart. But it probably produces less heart etc. There are pros tho having an actual mobile chip in a mobile device though I'd imagine most of the work done on these will require the use being fairly static so why not use the desktop chip... I'm guessing six and eight core chips will be announced soon Hmmmm....
  • Looking at a Surface Pro with a 14" 4K screen and 24GB ram now....well wishing :)
  • We haven't even gotten to 3K or 16 GBs of ram.
  • Well he is wishing ;)
  • Does Dell offer a similar spec laptop yet? Not a big fan of Lenovo or Asus and my company will only buy from Dell anyway!
  • That's one sick configuration! :D
  • Superfish?
  • was never installed on the ThinkPad range and is no longer installed on any Lenovo machine. 1/10 troll, see me after class.
  • Forget about Superfish, with those specs, you can bring in a Whale!!
  • 4K on under 40inch devices are over rated and useless. Can you even see the difrences to a full hd screen? Also 4K takes alot of power to run so dont expect gaming on that device.
  • Of course. 4K on a 17" display still has a pixel density lower than a 1080p 5" phone. And you can certainly still see pixels on the phone if you try.
  • You gotta be kidding. The Human eye cant differentiate after 300ppi. 1080p on a 5 " goes upto 441 ppi. Unless you use a magnifying glass that is. Also you hold a laptop way farther than you hold a phone...soo...
  • Depends on the human, not everyone sees at the same level as everyone else.
  • That is based on distance from the screen and is a pretty wild generalization.
  • Actually in the 17" class it makes perfect sense.  While the current 900p screens give you near perfect font size and sharpness @ 100% zoom, sadly these are being retired.  So we need much more DPI to get "non blury fonts", which 4K @ 225% zoom should deliver.
  • Cray specs, and way out of my price range. I'd be lying if I said I didn't want one tho. 
  • Same here
  • I am waiting for spectre x360 with skylake.
  • Powerful, but it should be more eye-catchy, I guess.
  • 64 gigs of RAM?!
  • Of course yes!
  • Waiting for Dell to catch up with new Laptops.... More importantly Inspirion 5000 & 7000 series
  • Wishing a XPS 17 sequal was in the works too, best audio ever released in a laptop with a touch of deep bass.
  • To Guys who think Lenovo makes bad products.... Then u guys definitely not heard of Lenovo k3 note... Ik its a mobile and here's a laptop we talking about but by the quality and overall feel of the mobile....I think Lenovo sure makes good products...
    P.S. Guys don't get started over android/windows shit... I use a windows phone and dad uses the k3 note...
  • Seems pretty beast! And for specs like that, the price actually seems really low! Posted via the Windows Phone Central App for Android
  • Madre de dios!
  • Very cool, of course of money was no object and i needed a new laptop maybe. That would be a pretty epic machine...STARTING AT $2k (no 4K at that price) LOL :)
  • I WANT these.
  • Cool price
  • And I just hate the keyboard layout. I don't care about the chiclet, but those reduced buttons is really messed up for me.
  • No, I am not. I have two work issued ThinkPad W540s and while the specs are impressive - having to deal with their system restore discs just to reinstall Windows (whenever that may be) is a royal pain in the arse!  Further more, though these are work issued, IT didn't apply and custom imagine so they have OEM OS installed. When I try to extract the product keys from BIOS they are reported to not be "valid".  Sites that provide media recovery indicate that vendors occasionally use bulk OEM keys and update individual machine BIOS to include the actual individual key, but this does not appear to be the case OR the five tools I've used (including one from licensed OEM replacement disc vendors) don't work.  Thankfully, I was able to do a straight up Windows 10 upgrade (fresh install wouldn't work - I believe a known issue with some versions of Windows 10 OR it's the license key problem I mentioned).  Then there are the wonky power issues - the machines have trouble staying awake OR recoverying from sleep/ hibernate.  I regularly have to just hard power them off and have experienced corruption as a result (one instance where an OS reinstall was required).  These machines are a nightmare, but I refused to do work on my personal hardware so it is partially my problem.  For now, they just sit in my closet wired up so I can work "remote" via RDP even though they are in my closet.  It work's fine until the network cards flip out and fail auto-negotiating speeds.  Then it's just a cable yank and reconnect or the trusty reboot.  None of my other wired hardware has this problem. Yech.
  • Yeah HP 3rd partied their recovery DVDs, which refuse to work period.  Luckily (as you mentioned) the Windows 8 HPs do have the key in the bios ... so never any issue activating Windows 8.x. I am curious how companies do both KMS servers for site wide licensing AND buy OEM laptops with OEM windows 8.x keys.  Maybe HP/Dell gives them a huge cost break, to avoid paying double for those license keys.