Lenovo Develops Hybrid Workstation

By Tom Allen
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Lenovo has unveiled several new mobile workstations at Autodesk University 2015, including a convertible flagship called the Thinkpad P40 Yoga. It is designed to negate the need for creative professionals to use two systems: a tablet as a sketching pad and a workstation for rendering.

The Thinkpad P40 Yoga has a 2560 x 1440 resolution IPS panel, can act as a sketching pad and is also an ISV-certified workstation. It can be used in laptop, stand, tent and tablet modes, with a Wacom stylus with 2,048 levels of pressure sensitivity. Lenovo says that it worked with Wacom to develop a driver to get closer to the ‘pen and paper’ experience.

As well as the sketching capabilities, the P40 Yoga runs on an Intel Core i7 CPU with up to 16GB of RAM. An Nvidia Quadro M500M GPU, with 2GB of VRAM, provides graphics. The device features a 512GB SSD. Additionally, Lenovo has used its Lift ‘n Lock keyboard design in the product; this features a frame that automatically rises around the keys when the device is switched into tablet mode.

Two other products were also revealed: the Thinkpad P50S and Thinkstation P310. The P50S is a more affordable mobile workstation, with 2880 x 1620 (commonly known as ‘3k’) resolution and Power Bridge technology; this means that the workstation has both a removable battery and an internal one that will run the device while the battery is being replaced. The workstation is capable of being operated for up to 17 hours on battery.

The P310 is also an affordable solution, but this time in the Thinkstation line; these are purely workstations, without a display. The P310 uses Intel’s Xeon E3-1200v5 processor and an Nvidia GPU, with up to 64GB of DDR4 RAM.

Lenovo will begin to sell these new workstations in Q1’16, and will share more information about them then. Pricing will begin at $1,400 for the P40 Yoga; $1,300 for the P50S; and $730 for the P310.