Lenovo Plans for Hybrid ThinkPad X1, Ivy Bridge Ultrabooks in Mid 2012
Though it is one of the best enterprise notebooks that you can buy right now, the ThinkPad X1 may not bowl anyone over with its unspectacular battery life. Clocking only 200 minutes in our video loop test, the ThinkPad X1 was saved by its relatively light weight and speedy performance.
Lenovo seemed to have recognized this little problem and sought to rectify it with an Instant Media Mode installed on a ThinkPad X1 (November). According to Lenovo, this Instant Media Mode will allow the ThinkPad to last twice as long, if all you need to do is surf the web or watch a video.
In the monthly update PDF document which Lenovo has released, there are also some little tidbits of information. It isn't substantial by any means, but still exciting nonetheless. According to Lenovo, Ivy Bridge Ultrabooks should start arriving in the middle of 2012, around May or June.
Lenovo is also expecting Windows 8 to be ready by Fall of 2012, and would appear on both notebooks and tablets. We're hoping to see some fancy hybrid form factors as well, some of which were spotted when we visited their headquarters recently.