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SA launch for rugged new mobile workstations, ultra-wide display

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TOP global tech brand Lenovo has launched its next generation of its ThinkPad P1, ThinkPad P15 and ThinkPad P17 mobile workstations in South Africa.

Each boasts the latest 11th generation Intel Core and Xeon mobile CPUs, the latest NVIDIA GPU architecture up to the NVIDIA RTX A5000 GPU, and added support for PCIe Gen 4 SSDs.

“There is no doubt that the… pandemic accelerated a shift toward mobile workstations as most of the world quickly moved to a remote work environment. These new mobile workstations deliver the performance and power professional users need to maximize productivity,” said Rob Herman, VP and GM, Worldwide Workstation and Client AI Business at Lenovo.

As is true with the entire Lenovo workstation portfolio, the ThinkPad P1, P15 and P17 are all ISV certified and tested at the highest level to pass MIL-spec standards, making them more rugged than conventional notebook computers.

The company also introduced its new ThinkVision P34w-20 monitor for a “professional-level” display and the ThinkPad Thunderbolt 4 Workstation Dock to power the full experience.

According to Herman, the ThinkPad P1 has been redesigned with remote users in mind who are looking for power, premium design, and true mobility, including content creators, architects, product designers and data scientists.

New for this fourth-generation system is a complete clean sheet design with user-experience improvements and a patent-pending thermal design to support increased capacity. The ThinkPad P1 maintains its thin and light appearance, while offering premium features such as 5G, a larger 90WHr battery, a newly engineered keyboard design featuring a larger touchpad, a higher resolution FHD camera for superior video conferencing and a top-firing Dolby Atmos Speaker System.

This next generation also includes a new 16-inch UHD+ display with narrow bezels, low-blue light technology and 16:10 aspect ratio for more screen real estate, all while maintaining its 15-inch footprint.

For the first time, the new ThinkPad P1 will offer both professional graphics support with the ability to power up to the NVIDIA RTX A5000-level GPUs or NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080. This lets users configure the machine to best meet their real-time rendering, animation and visualisation needs.

Turning to the ThinkPad P15 and P17, Herman said that they shine in the most demanding use cases requiring the highest level of power and performance. “From engineers and designers creating sophisticated renderings to developers working on compute-heavy virtual and mixed reality simulations, these two new mobile workstations offer the configurability and versatility professional users need.”

The ThinkPad P15 features a 15.6-inch UHD OLED display, while the P17 offers the largest workspace available in a Lenovo mobile workstation with a 17.3-inch color calibrated display.

“Powerful solutions are needed as we continue to work remote and transition to a hybrid work environment,” said Bob Pette, VP of Professional Visualization at NVIDIA. “Lenovo’s ThinkPad P Series mobile workstations are powered by NVIDIA RTX GPUs and deliver powerful graphics and real-time rendering that let people collaborate and work from anywhere they need to.”

The ThinkPad P1 is available from the end of July, starting at R34,999, while the ThinkPad P15 and P17 will be available from mid-August, starting at R29,999 and R32,999 respectively.

Ultra-wide monitor

The 34-inch ultra-wide curved (3800R) ThinkVision P34w-20 monitor boasts 21:9 aspect ratio and, according to Lenovo, is designed for professional users who frequently multitask between creative and productivity applications.

“The offers more space for a seamless workflow. Picture-in-Picture and Picture-by-Picture features allow simultaneous display from two different sources for enhanced collaboration and the patented eKVM function saves time by quickly switching between applications from two PCs,” the company said in a statement.

The new ThinkPad Thunderbolt 4 Workstation Dock features a single 300w power supply, so users now only need one high-performance universal port to easily deliver power and connect to compatible mobile workstations. In addition, the ThinkPad Thunderbolt 4 Workstation dock is one of the first cabled docks with Intel AMT for enhanced manageability. –

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