Lenovo Unveils Fresh ThinkPad P-Series Lineup with New VR-Ready P71


Lenovo today announced the refresh of their ThinkPad P-series laptop lineup with the new P51s and P51. The company touts these laptops as “engineered to deliver breakthrough levels of performance, reliability and long battery life” while also slimming each model down to deliver a more portable form factor as users have apparently been demanding this change.

Starting with the ThinkPad P51s, this laptop features a more lightweight, Ultrabook-style build in terms of its design. It’s half the weight of its predecessor, while Lenovo touts it as the “lightest and thinnest mobile workstation ever developed by ThinkPad.” It features Intel’s latest-generation Core i7 processors, Nvidia Quadro dedicated graphics, and a 4K UHD IPS display alongside Thunderbolt 3 ports for compatibility with a docking station and “extreme battery life.” Take that as you will.

Next up, the ThinkPad P51 steps things up in the build department by offering a MIL-SPEC tested certification for better durability. It also features a dual-fan system to cool things down when your laptop begins heating up.

This model features Intel Xeon chipsets and new 2400mHz DDR4 RAM for improved multitasking performance. In addition, Nvidia Quadro dedicated graphics and a 4K UHD IPS display with 100% color gamut and custom color calibration is also included.

Finally, the new ThinkPad P71 has mostly the same internals and build quality as the ThinkPad P51, but this model takes things up a notch by earning both Oculus and HTC certifications in terms of virtual reality performance. Yes, folks, the P71 is certified VR compatible, so you can plug that Rift or Vive headset in and start experiencing immersive apps and games. You know, if you’re into that kind of thing.

To power VR, Lenovo has built in Nvidia Pascal-based Quadro GPUs which offer better graphics performance throughout alongside Intel Xeon processors, the new 2400mHz DDR4 RAM, and a 4K UHD IPS display with 100% color gamut and custom color calibration. And as always, Lenovo is also gearing the P71 towards anyone who needs high performance out of their laptop such as engineers or profesisonal designers.

Bob Pette, vice president of Professional Visualization at Nvidia, had the following to say regarding the P71’s VR capabilities.

“Content creators working with demanding VR workflows require the most robust and reliable performance possible,” says Bob Pette, vice president, Professional Visualization, NVIDIA®. “Lenovo’s VR-ready ThinkPad P71 with Quadro® Pascal-based GPUs for mobile workstations provides the performance, features and memory required for creating the most compelling VR experiences anywhere.”

Regarding availability and pricing, the P51s will start at $1,049 and become available this March. The P51 and P71 will arrive this April starting at $1,399 and $1,849, respectively. You can learn more about Lenovo’s new ThinkPad P-series laptops at https://www.thinkworkstations.com/.

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