Lenovo's ThinkPad W520 mobile workstation has gone up for sale, with the 15.6-inch notebook priced from $1,449 with an Intel Core-i7 processor. Announced back in February, the W520 starts out with a 2.7GHz Core i7-2620M chip, 4GB of RAM and NVIDIA Quadro 1000M Optimus graphics, but $1,649 gets you the quadcore 2.2GHz Core i7-2720QM processor.
Sony is believed to be readying two new notebooks, including a VAIO Hybrid PC with an intelligent docking station, and a Chrome OS VAIO based on NVIDIA's Tegra 2. According to Sony Insider's sources, the VAIO Hybrid PC will, on its own, be a relatively thin Core i7 machine complete with Intel WiDi, SSD storage, HDMI and a 1.13kg weight, along with Intel Thunderbolt just like Apple's new MacBook Pro.
Dell has outed its latest notebook range, the Dell Inspiron R series, a set of 14-, 15.6- and 17.3-inch laptops with interchangeable lids. Powered by a choice of Intel Core i3, i5 or i7 processors, the new machines offer up to 13hrs runtime - with the optional 9-cell battery - together with optional Blu-ray and a choice a different SWITCH by Design Studio lid patterns.
It's not just Samsung's slick ultraportables getting officially detailed this morning; the company has also outed a new mainstream laptop range including up to Core i7 processors and screen sizes ranging from 12.5- to 15.6-inches. The Samsung Series 2, Series 4 and Series 6 notebooks run for up to 7hrs on a single charge, with Optimus graphics switching on select models.
Lenovo has officially outed its refreshed X Series ultraportable, the Lenovo ThinkPad X220, along with the X220 Tablet PC variant. Now packing a choice of Intel Core i3, Core i5 and Core i7 processors, along with a 12.5-inch display - optionally using a 1366 x 768 IPS panel - using self-closing hinges, and up to 24hrs of battery life.
Sony only announced the VAIO S Series late last month, but the company has already thrown the 13.3-inch ultraportables up for pre-order. Priced from $874.99, the big sales point of the S Series is the runtime: up to 15hrs if you pair the notebook with the optional $150 "slice" battery.
We've already been impressed by the quad-core speed boost shown by our early 2011 MacBook Pro review unit, but it seems the performance jolt is across the board with Apple's refreshed machines. Primate Labs - responsible for the Geekbench tool SlashGear uses to profile notebooks - has pulled together benchmarking results for the new range, and the improvement is dramatic.
It's been down for a few hours now, and the contents of the updated shelves are now known to us, but the Apple Store has finally come back online. That means all of the new MacBook Pro models are available to buy, with the standard configurations shipping out within 1-2 business days. Pricing kicks off at $1,199 for the updated 13-inch model.
The new Apple MacBook Pro range is official, and it's quite the star line-up. The entire 13-inch, 15-inch and 17-inch spread has been updated, with Intel's Sandy Bridge 2011 Core processors across the board. Apple has also cast out NVIDIA, replacing GeForce GPUs with AMD's Radeon graphics on the 15- and 17-inch machines. The 13-inch, meanwhile, makes do with Intel's integrated graphics alone. Perhaps most interesting is the addition of Apple's new Thunderbolt connector, based on Intel's Light Peak technology and promising up to 10Gbps data transfer speeds. Full details after the cut.