Lenovo unveils Thunderbolt on Windows laptop

Looks like Apple Mac laptops aren’t the only game in town with the high-speed Thunderbolt technology, with Lenovo debuting a new computer featuring both it and USB 3.

Yes, you read that right: two high-speed technologies have made it into a new laptop, with Lenovo’s ThinkPad Edge S430 featuring USB 3.0, Thunderbolt, Intel Core processors, a 14 inch screen, Dolby Home Theatre v4 audio, a choice of either Intel or Nvidia graphics, and up to 1TB of storage.

While the release of Thunderbolt on a non-Apple device may confuse some, the technology was developed by Intel under the name “Light Peak”. Previously, Sony’s Vaio Z used a form of Light Peak to connect an external video card dock.

Lenovo's Thunderbolt-equipped S430

Outside of the S430, Lenovo also announced entry-level laptops supporting either Intel Core or AMD Fusion processors, USB 3, HDMI, and a card reader in Lenovo’s B series laptop.

And one of our favourites from last year, the droppable X1 is receiving an update. The new X1 Hybrid is named thanks to the inclusion of an extra processor and a version of Linux that’s apparently very similar to Android.

With an extra lightweight OS on-board – sitting alongside Windows, of course – Lenovo says you can get double the battery life, essentially making it possible for the new X1 to hit up to 10 hours of life.

We’re looking forward to seeing these new laptops in action, but probably won’t see them for another few months at best.

With up to 10 hours of life, the new Lenovo X1 Hybrid will be more useful on a long flight.