January 5, 2012

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Hybrid

Paul Lamkin, writing for Pocket-lint:

“The Hybrid X1 packs either an Intel i3, i5 or 17 Core chip along with a 13.1-inch Gorilla Glass display. But it’s the Hybrid part of the new X1 that intrigues us most. You see, it’s not just an Intel chip packed inside but a Qualcomm dual-core one too. The idea being that you can fire up a Linux OS using this for easy access web browsing.”

Is there any demand for such capability, at all? I can't imagine an instance where I'd want to use an ultra-light laptop, yet not have access to my files and other applications. What benefit is gained by having a second CPU, incapable of running the main operating system?

You'd think a major manufacturer like Lenovo would know that Linux on the desktop isn't so much dead as never having had a life to begin with. That they designed and built an ultra-light laptop that enshrines use of it, when they could have gone lighter, thinner and less expensive by leaving out Qualcomm's chip is a puzzler.

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