The 2012 International Consumer Electronics Show is in full swing, but some of the most exciting laptops at the show are hiding in private meeting rooms and press suites. Take a look at these behind the scenes photos from CES so you can find out what’s coming later this year and you can get a closer view of some of the big announcements.
Toshiba Satellite “Consumer Ultrabook”
This aluminum-wrapped thin and light laptop was only visible for a few hours during a Toshiba pre-show party (hence the dark room and red lights) but it will likely be one of the most important notebooks for Toshiba in 2012. The as yet unnamed Toshiba Satellite ultrabook is going to be the company’s first consumer-focused ultrabook with a target price range “around $699” later this year. Details are few and far between at this time, but this ultrabook will ship with Windows 8, it will have the latest generation Intel processors, a 14-inch HD screen, it will use a LED-backlit keyboard with a Synaptics touchpad, and feature rapid boot and rapid resume from sleep.
Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga
One of the more interesting designs to make an appearance at CES 2012 is the all new Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga. This laptop features a revolutionary folding hinge design that allows you to not only fold the notebook flat for business presentations or digital board games, but you can flip the screen 360 around and use the touchscreen as a Windows tablet.
The keyboard on the IdeaPad Yoga is automatically disabled when the screen reaches the 180-degree position; so you won’t have to worry about pressing the keyboard keys when the laptop is in tablet mode. The convertible design features a 13.3-inch HD multi-touch display, a chassis that is 0.6″ thin and 3.1 lbs. in weight, it uses 3rd generation Intel Core i7 processors and is designed for Windows 8 with up to 8 hours of battery life. One other interesting item of note is that the Yoga is the first Lenovo notebook to use an all new rectangular power adapter connection which may become the new standard for future Lenovo laptops.
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Hybrid
The executive-oriented ThinkPad X1 business laptop is essentially unchanged from the notebook be reviewed last year, but the updated X1 Hybrid maintains the X1’s status as “the thinnest ThinkPad” while offering a new low power mode via a Snapdragon processor module. The low power mode boots almost instantly and gives you access to your calendar, videos, music, web access, email and other important documents stored in flash on the Snapdragon module. The low power mode also gives you twice the battery life compared to running the X1 in Windows 7 mode.
You can instantly switch to Windows mode at the touch of a button and the flash storage is visible to Windows so you can access the files stored there … however, you cannot access the main hard drive in low power mode since only the Snapdragon module, Wi-Fi card and display are powered on during that time. The only thing you might want to keep in mind with the ThinkPad X1 Hybrid is that the low power module uses the WWAN card slot, so X1 Hybrid notebooks won’t offer built-in 3G broadband access.