Lenovo updates several ThinkPad lines to include Intel's Optane storage technology

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Tom Butler, director of Lenovo Thinkpad marketing, displays a Lenovo computer tablet that features Intel Corp's latest "Atom" processor and Windows 8 software, in San Francisco, California September 27, 2012. Reuters/Robert Galbraith

Lenovo is doing one better than its competition by offering Intel’s Optane solid state drive, which boasts to be better than current SSDs and DRAM. The upgrade will be optional for several products, including the ThinkPad Yoga and ThinkPad 13, as well as the upcoming ThinkPad T570.

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Lenovo is going to be one of the first companies to offer products with Intel’s Optane SSD option. This piece of technology uses Intel and Micron’s 3D XPoint technology, which reportedly allows for faster and more long-term storage when compared to traditional SSDs. The company promised that various items will begin shipping out before the end of the year.

At this point, however, the Optane storage technology is still more expensive than standard options, so Lenovo is offering the same as a choice for 16GB worth of additional cache. The update is possible with the ThinkPad Yoga, ThinkPad 13, T, L and X units. The same will also be fitted into the ThinkPad T570, which is one of the company’s upcoming products.

The upcoming laptop boasts of stellar specs and features, which Computer World has reported to include a configuration for 4K touch display. It will also house Nvidia’s GeForce 940 MX discrete graphics chip and will be powered by Intel’s seventh generation Kaby Lake processor. The screen will be 15.6 inch. However, Intel’s Optane technology is what will really set it apart.

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As C|Net pointed out, the move to announce this ahead of the Consumer Electronic Show 2017 was a strategic one. Several tech companies are expected to showcase and debut new products at the event, which will begin on Jan. 5 in Las Vegas. Meanwhile, the ThinkPad T570 is expected to arrive in the market in March. The notebook is expected to cost US$909 (AU$1,260).

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