We’ve got a few new notebooks from Lenovo but theHybrid caught our eye because its got a very familiar set up, an instant on system that offers up Android. The X1 Hybrid has a fanless “Instant Media Mode” which hopes to promise to double the original X1′s (rather skimpy) battery life to as much as ten hours.
How does the hybrid mode work? Lenovo’s done something unique by installing a dual-core Qualcomm CPU on the motherboard and building a custom OS based on the Android kernel. This actually reminds us of the Lenovo K1 tablet dual boot and the PunkThink after market mod that will allow anyone to transform their existing notebook or tablet into a dual boot battery saving device. In this low power mode you can check email, surf the web, organize photos, listen to music, play videos, change the wallpaper and add widgets to the three home screens.
Engadget got to spend some time with the X1 ThinkPad Hybrid, they noted that immediately after switching modes, the estimated remaining runtime jumped from an hour and 16 minutes to four hours and 19 minutes. The OS also booted in about two seconds.
The Lenovo X1 Hybrid has a 3.7-pound chassis, integrated Intel graphics and a glossy, 13-inch (1366 x 768) Gorilla Glass display with brightness rated at 350 nits. It’ll be offered with Core i3, i5 and i7 processors, a 3G radio and a slice battery that adds up to five more hours of juice. It’ll be available sometime in the second quarter for $1,599 and up which is a $300 premium over the original.