Hands On

Published on August 26th, 2015 | by Varuna Singh


This is the ThinkPad P70: Xenon with 64GB RAM

At Intel’s Developer Forum IDF15, a lot of attention was made to the first mobile iteration of what is Intel’s server processor, Xenon.

First ever Intel® Xeon® processors mobile workstation

Why is there a Xenon processor on a laptop? Well why not? The Lenovo ThinkPad P70 is a mobile workstations with Xenon E3-1500M V5 Skylake processors. These are of 14 nm tock architecture with NVIDIA Quadro GPU and a new “FLEX Performance Cooling” system that automatically adjusts or flexes its twin fans to cool the laptop workstation. We got our hands at a pre production unit at Intel’s Developer Forum last week.

Lenovo P70 Xenon 64GB Version Hands On

There is one fan for the CPU and another for the GPU. These fans can also be manually controlled for intensive tasks. FLEX cooling fans reduce skin temperature up to 25% and run as much as 15% quieter than top competitors.

Heat CPU GPU Lenovo P70 Xenon 64GB Hands On
Xenon processors have been a non-mobile chipset series from Intel that power servers and immobile enterprise level servers. Not only did Intel announce they now have a mobile chipset version, but Lenovo was quick to announce a ThinkPad with Xenon.

64 GB of RAM and Xenon are both a first

Performance Lenovo P70 Xenon 64GB Hands On
The story doesn’t end there, the Lenovo ThinkPad P70 has the biggest ever RAM on a laptop – 64 GB. I once remember using a computer with 64 MB of DDR4 ECC RAM. You can more than four storage devices with up to 1 TB of SSD Storage support. This is using Intel’s PCIe SSD like the 730 and 750 series.

Lenovo P70 Xenon 64GB RAM Hands On Pictures (7)

You can even calibrate the screen at any point in its lifecycle. The integrated X-Rite® Pantone® color calibrator – exclusive to Lenovo – keeps colors accurate throughout the life of your machine.

Lenovo P70 Xenon 64GB Front Keyboard SensorHands On
The ThinkPad P70 has a 17” screen available in 4K or full HD. The battery is integrated and not easily removable.

Lenovo P70 Xenon 64GB Front Hands On
The ThinkPad P70 is really thick. You can stack two ThinkPad T series and it would only be a little thicker than the P70. On the right side you have a headphone/microphone port, two full sized USBs, an extension port with a full sized SD card, another SuperSpeed/USD drive and a display port.

Lenovo P70 Xenon 64GB RAM Hands On Pictures (5)

At the back you have two Intel’s Thunderbolt ports, HDMI, Ethernet and the ThinkPad’s charging port. Thunderbolt is about 8 times faster than USB 3.0.

Lenovo P70 Xenon 64GB RAM Hands On Pictures (1)


Lenovo P70 Xenon 64GB RAM Hands On Pictures (4)

The suggested price of the P70 is about $1999 which is about AED7345 and its expected to be available in the 4th quarter of 2015.

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