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Judging by the teaser Lenovo published yesterday, we aren’t due to see their refreshed mobile workstations until next Thursday the 25th. Thanks to a helpful reader, we have some details for you on the upcoming ThinkPad W701 and its dual-screened brother, the W701ds.
Internally, you’ll find many of the same same changes in the W701 that we saw in the W510. Four memory slots are available for a maximum of 16GB DDR3 RAM. The five USB ports remain, but one gets supercharged to 3.0 spec and another gets combined with an eSATA port.
The photographer’s must-have CompactFlash reader remains, although it is specified as “54mm PCIe,” perhaps indicating a higher performance model. Intel’s new array of processors is to be used, although the exact models aren’t named. Rounding out the tech upgrades, the new graphics cards are the NVIDIA Quadro FX 2800M and 3800M.
While the chassis remains the same, you do at least get a new main display. While the 200nit WXGA+ LCD will be available, the must-have WUXGA version gets upgraded to a 100% NTSC color gamut 280 nit LCD. Add in the optional integrated color calibrator that will get your screen’s colors situated in just a couple minutes, and you’ve got quite the mobile photo workshop.
Pricing isn’t mentioned, but expect it to be near if not above $2,000 USD for the W701, and a fair sight more for the mutant dual-screen W701ds. Upgrades like the 100% color gamut screen, color calibrator or palm rest digitizer will raise the sticker price faster than the options on a German automobile.
Hit the jump to gather a look at all the slides and look for more details on February 25th at the latest!
Source: [Thanks Mark!]