Intel Ivy Bridge Laptops to be Released April 23rd

The actual announce and release date for Intel’s new Ivy Bridge, the 3rd generation of Core processors, has been a moving target to say the least.  After much shifting around on the calendar it appears Monday April 23rd is going to be the day Intel finally puts out a press release and allows manufacturers such as Dell, HP and Lenovo to start promoting their new Ivy Bridge equipped laptops.   It was expected Intel would be making an announcement on April 9th, but that got pushed back due to supply issues.  Toshiba decided they couldn’t wait any longer to tell the world what new laptops they had, so announced the L800, C800 and P800, S800 laptops this week.  HP has updates to its Pavilion line ready and waiting in the wings, and had to push back their announce date to align with Intel – not that we don’t know everything about the updated 2012 Pavilion dv6 and dv7 already thanks to various leaks.

Intel Ivy Bridge

The new Intel Ivy Bridge processors will feature a smaller 22 nanometer fabrication process and offer more powerful performance but less power draw.  That feat is achieved through use of new tri-gate transistors with faster switching capabilities than the current Sandy Bridge processors.  There will also be more transistors per chip, and since more equals better performance that’s a good thing.  Intel is claiming up to 20% improved processing performance and up to 50% improved graphics with the new HD 4000 integrated GPU.  Even though performance improves the battery life will not suffer, in fact Intel is saying the reduced power consumption of the upcoming new Core processors will save up to 20% on power, which could result in 20% better battery life.  Couple that with a more power efficient SSD and the next generation of laptops are sure to push the limits of battery life.

While we’ll have to wait until April 23rd for a lot of the official announcements regarding Ivy Bridge laptops, here are some of the pre-announced or leaked upcoming laptops we know about:

Dell

  • XPS 15 (L521X) – The 15” screen XPS 15 will get an update with new Intel Ivy Bridge processors, a slimmed down profile and adopt many of the looks of the current XPS 13 Ultrabook
  • XPS 17 (L721X)  – The 17” screen XPS 17 will get updated with the new Intel Ivy Bridge processors and a design overhaul with a silver lid and black finish inside

HP

  • Pavilion dv6-7000 – An update to the current Pavilion dv6t, the dv6-7000 (7 series) will have Intel’s Ivy Bridge and a new midnight black design
  • Pavilion dv7-7000 – The dv7-7000 is a 17” screen laptop, it will be an update to the current Pavilion dv7t, the dv7-7000 (7 series) will have Intel’s Ivy Bridge and a new midnight black design
  • Pavilion dv4-5000 – The dv4-5000 (5 series) will be a 14” screen Ivy Bridge equipped portable laptop
  • Pavilion g4-2000 – 14” screen budget friendly Intel Ivy Bridge equipped laptop
  • Pavilion g6-2000 – 15.6” screen budget friendly Intel Ivy Bridge equipped laptop
  • Pavilion g7-2000 – 17” screen budget friendly Intel Ivy Bridge equipped laptop
  • Envy 4 – We expect the ENVY 4 to be an Ultraportable laptop (Ultrabook) with 14” screen
  • Envy 6 – The ENVY 6 should be an Ultrabook style laptop with 15” screen
  • EliteBook 8470p – Business targeted 14” screen laptop with Intel Ivy Bridge processor

Lenovo

  • Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga – The IdeaPad Yoga is a 13.3" laptop to tablet convertible that will run Windows 8 and come equipped with an Intel Core i7 Ivy Bridge processor.
  • Lenovo U300e – A cheaper version of the IdeaPad U300s ultrabook with a 500GB HDD and 32GB of flash storage.  Will be equipped with Intel Ivy Bridge platform.
  • Lenovo IdeaPad U310 – 13" screen Ultrabook update to the IdeaPad U300s,1366 x 768 resolution, an eight-hour battery, Intel WiDi and a choice of Intel Core processors.  Includes an extra USB 3.0 port relative to U300s and also has an SD card slot. Option of 500GB HD or 64GB SSD.  Weight is 3.7lbs.  Pricing starts at $699.
  • Lenovo IdeaPad U410 -14" screen Ultrabook,1366 x 768 resolution, an eight-hour battery, Intel WiDi and a choice of Intel Core processors.  Includes an extra USB 3.0 port relative to U300s and also has an SD card slot. Option of 500GB HD or 64GB SSD.  Weight is 4.2lbs.  Pricing starts at $699.
  • Lenovo IdeaPad Y480 – Intel Ivy Bridge equipped 14" laptop with optional Nvidia 650m dedicated graphics making this a gaming capable portable laptop.
  • Lenovo IdeaPad Y580 – Intel Ivy Bridge equipped 15.6" screen 1080p laptop with Nvidia GTX 660M graphics.
  • Lenovo G480 – Budget level 14-inch screen laptop with up to Intel Core i7 Intel Ivy Bridge processor and NVIDIA GeForce GT630M graphics.  Pricing will start at $399.
  • Lenovo G580 – Budget level 15.6-inch screen laptop with up to Intel Core i7 Intel Ivy Bridge processor and NVIDIA GeForce GT630M graphics.  Pricing will start at $499.
  • Lenovo G780 – Budget level 17-inch screen laptop with up to Intel Core i7 Intel Ivy Bridge processor and NVIDIA GeForce GT630M graphics.  Pricing will start at $599.
  • Lenovo Z480 – 14-inch screen Intel Ivy Bridge equipped laptop with up to Intel Core i7 and Nvidia dedicated graphics.  The Z series is meant as a home multimedia entertainment laptop an has Dolby Home Theatre V4 enhanced audio.  Available in April of 2012 and starts at $599.
  • Lenovo Z580 – 15.6-inch screen Intel Ivy Bridge equipped laptop with up to Intel Core i7 and Nvidia dedicated graphics.  The Z series is meant as a home multimedia entertainment laptop an has Dolby Home Theatre V4 enhanced audio.  Available in April of 2012 and starts at $599.
  • Lenovo Z380 – 13.3-inch screen Intel Ivy Bridge equipped laptop with up to Intel Core i7 and Nvidia dedicated graphics.  The Z series is meant as a home multimedia entertainment laptop an has Dolby Home Theatre V4 enhanced audio.  Available in April of 2012 and starts at $599.
  • Lenovo ThinkPad T430u – An ultrabook version of the popular T-series that will include an Intel Core i5 Ivy Bridge processor, Nvidia graphics and a 14-inch screen.
  • Lenovo ThinkPad S430 – The ThinkPad S430 is a thin and light laptop at only 0.8” thick. It will have the 3rd generation Intel Core i5 processors. The S430 is targeted at small business buyers and will be available starting at $749 in the Spring of 2012.
  • Lenovo ThinkPad E430 – Think ThinkPad E430 replaces the current popular ThinkPad Edge E420. Design remains much the same but the processor gets updated to Intel Ivy Bridge and the new USB 3.0 port makes an appearance. Pricing will start at $499.
  • Lenovo ThinkPad E530 – The ThinkPad E530 replaces the current popular ThinkPad Edge E520. The E530 will be updated with the new Intel Ivy Bridge platform. The ThinkPad E530 offers a 15.6” screen and is a desktop style replacement laptop, it has a built-in number pad and trackpoint.
  • Lenovo ThinkPad E130 – The ThinkPad E130 is an 11.6” netbook like laptop that will have Intel’s 3rd Generation Core i3 processors. The E130 will be available starting in April 2012 in select world markets.
  • Lenovo ThinkPad E330 – The ThinkPad E330 is a 13.3” netbook like laptop that will have Intel’s 3rd generation of Core i3 processors. The E330 will be available starting in April 2012 in select world markets.

Toshiba

  • Toshiba Qosmio X875 – 17” Gaming laptop with Intel Ivy Bridge and Nvidia graphics
  • Toshiba Satellite P870, P850 – The P850 series are 15” multimedia machines while the P870 is a 17-incher. 
  • Toshiba Satellite C800 – A budget level Intel Ivy Bridge laptop
  • Toshiba Satellite L800 – A budget level Intel Ivy Bridge laptop
  • Toshiba Satellite S800 – A median priced Intel Ivy Bridge laptop designed for entertainment enthusiasts
  • Toshiba Satellite 14” Ultrabook – Coming in May 2012 the 14-inch Satellite Ultrabook will start at $799.  Thickness of 0.78, uses hard drive and SSD.  Ports include an SD card slot, three USB ports, Ethernet and HDMI jacks, and a mic and headphones sockets

Vizio

  • Vizio thin-and-light 13" laptop – The Vizio 13" thin-and-light laptop is an ultrabook like product.  It has a 1600 x 900 resolution 13" screen, Intel Ivy Bridge processor on board and an all silver paint finish.  Release date should be sometime in May 2012.
  • Vizio thin-and-light 15" laptop – The Vizio 15" screen thin and light laptop has a full HD 1920 x 1080 resolution screen and will have the Intel Ivy Bridge processor on board.  Release date is set for May.
  • Vizio 15" performance laptop – The Vizio 15" performance laptop will have dedicated Nvidia graphics and an Intel Ivy Bridge processor on board.

Once April 23rd arrives we may find out about some more laptop releases, but for now this list should be enough to whet your appetite!

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