Lenovo Ships the first 4K Laptop and Challenges Toshiba at its own Game

by on July 18, 2014

by Stephan Jukic – July 18th, 2014

Toshiba is no longer the only company selling 4K resolution laptops to the public. Electronics maker Lenovo has now also finally shipped out its first UHD laptop with a 15.6 inch screen after some lengthy delays.

The Lenovo IdeaPad Y50 UHD laptop has a retail price of $1,299.99 USD and is aimed mainly at gamers with its powerful graphics and internal processing specs. Its 4K screen displays images at a powerful and standard (for 4K) 3,849 x 2,169 pixels which is currently still the highest grade of 4K resolution available for laptops on the market –although some TVs, cameras and display monitors go even higher with 4,000+ horizontal pixels.

Most competitively of all, the Lenovo Y50 is a fair bit cheaper than its 4K Toshiba counterparts, the cheapest of which retails for $1,499.99 –this being the Toshiba Satellite P50T.

Toshibas 4K laptops have been available to consumers since April of this year and although they were pulled from sale on the company website for a short time, are on sale again.

Prior to the development and release of this new 4K laptop from Lenovo and Toshiba’s two 4K laptop models, the maximum UHD resolution available to consumers was only 3200 x 1800 pixels, which, while definitely UHD nad extremely fine doesn’t quite come close to the clarity of 4K. This previous resolution was found in Samsung’s Ativ Book 9 Plus model laptops, the Yoga 2 Pro from Lenovo and Razer’s Blade gaming laptops.

Cameras, TVs and large (28 inch+) display screen for PCs have already been available in 4K resolutions for at least a year and a half.

In January of 2014, Lenovo initially announced the upcoming release of two new 4K laptops, the above mentioned Y50 and another model called the Y40, with a slightly smaller 14 inch screen display. However, the initial units of the Y50 that shipped in May actually came with HD screens instead of 4K UHD versions and only recently are they finally being shipped with their proper 4K resolution. The Y40 on the other hand still remains unavailable with a 4K screen since Lenovo is supposedly having problems supplying the screens at the 14 inch size that the laptop comes in.

The Y50, which is actually available right now to consumers comes with some equally impressive internal performance specs. It features the latest PC technologies and is designed with gaming concretely in mind. The very affordable $1,299.99 model comes with a Core i7 i7-4710HQ processor, Nvidia GeForce GTX 860M graphics chip with 2GB of video memory, 8 GB of RAM and a 1 terabyte hard drive (HD, not SSD). The slightly beefier $1,599 model of the Y50 has the same Core i7 CPU and GeForce graphics chip but gives an additional 2 GB of video memory, a 16 GM RAM and also offers a 512 GB SSD (solid state) hard drive.

Both laptops come with Windows 8.1 preinstalled, include 802.11ac WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0, and HSMI connector and two USB 3.0 ports.

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