Lenovo kicks off the CES 2012 laptop wars with several early debuts

New ultrabooks, hybrid systems, and even budget laptops from Lenovo on the eve of CES 2012.

Lenovo is starting the flood of CES news a bit early with several new laptop announcements.

While CES 2012 doesn't start until next week, as of today, you can start putting the new ThinkPad T430u ultrabook, and dual-OS ThinkPad X1 Hybrid, on your shopping list, as well as a few new ThinkPad Edge models and even a couple of budget-priced systems from Lenovo's B series. Check out photos and details for each below.

ThinkPad T430u ultrabook hits pre-CES 2012
The look and feel keeps to ThinkPad tradition, with a matte-black finish and an island-style keyboard similar to what we've seen on the ThinkPad Edge line. The system weighs less than 4 pounds and is 0.8 inch thick, hitting Intel's specs for a 14-inch ultrabook. Read more here.

Lenovo's CES-announced ThinkPad X1 Hybrid has two CPU brains
Last year's uber-high-end semi-thin business laptop has gotten a 2012 refresh with its own separate Qualcomm dual-core processor for viewing media in a battery life-saving mode called IMM, or Instant Media Mode. Read more here.

Lenovo adds Thunderbolt to ThinkPad Edge for CES
The newly announced high-end ThinkPad Edge S430 will feature Thunderbolt as one of a bevy of extra features aimed at taking this middle-range small-business line of laptops up a notch. Read more here.

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