Lenovo today released details on their 2017 ThinkPad lineup. All of the new models have the expected updates like being equipped with Intel’s latest generation Kaby Lake processors and larger screen resolutions, but one new feature sort of stuck out. These laptops could be the first to feature consumer-level adaptations of Intel’s Optane technology.
Optane devices essential act as a cache device. These will be in the form of 16GB Optane SSDs in M.2 2242 form factor and will be paired with hard drives. According to Intel they will act as a higher-performing, higher-storage capacity solution than the alternative of using a single NVMe SSD with NAND flash memory. The Optane devices found in Lenovo laptops are more than likely Stony Beach NVMe PCIe 3 x2 drives, which will be branded Intel Optane Memory 8000p series and will have a maximum capacity ceiling of 32GB.
Lenovo’s new generation of ThinkPads will hit the market in January and February of 2017, but Lenovo did not indicate when configurations with Optane would be available.