Lenovo's Desktop Replacement Thinkpad W700 Get 2-megapixel screen, onboard tablet

The Lenovo T700 might not be the first quad core laptop around, but it is certainly one of the most powerful portable workstations around and the first to incorporate a digitizing tablet from Wacom.

The laptop, which has been unveiled at the Siggraph Conference in Los Angeles, packs a Nvidia's Quadro FX 3700M mobile GPU with 1GB memory and a Core 2 Extreme processor from Intel.

The rest of the spec list is just as impressive including a 17-inch LCD screen capable of displaying 1920x1200 pixels while storage options include a Blu-ray DVD burner, up to 8GB of DDR3 memory and up to 640GB of hard disk space.

There's also a small but useful digitizing tablet as well as a colour calibrator that creative digital content creators will find invaluable on the move.

Lenovo, which took over the popular IBM Thinkpad a few years ago, is the latest tier-1 manufacturer to release a mobile workstation, desktop replacement laptop.

Dell and HP already have a few models in the pipeline with prices hovering around GBP 1500; a recent survey by IDC showed that the mobile workstation segment is growing at roughly 60 percent per annum as more professionals choose to commute.

Lenovo has not provided with more details about the battery life of the laptop although PDNonline says that it should be around two hours.