China-based, Lenovo will be shipping Ubuntu preloaded devices starting with ThinkPad L450 laptop series starting early July 2015. The laptops will be available to purchase from selected commercial resellers and distributors throughout the region at prices starting from Rs. 40,000.
This marks another milestone in the global adoption of Ubuntu, and is the first joint launch between Lenovo and Canonical in India - another OEM coming into the fold in a region where Ubuntu already possesses a strong foothold.
Moving to the specifications of the devie, the ThinkPad L450 laptop models comes with 14-inch HD displays. Also, it is powered by a Intel Core i3 5005U and i5 52000U processors, in addition to 4GB RAM and 500GB hard drives.
The ThinkPad L450 laptop series will come preloaded with Ubuntu 14.04 (the long term support version) which affords support and maintenance for five years from release date. In addition to long-term support, Ubuntu 14.04 comes with touch screen enhancements and works seamlessly on hiDPI monitors.
‘'It is very exciting to be working with Lenovo on bringing the Ubuntu Edition of the ThinkPad L450 laptop to commercial customers here in India.'' said Prakash Advani, Regional Director, Sales & Alliances - India & SouthEast Asia.
He added,"This marks a true stepping stone in our relationship with Lenovo and an extension of our offerings in the Indian marketplace which is one of our key markets for Ubuntu PCs globally. Lenovo has a strong presence amongst large enterprises who are increasingly adopting the Ubuntu OS.''
Rahul Agarwal, Managing Director, Lenovo India, said "Lenovo's ability to stay ahead of the curve has been built on its strong relationship with its enterprise customers. We are happy about this partnership as our customers in India will now have access to Ubuntu preloaded ThinkPad L450 laptop series. Through this partnership we hope to strengthen our customer relationship by providing multiple OS options and enhance user experience."