The Lenovo ThinkPad lineup grows a little bigger with the ThinkPad X200s notebook and the ThinkPad X200 tablet. The Lenovo ThinkPad X200s will give Lenovo an ultraportable laptop that will compete against laptops from the likes of Toshiba, while the ThinkPad X200 tablet will eventually replace the ThinkPad X61 tablet notebook.
is preparing to update its ThinkPad notebook lineup
with an ultraportable
laptop model called the ThinkPad X200s and a tablet, the ThinkPad X200, which
will eventually replace the older ThinkPad X61 tablet PC.
While the two new ThinkPad notebooks will not be officially released until
Sept. 23, Lenovo previewed the ultraportable and tablet models at
Pepcom's holiday showcase in New York.
Both notebooks will be available by October.
With a 12.1-inch widescreen and an SSD
(solid-state drive) option, the ThinkPad X200s will be able to compete against
the likes of the Toshiba
Portege R500-S5007V, an ultraportable laptop that came out earlier in 2008.
The ThinkPad X200s weighs about 2.4 pounds, but users can add an extended nine-cell
battery option that increases the weight by about a half pound but will extend
the battery life up to 13 hours, according to Lenovo.
While nearly all the major vendors offer ultraportable notebooks, these PCs
remain a niche in the overall PC market. IDC
defines the ultraportable category as laptops weighing less than 4 pounds and
with a 12-inch display or smaller. These
laptops are also more robust and offer more features, including a larger
display, than the low-cost "netbooks"
such as the Asus Eee PC
that are beginning to enter the market.
The ThinkPad X200 tablet notebook, which has a touch-screen, will also
feature a 12.1-inch widescreen display, but the tablet will weigh about 3.5
is also equipping the X200 tablet with a 128GB SSD option
2.5-inch hard disk drive is the more standard feature-and several other improvements,
including 10 hours of battery life and a dual-swivel screen, which will allow
for easier shifting from notebook to tablet form. (It should also make the
notebook easier for lefties to use.)
Tom Ribble, the director of ThinkPad product marketing, said the notebooks
will fulfill needs in different markets.
While the ThinkPad X200s ultraportable is geared toward enterprise users and
salespeople who travel a good portion of the week, the ThinkPad X200 tablet is
designed for vertical markets such as health care and insurance, although
Ribble added that tablets are starting to be used more in higher education and
are becoming more popular with some students.
The ThinkPad X200s, which will have a starting price of $2,242, will use a
combination of Intel
low-volt and ultralow-volt processors,
including the newer Intel Core 2 Duo
SL9400 (1.86GHz) , SL9300 (1.6GHz) and SU 9300 (1.2GHz) chips. It also features
up to 4GB of DDR3 (double data rate 3)
memory and up to 200GB of data storage with a traditional HDD (128GB with the SSD)
and will come with Microsoft Windows Vista.
The ThinkPad X200 tablet, which starts at $2,323, will
also use a combination of low-volt and ultralow-volt Intel processors. In
addition to an SSD, the tablet features a traditional HDD with a data
storage capacity of 200GB.