Why wait for CES...?
Lenovo has decided to get a running start on this week's deluge of announcements by formally announcing its next generation ThinkPad lines. Leading lights are the new 'ThinkPad Edge' and (previously leaked) X100e, though the popular T and W lines also get a refresh.
Grabbing most headlines will be the 'Edge' range (pictured above) available in 13in, 14in and 15in versions which adopt AMD Turion X2, Athlon X2 and Intel CULV processors to bring slim and light form factors to the mass market. Prices will start from just £450 (plus VAT) and claim battery life of up to eight hours, Full HD capable video playback, HDMI, expanded multi-touch trackpads, a move to isolation keyboards and optional integrated 3G.
I first clapped my eyes on the Edge line back in November (hence the live photo), but was sworn to secrecy with an NDA (Non Disclosure agreement). In person the 13in Edge isn't quite as thin as I'd hoped, but it still looks superb. The redsigned keyboard is also fantastic and it could be one of 2010's major hits.
As for the X100e (above), that's an 11.6in netbook challenger which again goes down the AMD route with Neo and Turion processors available. Options remain similar to the EDGE line (including optional 3G) and with a £380 base RRP it could well be another winner.
Lastly, the T410s, T410 (pictured, left), T510 laptops and W510 mobile workstation (pictured, right) appear with adoption of the Intel's Core i7 CPUs, boosted Nvidia graphics, the move to multi-touch trackpads and the potential of some models to house multiple batteries to achieve up to a massive 22 hours of battery life! Meanwhile the W510 can now support up to 16GB RAM and will even offer USB 3.0 connectivity.
I'd still like to see a successor to the legendary ThinkPad X301, but we'll gratefully take these for starters...