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Lenovo Updates ThinkPad X220 Laptop And Tablet

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Lenovo Updates ThinkPad X220 Laptop And Tablet

Last month Lenovo announced the refresh of the W L and T Series of ThinkPad laptops and today has announced it is updating its ultra portable X Series laptop and convertible tablet.

Dilip Bhatia, vice president of ThinkPad Marketing at Lenovo said the X Series “has everything a modern road warrior needs without compromises – low weight, long battery life and high performance." Well if battery life is what all road warriors need (and we believe it is) then the X220 laptop claims up to 24 hours of life, however this is with the external ThinkPad pack in addition to the nine cell internal battery – which has 15 hours battery life on its own. The X220 is configurable with a 12.5in IPS Display with a 1366 x 768 resolution. It has also been given the Sandy Bridge love with i3, i5 and i7 processors available and up to 8GB of DDR3 RAM. Intel’s SSDs in capacities of 80GB and 160GB are available and USB 3.0 is also available on selected models.

Looking at the X220 convertible tablet, it also has Sandy Bridge processors available, though it won’t be able to stand up to the same 24-hour battery life claimed by its laptop sibling. The tablet claims only 16 hours when the external pack is attached. The 12.5in multitouch screen of the X220 tablet will be available with Gorilla Glass to reaffirm the tough credentials of Lenovo’s ThinkPads – as if we needed any more confirmation. As with the X220 laptop, the tablet will come with self-closing hinges, 720p webcam, dual digital microphones for noise cancellation, and the new buttonless touchpad of ClickPad.

The ThinkPad X220 laptop and X220 Tablet will be available starting in April with prices starting at approximately $899 and $1,199, respectively.

Source: Engadget

Midnight-Alchemist

March 8, 2011, 3:58 pm

WELL! those are some mighty impressive specs. I am VERY happy to finally see some serious effort put into battery life. These 'if you turn WiFi off and dim the screen while only using it for word processing, you can squeeze a day out of it' nonsense has to end, particularly for this form factor.
I *am* however a bit concerned about this no-button no-we-didn't-copy-Apple Clickpad thing. Looks small, and potentially annoying to use...but hey, I'll stay positive..*it's not an Acer we're talking about..it's a ThinkPad..stay calm*..

Ouroboros

March 8, 2011, 5:22 pm

Crikey, I think I've found my next laptop! This seems to tick every single box I can think of.. and the price seems decent as well

@Midnight-Alchemist
I don't use the buttons beneath the touchpad in my x100e at all (I disable them), as I find the buttons above the touchpad (nominally for the "nipple") actually much more convenient to use. So for me (and some of my colleagues), the no-button touchpad design makes no difference at all

Brian ONeill

March 8, 2011, 7:01 pm

I had a thinkpad about 5 years ago, that was until someone broke into the wife houses and nicked it.

I remember them being very light, so I look forward to seeing a review of the new one.

Not sure about the styling, looks a bit dated but I know some consider the thinkpad design a 'classic'.

Qddy

March 8, 2011, 7:17 pm

Anyone know why USB 3.0 is only available on high-end cpu option? Seems like a very strange thing to do.

Trying not to jump to conspiracy theories regarding Intel and Thunderbolt/LightPeak.

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