A PDF sent to Lenovo’s partners shows the company is planning on introducing an updated to the X121e laptop and a Hybrid version of the X1 in the coming month as well as preparing two ThinkPad ultrabooks for the middle of 2012.
We are currently reviewing the Lenovo ThinkPad
X121e here at TrustedReviews but even as we put the X121e through its
paces, details of the update to this 11.6in laptop have emerged.
The Lenovo X130e is set to be available before the end of
2012 and will retain the 11.6in form factor of its predecessor but will come
with a better “island-style” full-sized keyboard, a more rugged design and a
longer battery life of up to eight hours.
It will also be a lot tougher. The Lenovo ThinkPad X130e
will have a rubber bumper around the top cover to absorb bumps from the side.
It will have stronger corners, bexel, hinges as well as stronger
Picture: pipcleaves Flickr
In the picture above, the new laptop has a silver cover
compared to the matt black on the current model, but the leaked PDF also shows black and red choices will be available.
No pricing is available yet for the ThinkPad X130e but we
should be seeing an official announcement soon from Lenovo.
Also leaked in the PDF was Lenovo’s plan for a hybrid
version of its ThinkPad X1 which should be available later this month. The
ThinkPad X1 Hybrid will see Lenovo’s own heavily skinned version of Android
coming to its X1 laptop.
The X1 Hybrid will let you switch between Windows to an
“Instant Media Mode” which is designed for web and multimedia use and promises
to double the battery life of the laptop to 10 hours for web browsing and eight
hours for video playback.
What isn’t clear from the leaked PDF is whether this will be
a situation of dual booting Android and Windows or if you will be able to
quickly switch between the two OSes as you want. We won’t have to wait long
however with this Hybrid model due to be launched later this month.
Finally from the leaked PDF, is news that Lenovo is planning
on adding two ThinkPad-branded ultrabooks to its line-up by the middle of next
year. Lenovo has already given us the IdeaPad U300s ultrabook (below), but the new models
will improve on these beginnings.
The PDF shows that the first “premium” model will be a 13in
Thinkpad ultrabook which will be a follow-on from the X1 and will cost in
excess of $1,300. Alongside this will be a 14in “mainstream” product which will
These ultrabooks will be more “commercial” compared to the
“consumer” IdeaPads and will be running Intel’s Chief
River platform powered by the 22nm Ivy Bridge
chips. Regular ThinkPads should be getting the Ivy Bridge
treatment in March or April according to Lenovo.
Lenovo also dropped a little hint about Windows 8, saying that
it expects Windows 8 will be available for shipment on its laptops and tablets in
Autumn next year.
Source: Lenovo Partner PDF