More notebooks that you can shake a large stick at.
Given the undeniable popularity of the Lenovo ThinkPad X300 it’s no wonder that we’re excited to see some more details about its rumoured smaller brother, the X200. Better still, along with this leak, some more information about the forthcoming SL-, T- and R-Series ThinkPads has also surfaced on leaked slides posted on the (unofficial) ThinkPads.com forum.
The X200 is being reported with the following specs on the slides:
*12-inch WXGA panel
*45nm Core 2 Duo CPUs up to 2.4GHz
*Intel Centrino 2 with vPro technology
*SSDs up to 64GB
*WiMAX / WWAN / GPS / WiFi / UWB / Bluetooth
*Magnesium alloy top and bottom covers
*9.6-hours of battery life on the 9-cell pack
*3 USB ports
*Starts at 2.93 pounds (1.33Kg)
The implication is that the X200 will be based around Intel’s forthcoming Montevina platform (as indicated by the option of DDR3). We’d also expect the 9.6-hour battery life to be achieved with a low or ultra-low voltage CPU, rather than a full speed version. As long as the spec stays even reasonably close to this, I can see a lot of interest.
Almost as interesting are the SL, T and R-series laptops, all of which fill their own niches.
ThinkPad SL Series:
*SL300 / SL400 / SL500 models
*13.3-inch / 14.1-inch / 15.4-inch WXGA panels (SL500 has WSXGA+ option)
*Core 2 Duo processors
*Integrated Intel GMA 4500MHD or discrete NVIDIA GeForce 9300 graphics
*ExpressCard / FireWire / 3+ USB ports
*Optional Blu-ray drive
*WWAN / WiMAX / WiFi / Bluetooth / GPS
ThinkPad T Series:
*T400 / T500 models
*14-inch / 15-inch panels
*Intel Centrino 2 with vPro up to 2.8GHz
*Optional 64GB SSD / 320GB HDD
*512MB ATI Mobility FireGL V5700 graphics
*WWAN / WiMAX / WiFi / Bluetooth
ThinkPad R Series:
*14.1-inch R400 / 15.4-inch R500 models
*Montevina Penryn Core 2 Duo processors
*Up to 320GB HDD
*Up to 4GB DDR3 RAM
*Integrated Intel GMA 4500MHD or discrete ATI Mobility Radeon 3470 graphics
*3 USB / FireWire / ExpressCard / VGA
Again all of these systems appear to be based on Montevina (the R-series specifically saying so) which should see a release before the year’s end. The addition of DDR3 will likely make these notebooks expensive, but they should also go like the clappers and offer decent battery life so I don’t doubt it will be a price many will willingly pay.