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Breaking the Mold: New Lenovo ThinkPad Notebook and Tablet PCs Defy Ultraportable Computing

   

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, NC – September 23, 2008: Lenovo today announced two new ThinkPad notebooks that significantly address the key factors mobile computer users consider today – light weight, long battery life and usability. With models starting at just 2.4 pounds[1] and with models offering maximum battery life lasting up to more than 13 hours[2], the ThinkPad X200s notebook leads Lenovo’s business-class notebook portfolio for lightest weight and longest battery life. Lenovo’s new ThinkPad X200 Tablet PC also leads the industry for its light weight design, with models shedding almost 10 percent over the previous generation Tablet PC’s weight. Additionally, the Tablet PC also offers models with nearly 50 percent longer battery life.

Both PCs offer improved usability over previous Lenovo ThinkPad notebooks, notably with the ThinkPad X200 Tablet PC’s enhanced multimedia capabilities, dual swivel screen and a full-size keyboard. And to help protect against bumps and bruises, Lenovo brought its innovative ThinkPad top cover roll cage pioneered in the ThinkPad X300 notebook to select models of the ThinkPad X200s notebook, balancing light weight with extreme durability.

“We continually strive to balance the features customers care most about – light weight, long battery life and ease of use – when engineering our ThinkPad notebooks,” said Mark Cohen, vice president, Notebook Business Unit, Lenovo. “From the new ThinkPad X200 Tablet PC to the ThinkPad X200s notebook, our most recent X Series ThinkPad notebooks push the design envelope, delivering tailored solutions to unique user needs while balancing usability, weight and battery life like never before.”

ThinkPad X200s Notebook
Powered by the latest small form factor Intel® Centrino® 2 with vPro technology, the ThinkPad X200s notebook combines thin and light design with powerful functionality. Select models are reinforced with Lenovo’s signature carbon and glass fiber top cover roll cage to provide ultra-light design with extra strength to exceed the rigors of mobile computing environments, helping make it Lenovo’s lightest ThinkPad notebook to date. Select models are also equipped with up to 128 GB solid state drive storage, LED backlit displays, and Ultra-Wideband functionality as well as Bluetooth connectivity for an exceptional computing experience. With a new optional nine-cell battery, the notebook offers users extended-day computing. Compatible with Lenovo’s new optional ThinkPad X200 Ultrabase,™ users can even charge a second battery and swap it out later for uninterrupted mobile computing. They can also opt to choose a Blu-Ray DVD player and additional hard drive on the ultrabase for added functionality.

ThinkPad X200 Tablet
With models weighing only 3.5 pounds[3], the ThinkPad X200 Tablet PC gives users the best of notebook performance with the convenience of notetaking, similar to pen and paper functionality, in a digital form. Ideal for environments such as healthcare, real estate, education and sales, Lenovo’s first widescreen Tablet PC also offers models providing up to more than 10 hours of battery life[4] for a full day of computing. Equipped with the latest low-voltage version of the small form factor Intel® Centrino® 2 with vPro technology, select models also offer up to 128 GB solid state drive storage, LED backlit displays, GPS[5] and ultra wideband functionality as well as mobile broadband[6]. Both the Tablet PC and ThinkPad X200s notebook come with WiFi connectivity6 with optional WiMAX models coming later this year. Users can also opt for security options including fingerprint readers and full disk encryption solutions.  

“We have recommended Lenovo ThinkPad notebooks and Tablet PCs for years to our clients in the healthcare industry“, said David Sturdivant, vice president of sales, Alpheon Corporation, a managed services provider in Raleigh, N.C. and Lenovo Business Partner. “We value the performance, quality and reliability Lenovo products afford as well as the leading warranties and services to help provide our customers a complete IT solution. We are looking forward to integrating the latest ThinkPad products into our portfolio.”

Lenovo worked with its customer and business partners to improve the Tablet PC’s usability and multimedia capabilities by integrating several new technologies, including:

Full-size keyboard: allows an easier typing and computing experience
Dual swivel screen: enables users to turn the screen either direction to shift between notebook and Tablet PC mode more naturally
Improved multimedia: dual-array digital microphones reduce ambient noise with noise-canceling software for conducting clearer voice over Internet protocol calls. A built-in camera provides improved quality pictures for web conferencing, and stereo speakers help increase audio volume for hearing multimedia presentations in noisy environments
Touch sensitivity: recognizes a lighter pen or finger touch 

Models of the ThinkPad notebook and Tablet PC are qualified as Gold by the Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool for their environmental attributes, including energy-efficient technologies such as low and ultra-low volt processors, LED backlit displays and solid state drive storage. Additionally, they are 20 percent more energy efficient than previous Lenovo ThinkPad notebooks.

Pricing and Availability[7]
Pricing for optimized models of the ThinkPad X200s notebook starts at $2,242 and the ThinkPad X200 Tablet starts at $2,323. The notebooks will be available in September and October, respectively. They will be sold through Lenovo Business Partners and www.lenovo.com.
 
About Lenovo
Lenovo (HKSE: 992) (ADR: LNVGY) is dedicated to building exceptionally engineered personal computers. Lenovo’s business model is built on innovation, operational efficiency and customer satisfaction as well as a focus on investment in emerging markets. Formed by Lenovo Group’s acquisition of the former IBM Personal Computing Division, the company develops, manufactures and markets reliable, high-quality, secure and easy-to-use technology products and services worldwide. Lenovo has major research centers in Yamato, Japan; Beijing, Shanghai and Shenzhen, China; and Raleigh, North Carolina. For more information see www.lenovo.com.

[1]Weight using 4-cell battery.

[2]Maximum battery life achieved with 9-cell battery, solid state drive storage and LED backlit display configuration. Measured by MobileMark 2007.

[3]Weight using 4-cell battery.

[4]Maximum battery life achieved with 8-cell battery, solid state drive storage and LED backlit display configuration. Measured by MobileMark 2007.

[5]GPS only available on models with WWAN, but does not require WWAN card to be enabled. Requires user to connect to Internet to use Internet mapping applications, or the user to download GPS software. GPS software not included.

[6]WWAN and WiFi Service Providers: Requires separate agreement with select third party service provider, and is subject to credit approval and applicable service agreement/terms, rate plan and coverage maps of the provider. Service is available in select metropolitan markets, not available in all areas. Service provider, not Lenovo, is solely responsible for service. Lenovo customers may be contacted after purchase to activate service. Special credit and tenure restrictions and additional charges may apply to international roaming. A network connection, third-party software, additional hardware, and/or subscription to a third-party service may be required for certain solutions/applications. Additional restrictions apply. Offer subject to change.

[7]Prices do not include tax or shipping and are subject to change without notice and is tied to specific terms and conditions. Reseller prices may vary. Price does not include all advertised features. All offers subject to availability. Lenovo reserves the right to alter product offerings and specifications at any time without notice.