Lenovo Unveils ThinkPad X301 With Centrino 2 and 128 GB SSDS

Lenovo is following up on their solid X300 notebook with the Thinkpad X301, which will have the Centrino 2 chipset and the option for a 64 or 128 GB SSD. Set for official announcement next week, the notebook will support DisplayPort, Ultra-Wideband and models with integrated mobile broadband will have GPS navigation capability. The notebook will be available for order on August 26, and pricing starts at $2600. No word on how expensive the SSD upgrade will be. [Lenovo]

Lenovo Expands Ultra-Thin, Ultra-Light ThinkPad X300 Notebook PC Family

Delivers Next-Generation Processing, Greater SSD Storage and Enhanced

Multimedia Experience

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, NC – August 18, 2008 – Lenovo today announced the

ThinkPad X301 notebook PC, taking the thinnest and lightest full-function

notebook in its class1, to new heights in performance. Like its predecessor,

the industry-acclaimed ThinkPad X300 notebook, the ThinkPad X301 notebook

offers cutting-edge features and technologies in a thin and light form

starting at less than three pounds and one-inch thin. The notebook offers

even greater storage capacity with choices of either 64 GB or new 128 GB

solid state drive storage available in September. The ThinkPad X301 notebook

provides on average nearly 20 percent better performance over the ThinkPad

X300 notebook due to the latest DDR3 memory and the latest Intel(R) Core 2 Duo

ultra low volt processor2.

"Lenovo continues to push the technology envelope by giving road warriors

the latest enhancements in solid state drive storage and digital display

technologies with the new ThinkPad X301 notebook PC," said Sam Dusi, vice

president, worldwide notebook product marketing, Lenovo. "This announcement

extends our commitment to blending ultraportability and functionality, and

equipping today's business users with the most advanced, highest-performing

computing tools."

New support for DisplayPort makes viewing high definition content easy and

ideal for models with the ultra-thin DVD burner. With support for both

DisplayPort and VGA, users can even watch high definition content on

multiple displays. Designed for maximum options for wireless connectivity,

the ThinkPad X301 notebook offers models with high-speed mobile broadband3

and WiFi3 to connect wirelessly to the Internet, and also with Bluetooth and

Ultra-Wideband technology to connect wirelessly to other devices. Lenovo

offers improved uplink performance by up to 250 percent for models with AT&T

mobile broadband over previous ThinkPad notebooks with AT&T mobile

broadband4. Models supporting WiMAX will be available later this year.

Additionally, GPS on notebook models with high speed mobile broadband5 allow

travelers to more easily navigate to the office or airport.

The notebook also includes Lenovo's ThinkVantage Technologies, unique

hardware-software tools designed to maximize user productivity. With

Lenovo's improved Access Connections tool, users can navigate a

user-friendly interface to easily find and access Internet and network

connections. Also, Lenovo's improved Power Manager gives users more control

over notebook functions to enable longer battery life.

The ThinkPad X301 notebook also continues Lenovo's focus on

environmentally-responsible design. Its 13.3-inch LED backlit display, solid

state drive storage and other energy-efficient technologies help make it

rated Gold by the Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool. This

designation adds to Lenovo's portfolio of Gold-rated ThinkPad notebook and

ThinkCentre desktop PCs.

Pricing and Availability6

Pricing for models of the ThinkPad X301 notebook starts at approximately

$2,599. The notebook will be available on August 26 through Lenovo Business

Partners and www.lenovo.com.