During the weekend, I had a chance to use a friend’s ThinkPad, and it felt superbly sturdy and very nice to use, unlike those cheapo laptops from Acer and Compaq. However, the dread thing about ThinkPad is that they’re so bulky and thick and heavy, no wonder everyone is ditching them and taking iPads instead. But now, the ThinkPad is back, and ready for some nice fight.
The first thing Lenovo did with the new ThinkPad X1 laptop is to make it slimmer, and boy it’s very slim right now. But that’s not the only thing that changed. The laptop is said to sport a new innovative idea from the IBM crew. The new ‘slice’ battery won’t be user-replaceable, but what you lose in flexibility will be made up for in sheer performance gains, as Lenovo is touting it’ll last three times as long as a normal battery and will recharge 2.5 times faster than previous ThinkPad cells. That’s thanks to some fanciness named RapidCharge that will revitalize the X1 to 80 percent within 30 minutes.
The guts of the laptop are also getting a huge boost as usual, thanks to Intel’s latest Sandy Bridge processors. In the heart is a 2.5GHz Core i5-2520M CPU, a 160GB SSD, a 13.3-inch display (1366 x 768) with Gorilla Glass, and 8GB of memory. The X1 is said to be priced at $2,920 and coming in the mid of May.
By the way, if you look at the presentation slide of Lenovo in the source link below, you’ll notice a mention of an unnamed product called ‘X Slate’. Is Lenovo working on a ThinkPad-class tablet?
SOURCE via Lenovo (PDF)"