Lenovo have managed to keep their project secret for a pretty long time. They have been designing a very thin business laptop that could possibly be an alternative to MacBook Air or the Samsung 9 Series. Lenovo Thinkpad X1 has caught the attention of IT journalists even before the official announcement and it might even be available to order from a Swiss website (Order page is removed now, gives 404 error!)
The 13.3″ Ultra-Portable Laptop is part of the new generation laptops and the manufacturer offers it alongside models such as ThinkPad Edge E420s and E220s.
One of its main strong points is the RapidCharge technology battery. Just like any other model from Lenovo’s portfolio, X1 has an incorporated battery and it can only be replaced at a service center. Depending on its configuration, the ultra-portable’s weight is of at least 1.36 kg or of 1.72 kg at its heaviest.
According to an internal Lenovo presentation, ThinkPad’s X1 RapidCharge battery recharges 2.5 times faster than a regular one’s. Its charge can reach 80% of its capacity in just 30 minutes. Moreover, Lenovo uses a new technology for this rechargeable cell which is guaranteed for three years. The only drawback seems that this battery is sealed and you wont be able to remove and replace it yourself.
As for ThinkPad’s configuration, it is now available with an Intel Core i5-2520M at 2.5 GHz and up to 8 GB RAM. Storage takes place on a SSD of 160 GB and the 1366×768 resolution Gorilla Glass screen is tough. The screen’s brightness is of 350 cd/mp, thus beyond average. The HD stereo speakers will surely make it media-friendly!
According to the manufacturer, ThinkPad X1′s thickness is 21.5 mm which is its USP and adds to its sleek look. The laptop incorporated the classic Lenovo chiclet keyboard and also the UltraNav Trackpoint and touchpad, a fingerprint reader and HD web camera.
We only hope that Lenovo Thinkpad X1′s high price of 2,900$ (quoted by the TELL IT site, and now taken down) reduces by a substantial amount when the official announcement is made.