We’ve known it’s been coming for a while now, but today Lenovo took the lid off and officially announced the refresh to their ultraportable ThinkPad X Series. The X201, X201s and X200 Tablet launched today don’t have too much in the way of substantive updates, but they do get a nice performance boost and a new pointing device.
Under the hood
As expected, the X201 models get Intel’s new Core i5 and Core i7 processors. The X201 itself will have the normal voltage processors, with lower priced Core i5 chips and a single Core i7-620M (2.66-3.33GHz) chip. Low voltage chips are used in the thinner X201s and the convertible X201 Tablet, likely to consist of the Core i7-620LM (2-2.8GHz) and the i7-620LM (2.13-2.93GHz).
While details are still scarce, it is confirmed that the X201 Tablet officially supports 8GB RAM now. I would find it highly unlikely if the X201/X201s didn’t support this as well, but I’ve not seen any official documentation for those models yet.
When equipped with the 9-cell battery, Lenovo calls for up to 11 hours of battery life on the X201 and 12 hours on the X201s.
On the outside
The chassis, keyboard and ports are all the same on the X201 models. On a smaller note, the fingerprint reader gets upgraded along with the other ThinkPads to power the laptop on with a single swipe, along with an LED indicator to let you know if your swipe was accepted. These new fingerprint readers were first introduced on the T400s.
The biggest external change comes with the optional touchpad. The good news here is that it is indeed optional and is made possible with a simple palm rest swap. The bad news is that with the small palm rest in the first place, the touchpad is rather tiny. In the end, this opens up the X Series to more potential customers, both corporate and individuals.
All models will be available in March with the X201 starting at $1,199, the X201s at $1,599 and the X201 Tablet at $1,549.
Source: [Lenovo Press Release]