A lot of our readers have been clamoring for details on the updated “classic” ThinkPads, but Lenovo was unsurprisingly mum about those during CES. Thanks to our fellow ThinkPad-lovers in China, we have at least a bit of information about one forthcoming ThinkPad update: the X220.
Unfortunately all we have are these photos, with no other details to accompany them. While it is assured that the 2nd generation Intel Core processors (aka Sandy Bridge) will be powering this little beast, we don’t know about any other updates like an onboard DisplayPort output or battery options.
What we can tell from the photos is that the X Series will get the revised keyboard design first seen in the T400s, with the larger Esc/Del keys and redesigned touchpad. The system control buttons (Volume, Mute, etc) are also updated and the system status LEDs (below the display) have been simplified like the T400s as well.
If you take note of the hinges, these are substantially different from the hinges on the existing X201 models, leading me to believe we are looking at an entirely new chassis. With this change in chassis likely also means a shift from a 16:10 12.1-inch display to something with a 16:9 ratio. Given Lenovo’s love of the 12.5-inch size in both the IdeaPad U260 and ThinkPad Edge E220s, I would not be surprised to see it in the X220 as well.
That’s all we have for now ThinkPad-lovers, but stay tuned here for the latest on the new ThinkPads. And be sure to get the best ThinkPad X220 deals & coupons at LogicBuy.