Our friends at Laptoping have come across a Lenovo document that shares some details on the yet-unannounced refreshed ThinkPads. Expectedly dubbed the T420 and T520, the new machines will feature some updates, new processors, and should appear in February.
The changes are all no surprise to those who have watched the ThinkPad space closely. Of course both the T420 and T520 get sped up with Intel’s 2nd generation Core processors (aka Sandy Bridge) and the T520 chassis was a new 15.6-inch design on the T510, so it will remain unchanged. The good news is you still can get the high color gamut, Full HD (1920×1080) display on the T520.
The T420 also gets a new chassis, as the 14-inch T Series did NOT move to a 16:9 ratio display last generation and Lenovo has been warning us 16:9 is inevitable. That’s right: all ThinkPads except the X Series are officially switched over to 16:9. There’s still not much on the expected refresh of the X Series, which is also due for a chassis update, so that is likely still coming.
The good news is that you aren’t stuck with crappy 1366×768 HD resolution on the T420, but can opt for a reasonable 1600×900 HD+ resolution panel. I’ve used this size/resolution panel on the HP Envy 14 and it was a pretty decent experience; you may miss the vertical resolution, but at least it doesn’t look like 1998 with a low res screen. The new T420 chassis is also supposed to be thinner and lighter, so it looks like there are changed beyond the screen ratio.
Unfortunately there are no other details, like pricing, though the official launch should be in February. This is one detail that could have been changed since this document was created some time in late 2010, but time will only tell.
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