updated 09:45 am EDT, Mon March 24, 2008
Lenovo Olympic Notebook US
Lenovo this morning helped kick off the Olympic torch run with its first international edition notebook commemorating the trip to Beijing. The Olympic 3000-series V200 adds the company's "Cloud of Promise" design previously shown only for China to the company's home-oriented 12-inch portable, adding red with silver clouds to the normally black design. Specifications are unavailable should fit in line with one of the stock V200 models, which starts out with a 1.5GHz Core 2 Duo, 1GB of memory, and a 160GB hard drive.
Rather than sell the system in a normal fashion, however, Lenovo will instead auction the systems up for a Hope Fund charity to start businesses in poor countries: just 34 units will be available across several nations, the company says. Most will come autographed by medal-winning athletes from their host countries. The majority of international auctions will take place over the next ten days, while US auctions will take place on July 8th and 29th for systems autographed by beach volleyball gold medalists Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh.
Lenovo has not said if or when it expects to sell the customized V200 as a standard model.