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Lenovo ThinkPad X1 leaks, takes second stab at MacBook Air

updated 01:40 pm EDT, Sat April 23, 2011

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 shows early at stores

Lenovo's decision to back out on the ThinkPad X301 may have just been a temporary measure as a pair of Swiss stores have prematurely shown a sequel built more consciously to take on the new MacBook Air. Billed as the ThinkPad X1, it would switch to a 160GB solid-state state drive to slim down to about 0.85 inches at its thickest point. The system would try to bring over Lenovo's reputation for strong designs by making its 13.3-inch display cover out of jab- and scratch-resistant Gorilla Glass.

Performance would also be an emphasis and would manage to fit a full-power, 2.5GHz Core i5 notebook chip instead of the low-voltage processors currently in Apple's line. Only one RAM slot would exist, but a singular 8GB stick would give it enough RAM to stay ahead of demand. Expansion would be modernized as well with a mix of USB 3.0, eSATA, an SDXC card reader, and a hybrid "Digital Display Port" that could output to either DisplayPort or HDMI.

The thin size wouldn't preclude a 10-hour battery life, although it's not certain that Lenovo is following the tougher testing standards Apple is using for its seven-hour figure.

A roadmap uncovered at the same time has the X1 arriving in May and most expecting the date to be narrowed down to between May 17 and May 20. Swiss pricing has the configuration costing the equivalent of $2,920, though an American price could well be less. [via Notebook Review and]

by MacNN Staff



  1. ryanjo

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Big question, battery life

    My MBA gets easily 8 hours per charge. My ASUS Slate (Intel Core i5) gets barely 3 hours. I can see no difference in responsiveness and speed running real-life apps. The Thinkpad X1 will need some fairly impressive in-use battery life to convince me to pay almost $1000 more than the best MBA I can buy now.

  1. facebook_Clarence

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    Joined: Apr 2011


    Not bad

    But I think Apple still has the edge on design.

    - Sent from my Android device.

  1. Foe Hammer

    Joined: Dec 1969


    I Agree on the Design Point with Wrenchy ...

    .. er ... I mean "Clarence" ...

  1. jfgilbert

    Joined: Dec 1969


    They don't get it

    It may be a very nice laptop, but it still runs Windows, so it is not going to appeal to the same people as the MacBook. It cannot be competition if they are not in the same market.

  1. 64stang06

    Joined: Dec 1969



    What is with the small track-ball looking device on the keyboard? Do people even use those anymore?

  1. Cronocide

    Joined: Dec 1969


    This is the computer we would have today

    if the nineties never ended.

  1. macnews1

    Joined: Dec 1969


    battery and price

    too much price with likely too little battery. May indeed be a better and faster computer but as the early Mac/PC wars showed better isn't what always wins.

    Then there is that windows thing too...

  1. chris2519

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Is it 1993 ?

    I can't believe this is still their styling. Seriously? Yes, it was modern looking in the early 90s. Is the plan for them to just assume that design is cyclical, and if they hang on to that asthetic long enough, it might just come back around? I think I'm going to design my next laptop to look like an IBM Selectric.

  1. facebook_Waqas

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    Joined: Apr 2011


    Lenovo ThinkPad X1

    Lenovo ThinkPad X1 is giving hard time to MacBook Air Killer

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