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Lenovo Introduces Sleek And Powerful ThinkPad X201 Tablet PC

Lenovo Introduces Sleek And Powerful ThinkPad X201 Tablet PC

Lenovo was one of the biggest notebook players at CES, as they introduced a plethora of new machines from low-end to high-end. Obviously just having a handful of new machines on the horizon isn't enough for the company, as they have today introduced their "fastest ultraportable laptop" along with a powerful business-oriented Tablet PC.

In total, six new Think-branded products are making their debut, with the ThinkPad X201 standing as the flagship. Lenovo calls this the industry's quickest ultraportable, which offers a 12.1" capacitive touch screen (multi-touch capable) dual input devices (trackpad and the famed Lenovo "nub"), Windows 7, the latest Intel 'Core' processors, a superbright outdoor screen as an option, a raft of security features, stereo speakers, a 2MP camera, 54mm ExpressCard, integrated TV tuner, FireWire and an optional DVD drive. Lenovo is also throwing in up to 8GB of RAM, multiple USB ports and WiMAX/3G/Wi-Fi/Bluetooth wireless protocol support built in. The X201 is also said to last up to 11 hours on a charge, with the X201s (the smaller version) weighing in at 2.5lbs. and lasting over 12 hours of battery life.

The other updates are detailed below, with the ThinkPad X201, X201s, X201 tablet, W701, W701ds and ThinkServer TS200v becoming available this March. Pricing for models of the X201, X201s, X201 tablet, W701 and W701ds start at approximately $1,199, $1,599, $1,549, $2,199 and $3,799.

The News

  • The fastest ultraportable laptop1 - the ThinkPad X201
  • Most powerful ThinkPads with W701 and W701ds mobile workstations
  • ThinkPad X201 tablet - the smart tablet choice for business
  • Industry’s first server with remote management using Intel® AMT,2 and Lenovo’s first value server with models starting under $500

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Lenovo (HKSE: 992) (ADR: LNVGY) today is breaking barriers for thin and light performance with the new ThinkPad X201 laptop, the industry’s fastest ultraportable laptop1. Lenovo is also introducing five new Think-branded products to give customers a new level of value with more choice, unparalleled performance and greater productivity. These include the ThinkPad X201s laptop, the thinnest and lightest ThinkPad, the X201 tablet, the smart tablet for business users, the powerful W701 and W701ds mobile workstations, the most powerful ThinkPads, and the ThinkServer TS200v tower, Lenovo’s first server with unprecedented management capabilities and solid reliability at a desktop price.

“Lenovo and Intel are delivering intelligent performance with new levels of manageability in servers for small business”

“We’re continuing to push the envelope on innovation to give our mobile customers faster, more powerful and smarter ThinkPad laptops,” said Dilip Bhatia, executive director, ThinkPad Product Marketing, Lenovo. “These PCs incorporate the latest computing technologies and extra Lenovo features to make the PC experience more simple and productive.”

Ultralight Performance Matters

At “over three gigahertz and under three pounds1,” the ThinkPad X201 packs heavyweight performance into an extremely thin and light design. Unlike competitors that compromise on size, weight, performance or cooling, Lenovo has optimized the X201 for a no compromise experience between mobility and performance. The X201 outclocks competitors in its class by 25 percent1 and includes Intel’s® normal volt Core™ Processors while competitors offer low volt processors. The X201 also gets extremely long battery life with up to 11 hours.3 The new ThinkPad X201s, the X Series’ featherweight fighter, weighs in at under 2.5 pounds4 and now achieves over 12 hours5 of battery life.

Mobile Workstation Power and Productivity

For those who need extreme performance and productivity, the new W Series mobile workstations are Lenovo’s most powerful ThinkPads yet. They pair Intel® Core™ i7 Series processors (with Intel® Turbo Boost and Intel® Hyperthreading technologies) with NVIDIA Quadro FX 2800 and 3800 Series GPUs. These technologies help deliver the responsiveness of a workstation in a 17 inch mobile design. The W701 and W701ds are the only 17 inch mobile workstations to feature an optional built-in color calibrator to help professionals in computer aided design and digital content creation ensure that accurate colors are displayed. They are also the only mobile workstations to feature an optional built-in WACOM digitizer and pen to manipulate fine details. The W701 and W701ds are certified to run the most popular applications from independent software vendors including Dassault Systemes CATIA®, SolidWorks, PTC Pro/E and more.

“Lenovo’s ThinkPad mobile workstations have helped us increase our productivity by 20 percent,” said Alan Duerden, lead systems engineer, McLaren Racing. “We rely on these mobile workstations for determining computational fluid dynamics and rendering high performance graphics to improve the car’s design as well as to support our drivers on the track.”

A Smart Tablet for Business

Lenovo optimized the ThinkPad X201 tablet for a smart business computing experience. Unlike slate devices designed for consumers, the X201 tablet features:

More than Fingers:

  • 12.1 inch capacitive multitouch screen with a touch-based hardware interface and Lenovo SimpleTap navigation application
  • Dual functionality as a pen or finger-based slate and a full-size laptop with keyboard

Functionality and Productivity

  • Microsoft® Windows™ 7 business operating system optimized for touch
  • Multitasking capability with Flash and Java support
  • The latest Intel® Core™ processors
  • Wide-viewing angle screen for viewing up to 185 degrees
  • Optional superbright outdoor screen
  • Security tools including fingerprint reader, anti-theft technologies, self encrypting hard drives and more

Multimedia and Expandability

  • Noise cancelling microphones, stereo speakers, 2.0 MP camera, 54mm ExpressCard slot for smart card reader, TV Tuner, firewire and other devices
  • WiMAX, 3G, WiFi, Bluetooth and Gigabit Ethernet connectivity
  • Optional DVD drive connection through ultrabase or USB port for watching multimedia
  • Expandability with up to 8GB memory, multiple USB ports, 54mm Express Card Slot and more

Big Server Features, Small Server Price for the Small Office and MSP

The ThinkServer TS200v goes big on features and performance at an unbelievably affordable price. Designed as an entry single processor server with models starting under $500 for small businesses, corporate branch offices and managed service providers (MSP), the ThinkServer TS200v provides a reliable, easy to set up and manage, energy-efficient solution. As the first server with Intel® Active Management Technology, it makes remote management easy for customers who may not have a dedicated IT staff. It also includes enterprise-class reliability features like memory error correction and built-in RAID protection.

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The IBM Tablet detachable model is sweet and offers the capability of both a tablet and a full laptop. I think that is a great idea.If anyone wants to see a real tablet,check this out. Dual core ARM processor, tegra2 1080P default graphics capability.


Full hardware specs below. It also runs on open source Android, which I like!

Size and Weight

Height : 158 mm

Width : 239 mm

Depth : 13 mm*

Weight : ~600-650 gm

System on Chip


Dual Core Cortex A-9



16 / 32 GB eMMC


WLAN - 802.11 b/g

Bluetooth 2.1 A2DP


Display-Pixel Qi Display

10.1" TFT Liquid Crystal Display

WSVGA (1024 x 600 pixels) resolution

Transmissive, transflective, and reflective display modes

Touch Screen

Capacitive touch panel with multi-touch

Matt finish/ Anti glare Coating

Scratch resistant and Finger print resistant surface


3.2 MP Swivel Camera**


Two loudspeakers

3.5 mm Headphone jack

Microphone Jack

Built in microphone

Input/Output Ports

USB 2.0 Host - 2


MicroSD slot

SIM Card slot

DC connector

Docking Port

Power & Battery

Universal Charger

3 cell standard battery


3-Axis accelerometer

Ambient light sensing


Keyboard / Mouse

On screen keyboard

Back side trackpad**


10.1" TFT Liquid Crystal Display

Capacitive touch panel with multi-touch

Matt finish/ Anti glare Coating

Scratch resistant and Finger print

resistant surface

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Thanks for the info on the Lenovo tablet pc. I very nice alternative to the HP one.


I'm still on the fence if I want to pay more for a tablet pc. They are a bit more expensive than the regular laptops.

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WOW these tool very nice and has many features! if only i can afford it i would like to try it out :(

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I am waiting for the Adam, particularly being made out of Hyderabad India... Pray it gets launched here as well in parallel with the US launch... Else it will be a big shame, that a product made in India is not available in India!!

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Xylem sadly that is a predicament which is currently pretty large in today's market. Hey Inspector tablets are generally less than a laptop or will be it looks like. If I was looking for a laptop though I think both the new things popping up are good options. I like the IBM tablet laptop combo better than the Toshiba unit, but both are very viable. The market just seems to be in a total flux right now as it has been for a while. New stuff is hitting the market so fast it seems like every day or at least a couple a week at the least.

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These are nice looking products with a nice set of features too.

ThinkPads are usually a cut above the rest when it comes to quality.

Every one I've owned over the years was excellent. I used to get them after one year's use from the Aerospace company I worked for for VERY little money. (think: $150.00 for a 1 year old laptop) I bought one every year and gave the one I had to a family member.

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That's very true realneil, I remember when they (laptops), first started coming out. The brands I remember were IBM, Texas Instruments, and Toshiba. I also remember Compaq I think it was, this was a decade at least before HP bought them. Either way IBM and Toshiba were the big names with IBM at least at first being the choice products.

Either way from a professional stand point IBM was the go to brand, and were very solid products, which I guess is why they were the go to brand anyway. Either way I know on the laptop market they were and still are of very solid products.

On the desktop platform I personally did not really like them. Of course that was when they used PC DOS instead of MS DOS, of course I was new to hardware at the time, and the commands were somewhat different. They were also very much at that time very proprietary like Apple still is today.

Either way this seems to be a be a sub platform with the convertible laptop/tablet model. I would of course trust IBM to do a good job of it.

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