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.