Lenovo tonight unveiled two new additions to the ThinkPad family in the form of the X200s and X200 Tablet. The X200s is a slimmer and lighter version of the X200 while the X200 Tablet of course adds the functionality of a screen that can rotate into Tablet PC mode and then used like a notepad to write notes on with the included digitizer pen.
Lenovo ThinkPad X200s
We had the opportunity for some hands on time with both of these ThinkPads. The X200s is the lightest ThinkPad ever, weighing in at 2.47 pounds with the 4-cell battery installed. The X200s literally looks more than it weighs, you have to hold it to believe it, because your mind expects it to weigh a certain amount and then once you pick it up that’s not what you get.
The X200s uses the same LED backlit display and carbon fibre/glass fibre lid technology found in the X300 to keep weight down. To manage heat issues in the slimmer frame Lenovo is of course incorporating the latest Intel Montevina Low Voltage Processors. The Intel SL9400 1.86GHz Core 2 Duo, SL9300 1.4GHz Core 2 Duo and SU9300 1.2GHz Core 2 Duo are all options.
Display options include either a LED or CCFL backlit display. The LED flavor will be WXGA+ while the CCFL will be WXGA.
SSD and standard hard drives will both be options for storage needs, with up to a 200GB 7200RPM standard hard drive or 128GB SSD.
There will be three types of batteries available, a 4-cell, 6-cell and 9-cell type. Lenovo is quoting the following amounts of battery life on each when being used under Vista:
- 12.5 hours with 9-cell
- 4.2 hours with 4-cell
- 8.3 hours with 6-cell
Those numbers seem a little optimistic, so we hope to be able to test them in an upcoming review. It would certainly be some of the best single battery life numbers ever on a ThinkPad if they hold true.
Right side view
Left side view
X200 Tablet PC
The X200 Tablet PC, as evidenced by this picture below, has now evolved and can rotate in both clockwise and counter-clockwise direction to switch into Tablet PC mode.
The X200 Tablet will come with two screen options of either Touch or non-Touch enabled. Touch meaning you can simply use a finger press on the screen to perform actions. Both an LED and CCFL type panel will be supported, though the touch enabled screen is only available with the LED option. The three screen offerings are:
- 12.1″ WXGA CCFL display with digitizer pen
- 12.1″ WXGA LED display with MultiView digitizer pen and touch input
- 12.1″ WXGA LED SuperBright display with digitizer pen input
Lenovo also saw fit to make sure that the screen has low reflectivity and 285-nits of brightness so outdoor viewing is possible. Another improvement to the screen includes better pressure sensitivity “intelligence” so for example with the Touch Screen display, when using the pen if your hand brushes the screen it will only react to the pen and not your hand. Lenovo has also increased the pen detection height to 12mm from 7mm.
The X200 Tablet will be offered with either a 4-cell or 8-cell battery. With the 4-cell battery the weight of the machine will come to 3.50 lbs while the 8-cell will cost you 3.88lbs. Lenovo is quoting up to 10.3 hours of battery life on the 8-cell battery.
The processor and storage options are the same as that of the X200s (see above).
A final improvement to mention are that the speakers on the ThinkPad X200 Tablet are stereo instead of mono, though still located on the bottom front side.
For a run down of the ports on the X200 Tablet, just see the illustration below!
Both the X200s and X200 Tablet will be available to order and shipping around October 10th. Final pricing is not yet determined.
A final piece of good news for docking station junkies, the X200 UltraBase will be available and fit all three X200 systems: X200, X200s and X200 Tablet. See below for an illustration of everything that brings to the table: