Lenovo (formerly IBM PCs) today announced the new widescreen ThinkPad Z series of notebooks will be available on September 20. The Z series will come in two flavors, the Z60t and Z60m. The Z60t will have a 14-inch WXGA screen while the Z60m will have a 15.4-inch WXGA screen. The Z series is the first widescreen and consumer oriented/small business ThinkPad to be released.
ThinkPad Z series with Titanium lid (Titanium lid is optional extra) back right side view (view larger image)
Outside of the widescreen, some other consumer oriented features the Z series will include is a FireWire port and three-in-one media card reader — neither are usually found on ThinkPad laptops. What will stay is the distinctive ThinkPad look and feel with the black case and red pointing stick, although the shape will be less squarish and feature rounded edges and a few wisps of white will appear on the casing to highlight certain ports and connectors. If you’re willing to get a high-end configuration, you can get a Titanium lid for extra protection, ThinkPad Z configurations with a Titanium lid will start at $1,999 USD.
ThinkPad Z Front side shot (view larger image)
One unique and not so common feature worth mentioning is the fact that all Z60 models will incorporate a wide area network antenna (WWAN). The antenna will be located on the right side of the screen for better reception.
ThinkPad Z60m Product Sheet, notice a MAXBright option screen which is 100NITs more bright than the average screen
The Z60 will be somewhat configurable, the option to select an Intel Celeron or Pentium M processor will be in place and either Windows XP Home or Windows XP Pro will be available. The Z60t will have an integrated Intel 900GMZ graphics processor, while the Z60m will have an ATI M-22 or M-24 graphics processor. Both laptops will have 100GB 5400 RPM hard drives standard, with the option of smaller if you wish. The optical drive will be either DVD-RW or DVD-ROM/CD-RW. An Advanced Mini Dock will be available for $219 for easy docking and extra connection ports, such as a DVI port, PS/2 and parallel port.
IBM Z series keyboard overview — LOOK it’s a Windows key on a ThinkPad (gasp!) .
The Z60t (14-inch screen) will weigh 4.4 pounds and the the Z60m (15.4-inch screen) will be significantly heavier at 6.6lbs. The Z60t will have a starting price of $1,049 while the Z60m will have a starting price of $799.
The ThinkPad Z chassis will be Magnesium and is the Next Generation Formula One Chassis design
Worth noting, a new magnesium chassis will be included in the Z-series called a “Formula One” type build that gives the ThinkPad Z 30% better protection than the T-series. A better more spill proof keyboard is also being used and it has the Windows key and more built-in multimedia functions than in the past.