Wednesday, January 23, 2008

ThinkPad X300 Information Leaks Out

The information leak for the ThinkPad X300 comes from Gizmodo and certainly looks to be real, the pictures and information come from a Lenovo internal powerpoint document. The notable specs on the X300 are as follows:

* Display: 13.3" widescreen WXGA+ (1440 x 900) display, LED backlit
* Processor Chipset: Intel Santa Rosa 2.0GHz LV
* Storage: 64GB SSD
* Wireless: Bluetooth, 802.11 a/b/g/n, Wireless USB, WWAN, WiMax, GPS
* Optical Drive: Ultrathin DVD Burner (7mm)
* Memory: up to 4G
* Dimensions: 12.5 in (width) 9 in (depth) x 0.73 in - 0.92 in (thickness)
* Ports: 3 USB ports, Mic in, Headphone out, VGA Adapter, built-in web camera,
stereo speakers
* Input: ThinkPad keyboard with TrackPoint, touchpad
* Battery: 3-cell Lithium-Polymer

On paper the specs for the X300 are most impressive, and trump that of the MacBook Air for anyone looking for a serious business companion while on the road. The MacBook Air has a paltry one USB port, a sealed non-replaceable battery, no optical drive and no WWAN options. The ThinkPad X300 has three USB ports, a replaceable battery (important for those on long flights), built-in optical drive, every wireless option possible and a starting weight of 2.5lbs (we assume that weigh comes if you remove the optical drive and use a travel weight). To add to all that you get the SSD as a standard option, no slow 4200RPM that's the base option on the MacBook Air. The excellent screen resolution of 1440 x 900 on the X300 also outdoes the MacBoook Air's resolution of 1280 x 800. The advantage of the MacBook Air remains of course that it looks cooler (ThinkPad's are only ever available in rubbery black), it's thinner and has an innovative multi-touch touchpad.