Details of Lenovo’s Santa Rosa-based sequels to the ThinkPad X60, X60s, and X60 Tablet have been published on the web. The official announcement is slated for May 31, 2007, with availability in June, 2007. They are very similar to the previous ThinkPad X60’s – same form factor – 12.1-inch 4:3 non-widescreen display. The X60 and X60s weigh just over three pounds with the four-cell battery, and just over 3.5 pounds with the eight-cell battery. No word on battery life or pricing.
Noticeable Changes: Fingerprint reader moved to right side of mouse buttons, Keyboard light shifted to left side of display, upgraded hard drive capacities, upgraded wireless options (due to the Santa Rosa platform). Also all three are listed as using Intel’s GMA X3100 graphics chipset, a tremendous improvement over the Intel GMA 950.
They appear to be more “unified” as far as CPUs – the X61s and X61 Tablet uses the Core 2 Duo L7300 (1.4GHz) and L7500 (1.6GHz) CPUs, both with 4MB L2 Cache and an 800MHz Front Side Bus, while the ThinkPad X61 uses the T7300 (2.0GHz). This is subject to change of course, and is based on preliminary configurations listed in the above documents. This could be a way to differentiate the models.
Documents published on the web:
– Lenovo ThinkPad X61 Tablet (IBM.com)
– Announcement Letter – IBM.com X60s (IBM.com)
– Announcement Letter – IBM.com – X60 (IBM.com)
– Pictures/Info at Norwegian site hardware.no
We’d like to thank George for the links!