Details of Lenova’s functional-looking new Thinkpad ultraportable, dubbed the X300, have begun to appear on the Internet.
Finished in IBM/Lenova’s distinctive dark grey, the Vista Ultimate-powered laptop boasts 14″ standard, full-size keyboard, a 13.3in WXGA+TFT screen supporting 1,440 x 900 pixels resolution, powered by a 2.0GHz Intel Core 2 Duo. Up to 4GB of DDR2 RAM can be fitted.
Although it can’t match the waif-like thinness of the new MacBook Air, there’s no shortage of ports onboard, with the X300 offering three USB ports, 3 PCI-E slows (2 full, 1 half), VGA adapter and a Gigabit Ethernet port. Like the Air, there’s a solid state drive option available, up to 64GB.
There’s also a removable (take that Apple!) 3 cell LiPolymer battery offering 4 hours of use, an integrated microphone and camera, with Lenova’s trademark touchpad and trackpoint combo.
Business users will appreciate the built in fingerprint reader and lock slot, while connectivity comes in the impressive shape of Bluetooth, MIMO, GPS, WWAN and WiMAx options. An expansion bay can also accept an ultrathin DVD drive, secondary battery or ExpressCard slot.
Dimensions are recorded at 381mm x 231mm x 18.6 – 23.4mm, with the lappie weighing in at 1.44kg (that’s 3.17lbs in old money).
There’s no news on availability or pricing yet, but unless you rate pose value above actual functionality, this could prove a more attractive alternative to Apple superslim wallet-crusher.