Lenovo ThinkPad X60 Tablet PC – Official Release November 14th, 2006
The wait is over. The Lenovo ThinkPad X60 Tablet PC is here! The new X60 succeeds the coveted ThinkPad X41 Tablet PC and brings unprecedented innovation to the platform from numerous angles. The X60 starts right where the X41 left off – no mobility stone has been left unturned in a wealth of modern features that exude the very essence of portability, power, functionality and security.
With regards to the reputation of the ThinkPad family of mobile PCs, the hype of the newest Tablet PC in this product line can be contagious. All "hype" aside we are significantly impressed with the ThinkPad X61 Tablet PC simply based on the feature set alone, available options and technological advancements this model brings to the platform.
- OS – Windows XP Tablet PC Edition 2005
- CPU – Up to 1.83GHz Core Duo L2500512-MB DDR2 SDRAM, (4096-MB maximum)
- RAM – 256MB or 512MB DDR2 – 2 open slots (total of up to 4GB)
- Display – 12.1" SXGA+ or XGA wide angle display (170 ) indoor/outdoor options available.
- Hard Drive – 5400RPM up to 120GB or 7200RPM to 100GB (2.5" SATA)
- Optical Drive (available separately)
- Lithium Ion Battery – 4-cell or 8-cell Li-Ion / 3.3 or 7.5 hours
- Ports – 3 USB2.0, VGA, Infrared, 1394
- Card Slots – 1 Type I / II PC Card slot, 1 Secure Digital card slot
- Graphics – Intel 950GMA — up to 224MB Dynamically Shared
- Wireless – Lenovo 11a/b/g/n Wireless LAN Mini-PCI Express Adapter & Embedded WAN
- Security – TPM/Biometric Fingerprint Scanner
- Weight – 3.8 lbs.
- Dimensions – 10.8" x 9.5" x 1.1-1.30"
What You Will Want to Know…
Ordering for the X60 in 3 preconfigured flavors starts immediately (http://www.lenovo.com). On Nov. 28th the "Configure to Order" options will be available. Shipping will begin on December 7th, 2006.
AND… Stay tuned for our review of the X60 to be posted shortly!
See the official press release from Lenovo below:
Lenovo ThinkPad X60 Tablet PC OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE:
New Lenovo ThinkPad X60 Tablet PC Takes Touch-Screen To Next Level
RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. – November 14, 2006 – Lenovo today announced the ThinkPad X60 Tablet, a next generation convertible tablet PC marking a technology trifecta for innovation, portability and performance — with two new screen choices and other innovative Lenovo features such as Active Rotate. Lenovo is the only PC maker in the 12-inch screen class of notebooks PC to offer the new, combined MultiView/MultiTouch screen features in a convertible tablet PC, giving users the power to compute more naturally whether working in the field or in the office.
The Lenovo ThinkPad X60 Tablet’s new 12-inch MultiView indoor/outdoor, anti-reflective/anti-glare display, dramatically helps increase viewability in multiple environments, a benefit for customers who work on-the-go. This screen choice comes combined with the new MultiTouch feature that allows users to move the cursor with their pen or finger, making interaction with the ThinkPad Tablet PC a natural fit. The MultiView/MultiTouch screen combination along with the ThinkPad X60 Tablet’s standard 170 degree viewing angle means better portability and improved usability for the healthcare professional recording patient information in a hospital, the real estate agent taking notes in a home or the sports coach reviewing statistics at a game. The X60 Tablet also gives users sharper, crisper images with more vibrant color when they choose to add a new, high-resolution SXGA+ screen.
According to IDC, convertible tablet PC unit shipments will reach more than one million this year and more than four million by 2010, which means that more industries today are relying on tablet PCs. For Lenovo, tablet customers have included more and more mobile professionals in fields such as healthcare, insurance, real estate, government, education and sales.
"A recent campus-wide survey revealed that over 90 percent of the student body believes that computer technology enhances his or her learning experience," said Philip Lombardi, director of academic computing and media services at Bryant University. "Of the students surveyed, we discovered that more students would prefer to use a tablet over a traditional notebook PC because of its light weight and ease of use in taking notes. In the past year, a group of first year psychology majors have been using Lenovo Tablet PCs to administer surveys and collect data as part of a pilot program. Our goal is to extend this technology to more students in various majors to provide them with a PC solution that best complements their academic experience."
The ThinkPad X60 Tablets come equipped with Lenovo’s patented-pending Active Rotate function. With Active Rotate, the screen immediately orients to the user, no matter which direction it turns. The ThinkPad X60 Tablet’s design also focuses on improving more traditional features like navigational tools and the pen. Now a redesigned NavDial lets users move easily in four directions, and it even remaps keys so "up" is always "up" as the user changes orientation with Active Rotate. Also, a new, more natural and durable pen resumes from suspend automatically when a user removes it from its cradle. An enhanced digital microphone repositioned on the front bezel enables more accurate voice recognition and rounds out the ThinkPad X60 Tablet’s sensory improvements.
"The Lenovo ThinkPad X60 Tablet PC marries the best aspects of notebooks and pen-based devices," said Peter Hortensius, senior vice president, Notebook Business Unit, Lenovo. "With new screen options, hardware capabilities and an improved sensory experience interacting with the tablet, the new Lenovo ThinkPad X60 Tablet is packed with the innovation our customers want."
The X60 Tablet’s design also includes greater performance with more memory, a larger hard drive and longer battery life. The X60 Tablet offers shocked mounted 2.5 inch SATA high-speed hard drives up to 120 GB/5400 rpm or optional 100 GB/7200 rpm. A longer battery life – more than 10 hours with the standard 8-cell tablet battery and optional X60 Extended Life battery – a 1.1 inch-thin frame and its light weight starting at 3.8 pounds keeps users on-the-go. The Tablet’s portability continues with the mobile X6 Tablet UltraBase that conveniently allows users to access an optical drive in a moveable docking station. The X60 Tablet also prepares users for the next generation of wireless connectivity with select models offering 802.11n technology2 as well as an embedded WWAN card. X60 Tablet users are also ready for the next operating system with many X60 Tablet models being Windows VistaTM Capable and some VistaTM Premium Ready.
Lenovo’s suite of ThinkVantage Technologies with Rescue and Recovery, Embedded Security Subsystem and other ThinkVantage Technologies will enhance the Windows Vista operating system to benefit enterprises by reducing the cost of PC ownership by lowering lifecycle costs and improving end-user productivity. The X60 Tablet’s optional integrated fingerprint reader and Client Security Subsystem, which helps protect sensitive information and guards against unauthorized user access, helps make the new tablet the most secure tablet PC on the market.
Pricing and availability
Pricing for the X60 Tablet starts at $1,799. The X60 Tablet will be available for shipping in early December with select models available immediately for pre-ordering.
Lenovo (HKSE: 992) (ADR: LNVGY) is dedicated to building the world’s best engineered personal computers. Lenovo’s business model is built on innovation, operational efficiency and customer satisfaction as well as a focus on investment in emerging markets. Formed by Lenovo Group’s acquisition of the former IBM Personal Computing Division, the company develops, manufactures and markets reliable high-quality, secure and easy-to-use technology products and services worldwide. Lenovo has major research centers in Yamato, Japan; Beijing, Shanghai and Shenzhen, China; and Raleigh, North Carolina. For more information, see www.lenovo.com/us/en.
1IDC, Worldwide PC Client Form Factor 2006-2010 Forecast, Doc# 202267, July 2006.
2 "The IEEE 802.11n specification has not been finalized and is currently in draft release. The ThinkPad 11a/b/g/n Wireless LAN Mini-PCI Express Adapters are based on the Draft Release, Version 1.0, of the IEEE 802.11n specification. An adapter with 11a/b, 11a/b/g, or 11a/b/g/n can communicate on any of its supported formats; the actual connection will be based on the access point to which it connects."