Lenovo have launched a premium high end 13 inch notebook that you can literally pour water over and then stamp on without doing any damage to the device. I know I tried it.
The device which will sell for $1,950 is aimed at the commercial business market despite the fact that it will have huge appeal with consumers who are tossing up between the Apple MacBook Air and the sleek new Lenovo offering. It comes with Corning’s new Gorilla display screen which Lenovo claims is unbreakable.
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The ThinkPad X1 laptop, is wafer thin, packs a demon performance punch and has all the trapping that a top end notebook should have including a built in 3G wireless card capability.
The only problem is that you won’t be able to walk into a mass retail store and buy it.
According to Chris Kelly, director of SMB and consumer business the Chinese company is working on a consumer strategy but at this stage the device will only be sold via specialist retailers.
Lenovo who is the world’s fastest growing PC company and the #1 commercial notebook supplier is set to expand their operations in Australia following the recent appointment of Alan Munro as Managing Director of the Australian operation.
The new ThinkPad X1 is set to be Lenovo’s answer to Apple’s MacBook Air line of ultra-thin notebook computers it will also compete up against the new Samsung 9000 notebook which is being sold for $2,499 via retail outlets.
The Lenovo offering, measures less than 17mm and can be purchased in with an Intel Core i3, i5 and i7 processors which are typically offered on Lenovo’s larger 14 and 15-inch laptops.
Weighing less than 1.7kg, the ThinkPad X1 has an interior roll cage and magnesium chassis and is so sturdy that it could be a threat to the Panasonic Tough Notebook.
Another key feature is the RapidCharge battery technology that charges up to 80 percent in just 30 minutes. This technology charges two and a half times faster than a typical ThinkPad battery.
RapidCharge combines fast charge cells with a 1,000 cycle battery designed to last three years3. Users can also opt to purchase a RapidCharge external slice battery for the ThinkPad X1 laptop to double their battery life to 10 hours. The cost of the additional battery is around $200.
The ThinkPad X1 laptop will be available starting May 17 through business partners and online at www.lenovo.com.au. Pricing for models starts at approximately $1959.
All prices quoted include GST.