Lenovo to take aim at MacBook Air with new ThinkPad


— 6:00 AM on January 21, 2008

Apple's MacBook Air isn't even available yet, but other laptop makers already seem to be hard at work on their MacBook Air killers. Case in point: the folks at Gizmodo have obtained leaked pictures and specifications for an upcoming ThinkPad X300 notebook from Lenovo, which looks for all the world like the Chinese PC maker's answer to Apple's latest.

Like the new MacBook, the ThinkPad X300 will reportedly cram a 13.3" LED-backlit wide-screen display, Intel Core 2 Duo processor, and full-sized keyboard into a slim, three-pound form factor. The specifications quoted by Gizmodo list a 1440 x 900 display resolution, 2GHz Core 2 Duo, 4GB memory maximum, 64GB solid-state drive, DVD burner, fingerprint reader, and a camera. On the connectivity front, the X300 should comfortably trump the MacBook thanks to a combination of 802.11n Wi-Fi, Gigabit Ethernet, Bluetooth, WiMax, Wireless WAN (for Verizon, Cingular, Vodafone, and KDDI), built-in GPS, three mini-PCIe slots, and three USB ports.

The X300 is said to have a weight of 2.5 to 3.17 lbs (1.13-1.44 kg), a thickness of 0.73-0.92" (18.6-23.4 mm), and four hours of battery life. Interestingly, there's no mention of a hard drive in Gizmodo's leaked specs. Lenovo will presumably offer at least an optional hard drive, but if it doesn't, the ThinkPad X300 could be quite expensive indeed—think over the $3,000 mark.

   
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