Lenovo starts selling ThinkPad X301, cuts X300 to $1,839

As expected, the new ultra-compact ThinkPad X301 has become available on Lenovo's website. This new laptop starts at $2,575 and packs a 1.4GHz Core 2 Duo SU9400 processor, 1GB of DDR3-1066 RAM, a 64GB solid-state drive, and a three-cell battery in its default configuration. Customers can opt for more RAM, a 128GB SSD (for an extra $400), mobile broadband, and a bigger battery.

The launch has dragged down the price of the older (but otherwise very similar) ThinkPad X300, which only comes with a 1.2GHz Core 2 Duo SL7100 processor, DDR2-667 RAM, and a 64GB SSD. That machine now starts at $1,839.36 with two three-cell batteries, although you'll have to pay $1,910.23 if you want to trade one of the batteries for a DVD burner. By contrast, Apple's MacBook Air costs $1,799 with a faster CPU, more RAM, but also a slower 4,200-RPM mechanical hard drive, a non-removable battery, and no DVD drive.

The ThinkPad X300. Source: Lenovo.

Both the ThinkPad X300 and the X301 are only about 0.75" (19 mm) thick, and Lenovo claims that all configurations weigh less than three pounds (1.36 kg). Also, all X300/X301 configs feature 13.3" LED-backlit displays with 1440x900 resolutions, which are a bit roomier than the Air's 1280x800 display.

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