An ultra-slim, Sandy Bridge-based ThinkPad is in the cards

Well well, what have we here? Clearly, Lenovo hasn't abandoned its hopes of one-upping Apple's MacBook Air. The folks at Engadget have spotted an unannounced ultra-slim ThinkPad hiding in plain sight on a Swiss e-tailer's website. Not only is that machine slick and sexy looking, but it features state-of-the-art Sandy Bridge hardware, potentially giving it an edge over the Core 2 Duo-powered Air.

Tell IT Systems, the Swiss e-tailer in question, quotes the following specs for the ThinkPad X1: a 13.3" 1366x768 display with Gorilla Glass (that's the same coating they put on smartphone displays), a Core i5-2520M processor, 8GB of RAM, a 160GB solid-state drive, integrated 3G broadband, Bluetooth 3.0, and a 38.4-Wh battery rated for five hours of run time. The machine is said to have a thickness of just 0.85" and to tip the scales between 3 and 3.8 lbs (the listing doesn't mention an exact weight for the configuration on sale).

As you might expect, those guts coupled with the razor-thin design add up to a rather onerous asking price. Tell IT Systems charges 2791.80 Swiss Francs after tax, which works out to, oh, a little over $3,100. Call it a hunch, but I'm expecting the ThinkPad X1 to cost a little less on this side of the pond. The same e-tailer has a ThinkPad X220 on sale for the equivalent of $2,200, but Lenovo's website lets me slap together a similar config for around $1200.

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