Lenovo intros Core Duo-enabled R, Z ThinkPads

Somewhat late in the game compared to companies like Dell and Apple, Lenovo has finally announced the conversion of its remaining ThinkPad notebook lines to Core Duo processors with the introduction of new Z61-series and R60 ThinkPads. The new R60 starts at $1,267 with a 14.1" or 15" display and a resolution up to 1400x1050, as well as a 1.83 GHz or 2.0 GHz Intel Core Duo processor, Intel GMA 950 or ATI Mobility Radeon X1400 graphics, up to 4 GB of DDR2 memory, and a hard drive up to 100 GB with either 5400-RPM or 7200-RPM spindle speeds. Lenovo has also beefed up the R60 with a magnesium alloy ThinkPad "roll cage," a shock-mounted hard drive, enhanced battery life, and optional Wireless WAN support. The R60 is available for purchase today, but Lenovo only expects to ship them next month.

Meanwhile, the new ThinkPad Z61 series sports Z61t and Z61m variants with 14.1" and 15.4" wide-screen displays, respectively. Lenovo says both feature either WXGA (1280x800) or WXGA+ (1440x900) resolutions, along with an integrated camera, stereo microphone, and Wireless WAN support. Unlike the R60, however, the Z60 appears to come in only one pre-configured Z61 model for pre-order today. This Z61m is priced at $2,199 and features a 15.4" WSXGA+ (1680x1050) display—contradicting Lenovo's press release—as well as a 2 GHz Core Duo, an ATI Mobility Radeon X1400 graphics processor, 1 GB of RAM, and a 100 GB, 5400-RPM hard drive. Shipping is expected in late June, by which time more Z61 flavors should become available.

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