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Thinkpad X300 Specs Leaked 372

Kyokushi writes "Gizmodo reports that some specifications of a new ultralight Lenovo X300 have been leaked. 'It appears that Lenovo have themselves a new ultralight X300 series Thinkpad — and outside of the price and release date, we have all of the specs that you need to know. At a glance, some of the major features include: a 13.3-inch LED backlit 1440X900 screen, an ultralight 2.5 pound form factor, and Intel Merom Santa Rosa Dual Core CPU (2.0 Ghz / 880 Mhz ), a 64 GB SSD, up to 4GB of DDR2 PC2-5300 memory, and 4 hours of battery life.' If this is true, then Lenovo looks to have some heavy competition for the Macbook Air." Update: 01/20 22:55 GMT by S : Corrected Gizmondo->Gizmodo.
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Thinkpad X300 Specs Leaked

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  • Re:Light? (Score:1, Interesting)

    by Anonymous Coward on Sunday January 20, 2008 @03:38PM (#22118854)
    I dunno, but my Mac mini runs Ubuntu!
  • by toppavak ( 943659 ) on Sunday January 20, 2008 @03:45PM (#22118922)
    As someone who's used IBM Thinkpads for a while, I have to ask: is it actually a Thinkpad, or is it based on Lenovo's own designs (like the ideapad)? If it comes with the titanium-alloy reinforced case, the HDAPS and support from IBM's standard thinkpad support line I'm sold. If not... *shrug*

    A quick glance at the picture suggests it could be either way- it has the keyboard light that most thinkpad users come to love and adore yet the screen hinge looks plastic instead of the heavy duty metal hinges that give thinkpads that smooth and secure feel while adjusting the screen you just don't see with most other laptops.
  • by Zeinfeld ( 263942 ) on Sunday January 20, 2008 @04:04PM (#22119098) Homepage
    The key selling point of Windows over Mac in the laptop area as far as I am concerned is the tablet form-factor. Tablets are very good for collaborative whiteboarding during a brainstorming session.

    Light is nice but Steve Jobs seems to have a bit of a Clive Sinclair complex. He just pushes the envelope one bit too far. Sinclair did it on cheap (microdrive not a floppy), Jobs does it on practicality (no exchangable batteries).

    The Lenovo looks like it is slightly less cool but a lot more practical. I bet you can swap out the battery. In fact I bet that nobody even thought of not allowing the user to swap it out.

    Looks to me like this is a deliberate, sanctioned leak in response to the Air. Looks like solid state drives are becomming mainstream. Getting rid of the mechanical components from the board is going to make it much easier to do thin.

    I suspect that the actual battery life is 3 hours and 6 with the extended battery pack, my T43 still does that reliably with two year old battery packs.

  • Figures (Score:5, Interesting)

    by nightfire-unique ( 253895 ) on Sunday January 20, 2008 @04:45PM (#22119474)

    Why is it every time you buy a new piece of hardware, the next day something cooler is announced? :)

    I've owned various thinkpads since '98, and they have never let me down. I'm currently running a t21 (850mhz, 14.1" 1400x1050, 512mb) that's suffering from case fatigue. I bought it almost 7 years ago, and it's been running the same Debian/sid install the entire time. I use it for at least 6-8 hours a day (home machine) in all kinds of awkward positions (laying down, on the easy chair, etc)... it's travelled around the world, and to many a datacenter.

    I did have to deal with IBM service once. At one point in 2003, I sent it to IBM (their cost) with what I believed to be a bad hard disk (I/O errors). After they ripped it open, they told that I'd spilled coffee in it.... I was quite upset at this as I didn't believe them, so they sent me pictures. At some point, probably while it was on the floor (I really abuse my machines), I must have kicked over a mostly empty cup of coffee or something.

    After apologizing to them in a phone call, they explained to me that they didn't find anything immediately wrong with it at that point (it was booting), except the coffee spill. I told them about the I/O errors, and they ran a thorough scan, confirming the problem. Because the coffee was unlikely to have caused a disk failure, they offered to replace the drive, but after doing so, found that the problem persisted. It was the controller (or connector)... and, to my astonishment, I received an email later that day along the lines of: "Sir, we just need to get you back up and running. You're a long-time valued customer, so we're going to replace whatever parts need to be replaced."

    3 days later, an express shipped package arrived with what used to be my laptop - 90% of the components had been replaced (except, amazingly, the original hard drive, which was fine). I was floored, and wrote a quick thank you note to the CSR's boss.

    Here I am, 5 years later, with the same machine chugging away. I can't even hazard a guess to how many hours it has on it. It's starting to make funny noises, and 850mhz just ain't cuttin it anymore. :) Time for a new box.

    While I did take a good look at various others (dell, hp, acer) - some of which less than half the price - I eventually settled on a refurbished t43p (2.13ghz, 2gb ram, 1400x1050). I want the trackpoint, and 3 mouse buttons. I want the rigid case. I want the support (we'll see how Lenovo does) and I want the well tested, mature components (particularly for Linux). Can't wait!

  • by Anonymous Coward on Sunday January 20, 2008 @04:51PM (#22119528)
    Is about obama, only hillary astroturfers.
  • by EVil Lawyer ( 947367 ) on Sunday January 20, 2008 @05:08PM (#22119700)
    All I need to know: It's got the trackpoint! That means I want it. But moreso, that means it's likely to be pretty Thinkpad-y.
  • Re:FunctionForm (Score:3, Interesting)

    by TheRaven64 ( 641858 ) on Sunday January 20, 2008 @05:26PM (#22119846) Journal
    I really have trouble working out what market segment the Air is aiming for. It's small, but the size shrink is not that significant. I have to carry my current laptop in a bag, and the Air would also need to be carried in a bag. Sure, it's slightly lighter, but that's it. Shrink it to the size where I can fit it in my pocket and then we'll talk - I currently use a Nokia 770 (stupid product name) and a ThinkOutside foldable Bluetooth keyboard for when I don't want to carry a laptop around with me. In an ideal world, I would have a 'laptop' about the size of the 770 that I could slot into a monitor when I was at my desk.
  • Re:Figures (Score:3, Interesting)

    by darjen ( 879890 ) on Sunday January 20, 2008 @05:45PM (#22120052)
    I never used to be all that big on Thinkpads until I started to work for a consulting firm that's a partner of IBM. They give all their employees Thinkpads to work on. I started off with a T43, and they recently upgraded me to a T60. I have to say, they have grown on me quite a bit since I started using them. My only gripe is the models I've had only use a 4200 rpm hard drive. My personal laptop, and Asus model purchased about 3 years ago, still has its original 7200rpm drive... makes quite a noticeable difference. I even used to think these things are ugly, but even the looks have grown on me. I'll probably be working at this place for awhile, but I might have go get me a Thinkpad for myself if I ever get a new job.
  • by TheRaven64 ( 641858 ) on Sunday January 20, 2008 @05:53PM (#22120130) Journal
    for reference, the MacBook is 123 cubic inches (1.08 x 12.78 x 8.92), making it about 30% bigger than this machine. Interestingly, it weighs twice as much, so the ThinkPad must have a lot more airspace inside.
  • by Anonymous Coward on Sunday January 20, 2008 @06:09PM (#22120284)
    Guess you don't know too many people. Some people (like me) buy a Thinkpad specifically because we find trackpads hard to use but like the Trackpoint nipple.
  • Damn right. (Score:3, Interesting)

    by goldcd ( 587052 ) on Sunday January 20, 2008 @08:21PM (#22121382) Homepage
    The appeal of the Thinkpad (to me at least) is the complete lack of any gimmicky styling. It looks like a thinkpad. My thinkpad from 5 years ago looks like a thinkpad and the one I buy in 5 years will also just look like an f'in thinkpad.
    Also I love the 'nipple' pointer. So much nicer to use than a trackpad (although mysteriously I find myself in a greater minority on this every day). If I want to move the cursor across the screen, it's easier/faster and doesn't leave me pawing away like a cat at a window.
  • Re:Behold! (Score:2, Interesting)

    by marcell ( 99473 ) on Sunday January 20, 2008 @08:33PM (#22121484) Homepage Journal
    > Can I just close my lid and have it sleep and then wake it in a couple of seconds and resume where I left off?

    works for me on t41. linux 2.6.23-rt1 with default acpi support on gentoo distribution.

    > Does Linux work on *any* current laptop out of the box (Ubuntu or Fedora)?

    on many laptops. but running 'out of the box' for many ppl is not what they want. they want to customize their box and adopt it to their needs. something very hard to understand for FUDers like you....
  • Re:FunctionForm (Score:3, Interesting)

    by NoMaster ( 142776 ) on Sunday January 20, 2008 @08:58PM (#22121652) Homepage Journal

    I really have trouble working out what market segment the Air is aiming for.
    It's easy.

    The Air isn't a notebook; it's a wireless portable screen & keyboard for your network (& limited stand-alone use). You walk in, sit down, open it up, and work on files stored on the network. It's not aiming at a market segment; it's aiming at a paradigm.

    It's a bold and interesting idea. And it's not quite there yet; at the very least Apple needs to put some work into VPN, automount, & sync support in OS X before it can fully reach its potential. I suspect the idea is eventually you'll be able to pick up the Air from your desk, head off to the local Starbucks or the airport departure lounge, open it up, and just start working as before - it'll automatically VPN to your network, connect to your shared drives, and you'll see everything exactly as you would at your desk. Hop on the plane, open it up, and you'll be working on locally stored copies of your important files - which are automatically synced back to your network once you're back in wireless range of your LAN.

    Knowing Apple, they'll never get this working seamlessly during the lifetime of this first model - but once they do, it'll Just Work. No dicking around, no reconfiguring, no fiddling with connections - just open your Air and start working.

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