updated 12:00 pm EST, Sat January 19, 2008
Lenovo X300 Leak
Lenovo is already developing a notebook that would compete directly with the MacBook Air, as claimed by a tip supplied to Gizmodo. To be known as the ThinkPad X300, the reported ultraportable would also have a 13.3-inch, LED-backlit screen in an "extremely thin" chassis that would weigh just 2.5 pounds while offering a processor with the performance of larger notebooks: a 2GHz low-voltage Core 2 Duo with an 800MHz bus. However, the system would also have advantages such as a sharper 1440x900 display resolution, optional 3G or WiMAX wide-area Internet, and an empty drive bay that can be filled with a DVD burner, ExpressCard slot, or a second battery.
The system is said to ship with a 1.8-inch 64GB solid-state drive as standard and will include both a trackpad and Lenovo's signature trackpoint stick in the middle of the keyboard; it should also have the upgradability of fuller-sized notebooks with up to 4GB of memory, three USB ports, and options for devices as varied as a GPS receiver. No release date or price has been leaked with the X300, though the portable uses current-generation mobile hardware and is likely due in the first half of the year.