Lenovo is updating the cutting edge of its ThinkPad notebook line with the X301 laptop. The Lenovo ThinkPad X301 notebook is an updated version of the ultrathin ThinkPad X300 laptop that Lenovo released earlier in 2008. The newer Lenovo ThinkPad X301 notebook will offer Intel low-volt processors. The Lenovo ThinkPad X301 will also include a solid-state drive with 128GB of data storage capacity.
The original X300 used an Intel SL 7100 processor with a clock speed of 1.2GHz and 4MB of L2 cache. These newer low-volt Intel processors are not listed on the company's Web site and Lenovo did not disclose the chips' thermal envelope. In addition to the new processors, the Lenovo X301 will support DDR3 (double data rate 3) memory, which consumes less power and is faster than standard DDR2 memory. Intel introduced DDR3 memory support when it released its Centrino 2 platform in July. The memory options are 512MB, 1GB or 2GB of RAM.
The other significant improvement to the ThinkPad X301 is its data storage capacity. While the original X300 offered a 64GB SSD, the X301 offers a choice of either an 80GB or 128GB SSD. The X301 will also have DisplayPort and VGA video ports to support multiple displays. The X300 and X301 both offer the option of an ultrathin optical DVD burner that measures 7 millimeters.
The Lenovo X301 is available Aug. 26 for a starting price of $2,599. The 128GB SSD option will be available in September.