Lenovo upgrades its ThinkPad X300 ultra-portable

When Apple launched its MacBook Air 13.3” ultra-portable notebook earlier this year, it took the computing world by storm. The notebook didn’t impress people with high-end specifications or an overabundance of features or connectivity options – most were dazzled by the notebook’s sleek aluminum design/construction and slim profile.

Unbeknownst to most people, Lenovo was working on its own thin, lightweight ultra-portable of its own which it was aiming at the business sector (and comically at Apple’s MacBook Air). The Lenovo ThinkPad X300 launched in mid-February with a 1.2GHz Core 2 Duo processor, 13.3” LED-backlit display, 64GB solid state drive (SSD), optional built-in optical drive, and optional WWAN.

Lenovo is now ready to give its ThinkPad X300 a makeover in the form of the new ThinkPad 301. While the original ThinkPad X300 featured an ULV 1.2GHz Intel Core 2 Duo SL7100 processor, the new ThinkPad X301 will come equipped with either an ULV Intel Core 2 Duo U9300 (1.2GHz) or U9400 (1.4GHz) processor. Lenovo is also adding support for DDR3 memory.

The 64GB SSD remains standard equipment for storage duties, but an optional 128GB SSD is now on the options sheet for those that require more space. The ThinkPad X301 also supports DisplayPort and models coming later this year will also take advantage of WiMAX.

"Lenovo continues to push the technology envelope by giving road warriors the latest enhancements in solid state drive storage and digital display technologies with the new ThinkPad X301 notebook PC," said Sam Dusi, vice president, worldwide notebook product marketing for Lenovo. "This announcement extends our commitment to blending ultraportability and functionality, and equipping today’s business users with the most advanced, highest-performing computing tools."

The Lenovo ThinkPad X301 will start at $2,599 when it launches on August 26.

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