Lenovo Thinkpad X240 Ultrabook Launched. Details and Specs.

Posted on 03 September 2013 by

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Lenovo launched five new Thinkpads today. We’re taking a closer look at each one in turn. First-up is what we consider to be the one that embraces what we love about Ultrabooks. High mobility, long battery life and lots of technology that helps to ‘get things done.’ The Lenovo Thinkpad X240 will replace the X230 and offer Ultrabook builds on the 15W TDP Haswell processors.

The Lenovo Thinkpad X240 has been re-designed to replace the X230 and includes a smaller screen bezel, a larger trackpad and a hot-swap battery feature called power-bridge which, like the Panasonic AX, allows swapping of a replaceable battery while the internal battery takes the load. External batteries will be offered in various sizes up to an impressive 72Wh.

The X240 will have CPU and panel options that go outside the current Ultrabook standards (a confusing Ultrabook line-up that Dell has also achieved with the 7000 series) but as always, if you’re in the right country or buying the right quantity, you’ll probably find the combination that suits you. A full-HD panel is available, by the way.

As for storage, it’s not clear if all the HDD options (up to 1TB) are SSD-boosted. A One-Link dock connector is included, as on all the new Thinkpads. Backlit keyboard included.

Weight: Under 3lbs. Thickness, 20.3mm.

A closer look at the trackpad shows a big change in the button design. Lovers of the Trackpoint hardware buttons could be disappointed.


 

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Ports visible on the press images are:

  • VGA port
  • DisplayPort
  • USB 3.0 (x2)
  • Smart Card Reader
  • Ethernet
  • SIM Card slot
  • Docking Port
  • Fingerprint reader

Not visible on any images are an SD card slot although this is said to be one an external dock along with the HDMI port. This could be a problem for some. (source: PCPer)

The ThinkPad X240 is available starting end of October priced from $1099.

Overall, the move to Haswell is going to be interesting for anyone looking for a new business-level ultraportable. The Full-HD panel on a 12.5-incher could be productivity-boosting for some too. We’ll get some hands-on with this at IFA next week and bring you more information and confirm the details on the docked ports. Until then, what do you think?

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  • Ross

    Well, looks like I’ll be looking at the Dell Latitudes more closely now.

    • http://ultrabooknews.com Steve Chippy Paine

      Due to buttonless trackpad?

  • http://www.quinnstone.com Quinn

    Any mention of a x240t?

    • http://ultrabooknews.com Steve Chippy Paine

      No. Sorry.

  • Nitish

    Will the X240 has option for 16 GB RAM and user upgradable mSATA SSD?

  • Patrick

    Well I guess that it’s cheaper to upgrade the RAM yourself anyway… I put 16GB on my X230.

    Removing the trackpad hardware buttons is a stupid move though, as removing one USB port !

    I hope that the batteries are still compatible.

    They also could have moved the Ctrl button in the corner !

    Power-bridge is a great idea.

  • Patrick

    Oh I just noticed that you can’t put the slim batterie underside anymore !!! what a pity…

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  • http://www.thinkpady.pl/lenovo-thinkpad/nowy-lenovo-thinkpad-x240/ Robert

    That’s a solid proposition but I know old school users might be getting irritated by the changes in design, CPU architecture and the trackpad. I think Lenovo needs to resist the pull of the oldschoolers and essentially move into a more innovative territory. X240 looks, feels and works just fine for its price range and application.

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