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Lenovo's new ThinkPad Lineup

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May 8, 2007

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May 9, 2007 today announced two new ThinkPad notebooks PCs - the ThinkPad T61 14.1-inch widescreen notebook and the ThinkPad R61 14.1-inch widescreen notebook. The new ThinkPads include a new top cover roll cage designed to increase durability, an improved cooling system, enhanced wireless connectivity with Ultra Connect II and a longer battery life through its Battery Stretch control option. The ThinkPad T61 uses the Intel Centrino Pro processor while the R61 14.1-inch widescreen uses the Intel Centrino Duo processor. Lenovo also introduced the Lenovo 3000 N200 15.4-inch widescreen notebook offering top connectivity and graphics capabilities with the latest Intel Centrino Duo processor.

Engineered with a new top cover roll cage in addition to the original hard drive magnesium roll cage, the new notebooks provide rock solid reliability with top to bottom protection. The new honeycomb-designed roll cage cushions the notebook’s LCD, reinforcing the screen and helping reduce stress on the display structure and antenna. The new top cover roll cage reduces the stress on the LCD screen by 25 percent on average when the notebook is dropped compared to previous ThinkPad notebooks. Combined with features like the “air bag like” sensor of Lenovo’s Active Protection System and a shock-mounted hard drive, the new notebooks provide a high level of reliability and durability.

Improved Wireless for Road Warriors

The new ThinkPad Ultra Connect II wireless design helps reduce the effect of conductive material and LCD noise, boosting WWAN and WLAN performance and eliminating the need for external antennas. The notebooks offer several different connectivity options such as WWAN (on select ThinkPad T61 models) and WLAN with 802.11n technology, GB Ethernet LAN, Bluetooth and modem. When used with Access Connections, Ultra Connect II is designed to give road warriors an easy to manage wireless experience.

Cooler, Quieter System

Lenovo’s improved cooling system design reduces surface temperature by up to 10 percent and lowers the noise level by three decibels over previous ThinkPad notebooks.

Stretching Out PC Battery Life

Lenovo’s Battery Stretch offers 15 percent longer battery life by allowing users to select and manage options like minimizing refresh rates and disabling radios and Bluetooth options in the Power Manager ThinkVantage Technology software to maximize their battery life.

The new notebook PCs offer cutting-edge security with select models offering full-disk encryption hard drives, an integrated biometric fingerprint reader and a smart card reader. Users can also opt for Intel Turbo Memory with both notebooks and new IT management capabilities with Intel Active Management Technology in the ThinkPad T61 14.1-inch widescreen. To enhance the multimedia experience, the notebooks offer choices of Intel integrated or NVIDIA discrete graphics and a four-in-one media card reader. Users can also opt for an integrated camera with the ThinkPad R61 14.1-inch widescreen notebook.

Lenovo 3000 N200

Lenovo gives customers another smart choice for doing business with the Lenovo 3000 N200 15.4-inch widescreen notebook. With today’s always-connected environment in mind, the notebook offers WLAN with 802.11n technology, 10/100 Ethernet and Bluetooth connectivity options. Integrated fingerprint readers help individuals manage their passwords and information. And to help lower the total cost of PC ownership, Lenovo Care Tools help manage IT tasks with automatic updates, one-button system recovery and simple network connectivity.

Choices of Intel integrated graphics or NVIDIA discrete graphics combined with options like an integrated camera and microphone, a five-in-one multicard reader and Vibrant View display add up to an excellent multimedia experience.

The ThinkPad T61 and R61 14.1-inch notebooks start at approximately US$1,399 and US$1,249, respectively, and will be available in mid-May.

The Lenovo 3000 N200 15.4-inch widescreen notebook starts at approximately US$1,099 and will be available at the end of May.

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