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[Anand]Lenovo X1 Leaked: Sandy Bridge Gets Thin

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My god look at that thing, Could do with a new 13" UP and this has my interests.

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While not quite as thin as the much hailed MBA, the X1 packs impressive specifications, especially for a device targeted at those of us used to sacrificing performance for lightweight. Headlining the device is a 2.5GHz Core i5-2520M CPU, the same processor as can be found in the 34.6 mm thick X220. Let me say that again, Lenovo managed to grow the screen and pack the same processor into a device one third less thick. A 13.3" 1366 x 768 Gorilla Glass screen, 160GB SSD, 8GB of RAM, an SDXC card reader and the excellent keyboard and build quality we've come to expect from the ThinkPad line round out the specifications. But that's not all.
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While this is good an all, the market is rather niche still.

I wonder why Lenovo can't focus their efforts on to a well built, $500-700 laptop instead of these niche items and $1000 ThinkPads
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I would be scared of snapping that thing in half just holding it.
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I hope they don't disable turbo mode like apple did.
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While this is good an all, the market is rather niche still.

I wonder why Lenovo can't focus their efforts on to a well built, $500-700 laptop instead of these niche items and $1000 ThinkPads
These are probably very well built, and like all their products, a joy to work on.

They already have an excellent notebook in the X120e in the sub $500 catagory, and the T420 at $800ish.
    
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These are probably very well built, and like all their products, a joy to work on.

They already have an excellent notebook in the X120e in the sub $500 catagory, and the T420 at $800ish.
I'm not doubting the build quality.

The X120e is based on the E-240 which was a horrible choice for them. The E-350 (in today's computing environment) offers a much better value for the dollar. A long with a better performance per dollar ratio.

Like I said, $500-700; they just chug out the same flimsy, plasticy, ill built machines that everyone else does at that price range.
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I think Lenovo's done a great job taking over the notebook business from IBM and expanding it. They've improved upon the Thinkpad line (core business) and made it much more accessible price wise while maintaining build quality. I think that's smart because Thinkpad is their core business, and that's where they ought to focus on.

They've expanded their market in recent years, going into lower end markets and niche markets like the 13" ultra-thin ultraportable space. But I think they should take their time and improve one area at a time, without compromising their core business which is the Thinkpad line.

Plus, at the bottom range, I don't know how much margin there is for them to improve the quality of components and still make enough profit.
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