The ThinkPad X200 Tablet finally brings the wide-screen format to Lenovo's tablet line, with a 12.1-inch display and up to WXGA resolution. Buyers can opt for an LED-backlit option that not only reduces the tablet's weight but should also make for better visibility outdoors. Lenovo also lets you choose between a passive touch-screen that lets you use your finger to navigate menus or an active digitizer that only accepts input from the included stylus.
Another key enhancement with the X200 Tablet is a bi-directional display swivel, meaning you can twist the screen in either direction to convert the laptop into a tablet. This seems like a minor feature, but we always appreciate not having to remember which way the screen turns every time we want to switch modes. We also appreciate that, like the X-series laptop, the X200 Tablet incorporates the same broad ThinkPad keyboard found on Lenovo's 14- and 15-inch models.
With a starting weight of 3.6 pounds, the X200 Tablet is still rather portable, if not exactly designed for taking handwritten notes on the run, clipboard-style. And it incorporates all the top-of-the-line features that have become a ThinkPad hallmark: Intel Core 2 Duo processors (the low-voltage variety), an integrated Webcam and dual-array microphone, a 128GB solid-state drive option, and connectivity options that include WWAN, GPS, and (later this year) WiMax.
Also on display Thursday evening: the ThinkPad X200s, a lighter version of the CNET Editors' Choice-winning X200. Though it shares many of the same features as its larger sibling, the X200s includes a new top cover roll cage made of carbon and glass fiber that helps bring the system weight down to a highly portable 2.4 pounds. The 12.1-inch screen is available in resolutions up to 1,440x900; the case can be stocked with the full range of hard drive and solid-state drive options as well as a variety of low-voltage and ultra-low-voltage Core 2 Duo processors. Those power-efficient processors, the company claims, will achieve a maximum battery life of nearly 13 hours.
The ThinkPad X200s starts at $2,242 and will be available this month; expect to see the ThinkPad X200 Tablet, which starts at $2,323, in October.