Select models of upcoming ThinkPad T60 Series and X60 Series notebooks will feature integrated high speed wireless support for Verizon Wireless in the U.S. Models supporting the Verizon Wireless BroadbandAccess network are planned to be available in the first-half of this year. Notebooks featuring integrated WWAN antennas enable users to connect to high-speed broadband networks without separately purchased PC cards.
The ThinkPad was the first non-rugged notebook ever to integrate a 3G WWAN antenna for Verizon Wireless BroadbandAccess, which averages download speeds between 400-700 kilobytes per second (kbps). All models feature a hardware switch to manually disable the system's wireless antenna.
In order to help simplify the connectivity process, ThinkVantage Access Connections 4.1 helps mobile users set up and automatically switch from one available network connection to the next, helping reduce costly help desk calls for assistance in changing IP settings, defining default printers or accessing a wireless network. In addition to facilitating wireless peer-to-peer networking, Access Connections 4.1 supports wired, WLAN and WWAN connectivity.
With the new Intel Centrino Duo mobile technology, including the Intel Core Duo processor and the Intel Mobile 945 Express Chipset, the ThinkPad X60 Series offers increased performance with 667 MHz front side bus and 667 MHz DDR2 SDRAM. With a 37 percent power-use reduction from earlier platforms used in X Series models, the ThinkPad X60s features the longest standard battery life of any ThinkPad, allowing for up to 11 hours of computing.
The ThinkPad T60 measures an inch thin with a travel weight of 4.8 lbs, giving it newfound power and performance in a thin-and-light form factor. For mobile workers, the ThinkPad T60 Series includes a more durable system design, coupling the ThinkPad Roll Cage - an inner armor chassis - with its airbag-like Active Protection System and ThinkPad shock-mounted hard drive.
Combining Lenovo's hardware- and software-based security solution and integrated fingerprint reader, select models of the ThinkPad X60 Series and T60 Series are the most secure PCs available today. ThinkPads with integrated fingerprint readers make security simple, enabling users to access password-protected personal and financial information, web sites, documents and e-mail with a swipe of their finger while helping to protect data from unauthorized access. The integrated fingerprint reader is part of a broad set of security tools offered by Lenovo on select systems that include Client Security Solution 6.0 software and an embedded security chip. In December, Lenovo sold its 1,000,000th ThinkPad with integrated fingerprint reader, making the company the largest provider of biometric-enabled PCs in the world.
The ThinkPad T60 Series and X60 Series can be purchased beginning today on www.lenovo.com, with availability beginning in February. Lenovo personal computers are also available through select business partners. Prices for the ThinkPad T60 Series start at $2049. Prices for the ThinkPad X60 Series start at $1899.