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October 05, 2010 12:37 ET

18 Years Young; Lenovo Reaches Milestone of 60 Million ThinkPad Sold

ThinkPad Celebrates Almost Two Decades of Success with Launch of Latest ThinkPad

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Oct. 5, 2010) -

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Lenovo (SEHK:992)(ADR:LNVGY) today announced that sales of ThinkPad laptops will surpass 60 million this month. More than 14 ThinkPad laptops are now sold every 60 seconds, contributing to Lenovo's position as the fastest growing major PC company1. Throughout its evolution, begun 18 years ago to date, ThinkPad has recorded many ground-breaking innovation firsts like the first spill resistant keyboard and protective roll cage. To celebrate this milestone, Lenovo is elevating graphics performance by adding NVIDIA Optimus technology on ThinkPad T410, T410s and T510 laptops

Killer Graphics Performance Plus Extreme Battery Life

NVIDIA Optimus technology makes graphics automatic, instantaneous and seamless. Users no longer have to manually force switching to reduce performance and save battery life. Now they can have extended battery life and electrifying multimedia performance. By switching automatically between high performance and energy saving graphics, ThinkPad laptops with Optimus achieve up to 33 per cent longer battery life over discrete only or switchable models2. That adds up to one extra hour of battery life per charge2. ThinkPad supports Optimus technology to drive four displays via select ThinkPad docks.

Visit Lenovo's Optimus website and Lenovo Blogs for more information. 

Record of Innovation

With more than 2,000 design awards under its belt, ThinkPad has helped transform laptop computing and changed the way people use their PCs. Famous firsts include: 

  • First modern laptop to fly in space
  • First with a spill-resistant keyboard
  • First with built-in CD-ROM
  • First with built-in DVD-ROM
  • First with built-in wireless
  • First with embedded security subsystem
  • First with built-in fingerprint reader
  • First thinnest, lightest full-function 13-inch laptop
  • First dual screen mobile workstation

Historical Context

The Lenovo ThinkPad laptop has become the acknowledged gold standard in mobile computing over the past 18 years making the term ThinkPad interchangeable with the concept of Laptop PCs.

To put that long history in context, when ThinkPad was launched Roberta Bondar became the first Canadian woman in space, Prime Minister Brian Mulroney had just signed the North American Free Trade Agreement, the Toronto Blue Jays were World Series Champions, the Ottawa Senators became a newly minted NHL franchise, Canadian Michael Ondaatje's The English Patient had won the Booker Prize and Canadians were listening to the chart topping success of the Barenaked Ladies song, "If I Had a Million Dollars".

Since that time the staying power and dominance of ThinkPad has been so enduring that if every ThinkPad sold worldwide were stacked end to end, they would cross Canada from coast to coast four times over or cross the Confederation Bridge from New Brunswick to PEI more than 1,500 times.

If stacked one on top of another it would create the equivalent of 36 CN Towers, cover the face of the Canadian side of Niagara Falls or go to the top of Canada's Mount Logan more than 3 times.


"Long recognized as a hallmark for innovation and excellence, ThinkPad has been the trusted laptop brand for business users around the world for nearly two decades," said Peter Hortensius, senior vice president, Think Product Group, Lenovo. "With Lenovo, ThinkPad has grown even stronger for quality, reliability and performance, and we'll continue to drive our commitment to innovation further as we design future ThinkPad laptops."

"As someone who has "grown up" in Canadian IT selling ThinkPads, I can tell you certain things never change. ThinkPads have always been rocksolid business tools, built on innovation and a constant need to deliver a better mobile client experience. What is changing, some 60M ThinkPad's later, is that products like the ThinkPad Edge and the X100e are allowing Lenovo to deliver that ThinkPad user experience to more and more SMB customers in Canada and around the world," says Stefan Bockhop, Director of Sales, Reseller Channel Lenovo Canada.

"The ThinkPad series definitely stands out amongst laptops and even computers in general as one of the few designs that has stood the test of time," said Syd Bolton, the founder and curator of the Personal Computer Museum. "Looking back at the various models throughout the years, it's clear to see that the original design was so good that elements of it have become in a sense timeless. While the technology has grown by leaps and bounds in the last 18 years, the core design of what makes the ThinkPad distinguished has been solid enough to be imitated and copied by others. In essence, the ThinkPad is what we think of when you picture a laptop in your mind and for many other vendors that is clearly not the case."

"New technologies like NVIDIA Optimus are making ThinkPads even smarter," said Rene Haas, general manager, Notebook Products, NVIDIA. "Never before has there been a solution that so effectively eliminates the tradeoffs between riveting graphics performance and long battery life. Visual content is the most popular and important form of data today, and we've built the NVIDIA NVS 3100M graphics processor to be the perfect processor for the task." 

Pricing and Availability3

The ThinkPad T410, T410s and T510 laptops with Nvidia Optimus technology are available immediately through business partners and www.lenovo.com. Pricing begins at approximately US$1,299 for the T410 and T510 and $1,849 for the T410s. 


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About Lenovo

Lenovo (SEHK:992)(ADR:LNVGY) is dedicated to building exceptionally engineered personal computers. Lenovo's business model is built on innovation, operational efficiency and customer satisfaction as well as a focus on investment in emerging markets. Formed by Lenovo Group's acquisition of the former IBM Personal Computing Division, the company develops, manufactures and markets reliable, high-quality, secure and easy-to-use technology products and services worldwide. Lenovo has major research centers in Yamato, Japan; Beijing, Shanghai and Shenzhen, China; and Raleigh, North Carolina. For more information see www.lenovo.com

1 Based on IDC market share for 2Q 2010 compared to Dell, HP, Acer and Apple.

2 ThinkPad T410s with Nvidia Optimus versus T410s with current Nvidia switchable graphics using 3D Mark Advantage.

3 Prices do not include tax or shipping and are subject to change without notice and is tied to specific terms and conditions. Reseller prices may vary. Price does not include all advertised features. All offers subject to availability. Lenovo reserves the right to alter product offerings and specifications at any time without notice.

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