Finally It's the time for Thinkpad 6x series to go since it has been out for a few years now. Yes, the newcoming Thinkpad is still Thinkpad--you know that its design will rather be evolution than revolution and IdeaPad will still follow the same old design. What you are likely to get now is
X200 will be the successor of X61 with 0.8" think design likely to be the same footprint as X300 and more interestingly it will start at $1,199 with 11.6" by 8.3" by 0.73"-0.8" & only 2.93 lbs. I can't wait to see X200 Tablet here.
SL series will debut for small business section; from SL300 (13.3"), SL400 (14"), and SL500 (15"); $699-$1199 price range; HDMI, Blu-ray, 3G, and WiMAX as optional. I guess this would be in the same market as Dell Vostro series.
W series is another new series here separating form T series with an ability to switch back and forth between ATi Mobility FireGL and integrated one.
T400 and T500 will replace T61, similarly to W series w/o switchable graphic card.
R400 & R500 will be the budget series as same as R is.
For IdeaPad, there will be 4 new models as well. Quite a lot for Lenovo, huh?
U330 will be a bigger sibling of fabulous U110 with a little over 4 lbs and switchable graphic cards. Quite interesting really.
Y-series will unleash Y430, Y530 and Y730 as 14", 15" and 17" model respectively
They all are based on Intel Centrino 2 platform (aka. Montevina) which will utilize 1066 MT/s FSB and better RAM than DDR2-667 that we all have in Santa Rosa platform--that includes DDR2-800, DDR3-800, DDR3-1066, and DDR3-1333. It also will support DisplayPort--new digital display interface--along with full supplemental support of HDMI, DVI, and VGA standards and mini-PCIe adapter as well. For integrated graphic card, it will be X4500. We will see how this compete with AMD Puma platform. I bet Intel will win over everything but graphic card, which might be the most important factor. Stay tuned.