Happy 25th Birthday ThinkPad!

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Lenovo Celebrates a Quarter Century of the Iconic Laptop with the
Limited-Edition ThinkPad Anniversary Edition 25

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. & YOKOHAMA, Japan–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Lenovo
(SEHK:0992) (Pink Sheets:LNVGY) today proudly announced, at an exclusive
event at the Yamato Labs in Japan, the birthplace of ThinkPad, a
limited-edition model to celebrate twenty-five years of design and
engineering innovation. The ThinkPad Anniversary Edition 25 is a modern
incarnation of the classic design and includes iconic “retro” features
such as a backlit 7-row ThinkPad Classic keyboard, dedicated volume
buttons, multiple status LEDs and a multicolor logo.


The design concept launched on June 25th 2015 using social
media as a method to gather feedback and preferences from ThinkPad fans
and loyalists from around the world. In addition to the classic
features, the ThinkPad Anniversary Edition 25 is a thoroughly modern
laptop. Powered by an Intel® Core™ i7-7500U processor with discrete
NVIDIA GeForce 940MX graphics and a 14-inch full HD display with touch,
the ThinkPad “Retro” performance is a far cry from the
original 700C.

25 Years of Uncompromised Innovation

Designed by Richard Sapper and engineered in the Yamato Labs in Japan,
the original ThinkPad 700C announced on October 5th 1992.
Inspired by the traditional Japanese bento box, the 700C was the start
of an amazing journey. In the space of a couple of months, it won more
than three hundred awards and became a status symbol for presidents and
CEO’s.

130 million unit sales later, ThinkPad is an icon in the IT industry. It
has helped explorers reach Earth’s remotest places, supported dozens of
missions into space and facilitated countless businesses to grow. In
fact, we have looked back over the years and collected a number
of stories
where ThinkPad has changed the world. So, what makes
ThinkPad so special?

“ThinkPad design creates a powerful and synergistic relationship between
form and function. It balances sophisticated aesthetics, thoughtfully
crafted user experiences and renowned engineering in order to deliver
superior products,” said David Hill, former Chief Design Officer,
Lenovo. “25 years after the introduction of the original 700C, the
latest X1 Carbon is immediately recognizable as a ThinkPad.”

ThinkPad at 50 – What Next?

As technology has advanced with exponential speed, the designers and
engineers behind ThinkPad have remained purpose-driven in their quest to
continually reimagine mobile computing while preserving the original
concept. From the ThinkPad 701C with the “butterfly” keyboard to the
2-in-1 convertible X1 Yoga with “rise and fall” keyboard, the relentless
quest for perfection has made ThinkPad the number one business laptop of
all time. Over the next twenty-five years, ThinkPad will continue to
develop, innovate and deliver the technologies of tomorrow. Arimasa
Naitoh, former head of the Yamato Labs and affectionately known as the
father of ThinkPad, firmly believes that the future is in safe hands.

“From the original 700C to the latest X1 Series, ThinkPad has proved it
can enable business transformation and offer customers uncompromised
mobility,” he says. “Our team of engineers imagine a future world where
ThinkPad creates new segments and further enrichens user experiences as
technology becomes more embedded in our lives.”

Quotes

“ThinkPad has helped revolutionize how we do things. Business,
education, healthcare, supply chain, transportation and finance are just
a few segments that have been transformed by mobile computing over the
past twenty-five years,” said Gianfranco Lanci, president and COO,
Lenovo. “The next twenty-five years are an opportunity for new
generations to discover the wonders of ThinkPad. As long as there are
customer pain points, there will be a ThinkPad to fix them.”

“Our collaboration with Lenovo has driven true mobile PC innovation and
transformed how businesses get things done,” said Jim Johnson, vice
president of the Client Computing Group and general manager of the
Client Customer Engineering Group at Intel Corporation. “From the 1992
ThinkPad 700C to today’s ultralight, connect-anywhere X1 series 2in1s,
we continue to push boundaries together for commercial-class
performance, security and manageability that empowers the modern
workforce.”

“It has been a privilege to partner with the ThinkPad team to evolve
mobile computing from the first ThinkPad notebook computers running
Windows 3.1 to the latest ThinkPad X1 Yoga that lights up modern
experiences in Windows 10,” said Peter Han, Vice President, Partner
Devices and Solutions, Microsoft. “We look forward to our continued
collaboration with Lenovo to deliver new experiences such as mixed
reality and AI that will help ThinkPad users achieve even more.”

Pricing and Availability:

ThinkPad Anniversary Edition 25 is available in limited quantities in
select countries.

The price will be $1899, and the product will be available on Lenovo.com
and through business partners.

About Lenovo

Lenovo (SEHK:0992) (Pink Sheets:LNVGY) is a $43 billion global Fortune
500 company and a leader in providing innovative consumer, commercial,
and data center technology. Our portfolio of high-quality, secure
products and services covers PCs (including the legendary Think and
multimode YOGA brands), workstations, servers, storage, networking,
software (including ThinkSystem and ThinkAgile) solutions, smart TVs and
a family of mobile products like smartphones (including the Motorola
brand), tablets and apps. Join us on LinkedIn,
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Twitter (@Lenovo)
or visit us at www.lenovo.com.

Contacts

Press
Lenovo
Adrian Horne, +33 6 88219861
adrianhorne@lenovo.com

 


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