A few month's ago, I speculated on the release of a new "retro" ThinkPad as Lenovo was edging towards the 25th anniversary of this iconic device. Well, that device has been released. At an event celebrating the 25th anniversary of the ThinkPad held in Japan at Yamato labs - the birthplace of the ThinkPad - the ThinkPad Anniversary 25 was revealed.
This limited edition ThinkPad looks like it was sent forth to the 21st century in Bill and Ted's phone-box. It brings back the multi-coloured ThinkPad logo but packs in a Core i7 processor, separate NVIDIA GeForce 940MX GPU, a 14-inch display and more RAM than the original model's disk by a massive margin.
Unfortunately, we didn't get a revisit of the butterfly keyboard that was part of the iconic IBM ThinkPad 701c - something I was hoping for when news of this new model first started appearing. But I guess the engineering effort to produce that hardware was outside the scope of what Lenovo wanted to achieve. it's a pity as I think something like that would have sold it's butt off.
The ThinkPad Anniversary Edition 25 is available in limited quantities in select countries with a price of US$1899. It will be available on lenovo.com and through business partners.