Lenovo is celebrating 30 years of ThinkPad, its award-winning notebook brand that has consistently pushed the boundaries of what’s possible in mobile computing since the launch of the very first ThinkPad in 1992. Three decades after the vast An ever-changing technology landscape, the ThinkPad’s legacy of innovation lives on as it sets new industry standards for business mobility and productivity year after year. With 200 million units sold and ranked as the #1 business laptop of all time, the Lenovo ThinkPad has stood the test of time as it balances a sophisticated and iconic look while prioritizing reliability, durability, productivity and the user experience people expect. of this iconic brand.
“Whatever model you have, it will do what you need, when you need it, and where you need it, with no fuss or fanfare,” writes Jerry Paradise, vice president of global commercial portfolio management. and products at Lenovo.
Each model and each new innovation is linked to the main objective of the ThinkPad: to meet the specific challenges of users in a simple and effective way and to open up new ways of working. By consistently achieving these goals, customers remain strong supporters of the ThinkPad brand.
Groundbreaking firsts forge a leading global brand
From the start, the ThinkPad has consistently pushed the boundaries of what’s possible.
The 1992 ThinkPad model was the first laptop computer with a thin-film transistor display, which offered a full range of colors and tints. In a short time, it has won hundreds of awards and attracted the attention of companies. Since then, the evolution of the ThinkPad product has spawned a series of historic firsts:
In 1993, it was the first laptop to fly into space with NASA.
In 1994, it was the first portable computer with an integrated CD-ROM.
In 1995 he came up with the transformative butterfly keyboard design.
In 1997 it was the first laptop with an integrated DVD-ROM.
In 2000, the I-Series was the first personal computer with built-in Wi-Fi.
In 2001, it was the first portable computer with integrated security.
In 2004, it was the first laptop with fingerprint readers.
In 2008, it was the world’s lightest full-featured 13-inch laptop.
In 2020, it was the world’s first foldable PC.
These innovations and the subsequent popularity of the ThinkPad have earned Lenovo a reputation for designing sensible, durable, and reliable products.
Lenovo has also seen growth, with revenue of over $71 billion in fiscal year 2021/2022, making it one of the world’s leading technology companies.
ThinkPad’s legacy in North Carolina
The remarkable success of the ThinkPad from 1992 to today is the result of a tight-knit community involving designers and engineers, partners and suppliers – many of whom have collaborated since the ThinkPad’s debut here in North Carolina.
Early ThinkPad models were assembled at Lenovo’s Whitsett site. Today, much of ThinkPad innovation and design takes place right here at Lenovo’s Morrisville headquarters, which has been Lenovo’s home since 2005.
“With innovation at the heart of everything we do, a dynamic and skilled workforce that can collaborate is critically important. The Triangle’s longstanding cultural spirit of collaboration and innovation, coupled with North Carolina’s outstanding higher education institutions, has made Morrisville an ideal hub for Lenovo,” said Vlad Rozanovich, President of Lenovo. North America.
The next 30 years of ThinkPad
The latest ThinkPad models reinforce Lenovo’s strategy to deliver smarter technology for everyone by delivering PC technology that brings real value to today’s users.
Focused on improving the core features that fuel hybrid working, the latest laptops offer enhancements including Dolby Voice® and FHD cameras for video conferencing, plus enhanced Wi-Fi connectivity and a variety of battery on select models for the best choice between lightweight mobility and the flexibility of extended battery life.
In honor of the ThinkPad’s 30th anniversary, Lenovo is offering the ThinkPad X1 Carbon 30th Anniversary Edition Laptop in limited quantities. A small number of special edition numbered units are still available.
The woven carbon fiber top cover features the retro ThinkPad logo in red, green, and blue. A commemorative 30th anniversary engraving sits below the keyboard, and the right hinge cap contains each unit’s unique serial number.
Intel’s new 12th Gen Intel Core i7-1270P vPro processor, improved display and sharper webcam increase productivity and user experience. When it comes to power and features, PC Magazine recently named the ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 10 as “the best laptop in the world.”
The Special Edition packaging is 100% compostable and reflects Lenovo’s ongoing commitment to sustainability, which will continue to be a guiding principle for the brand.
The latest ThinkPad models feature more sustainable materials such as recycled aluminum and vegan leather, and post-consumer recycled plastic, as well as renewable packaging made from bamboo and sugar cane. The ThinkPad Z series includes durable materials in product and packaging without compromising durability or performance.
As Lenovo continues to unleash even more of the potential of ThinkPad, the company is applying many of the lessons learned over its 30 years of success to pioneer the emerging territories of the tech world. The company unveiled many cutting-edge innovations at Tech World 2022, including rollable smartphones and laptops. Luca Rossi, president of Lenovo Intelligent Devices Group, presented proof-of-concepts for these products on Lenovo’s YouTube channel.
“I think form factor innovation is a very dynamic space, and you’ll continue to see innovation from Lenovo here,” Rossi said in the YouTube video.
From meetings at the United Nations and around the world from Morrisville to outer space, the ThinkPad has established itself as a dominant and innovative presence in technology. And, as Paradise noted in its anniversary tribute to the ThinkPad, the driving force was simply the customer. The ThinkPad recognizes and responds to user needs. It was the basis, and it is the driving force between continuous innovation.
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