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ThinkPad celebrates 25th birthday

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IBM's ThinkPad launched 25 years ago. Lenovo released an anniversary edition.

Lenovo will release a limited-edition ThinkPad to celebrate the iconic laptop's 25th birthday, the company announced Thursday at an exclusive event at the Yamato Labs in Japan, the birthplace of ThinkPad.

"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 25 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."

Known for their minimalist, durable design, the first ThinkPad was modeled by Richard Sapper, inspired by a traditional Japanese bento box, for IBM in 1990. Lenovo acquired IBM's PC business and the ThinkPad line in 2005.

"From the original 700C to the latest X1 Series, ThinkPad has proved it can enable business transformation and offer customers uncompromised mobility," said Arimasa Naitoh, who is known as the "father of the ThinkPad." He is the former head of the Yamato Labs. "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."

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 25, 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.

IN the past 25 years, more than 130 million ThinkPads have been sold and has helped explorers reach Earth's remotest places, supported dozens of missions into space and facilitated countless businesses to grow.

"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."

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.

Pricing and Availability
ThinkPad Anniversary Edition 25 is available in limited quantities in select countries. The price will be $1,899 US, and the product will be available on Lenovo.com and through business partners.

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