ThinkPad History

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Here is an overview of the history of the ThinkPad mobile computers.

IBM has a webpage on the history of the ThinkPad here: http://www.pc.ibm.com/ca/thinkpad/anniversary/history.html

Contents

IBM ThinkPad

ThinkPads sorted by time of appearance
ThinkPad model release year special characteristics
1992
700T Apr 1992 TouchScreen TabletPC
300 Oct 1992
700, 700C Oct 1992 MCA
1993
710T Mar 1993 TouchScreen TabletPC
720, 720C May 1993 MCA
350, 350C June 1993
500 June 1993
750, 750C Sep 1993 UltraBay
750P Sep 1993 UltraBay TouchScreen TabletPC/Notebook-Morphable
750Cs Nov 1993 UltraBay
220  ??? 1993 SubNotebook
550BJ  ??? 1993 Integrated Printer
1994
360, 360Cs May 1994 UltraBay
730T May 1994 TouchScreen TabletPC
230Cs June 1994 SubNotebook
355, 355C, 355Cs June 1994 UltraBay
360C June 1994 UltraBay
360P, 360PE June 1994 UltraBay TouchScreen TabletPC/Notebook-Morphable
510Cs June 1994
755C, 755Cs June 1994 UltraBay
360CE, 360CSE Oct 1994 UltraBay
755CD Oct 1994 UltraBay First ThinkPad with integrated CD-ROM drive and IrDA
755CE, 755CSE Nov 1994 UltraBay
1995
701C, 701CS Mar 1995 TrackWrite SubNotebook
360CE Apr 1995 UltraBay
370C May 1995 UltraBay
755CX May 1995 UltraBay
755CV May 1995 UltraBay Display can be used with overhead projectors
755CDV June 1995 UltraBay Display can be used with overhead projectors
820, 850 July 1995 PowerPC driven
PC110 Sep 1995 PalmTop - The smallest and cutest "ThinkPad" ever (Japan only)
730TE Oct 1995 TouchScreen TabletPC, enhanced version of 730T
760C, 760CD Oct 1995 UltraBay
365C, 365CS Nov 1995
365CD, 365CSD Nov 1995
1996
760L, 760LD Feb 1996 UltraBay
365E, 365ED May 1996
365X, 365XD May 1996
560 May 1996 UltraPortable
760E, 760ED, 760EL, 760ELD May 1996 First ThinkPads with CardBus
860 Oct 1996 PowerPC driven
1997
760XL, 760XD April 1997 UltraBay
380, 380D May 1997
385D May 1997
310, 310D June 1997
560E June 1997
765L, 765D June 1997 UltraBay
380E, 380ED Sep 1997
385ED Sep 1997
770 Oct 1997 UltraBay II First ThinkPad with integrated DVD-ROM drive
310E, 310ED Nov 1997
1998
380XD Mar 1998
385XD Mar 1998
560X Mar 1998 UltraPortable
600 Apr 1998 UltraSlimBay
770E, 770ED Apr 1998 UltraBay II
380Z Sep 1998 UltraBay
560Z Sep 1998 UltraPortable
770X Oct 1998 UltraBay II
390 Nov 1998 UltraBay FX
600E Nov 1998 UltraSlimBay Enhanced version of 600
i Series 1410, i Series 1450 Nov 1998 Easy Launch Buttons
1999
i Series 1411, i Series 1451 Jan 1999 Easy Launch Buttons
770Z Feb 1999 UltraBay II
390E Mar 1999 UltraBay FX
570 Apr 1999 UltraBase UltraPortable
240 June 1999 SubNotebook
i Series 1412, i Series 1452, i Series 1472 June 1999 Easy Launch Buttons
i Series 1512, i Series 1552 July 1999 Easy Launch Buttons
i Series 1720, i Series 1721 July 1999 UltraBay FX
i Series 1400 Aug 1999 ThinkLight Easy Launch Buttons First ThinkPad with integrated keyboard light
390X Sep 1999 UltraBay FX
i Series 1420 Oct 1999 Easy Launch Buttons
i Series 1460, i Series 1480 Oct 1999 ThinkLight Easy Launch Buttons
i Series 1540, i Series 1560 Oct 1999 Easy Launch Buttons
600X Dec 1999 UltraSlimBay Enhanced version of 600E
2000
i Series 1421, i Series 1441 Jan 2000 Easy Launch Buttons
i Series 1541 Jan 2000 Easy Launch Buttons
570E Feb 2000 UltraBase UltraPortable
i Series 1422, i Series 1442, i Series 1482,
i Series 1483, i Series 1492
Mar 2000 Easy Launch Buttons
i Series 1542, i Series 1562, i Series 1592 April 2000 Easy Launch Buttons
A20m May 2000 ThinkLight UltraBay 2000 ThinkPad Button
A20p May 2000 ThinkLight UltraBay 2000 ThinkPad Button UltraPort]
T20 May 2000 ThinkLight UltraBay 2000 ThinkPad Button UltraPort
240X June 2000
i Series 1210, i Series 1230,
i Series 1250, i Series 1260
June 2000
i Series 1330, i Series 1370 June 2000 Easy Launch Buttons
i Series 1200, i Series 1300 Sep 2000 Easy Launch Buttons
X20 Sep 2000 ThinkLight UltraBase X2 ThinkPad Button UltraPort UltraPortable
A21m Sep 2000 ThinkLight UltraBay 2000 ThinkPad Button
A21p Sep 2000 ThinkLight UltraBay 2000 ThinkPad Button UltraPort
A21e Oct 2000 ThinkLight UltraBay 2000 ThinkPad Button
T21 Oct 2000 ThinkLight UltraBay 2000 ThinkPad Button UltraPort
2001
TransNote Feb 2001 ThinkPad Button TouchScreen ThinkScribe IBMs innovative approach on Human Interaction
T22 Mar 2001 ThinkLight UltraBay 2000 ThinkPad Button UltraPort
A22m Apr 2001 ThinkLight UltraBay 2000 ThinkPad Button
A22p Apr 2001 ThinkLight UltraBay 2000 ThinkPad Button UltraPort
X21 Apr 2001 ThinkLight UltraBase X2 ThinkPad Button UltraPort UltraPortable
S30 May 2001 ThinkLight UltraPort Easy Launch Buttons Integrated Wireless Adapter
A22e June 2001 ThinkLight UltraBay 2000 ThinkPad Button
T23 July 2001 ThinkLight UltraBay Plus Embedded Security Subsystem ThinkPad Button UltraPort Integrated Wireless Adapter
A30 Oct 2001 ThinkLight UltraBay Plus UltraBay 2000 Access IBM Button Web Navigation Keys Browser Keys Integrated Wireless Adapter
A30p Oct 2001 ThinkLight UltraBay Plus UltraBay 2000 Access IBM Button Web Navigation Keys Browser Keys UltraPort Integrated Bluetooth Adapter Integrated Wireless Adapter
R30 Oct 2001 ThinkLight UltraBay Plus Access IBM Button Browser Keys Integrated Wireless Adapter
X22 Oct 2001 ThinkLight UltraBase X2 Embedded Security Subsystem ThinkPad Button UltraPort Integrated Wireless Adapter UltraPortable
iSeries s31 Nov 2001 ThinkLight Easy Launch Buttons UltraPort Integrated Wireless Adapter
2002
X23 Jan 2002 ThinkLight UltraBase X2 Embedded Security Subsystem ThinkPad Button UltraPort Integrated Wireless Adapter Integrated Bluetooth Adapter UltraPortable
R31 Feb 2002 ThinkLight UltraBay Plus Embedded Security Subsystem Access IBM Button Browser Keys Integrated Wireless Adapter
A31 Mar 2002 ThinkLight UltraBay Plus UltraBay 2000 Access IBM Button Web Navigation Keys Browser Keys Integrated Wireless Adapter
A31p Mar 2002 ThinkLight UltraBay Plus UltraBay 2000 Access IBM Button Web Navigation Keys Browser Keys UltraPort Integrated Bluetooth Adapter Integrated Wireless Adapter
T30 May 2002 ThinkLight UltraBay Plus Embedded Security Subsystem Access IBM Button UltraNav Browser Keys Integrated Wireless Adapter Integrated Bluetooth Adapter Last ThinkPad with (integrated) Serial Port
X24 May 2002 ThinkLight UltraBase X2 Embedded Security Subsystem ThinkPad Button UltraPort Integrated Wireless Adapter Integrated Bluetooth Adapter UltraPortable
R32 June 2002 ThinkLight UltraBay Plus Embedded Security Subsystem Access IBM Button Browser Keys Integrated Wireless Adapter
X30 Sep 2002 ThinkLight UltraBase X3 Embedded Security Subsystem Access IBM Button Browser Keys Integrated Wireless Adapter UltraPortable
2003
R40 Jan 2003 ThinkLight UltraBay Plus Embedded Security Subsystem Access IBM Button Predesktop Area UltraNav Browser Keys Integrated Wireless Adapter
T40, T40p Mar 2003 ThinkLight UltraBay Slim Embedded Security Subsystem Access IBM Button Predesktop Area UltraNav Browser Keys Integrated Wireless Adapter Integrated Bluetooth Adapter
X31 Mar 2003 ThinkLight UltraBase X3 Embedded Security Subsystem Access IBM Button Predesktop Area Browser Keys Integrated Wireless Adapter Integrated Bluetooth Adapter UltraPortable
G40 Apr 2003 Access IBM Button Browser Keys Integrated Wireless Adapter
R40e Oct 2003 ThinkLight UltraBay Plus Access IBM Button Predesktop Area Browser Keys Integrated Wireless Adapter
R50 Oct 2003 ThinkLight UltraBay Enhanced Embedded Security Subsystem Active Protection System Access IBM Button Predesktop Area UltraNav Browser Keys Integrated Wireless Adapter
T41 Oct 2003 ThinkLight UltraBay Slim Embedded Security Subsystem Active Protection System Access IBM Button Predesktop Area UltraNav Browser Keys Integrated Wireless Adapter Integrated Bluetooth Adapter First ThinkPad with HDD protection system
T41p Nov 2003 ThinkLight UltraBay Slim Embedded Security Subsystem Active Protection System Access IBM Button Predesktop Area UltraNav Browser Keys Integrated Wireless Adapter Integrated Bluetooth Adapter
R50p Nov 2003 ThinkLight UltraBay Enhanced Embedded Security Subsystem Active Protection System Access IBM Button Predesktop Area UltraNav Browser Keys Integrated Wireless Adapter Integrated Bluetooth Adapter
2004
X40 Feb 2004 ThinkLight UltraBase X4 Embedded Security Subsystem Active Protection System Access IBM Button Predesktop Area Browser Keys Integrated Wireless Adapter Integrated Bluetooth Adapter UltraPortable
R50e Apr 2004 ThinkLight UltraBay Slim Access IBM Button Predesktop Area Browser Keys Integrated Wireless Adapter
R51 Apr 2004 ThinkLight UltraBay Enhanced Embedded Security Subsystem Active Protection System Access IBM Button Predesktop Area UltraNav Browser Keys Integrated Wireless Adapter Integrated Bluetooth Adapter
T42, T42p May 2004 ThinkLight UltraBay Slim Embedded Security Subsystem Active Protection System Access IBM Button Predesktop Area UltraNav Browser Keys Integrated Wireless Adapter Integrated Bluetooth Adapter Integrated Fingerprint Reader
G41 Oct 2004 Access IBM Button Browser Keys Integrated Wireless Adapter
2005
T43 Feb 2005 ThinkLight UltraBay Slim Embedded Security Subsystem Active Protection System Access IBM Button Predesktop Area UltraNav Browser Keys Integrated Wireless Adapter Integrated Bluetooth Adapter Integrated Fingerprint Reader First PAE-enabled CPU
R52 Mar 2005 ThinkLight UltraBay Enhanced Embedded Security Subsystem Active Protection System Access IBM Button Predesktop Area UltraNav Browser Keys Integrated Wireless Adapter Integrated Bluetooth Adapter
T43p Apr 2005 ThinkLight UltraBay Slim Embedded Security Subsystem Active Protection System Access IBM Button Predesktop Area UltraNav Browser Keys Integrated Wireless Adapter Integrated Bluetooth Adapter Integrated Fingerprint Reader
X32 Apr 2005 ThinkLight UltraBase X3 Embedded Security Subsystem Access IBM Button Predesktop Area Browser Keys Integrated Wireless Adapter Integrated Bluetooth Adapter UltraPortable
X41 Apr 2005 ThinkLight UltraBase X4 Embedded Security Subsystem Active Protection System Access IBM Button Predesktop Area Browser Keys Integrated Wireless Adapter Integrated Bluetooth Adapter Integrated Fingerprint Reader UltraPortable

Lenovo ThinkPad

Lenovo completed the ThinkPad brand acquisition in May 2005. As part of the deal select ThinkPads continued to be sold under the IBM ThinkPad brand for years afterwards.

ThinkPads sorted by time of appearance
ThinkPad model release year special characteristics
2005
X41 Tablet June 2005 Embedded Security Subsystem Active Protection System ThinkVantage Button Predesktop Area Browser Keys Integrated Wireless Adapter Integrated Bluetooth Adapter Integrated Fingerprint Reader Tablet-Digitizer-Screen Tablet-Convertable
Z60m Sep 2005 ThinkLight UltraBay Enhanced Embedded Security Subsystem Active Protection System ThinkVantage Button UltraNav Browser Keys Integrated Wireless Adapter Integrated Bluetooth Adapter Integrated Fingerprint Reader Widescreen
Z60t Sep 2005 ThinkLight UltraBay Slim Embedded Security Subsystem Active Protection System ThinkVantage Button UltraNav Browser Keys Integrated Wireless Adapter Integrated Bluetooth Adapter Integrated Fingerprint Reader Widescreen
R51e Sep 2005 ThinkLight Access IBM Button Browser Keys Integrated Wireless Adapter
2006
T60 Jan 2006 ThinkLight UltraBay Slim Embedded Security Subsystem Active Protection System ThinkVantage Button UltraNav Browser Keys Integrated Wireless Adapter Integrated Bluetooth Adapter Integrated Fingerprint Reader First SATA ThinkPad
X60 Jan 2006 ThinkLight UltraBase X6 Embedded Security Subsystem Active Protection System ThinkVantage Button Browser Keys Integrated Wireless Adapter Integrated Bluetooth Adapter Integrated Fingerprint Reader UltraPortable
X60s Jan 2006 ThinkLight UltraBase X6 Embedded Security Subsystem Active Protection System ThinkVantage Button Browser Keys Integrated Wireless Adapter Integrated Bluetooth Adapter Integrated Fingerprint Reader UltraPortable
T60p Feb 2006 ThinkLight UltraBay Slim Embedded Security Subsystem Active Protection System ThinkVantage Button UltraNav Browser Keys Integrated Wireless Adapter Integrated Bluetooth Adapter Integrated Fingerprint Reader
R60 May 2006 ThinkLight UltraBay Enhanced Embedded Security Subsystem Active Protection System ThinkVantage Button UltraNav Browser Keys Integrated Wireless Adapter Integrated Bluetooth Adapter Integrated Fingerprint Reader
R60e May 2006 ThinkLight ThinkVantage Button Browser Keys Integrated Wireless Adapter Integrated Bluetooth Adapter
Z61e May 2006 ThinkLight ThinkVantage Button Browser Keys Integrated Wireless Adapter Integrated Bluetooth Adapter Widescreen
Z61m May 2006 ThinkLight UltraBay Enhanced Embedded Security Subsystem Active Protection System ThinkVantage Button UltraNav Browser Keys Integrated Wireless Adapter Integrated Bluetooth Adapter Integrated Fingerprint Reader Widescreen
Z61t May 2006 ThinkLight UltraBay Slim Embedded Security Subsystem Active Protection System ThinkVantage Button UltraNav Browser Keys Integrated Wireless Adapter Integrated Bluetooth Adapter Integrated Fingerprint Reader Widescreen
Z61p July 2006 ThinkLight UltraBay Enhanced Embedded Security Subsystem Active Protection System ThinkVantage Button UltraNav Browser Keys Integrated Wireless Adapter Integrated Bluetooth Adapter Integrated Fingerprint Reader Widescreen
X60 Tablet Nov 2006 Embedded Security Subsystem Active Protection System ThinkVantage Button Predesktop Area Browser Keys Integrated Wireless Adapter Integrated Bluetooth Adapter Integrated Fingerprint Reader Tablet-Digitizer-Screen Tablet-Convertable
2007
R61, R61i May 2007 ThinkLight UltraBay Enhanced Embedded Security Subsystem Active Protection System ThinkVantage Button UltraNav Browser Keys Integrated Wireless Adapter Integrated Bluetooth Adapter Integrated Fingerprint Reader Widescreen (some models); Full Disk Encryption
T61 ([1]) May 2007 ThinkLight UltraBay Slim Embedded Security Subsystem Active Protection System ThinkVantage Button UltraNav Browser Keys Integrated Wireless Adapter Integrated Bluetooth Adapter Integrated Fingerprint Reader Widescreen (some models); Full Disk Encryption
T61p May 2007 ThinkLight UltraBay Slim Embedded Security Subsystem Active Protection System ThinkVantage Button UltraNav Browser Keys Integrated Wireless Adapter Integrated Bluetooth Adapter Integrated Fingerprint Reader Widescreen (some models); Full Disk Encryption
X61 May 2007 UltraBase X6 Embedded Security Subsystem Active Protection System ThinkVantage Button Predesktop Area Browser Keys Integrated Wireless Adapter Integrated Bluetooth Adapter Integrated Fingerprint Reader
X61s May 2007 UltraBase X6 Embedded Security Subsystem Active Protection System ThinkVantage Button Predesktop Area Browser Keys Integrated Wireless Adapter Integrated Bluetooth Adapter Integrated Fingerprint Reader
X61 Tablet May 2007 Embedded Security Subsystem Active Protection System ThinkVantage Button Predesktop Area Browser Keys Integrated Wireless Adapter Integrated Bluetooth Adapter Integrated Fingerprint Reader Tablet-Digitizer-Screen Tablet-Convertable
R61e, R61i July 2007 ThinkLight ThinkVantage Button Browser Keys Integrated Wireless Adapter Integrated Bluetooth Adapter Widescreen
2008
X300 Feb 2008 Embedded Security Subsystem Active Protection System ThinkVantage Button Predesktop Area Browser Keys Integrated Wireless Adapter Integrated Bluetooth Adapter Integrated Fingerprint Reader
T400 July 2008 ThinkLight Serial UltraBay Slim Embedded Security Subsystem Active Protection System ThinkVantage Button UltraNav Browser Keys Integrated Wireless Adapter Integrated Bluetooth Adapter Integrated Fingerprint Reader
T500 July 2008 ThinkLight Serial UltraBay Slim Embedded Security Subsystem Active Protection System ThinkVantage Button UltraNav Browser Keys Integrated Wireless Adapter Integrated Bluetooth Adapter Integrated Fingerprint Reader
X200 July 2008 ThinkLight UltraBase X200 Embedded Security Subsystem Active Protection System ThinkVantage Button Browser Keys Integrated Wireless Adapter Integrated Bluetooth Adapter Integrated Fingerprint Reader UltraPortable
R400, R500 Aug 2008
SL400, SL500 July 2008
SL300 Aug 2008
W500, W700 Aug 2008
X301 Aug 2008 Embedded Security Subsystem Active Protection System ThinkVantage Button Predesktop Area Browser Keys Integrated Wireless Adapter Integrated Bluetooth Adapter Integrated Fingerprint Reader
W700ds Dec 2008
X200s Dec 2008 ThinkLight UltraBase X200 Embedded Security Subsystem Active Protection System ThinkVantage Button Browser Keys Integrated Wireless Adapter Integrated Bluetooth Adapter Integrated Fingerprint Reader UltraPortable
2009
X200 Tablet April 2009 Embedded Security Subsystem Active Protection System ThinkVantage Button Predesktop Area Browser Keys Integrated Wireless Adapter Integrated Bluetooth Adapter Integrated Fingerprint Reader Tablet-Digitizer-Screen Tablet-Convertable
T400s June 2009 ThinkLight Serial UltraBay Slim Embedded Security Subsystem Active Protection System ThinkVantage Button UltraNav Browser Keys Integrated Wireless Adapter Integrated Bluetooth Adapter Integrated Fingerprint Reader
2010
Edge 13" Jan 2010 Active Protection System UltraNav Integrated Wireless Adapter Integrated Bluetooth Adapter
W510 Jan 2010
T410, T410i, T410s Jan 2010 ThinkLight Serial UltraBay Slim Embedded Security Subsystem Active Protection System ThinkVantage Button UltraNav Browser Keys Integrated Wireless Adapter Integrated Bluetooth Adapter Integrated Fingerprint Reader
T510, T510i Jan 2010 ThinkLight Serial UltraBay Slim Embedded Security Subsystem Active Protection System ThinkVantage Button UltraNav Browser Keys Integrated Wireless Adapter Integrated Bluetooth Adapter Integrated Fingerprint Reader
X100e Jan 2010 Embedded Security Subsystem Active Protection System UltraNav Integrated Wireless Adapter Integrated Bluetooth Adapter Entry UltraPortable
W701, W701ds Feb 2010
X201, X201i, X201s Feb 2010 ThinkLight UltraBase X200 Embedded Security Subsystem Active Protection System ThinkVantage Button Browser Keys Integrated Wireless Adapter Integrated Bluetooth Adapter Integrated Fingerprint Reader UltraPortable
X201 Tablet Feb 2010 UltraBase X200 Embedded Security Subsystem Active Protection System ThinkVantage Button Browser Keys Integrated Wireless Adapter Integrated Bluetooth Adapter Integrated Fingerprint Reader Tablet-Digitizer-Screen Tablet-Convertable
Edge 14", Edge 15" Mar 2010 Active Protection System UltraNav Integrated Wireless Adapter Integrated Bluetooth Adapter Integrated Fingerprint Reader
L412, L512 April 2010
2011
X120e Mar 2011
T420, T420s, T520 Mar 2011
E420, E520 Mar 2011
W520 Mar 2011
L420, L520 Mar 2011
E220 Apr 2011
X220 Apr 2011
X220 Tablet Apr 2011
X1 May 2011
E420s May 2011
E425, E525 Aug 2011
Tablet Aug 2011
X121e Oct 2011
2012
E130, E330, E430, E530 Apr 2012
E135, E335, E435, E535 Apr 2012
S430 Apr 2012
T430, T430s, T530 Jun 2012
W530 Jun 2012
L430, L530 Jun 2012
X230, X230 Tablet Jun 2012
X1 Carbon Aug 2012
T430u Aug 2012
Twist Nov 2012
2013
Tablet 2 Jan 2013
Helix Jan 2013
E440, E540 Sep 2013
L440, L540 Sep 2013
S440, S540 Sep 2013
T440, T440s, T440p, T540, T540p Sep 2013
W540 Sep 2013
X240 Sep 2013
2014
X1 Carbon Jan 2014 Haswell refresh
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