Image gallery: Back in black, meet Lenovo's new ThinkPads

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Last month at CES, Lenovo did its best to shuck off its stuffy business-oriented image, announcing, among other things, a hybrid laptop/tablet "with two brains," and new ThinkPads aimed at small to medium-size businesses that, in a huge break from tradition, come in bright red or white.

This month, however, it's back to tradition, as Lenovo unveiled six new traditionally black models of its ThinkPad laptops and Think business PCs. Here's a visual tour:

ThinkPad X201

Lenovo's successor to the 18-month-old ThinkPad X200 ultraportable comes in two flavors. It's aimed at enterprise road warriors who need fast gear. The standard 3-pound ThinkPad X201 offers one of three processors: Core i5 (2.4GHz dual-core 520M or 2.53 dual-core 540M) or Core i7 (dual-core 2.67GHz 620M) released last month. It has a magnesium-alloy frame. The slimmer, 2.5-pound X201s comes with low-voltage Core i7 620LM or 640LM chips and sports a carbon glass fiber frame, the same as that used on Formula One race cars, says Lenovo. Customers opting for the 9-cell battery can get up to 12.2 hours of battery life on the X201s (11 hours on the X201), claims Lenovo. Lenovo also guarantees those batteries will maintain their charge capacity for three years. Starting price: $1,599 (for the X201s).

Lenovo ThinkPad X201
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