Ivy Bridge is on the way and we’re starting to get some more leaks about up coming notebooks, the Lenovo ThinkPad X230 ultraportable has been caught in a a rendered photo. It looks like the real deal since it is clearly an evolution from the X220, the photo appeared on the Lenovo Community forum. There are a few notable upgrades on the ThinkPad X230 such as a chiclet-style AccuType keyboard which has actually been a big change from Lenovo in the X-series line. The X220 has the classic ThinkPad keyboard as it was released before the chiclet-style AccuType keyboard became all the rage.
It looks great, I actually bought the X220 for my working horse and loved it, the TrackPad sucked but other then that it took my abuse well. The X230 looks thinner and I hope that the TrackPad tweaks that are visible improve its usability. We also expect that the 12.5 inch size will be maintained and since there is currently an edition with a touch screen, we expect that this is also the case with the ThinkPad X230t, which should appear in a convertible form factor.
Update: A hands on Video had popped up.