December 11, 2000, 3:25 PM — IBM will begin shipping its first mininotebook in North America starting
July 14, with plans to roll out the ThinkPad 240 in Europe soon after.
The new ThinkPad 240 announced
today will cost $1,999 and come with a 300-MHz Intel Celeron processor, 64M bytes of
SDRAM expandable to 192M bytes, a 6.4G-byte upgradeable hard disk, and 2M bytes of VRAM
with MPEG-1 support. The machine has a 10.4-in. display and 56K v.90 modem. The
ThinkPad 240 runs Windows NT 4.0, Windows 98 or Windows 95.
The ThinkPad 240 weighs about 3 lbs. and is 1 in. thick, and has a keyboard that is
close enough to full size that the difference isn't noticeable, according to Gary
Robinson, ThinkPad product manager.
"Three pounds in a bag or a briefcase -- you almost don't notice the weight," he
IBM first targeted Japan for the notebook, which was announced there last month and
is due to begin shipping in that market on June 26.